Setting a Standard?

This is absolutely my favorite time of year to run.  The crisp fall air, the smell of leaves and the bright colors…..what’s not to like?

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The smell of leaves is up there with a spring rain and wood burning in a firepit.  If it was a perfume, I’d wear it.

So as I was running it occurred to me that I am better shape now than before I had B.  (Although I don’t look it).  I’ve done 2 half marathons,  which I would have gotten no where close to doing before and I have 2 more endurance races being ironed out.

I figured out why. I was over training and under eating.

I thought I was doing everything right, but doesn’t everyone?  I thought I was doing myself good by working out 7 days a week and eating insane healthy.  Or what I thought was healthy.  Since having B, I have slacked off a little bit….I work out 4 days a week on average. I will admit, I wish all my rest days were active rest days, but they are not.  Not to say that I’m sitting on my behind all day when I don’t workout; that’s not the case.  If only housework, running errands and all the things that Mamma’s have to do was considered “active” rest.

I have also eased up on my food.  Not many actually enjoy snacking on raw pepper strips but to my surprise B does!  Younger me would make baked chicken with avocado and roasted brussels spouts but why would I want to torture my son like that.  I want B to enjoy food, as all kids should.  Heck, as EVERYONE should!

So the next time I start getting down on myself or start giving myself a hard time about the extra 5#, I’m going to look back on this and remember what it is I have accomplished in such a short amount of time.

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