365 days

last year i was still training for this marathon; and even though i was early on in a high risk pregnancy i still had high hopes of slowly jogging/walking it.

 high hopes indeed.

on february 17th 2009, i came home from a 6 mile run. i sat down at the table where ty and the girls were eating breakfast. i felt so good. so happy. so  energized. so alive.

20 minutes later some major cramping started. luckily i was seeing the dr. boss that afternoon.  now, we knew that around 20+ weeks I would have to take it easy to prevent another abby from happening. but when he sat me down that day and said, no more exercise. i broke down right there in that office. and i mean broke down. sobbed like a little schoolgirl. even though i never cried like that as a little schoolgirl, but that's how the saying goes.

that was the last time i ran. and guess what? the cramping never stopped.  5 weeks later complete pelvic rest and modified bed rest entered the picture followed after by 16 weeks of hormone injections, meds that made my feet swell up like elephant man, deep depression and hundreds of peanut buster parfaits. hundreds.

but tonight in hopes of eradicating this past year of gestating a beautiful baby and gaining 60+ poundages in the process i went with my good ol' working out buddy sister, and unfroze my gym membership.

can i tell you how good it felt to be back in the gym and running again?


sarah and me on one of our last marathon training runs: don't mind my freaky face.


Danna Banana said...


Turbo said...

Man, this just makes me feel even worse about my laziness. I have a 4m race coming up on Saturday, and have not run one mile since last month. Thanks for the motivation!!

The Good Ol Days said...

its me again! Thank you so much for the running info. I really want to be a good runner. Are you excited to move back home? It will be fun to run in the hills. There isnt any trail running down here but that's my hearts desire. Have you heard of Xterra races? Chase is really into them and I want to be too. They are basically triathlons in the mountains, mountain biking, trail running and swimming. My goal is to do an Xterra race. You’ll have to check it out just incase your interested.

Couch to 5k is just up my ally, thanks again:)

The Good Ol Days said...

P.S. I just noticed a spelling error. Ally should be alley. What can I say, I went to Bowler Elementary.

Whitney Baldwin said...

So glad for you to get back to the gym and running. It is my sanity.

And for what it is worth, I was just looking at your snow shoeing picture and thinking that you looked terrific.

No fair for a girl who just had a bedrest baby to look so good. No fair.

Bowler Family said...

Oh it feels good... just wait until tomorrow and you feel everything!!!

Anonymous said...

Girl you are an amazing woman! I don't know if I could have done what you did. Way to go! I love a good sweat :)

ThE McNEiLs said...

I didn't know you were on bedrest that long! It is a good thing you got a beautiful little baby out of the whole thing!
Good for you getting back to the gym! You are so motivating.

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