The Adventures of Nichole & Greta...

I looked like a lunatic.

It's noon on Tuesday and two of my athletes are coming down for workouts. I'm planning to run along with Greta in the stroller, but we just received some snow/ice/slush stuff and the roads are still covered in it. 

Hmm, I think to myself. We don't have an actual jogging stroller yet because I was told I couldn't take Greta out in one until she was at least 6 months old. After asking other running moms and doing some research, though, I found that with an infant sling I could start running with her as early as 1 month old. So... all we have is our normal strolling stroller for now. Which I've looked silly running with before, but running in the snow and temps in the teens surely changes the way my neighbors describe me: from dedicated to absolutely, positively crazy.

I've been told by other moms that Greta should be fine in the cold in her stroller as long as she's dressed well, has a blanket or two with, and we have the car seat cover on... sooo... I decide to brave it. 

I think I spent ~90 minutes getting ready for this run! Feeding Greta, pumping, getting myself dressed, getting her dressed, putting her in her car seat, putting Mesa in her kennel, finding watch. Uff.

J & C arrive and we head out. I wish I would have taken a picture of our ridiculousness :). Instead, you can just picture me pushing this stroller:

I'm already missing the days where the paths/roads were clear.
Through this:

Yah, call me crazy. I deserve it.
So, needless to say, that sped up my stroller-searching process a bit. Good thing Craigslist is awesome.

Just waiting for Greta's infant sling to arrive so we can test it out!
We also were very lucky to have found a contact that had the ski attachment. Greta is excited for her first ski outing!
My training so far has gone really well. I haven't had any set backs, which surprises me... no incision pain, no nothing! The only thing is that I'm terribly, horribly out of shape, heavy, and not strong :(. I keep telling myself that it will be a slow, daily process back to it... but it's still hard.

Week 3:

15.6 miles.

The highlight was a 5 mile run with one of my athletes. It was the first time that I've run fast for a LONG time, and wow... was it fun :). Perhaps my excitement was also partially borrowed from my athlete: after I coached her on a few form things, she was running faster than she has EVER run before. *Huge grins all-around*

Meeting another athlete at the Carleton track for a mile time trial. She ran a 16 second PR (hard to do in a mile effort!)! I timed, Nate pushed Greta around the track.
The low-light was a 45 minute elliptical done earlier in the week that was just downright HARD. I just felt how out-of-shape I was. Hate workouts that are supposed to be easy and aren't :(

Week 4:

23.5 miles

This week's log had a lot of "sooo tired" entries. I try to be a "good wife" and wake up to feed Greta whenever she needs during the night (since Nate is the one that needs to be awake and fully functioning during the day!). After nights where I'm up every hour and a half, though, I just don't function well :(. I have always needed more sleep, so this sleep deprivation thing really hits me.

I've had multiple nights where I'm literally so tired that I feel drunk. Not kidding. I need to get better at sleeping when Greta takes her short cat-naps... I just feel like I should be accomplishing something during that time... coaching, house stuff, errands, etc.

But, when I'm trying to keep my eyes open while feeding her, I stare into her big eyes and immediately forget my insane tiredness :). True love!

Hard to be frustrated with a face like that! Thank you AO for the outfit!!
The only workout to note was a 7 mile long run. This felt so LONG and hard. The last 1.5 miles I took frequent walk breaks. My legs had a similar sort of clumsy feeling that I had last summer (oh, nooo... hopefully it's just a strength thing now). But, I powered through all 7 of it!

Wow, I have a lot of work to do!

In other life news:

Jeff and Christina came to visit baby Greta. Jeff put her through the paces. Baby calisthenics, anyone? This kid is doomed...  

We officially joined out church! We've been going for a number of years but hadn't filled out the "official" paperwork. Now it's "official" -- I guess :)

We put a lot of thought into Greta's Godparents... we decided on two awesome individuals who will have a tremendous influence on her life. A little unorthodox, yes, but we chose Craig (above, we were able to ask in person) and Leighton (my cousin, who we had to ask via phone since he is at GAC). I couldn't ask for two more awesome people to be involved in her life!

Greta is clearly questioning our decision...
Lastly... I submitted my Brooks sponsorship renewal. I took a chance and listed Greta Margaret as my Pr for the year, with the time of 5 lbs, 12 ounces :). I fully expect that I will be dropped from their elite team next year... but am SOOO hopeful that they'll keep me. Not sure if comments on this blog will get noticed by them or not, but if there is any chance they will, can I get a shout-out?

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

11 comments:

  1. I'll be the first to give a shout out: Brooks, renew her contract! She is the most hardcore runner (even while pregnant and post-c section) and coach imaginable! And she's motivated and poised for a huge comeback in 2015. You want this woman on your roster.

    Way to go on your achievements as of late. I can't believe you are hitting the roads with Greta in this weather! She is going to be as hardcore as her Mama, no doubt. Be kind to yourself as you get back into training. Sleep deprivation can mess with you on so many levels. -Amy

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    1. Ahh, it can! Wow. I feel like I'm in a fog almost all of the time, but it's so worth it :). Just can't wait for the infant sling so we can run on the roads!! Then we can try to meet up (I'll have to get a little more in shape by then...)

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  2. Love all the pictures of her with her eyes open!!! Yep mom time for a vacation, even if its coming to the farm just to say "can u watch her so I can SLEEP?" lol.

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    1. You can TOTALLY watch her while I sleep. Can't wait!

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  3. Its so fun to follow along with your journey after baby! I find it inspirational and educational :) Thanks for taking the time to share with your readers!

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    1. It should be interesting! I hope it comes back soon -- I really miss feeling fit and fast :). Are you doing any races this winter/spring?

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  4. Loving the updates! All the pictures are so fun :) You're right that it'll take a while to get back to where you were, but I'm sure it's all worth it and keeping that in mind will help you push through! Crossing my finger for you no the Brooks front!

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    1. Thanks for the finger crossing! I need all of that I can get. How are things with you going? Looks like everything is going well!

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  5. What size is she in?

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    1. She's just now fitting into newborn clothing, although growing so fast! I think soon we'll be able to break out the 0-3 mo clothing.

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  6. Okay three weeks till I see her! Keep her this little!

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