There is a big but.
I haven't been able to do many "all at once" runs. Since I've had Faith, I've always broken up my weekday runs between outside stroller miles and indoor treadmill miles, but on the weekend I would do my long runs as consecutive miles. I've done a couple of 7 mile runs all at once, but other than that, I've just done two or more short runs in one day. So my 9.25 mile run was actually a 5 mile run, then a 2 hour break, then 4.25 more miles.
It's not my fault though. It's her fault.
See this sweet little face?
|She knows how to work it|
She won't take a bottle. She's like a little smug hipster baby who not only insists on free range and locally grown food, but now she only wants it fresh from the source with no middle men involved.
At first she took a bottle just fine, but then she decided that she wanted no part of that business. We've been working on it (meaning my only involvement is pumping and then I hand the bottle and baby to my husband and tell him "FIX IT").
Since we've starting trying to reintroduce the bottle (and changed the bottle type), she has taken the bottle twice. She only takes the bottle sometimes, so that means I can't just leave her and go out for a long run because I can't get home quickly if I'm 4 miles away. Because of this, I'm sticking to the treadmill. That isn't ideal for training, even with the incline at 1 or 2%. Also, she seems to enjoy her milk shaken, not stirred because she always gets hungry when I'm about halfway through my run.
|Mommy, milk jokes are gross.|
I'm seriously considering running at 4:30 in the morning after I get her back to sleep after her 3:30am feeding just so I can get the whole thing done (she usually sleeps until 8-9am after that feeding). I have a head lamp, so I guess I could just go outside too. That sounds like a delightful idea in the winter.
Connected to the bottle complication, I have some issues with discomfort when running. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to make it for a 3 hour run without stopping to feed or pump. The lactation lady told me that after the baby is 3 months old that my supply would even out and I would be comfortable, so I'm hoping that means I can run without feeling like a stampeding Holstein.
Normally I do my long runs with other people, but since I'm on the baby's schedule, I'm going to have to train mostly on my own for this race. Well, mostly alone.
|Running?? Did you say RUNNING? I LOVE running!|
This all seems like a lot of work for what will probably be a PW (personal worst) marathon time, but I still really want to do it. I'm OK if it doesn't work out because I'll just run half. There is no half option at this race, but it's not a closed course so I can just hop in at the half way mark and bring my own water (I did that last year at the 20 mile mark when I was newly pregnant and it was OK then, so I'm not being a huge asshole).
So bottom line is that I'm going to still try to get my training runs done, but I know with a 9 week old baby that I might not be able to train "perfectly". If she needs me to stick close by or run at 5am, then I'll do that. She's only this little for a short time and she's pretty cute, so I guess I'll cut her some slack.
|Mommy, just sit there in case I get hungry, mmmkay?|
Once she's taking a bottle consistently, one of the first things I want to do is go for a long trail run. I really miss that! We have trails near my house, but it's hunting season so I don't feel brave enough to go into the woods now. There is a park near us with a great 7.5 mile loop, but I can't go out on a loop run until I'm sure Cordelia will be OK without me for a couple of (daylight) hours.
What's the biggest sacrifice you've had to make to train well for an event? Right now sleep is a hot commodity, so giving up any of that causes me mental anguish, but it may be the only way I'm going to get my long runs done all at once!
Obviously I've ignored the most logical solution to my problem: