Archive for September 2011

Running Through the Jet Lag

Thursday, 22nd September 2011. Filed in 'Nana in training, Running1 Comment »

It has been a crazy week. Toddler jet lag is the pits. It’s worth it to be able to spend time with family and friends, but it is definitely rough. And unpredictable. On Sunday and Monday nights, we were up from 1.30am until 4.30am and then the Noodle slept 14 hours straight on Tuesday night.  But then last night, we were up until 2.30am.

It would have been easy not to run this week. However, with this race in mind, I knew that was not an option. And I was excited to go out with the Noodle. We got our running stroller home on the flight all right – it doesn’t seem any worse for wear than when we found it sitting outside the Salvation Army, waiting for a home. (The running stroller was always a question for us. When we spotted it a couple weeks ago, I kind of figured this was our chance. It’s not perfect, there are some things I would have preferred different. However, it does have 16″ wheels, with the front one fixed, and with a yoga strap fashioned as a wrist strap so that my boy will not roll away from me, it will do just fine.)

It’s been a lot easier to run with the stroller than I expected. It’s a lot lighter to push, and easier to steer, than I anticipated. I’m definitely not running fast, but speed is not my goal here. My goal here is to do it. It’s very freeing now to know I can go running whenever I want, without having to plan around childcare.  It’s nice to see my Noodle sitting up and enjoying the scenery, too. Although, I think he could have done with a bit less wind in Ramsgate yesterday on our return to the car.  (I probably could have, too.)

This week’s runs so far:
Tue: 30:16
Wed: 30:46
Thurs: 34:47

This Mama Is Now In Training for the Bupa Great South Run

Friday, 16th September 2011. Filed in RunningNo Comments »

I am excited to announce I am now in training. Officially. The application has been submitted and accepted, and I am now registered to run the Bupa Great South Run on October 30 as a part of Team NCT.

It is exactly what I need. I am excited. In 7 weeks (or nearly 6 as I am publishing this), I will be running a 10 mile race. It’s a little daunting as my last half marathon was 4 years ago, but this is exactly what I need to get myself going again, and I am looking forward to it. I’ve found it challenging to get past the 1 or 2 weekly half-hour runs for a while now. But now, I have to push beyond this. I have committed.

And it’s for a good cause. Crunchy husband and I did our antenatal classes through the NCT, where we met the families in our current baby group. I really value the friendships that have grown out of this class over the last year and a half, as it’s really helped me to have this support network while becoming a mom half the world away from my own family.

If you would like to sponsor me in the run, please visit my fundraising page. I appreciate any donation you can spare for this charity. And please check this blog throughout the next couple months to see how my training is going, how my fundraising is going and how hard I am working for your money! (Once we get back home to England things will be a lot more consisent – in blogging and training and it will really ramp up!)

Last week’s runs:
Mon: 25:21
Wed: 30:05
Thurs: 30:33

This week’s runs so far:
Sun: 30:06
Wed: 20:54 (at 6,247 feet altitude with stroller, so not completely slacking!)
Fri: 35:16