Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Getting ready for a run

One of the big differences for me between pre and post pregnancy has been just getting ready...for anything. I have to add on about 30 minutes to an hour of my estimated "get ready" time to get this little human ready to leave the house. There is so much to pack and do and it never fails that there is usually a last minute diaper change required before walking out the door (sometimes an outfit change depending on how big the blow-out was). Just to give you a better idea, here's a break-down of getting ready to go for a run pre-pregnancy and post-pregnancy:

  • Decide to go for a run!
  • Put on running clothes
  • Head out the door
  • Start Garmin
  • Run
Post-Pregnancy (and I'm sure I'm leaving out a few steps)
  • Decide, despite a considerable lack of sleep and zombie-mom status that I should go for a run to 1. get me out of the house, 2. get me out of my pajamas and 3. it's good for me.
  • Is Baby Z in a good enough mood to last for 3 miles?
  • Go pee
  • Feed Baby Z
  • Change Baby Z
  • Make sure Baby Z has on appropriate clothing for outdoors
  • Pump so "the girls" won't be screaming while I'm running
  • Go pee again
  • Put on SUPER heavy-duty, ultra-restraining, spandex that rivals the strength of the Man of Steel sports bra
  • Put on running clothes
  • Make sure jogging stroller tires are inflated properly 
  • Put Baby Z in car carrier
  • Put car carrier in jogging stroller.
  • Triple check that carrier is latched in properly and safety straps are buckled
  • Make sure Baby Z has enough blankets, toys, pacifiers to keep him happy
  •  Go pee AGAIN
  • Head out the door
  • Start Garmin
  • Run 

But I wouldn't change it for the world. When I look down at the stroller and see him smiling up at me it just motivates me to push a little more and go a little longer. I love my little running buddy and can't wait until he does his first kids fun run.

Today I am thankful for: flavored coffee creamers


Anonymous said...

ha! how things change with an infant. Once my daughter started sleeping through the night, I opted for early morning runs just to have the time to myself. But, it is good to take them out for runs and to see their mamas participating in healthy activities! Keep it up!

LifeisaRun said...

Awww, I remember a few years back picking up a friend of mine that had recently had baby for church. Silly me, I expected to get to her house and off we go right away. It's crazy how much things change and thanks for a glimpse into what my life will look like when it's my turn to be a runner who has a baby!

gabsatrucker said...

loving the pic :-), and your description of the process just makes me exhausted reading it. It does remind me of a guy in our running club that always pushed his daughter in a stroller when he ran and memories of her yelling "faster daddy, faster!" as a toddler during a race.


Marlene said...

That's quite the routine! I can't imagine ... but I believe you that it's worth it. :)

Jess A @cajunrunnerjess said...

I meant to post my last comment on this entry. I love the sneak peek into what life will be like when Jessa comes along.