One year ago today I ran my first half marathon…today was my 4th. The catch? In completely different places in my life-what a difference a year can make
You see, last year I had a d&c for a miscarriage on December 23rd-it was the last in a long line since Presley was born. I still don’t understand what was going on with my body for all that time, especially after 3 easy and successful pregnancies (see more about that and my MTHFR HERE). I was down and needed to DO something-enter a commercial for the Biggest Losers First Annual Half Marathon in Panama City. I registered for it the night before I was supposed to race it- I was 7 days post-op. I didn’t care…I really just had an urge to DO something-its hard to explain-I think you just feel so powerless; I needed to feel strong. I could go on and on about how hard it was to keep getting my hopes up for a baby and just getting let down but I know a lot of you understand – Its heartbreaking, especially after so many healthy pregnancies. You never expect that so it just hits you out of left field. And you don’t realize how common it is until if happens to you and then you can breath because you know you aren’t the first or the last to go through it. I didn’t tell a soul I was running it except my husband – I honestly didn’t know if I could or would. I was registered for the Disney Princess Half months away but my longest run I think had been just 10 miles (ever). I still wasn’t sure I was going to run it when I got there-it was 28 degrees and windy on that Front Beach Road. But I did…and I did it in 1:46 which I was proud of for not training. I got back into the swing of things and ran two more this year….
Then, I got pregnant – finally! I didn’t tell ANYONE for days because I was too scared-maybe it wouldn’t last…But it did. I didn’t run a ton because I felt bad and then I had a set back that did not allow for any exercise in my mind (subchronic hematoma) for weeks. A few weeks ago, when I found out I was having a baby boy the scan showed it was completely gone – so that meant I was a completely healthy mother in the second trimester-wow! I am now 16 weeks pregnant (more HERE and HERE with full resolution HERE).
Sooooo, one year later I ran the Second Annual Biggest Loser Half MarathonI knew it wouldn’t be easy and I knew I couldn’t run the entire thing and I KNEW I would have stop a million times to go to the bathroom but I DID IT! I stopped once for the bathroom, walked and drank through the water stations and walked a little more if I felt like I needed to-I did it in 2:11 and whats more is that my mom did hers in 2:17 – that is awesome! I am tired and my legs are a bit stiff but other than that not too shabby. Baby Hudson is bumping around in there like usual and I am noticing how skinny I was in the pictures above I just posted-Lord I am going to have a long way to go!