Do you ever have those days when you NEED to run? As in you really NEED to run.  Not the type of need to because it’s on the schedule or the I haven’t run in 3 days but the type of run that is the ONE and only cure for your mental health at that moment?

Last week I was starting to feel down on myself.  I know, I know.  It’s silly.  I just had a baby.  My mind knows that but some days it has a hard time wrapping itself around the concept that my fitness is not what it was exactly a year ago, that my weight is higher, my patience lower, and time for myself diminishing.  I NEEDED to run.  I wrote hubby and told him I was starting to feel bad about myself and that I needed to run when he got home.  He understood.

I was dressed and waiting when he arrived. I waited till he was settled and headed out the door for an easy run.  Part way into the run I decided I needed a confidence booster.  I was going to attempt another sub 8 minute mile.  I knew it could go either way.  I could go sub 8 and feel great about myself or I could struggle and possibly feel even worse.  Mile 4 ended up being sub 8 and I hadn’t even tried to push myself. 

Okay Dorothy you got this.  Try for sub 7.  What’s the worst that could happen?  You don’t do it?  Who cares, you had a baby 7 weeks ago – just try.

Try I did.  Mile 5 of my 5 miler I pushed it and pushed it hard.  6:42  As I did a .25 cool down on the way back to my house I felt renewed.  Did I really just do that?  Did this girl who less than 11 years ago was an overweight, smoker(gasp), who could barely run an 11 minute mile just run a 6:42 less than 8 weeks after giving birth to her 3rd baby?  OH YES SHE DID.

It gave me hope for the future and confirmed in my head that I will again one day run what I consider to be fast.  Three kids will not be the end of Dorothy-the-wanna-be-fast-mommy-runnerI will achieve my goals. I won’t let diapers, wipes, spit up, and sleepless nights hold me down.  I won’t make excuses as to why I didn’t achieve all I wanted to achieve in my life.  I will grab life. 

I will live it to the fullest.


  1. That is stinkin amazing and AWESOME!! way to go!

  2. Rebecca Samson says:

    Way to go Dorothy!

  3. Awesome – hope that's what you needed that day!

  4. really great! I love the OH YES SHE DID!!!

  5. Wow wow wow. You amaze me.

    7 weeks postpartum and you are ALREADY running sub 7 minute miles. You are incredible!

  6. Woooooohoooo! Amen, sistah!!! I love you!!! xoxoxoxoxooxox

  7. Jim ... 50after40 says:

    Wow – great workout … good job!

  8. Melissa Cunningham says:

    oh,wow!!!!you are awesome!!! a sub 7 mile 7wks post partum?you rock!!!!
    AND i totally relate to all those "crazy" thoughts in your head about getting back to being a fast runner again…
    im in the SAME boat. baby three is just 4 months old and i am trying desperatly to get be the speed demon again….
    this is just what i needed to read today!!!
    thank you!!!

  9. Amazing. Blessed be the nursing/post partum/sleep-deprived runners. You are world class!

  10. Lesley @ says:

    Wow!!! High fives all around!

  11. Christie O. says:

    holy MOLY! that's freakin awesome.OH YES YOU DID! you, my dear, have inspired me today. thank you!

  12. Lisa Rini says:

    Yes..i definitely have days like this! My problem is trying to squeeze in everything I want to in a short period of time. I know what I need to's just having the discipline to do it! If it's one thing you've taught me, it's always strive for better, faster, and don't sweat the small stuff! :)

  13. AWESOME job Dorothy! You are going to be at your "A" game in NO time at all! What an inspiration :)

  14. Elizabeth says:

    That's so awesome. I love how spontaneous that was. Seems like it was just what you needed that day. :-)

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