I’ve registered for my first postpartum race!

Six months into parenthood and A LOT has happened/changed since Emery came into this world. It’s a fun and exhausting time and I love being a momma.

Running has been a big part of my life for years and will hopefully continue to be for a long time.

So earlier this week, I registered for my first post partum race — the Wendell Foster Half Marathon. It’s in my hometown (and current town) and supports a great organization (I actually volunteered there when Ryan and I first moved back to Owensboro!). It’s in November so I have a lot of time to prepare (thank goodness!) But I am so excited to have a race on the calendar.

Half Marathon - November 13, 2021

While I’m just running for my sanity right now, I can’t wait to start training soon!

Do you have any races scheduled for 2021?

Looking forward to postpartum running

Let me start off this post with the most important (at least to me!) news — I RAN HALF A MILE.

While I don’t officially get cleared to workout until next week, I couldn’t help but hop on the treadmill to see work up a quick sweat. It was a sloooow half mile (13:57 pace I think?) but I am so dang proud!

I cannot wait to get back to running and to share with you all everything I learn about postpartum fitness/running along the way.

I can’t wait to get back to running

Hi friends! Coming at you through the fog of new parenthood. We’re 3.5 weeks into life with our sweet Emery Jane and while she is super cute – I think she has her days and nights mixed up – so I am exhausted from basically never sleeping.

While we are slowly getting into a routine and learning what works best for baby and for our little family, one thing I am excited about adding to the mix is being able to run/workout again!

While I’m trying to wait until I’m cleared at my six week postpartum appointment to do anything too crazy, I’ve been slowly adding in some uphill walks on the treadmill and light upper body strength training into my days whenever I have time (ha! which is usually never but I’m working on it)

So much of my identity before becoming a mom was tied to being a runner and I don’t want to lose that now that I’ve added motherhood to the mix. I’m excited to see how I can balance everything in the future and I can’t wait until EJ gets old enough where she can join me on stroller runs!

Did you wait until your six week appointment to start running or did you get back to it earlier?

Adventuring in the cold and what to wear on those cold runs

Anyone else already over this cold weather?! I know it is so easy to stay inside during the winter months, but getting out in the sunshine (even in the winter) is SO important!

Not only am I trying to avoid the treadmill, but I am trying to take Murphy out in the cold so we can both burn some energy. The fresh air is good for both of us!

What to wear when running in the cold:

  • 30 degrees: 2 tops, 1 bottom. Long-sleeve base layer and a vest keep your core warm. Tights or shorts, depending on your preference.
  • 10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms? A windbreaker over a base layer, and two pairs of tights or wind pants over the tights.
  • 0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops and a jacket.
  • Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, gloves, something to cover your face.
  • Minus 20 degrees: Hop on the treadmill.

Soaking up these outside runs

Yesterday it was in the 60s – today it’s in the 20s. I am so glad I had the chance to run outside yesterday before this nasty and cold weather moved in (I feel for the parents who are out with kids trick-or-treating in this weather).


These fancy flora rogas from Oiselle are so fun! 

Between working three jobs and a somewhat demanding travel schedule for work, outside runs have been few and far between lately. Taking time for yourself IS NOT SELFISH (something I’m still learning). Getting outside in the fresh air is good for my soul and my mind. I’m going to be bummed when the weather forces me inside on the treadmill. Until then, I’m sneaking outside every chance I get.

Low light and self-timers ^^ #DoItForTheGram

How is the weather where you are? Some of my friends are seeing SNOW already — uhm, no thank you. I will take my crazy Kentucky weather over snow in October. Next week it should feel like fall again 🙂

2019 Owensboro Bridge Run

Coming ‘atcha today with a race recap! (I know, I know – there has been radio silence on the blog lately. But at least I’m checking in with something good!)

On Saturday, my husband, his dad and I ran the Owensboro Bridge Run 5k! It was the first race both of the guys and they actually enjoyed themselves!

My father-in-law has been training for a while and he ROCKED IT. He finished in 37:51 for his first 5k race and I am SO proud. Ryan finished a few minutes behind his and dad and my heart could have burst seeing him cross the finish. While I have been running for years, it’s never been his thing. I try not to push it on him too much, but I was so hyped to have him out on the course with me.

Caught this guy at the finish line while I was waiting on Ricky and Ryan. So inspiring!

I finished in 31:39 and I’m pretty happy with that time! It was faster than the 5k I ran in May and with life being so crazy lately, I’m proud of the fight I had during the race.
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Everyone got a finishers medal and they were super cute and simple. (That’s the bridge we ran across in the background!)

I also surprised myself and ended up placing third in my age group! I was so pumped. I placed 3rd out of 10 runners in the F 25-29 group and the 4th place female was only 5 seconds behind me. So I’m glad I booked it at the finish.

The race was a part of the Owensboro Air Show weekend. On Friday night we went to a static air show at our local airport and the demonstrations we saw were amazing. The sunset only made it better. On Saturday we sat in the sun for way too long watching the actual air show event. One of the coolest events in Owensboro.

My heart is so full from such a fun weekend with family. I am so thankful to live in the town I grew up in and that I get to share it with some of my favorite people.

Happy Global Running Day

Happy #GlobalRunningDay! Here I am after my first marathon! (#RnRNashville) One of my proudest running accomplishments and something I never thought would happen.

Running teaches me more about myself with every mile. I’ve been running for more than 10 years and I can say it’s honestly changed my life. #runhappy 💕

Getting in shape is hard

I saw this on Twitter from Steve Magness (@stevemagness) at it really hit home.

I thought I would share and maybe it will help you too.

“Getting in shape is hard. And expectations can kill the motivation to do so.

It’s easy to compare yourself to some prior fitter you, but all that does is set you up for disappointment & frustration. Be kind to yourself. Try to get a little bit better from where you are right now.”

Even when a run sucks at least I get to spend time outside

Today’s run wasn’t the best — but I got outside and did something. It felt great to knock out some miles before 7 a.m.! And honestly, who cares if I didn’t run as fast as I wanted? I’m not training for anything right now, life is crazy and the fact that I got out the door with my running shoes on is an accomplishment in itself.

So if you got outside today — be proud!

Scenes from today’s run:

Owensboro’s International Bar-B-Q Festival 5k and food recap

On Saturday, I ran my first race of 2019! Every year my hometown has an International Bar-B-q Festival and it’s two days of food, live music, mutton eating contests and so much fun! This is my second time running the 5k race (my first was back in 2010!) and it was so much fun to be around the local running community. So many people come out for the race and the energy was off the charts (even on a chilly Saturday morning!)

The course is super simple and just makes a big loop through downtown Owensboro. While there is basically no crowd support, there are so many runners that you are never alone.

I’m actually pretty happy with my time. Lately, I’ve been running around 11-11:30 pace but I knew being around people and being outside would be a little faster. The first quarter mile was a lot of weaving in and out of the crowds and I had to walk once for 15-20 seconds to adjust my ponytail.

After the race, I came home to finish up some work and shower before heading back down to the festival with my brother to get some lunch. We had lots of samples, but finally decided on a mutton sandwich, lemonade shakeup and some fried cookie dough (so rich, but so good!)

The only crazy thing my brother wanted to try was the deep fried cookie dough. We have all of these insane fried festival food booths every year and I never give in (mainly because most of it sounds disgusting) but decided what the heck and we split the dish. Best choice ever! It was so good! 10/10 will get next year.

Does your town have any crazy festivals/celebrations?! I would love to hear about them in the comments below.