Lots of updates from the weekend!!
I was notified by the alumni association from my elementary school alma mater, St Christopher’s, a couple of months ago with the news that I was selected to receive the 2012 St. Christopher Founders Award (along with other honorees).
The dinner and ceremony were amazing – there were SO many former teachers, parents of classmates, and alumni present – it was like a mini-reunion for me! I hadn’t been back to my elementary school in almost 11 years so going back – this time with my husband and son was so much fun. But it was strange – part of me felt like time had stopped and I was right back in school, in the gymnasium, playing basketball like I had 17 years ago (gosh, I am getting old!).
Here are a few pictures from the evening:
As you may remember from previous blog posts, I had planned on running the Brooklyn Half Marathon this past weekend. However, I made the decision late Friday night to forego the race for a few reasons:
– With moving day rapidly approaching, I’ve been spending a few hours each day at our new home cleaning. Most of my time has been spent on my hands and knees cleaning the floors, stairs, or moulding along the floors. It’s a new house but it was built about 18-24 months ago so dust and dirt have built up in all of the little corners and crevices (of course, the hardest places to clean!).
– The Founders Dinner Friday night ran much later than I had anticipated – my family and I didn’t get home until almost 11:30pm and I needed to be up just after 4am in order to pack and leave in time for the race. If I had been getting enough sleep all week, this would not have been the worst thing, but I have had a few consecutive bad nights of sleep, so 4+ hours of sleep before the race was not going to be enough to function properly.
– My darling niece had her 4th birthday party Saturday afternoon. Running the race would have meant that I would be rushing home after I finished in order to shower and get ready in time for the 12pm party. I knew I was going to be exhausted after running 13 miles – and didn’t want to be completely out of it for her party. There were family and friends that I haven’t seen in months and I wanted to enjoy their company instead of needing to have my feet up and/or to sneak away for a nap.
As much as I was looking forward to running on Saturday, enjoying the race environment and seeing lots of friends who were running, I knew it was the best decision for me and Pumpkin.
Lately, I am having a hard time limiting my activities. I feel good enough to do most things I want to these days. But I am not recovering nearly as quickly as I would be if I were not pregnant. I’m not really even talking about running – it’s more the other aspects of my day – cleaning the new house, packing the apartment, spending time with AJ outside.
As much as I would love to be, I am not Superwoman.
After a week of doing too much, I was physically and mentally exhausted by Friday afternoon. I could barely stand up Friday night at the awards ceremony and all I wanted to do was sit down. The thought of running at all on Saturday – let alone 13 miles – was making me cringe.
So I “slept in” Saturday and got up at 530am with my son – didn’t run, napped when he did in the AM, and enjoyed my niece’s birthday party. Then, my husband got up with our son Sunday morning and I went back to bed – til almost 9am (I never, ever, ever sleep past 7am). I got almost 11 hours of sleep and woke up feeling like my old self. I enjoyed an easy 8 mile run later on in the morning and kept the cleaning and packing to a minimum.
I’m not going to lie – it sucked not racing Saturday. It was hard to see all the race updates and finishing times without being a part of it. But, pushing myself is not my focus or priority these days. Pumpkin is. His/her health and well-being takes precedence over everything else in my life – and will for the next 4 months.
Did you try to do too much when you were pregnant? How did you know when to draw the line??