A look back


I was looking thru some old posts from this time last year and I couldn’t believe that a year has past since I ran my first marathon. I have been working on my birth story this week and re-reading my marathon post sits very near and dear to my heart still. Labor + running a marathon were 2 of the hardest yet 2 of my proudest moments. They made me feel strong, like super girl. As I am nearing my 6 week mark I am looking forward (but a little scared) to get back into running. Running to me is a way to let it all go, a way to stay calm, to relieve stress. It has been a very long time since I have gone running but I am looking forward to that runners high again soon. I have my eye set on my next marathon sometime next year. If you haven’t read my marathon story yet- its a good one! (although I know I am a little bias) I ran raising money for a Charity called LOVE 146. What an amazing charity! I will def. run the next marathon for them again.

  1. Ah yes, I remember your marathon. Even though I’m not a baby person, I do look forward to your birth story. I really enjoy your stories, you have a nice (writing) voice.

  2. Okay, first of all, your daughter is GORGEOUS!!! I’m 32 weeks with my first baby and my husband is convinced that labor will be a breeze for me because I’m a runner. We did our first marathon last year also, it was a trail marathon (little did we know it was the hardest in the midwest and actually was over 26.2 miles. . grr) and SO HARD. I am not as convinced that labor will be “easy” just because I am mentally tough from running, but I’d be interested to hear if you think just the mental part of it helped you out during birth?

  3. I totally agree, my first labor was like a 100 mile triathalon uphill, in the snow…my second, was a piece of cake, seriously, I’ve had workout classes harder! It just depends on the birth.

  4. Thank you so much for re-visiting your marathon story! I’m a new reader and had no idea 🙂 My boyfriend is running the NYC marathon this year for LIVESTRONG and we are so excited! Do you have any advice for what I can do to help him through his race? I have a few things planned out, but since it’s his first, we’re on a steep learning curve. Thanks again in advance and I can’t wait to see more!

  5. i read through your old marathon post as my “inspiration” of sorts for my own training. my dad runs the chicago marathon (just finished his 7th marathon!), and every year i wonder if there’s any way that i could finish something like that. well, i started my first 5k training program, and am running one in november, so we shall see! love love love your posts!

  6. As a marathon runner and new mom to a beautiful 7 week old girl I’m loving following along with your stories. I’m running again (I ran until the day before I went into labor) and plan on doing another one next year as well. Rowan is adorable and your realistic approach to writing is so endearing. You’re such an inspiration in so many ways! Keep it up girl!

  7. Ohh that’s one of my future goals, to run a marathon… I have run 5km and 10km but never half or a complete marathon…. I’m a RUN LOVER all the reasons you describe why you like to run also are mines… i think all the runners can agree with that 😀

    I will enjoy your comments in the blog when you start running again, like what you wear for running.

  8. Hey Jen!

    I have been reading your blog for a little over a year and absolutely love it! I am looking forward to reading your marathon story because I am planning on running my first marathon in May 2011 in California! I’m also really excited about reading your birth story, and love reading your baby posts. I look forward to being a mommy, too in the next few years. I recently started a blog about running/working out/getting in shape, and would really appreciate it if you took a quick look at it. I’m so new to blogging so any pointers you have on that or running I will willingly take!


    Oh! Also I recently moved to Canada from California and was wondering if you have any tips on running in the winter, or tips on staying sane while running high mileage on a treadmill?



  9. I cannot wait to read Rowan’s birth story! I’ve always loved your Style Files, but now (since my husband and I are planning to start a family soon) I’m kind of obsessed with anything related to babies. Reading your posts about being pregnant and how you two have planned makes the whole process seem a little less daunting. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. And CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  10. wow i can’t wait to hear how you get back to running so fast! you ARE super woman! reading about other runners keeps me motivated:)

  11. I’m signed up to run my first marathon May 15, 2011. I’m scared. I ran my first half last May.

    The grainer at my gym got back into running after about 6 weeks. She’s still not back to work yet so I haven’t gotten all the details.

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