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Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Running | 8 comments

Exciting Stories

I feel the need to tell you that I’m currently writing this post with Ob’s head resting on my hand. That makes typing sort of challenging. But I wanted to tell you guys about something exciting that happened today so I’m going to try and type through the awkwardness. Seriously – this pup has to be in the middle of everything we do. Luckily, I love her and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

IMG_4308So, my exciting story. *ahem*

I woke up this morning to run before Dave left for work (both exciting AND miraculous) and in an effort to help him I said I would walk the dogs after my run so he could sleep in a little longer. Dave has been so helpful with Atlas and incredibly busy with work so he deserved a break this morning. Plus, sometimes it is nice for me to just be alone with my fur babies (aka firstborns) even if it means sacrificing precious sleep. I threw on my new running pants (new clothes make running early a little bit easier), leashed up Ob and we were out the door by 6:45.

IMG_4324We tackled just under 4 miles in 31 minutes and here is the exciting part. I wasn’t that tired when we finished and I actually wanted to keep running. The reason that is so exciting is because that means I’ve made some progress in my postpartum running. I averaged around an 8:30 minute mile, which is a decent pace for me and I wasn’t spent at the end of my run. I have been happy with my runs postpartum, but it is usually all I can do to squeeze in 30 minutes away and that’s been okay because by the end of my run I am always done mentally and physically. But not today! Today, I felt the results of the effort I’ve been putting in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go farther because I wanted to ensure Marley got his walk in so I walked the dogs around the park and let them run off leash and play instead. But still…it is the thought that counts, right?

That’s why I came home and had 2 cookies with a side of eggs for breakfast. I thought about running farther. I earned those cookies. 😉

I realize the above story is most likely only exciting to me. BUT, if you’re trying to get back into fitness (or starting from scratch) then maybe you can find hope in this post. If you keep doing hard things, one day you will realize that the hard thing isn’t as hard as it was 4 weeks ago. Make sense? Probably not. I’m tired. I was up early.

The rest of my day was spent playing with this little ham.

DSC_1208It was 50 degrees in NYC today, so we took full advantage of the warm(ish) weather and went outside for another walk with Ob & Marley.

IMG_4319Marley wanted me to tell you his exciting story from the day. On our walk, we stopped at the dog park for them to play and while we were there a squirrel ran over the fence and into the dog park. Marley was the first to spot it and he about lost his mind.

IMG_4333Luckily for the squirrel, Marley isn’t quite the hunter Ob is so it was able to escape back over the fence. Marley spent the rest of his time at the park waiting for it to return.

Alright, Ob is starting to drool and it is going to get my laptop wet. Time for me to call it a night. Goodnight, friends!

P.S. If you have an exciting story from your Monday, feel free to share it in the comments section. 🙂




  1. I had to read the exciting news. My mind was thinking crazy thoughts. Ha. The blog actually inspired me to get started working out. Wonderful pictures of Atlas and pups. Love the new pants.

    • Can’t wait to hear about your workouts, mom! 🙂 Proud of you!

  2. I love this! I remember that I felt the same way after having Luke and each faster run was such a great feeling!! And then getting to come home afterwards and spending the day with him was the best thing ever too! (it still is!)
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  3. Sasha always gets SO JAZZED when she sees squirrels and rabbits. I would love to see what she would actually do if I just let go of the leash. I bet if she caught it she would just paw it. That is what she does to cats! She pokes them and is just like WHAT ARE YOU?!?!
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    • Ob is all business when it comes to hunting – I don’t think it is a game to her. lol
      BUT, I think Marley just wants to play with them. I swear he gets an actual smile on his face when he sees a squirrel or a cat.

  4. So many things!!!

    1. I love your running pants. LOVE them.
    2. Congrats on making progress in running!! That sure does feel awesome PP to be getting fitter again. I sure know a similar feeling (but have lots of work to do myself……)
    3. Atlas is SO adorable!!!!
    4. that pic of the city is fabulous.
    5. you are adorable. xo
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  5. Awesome story!! I’m making a comeback to fitness from Sciatica. I ran for 35 minutes last night at a 9:50mi pace. It’s the first time I’ve run that long since Thanksgiving. Even though it is about 1:30 slower than where I was before I had to take a break from running, I felt amazing! I can totally relate to your day. Congrats on the great pace – and for getting yourself up and out the door!

    • Congrats to you for overcoming your injury and getting back into training! I love this! Keep up the great work! 🙂

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