4th of July and Why I Need To Run

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!!  My husband and I took our son to the beach for the first time this year.  I knew he would enjoy the sand and water, but I wasn’t prepared for HOW much he would love it. It was a perfect day.

Pretty good stride for an almost 18 mo old!

All smiles!

Squealing at the waves


I haven’t posted much since last week…I wish I could blame the busy weekend and holiday, but in reality, my lack of blogging has been tied directly to my lack of running.

I ran yesterday for the first time in a week – I honestly can’t remember the last time I went SEVEN days without a single run (I didn’t even go that long after my son was born!!).  I attempted running five days last week…but due to some pregnancy side affects (I won’t go into detail as it’s TMI for public consumption), I was unable to run.

I don’t know if there is anything more frustrating than having the desire to run – setting the alarm each day,  getting dressed and even heading outside to stretch – only to find that you physically can’t run.

I am a real joy to be around when I go on extended running breaks (re: more than one or two days).  I am cranky, moody, have no patience for anyone or anything, and have little desire to do anything. Throw in that I eat poorly, don’t drink enough water, and have NO energy.  (You can understand why my husband is usually the first person to push me out the door during one of these breaks.)

I enjoyed a short (but speedy – for me these days!) 3 mile treadmill run yesterday and a hot and sweaty 6 miler this AM.  I feel a million times better – focused, energized, and HAPPY.

Early Morning Run

I guess sometimes the question shouldn’t be “Why I run” it’s  Why I NEED TO run”.

Do you get in a funk when you don’t run for a few days?  
How do you cope with forced running breaks?


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    5. Cutest beach pictures! LOVE THEM. I am so so sorry that you were having problems last week but I am so happy you got in a run on Friday! Your pace is still awesome. I hear you…I physically/mentally/spiritually NEED to run!

    6. I was not able to run because of my knee injury last year. I had to stop running, which made me focus more on eating. ugh. I asked my doctor when to start on running again and he told me it would take time since my bones are still on the healing stage. I’m gaining weight, as I have noticed, so I decided on using a weight loss program, a gastric bypass alternative to stop me on gaining weight while I’m still on the healing stage.

    7. I couldn’t run with my second pregnancy either. I ran all the way through the first, but my second must have been sitting on my bladder and as soon as I started running I felt I had to pee. Thought I could run through it but it was just too painful! Glad you were able to get back out there after a week. Hang in there! They get big really fast!
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    8. Yes! I am so crabby when I don’t get to move. This whole post-surgery thing has been a huge exercise of patience. I don’t remember being so bad the first time around but when I was younger, exercise/working out didn’t play such a big role in my mental health as it does now. I LOVE those pictures of AJ at the beach! My kids love the water and sand too and could pretty much spend all day digging around and running in and out of the water. Glad that you got a nice run in today!! Have a great weekend!
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    9. My kids are home for the summer- both boys 9 and 7 so I am limited with my running. This happens every summer because I really enjoy running outside and not on a treadmill. I try to get my runs in when they are in camp or once my husband gets home from work. This summer I decided to bite the bullet and run early around my neighborhood which is just a 1 mile loop. I take the dog before the boys are up and run the neighborhood 4-5 times, passing my house every mile. It hasn’t been as bad as I expected- it makes me a more relaxed peaceful mommy so I can tackle the day with my active boys.
      Good luck with your running schedule- it definitely gets challenging when you have more than one! But it is worth it!

    10. I actually think I need to take a “forced” running break. I think after two races close together and then a stroller run yesterday my body is just not recovering. Today we did errands and I had to cut them short because I felt so tired and not myself. As much as I don’t want to I think I need to take 3-4 days off from running and let my body recover.
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    11. YES. I get really crabby when I haven’t had a chance to run – either from injury or other life circumstances. Running is therapy for me, it helps me get my thoughts together, or let them roam freely as the case may be and that runner’s high? nothing beats it. NOTHING.
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    12. I know the exact feeling!! If I don’t get a run in, I’m flat out miserable to be around! The main reason why I started running 9 months ago was to beat depression. It. Was. BAD! On the edge of getting a divorce and hating life kind of bad. But I picked up running and never miss a day now. I can’t mentally afford to! I’m addicted! Better addicted to running than something else! 😉 I’m seriously so amazed with your running while being pregnant! It makes me want to try…but I don’t want anymore kids hahaha 2 is enough for this momma! Sorry you had a hard couple days! But glad you got some runs in to help make you feel better!! Good work Momma!!
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    13. Yup! Sounds like me. Running simply keeps me sane, healthy, and energized for the whole day…mentally and physically…glad ur listening to ur body, sometimes we don’t have a choice! keep it up mama! Xo

    14. I completely understand this :-/ I’m 31 weeks pregnant and have been told to stop running by my doctor due to lower-than-normal amniotic fluid and have been miserable to be around since then. I’ve been literally having DREAMS about just running around the block! It’s so hard to want to do something that you love, but being unable to do it. Hope you get to keep running as long as possible, run a few miles for me! 😀
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    15. That is an amazing run! I didnt run when I was pregnant, but know that if I did, it wouldn’t have been that long or fast! I totally feel you on the NEEDING to run, it gets to be a necessity and it will be even more necessary when you welcome baby #2;-)

    16. what an awesome run this morning, michele! yes, i absolutely get in major funks when i am without runs for more than a day or two. it is HARD. and pregnancy is extra hard because you just don’t know what you’re going to feel up for day to day, especially as your pregnancy progresses. but YOU are amazing! not much longer and you will have a sweet baby in your arms :) i am so excited for you!!!
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