15 August 2016

Sleeping and 5Ks

I have good news! Operation Theodore Sleep was a roaring success! Two days of regulating his naps and now he's back to sleeping at night! He wakes up two times to nurse, but falls right back asleep. He wakes up around 7am now, bright eyed and bushy tailed! The Doctor Sears Baby Sleep Book said babies his age nap for about 3 hours total, so I let him nap for 3 hours according to how the girls used to nap when they were his age. 10-11am and 2-4pm. I have to wake him up at 11am, but he wakes up by himself around 4pm and is always happy to fall asleep when I put him in his crib. It is glorious to be sleeping at night again.

I ran my first 5K on Sunday. I had been training for weeks. My goal was to be able to run the entire time (IE no walking). I was totally rocking it during my training, but somewhere over the last few weeks I sprained my foot and possibly my ankle. I finally went in to Urgent Care on Friday morning, after a night of pain and swelling, where I was encouraged to "take it easy" until "it doesn't hurt anymore," but I decided I was going to run anyway. I wanted to run my first 5K last year, but little did I know when I signed up, I was pregnant with Theodore! By the time race day arrived, I was way too nauseous to train or run, so I had to back out.

Throw back! This is still one of my favorite Eleanor pictures. That face! Little did I know this was only the beginning for my little fashion diva.
Anyway, I wasn't backing out this time. I still had the special running shoes I picked out last year. Sprain or no sprain. I babied my foot for the next two days and then ran on Sunday.

Spoiler alert: running on a sprain is a bad idea. By the end of mile 1, the pain was shooting all the way up into my glutes. I walked and limp-ran intervals for the second mile and ran the third. As much as it hurt, I was super proud of myself for pushing through the nerves and running my first race.


The girls were excited to see me cross the finish line. "Mommy work out!" They shouted. Abigail proudly held my hand all the way across the parking lot. It was adorable.

I plan to heal this obnoxious sprain and run another 5K in September. With this 5K, you actually dress up as a super hero. We happened to be going for a walk in the park two years ago mid-race when we were suddenly flanked by Superman and Batman. At that moment, I vowed that I would one day run in the "Supers 5K," and this year is my year. I'm already brainstorming my costume.

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