Sunday, September 12, 2010

Running and the sleeping baby

My baby used to be a pretty good sleeper. From 3-5 months, she woke only once during the night for a feed, sometime between 3-5am. She would fall back to sleep again immediately and I could go back to sleep for a few hours. With this type of schedule, I could run after she went to sleep for the night, or early in the morning. Now, at 6 months, she is up several times a night (most likely teething), and it is harder to pick the best time to run. Yes, my DH could attend to her if she wakes up while I am running, but the reality is that my breastfed baby wants her mommy to soothe her. In addition, I find it difficult to enjoy my run if I am worried that she will wake up and need me. Yes, I realize that I have to learn to let it go. It's hard to do as a first-time mommy.

I have only run a few times since my 10k race two weeks ago, and none of the runs have been good. I've been fighting a cold for over a week, and I think it's in my chest now. On a positive note, I am almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight...only 3lbs to go! I registered for the Angus Glen 10k on November 7th. It is good motivation to keep running, but without the added pressure of increasing my distance.


spyder jackets said...

That sounds so sad...But hang in there..It won't last for a long time..After the teething period I know you can get back to running...

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