Which brings me to the point of this post - my spotty running habits since Lila was born. I've considered myself a "runner" since I graduated from college. I moved to a ranch in Montana for about six months post graduation. There wasn't a whole lot to do there, so I took up hiking and running a swimming. I ran my first half-marathon in Bozeman. And I kept up good shape while I was living in Iowa City by running regularly and walking EVERYWHERE. Same goes for Des Moines - training for half-marathons and using my legs as my primary source of transportation by biking or walking - even to get groceries.
When Nate and I moved to Austin so I could start graduate school at the University of Texas, I stepped things up a bit. I had to walk or ride my bike to campus every day. I trained for a half-marthon and my first full marathon. The only time I stopped running was when I broke my foot. By the time it healed, I was pregnant with Benny and decided to take some time off.
But after Benny was born, running became my therapy for postpartum depression. Plus I was home with Benny for two years, so we often walked or ran to the park - nearly every day. Once I started working, I continued running by picking Benny of from school, strapping him in his stroller and putting at least three miles in. I was even able to run two half-marathons in one year. Typically I can only squeeze one longer race in per year.
|Rocky Mountain Half-Marathon, June 2009|
|Denver Half-Marathon, October 2009|