Ever since we connected with a crack-us-up scrapbook-blogger last year, Dim and I have had a soft spot in our hearts for crafty runners. Thus I immediately warmed up to Carrie Lundell, a sewing maven, marathoner, and mother of four, when our virtual paths crossed on Twitter. A runner for only two years, Carrie’s already blazing an impressive path, including running a marathon when she was four months pregnant.
Best recent run: Running the Surf City Half Marathon at the beginning of February, 10 weeks after the birth of my fourth child. It felt so good and so bad (as in, “my uterus is falling out” bad) all at the same time.
16 weeks, 26.2 miles: Once I found out I was pregnant, I had the choice to either change my “under 4 hour” marathon goal or give up completely. The latter is just not in my personality, so a change is what I had to do. I was very disappointed at first, but that marathon at 16 weeks pregnant was such a wonderful and enjoyable experience and something that I will always share with my little guy (who my daughter thought I should’ve named “Miles” after all the miles we ran together).
Nursing station: Honestly, I feel like I’m still trying to figure out running + breastfeeding. I’ve noticed hydration is super-important right now in relation to my milk supply. Logistically, the baby is on a really nice schedule, so I can often plan accordingly, running between feedings. During my first half-marathon, I was gone a longer stretch of time so he took a bottle from dad. By the end of the race, I was really feeling it though. I think I grew a cup size in the last mile.
Crafting v. running: Without both creating and running in my life, I am not happy. After the birth of my fourth child, I quickly realized how important running is to my state of mind. It’s a time to clear my head and feel like I am regaining control of my body. It’s the quickest way to chase the baby blues away. Creating is something that comes from deep in my soul. If I don’t let it out, I feel like I’m going to explode. Sometimes the two merge and I refashion race shirts!
Girls Rule: I can’t say enough about having good training companions. It is so much more fun (and easy to get out the door) if you have someone to train with. We’re also pretty competitive, so we push each other to go faster and farther. And A Girls’ Night Out mountain bike ride, lap swim, or 10-mile run is so much more fulfilling than dinner and a movie. I’ve made some incomparable memories with my training friends.
The Relay: The Relay was one of the best races I’ve ever participated in (even though our team came in second to last). It’s tough to pinpoint what was the best part: running through San Francisco’s Presidio at 3 a.m. with the only sound being the waves crashing against the shore;
sleeping under the Golden Gate Bridge with the coolest group of girls around; resuscitating my old cheerleading skills and dance moves to encourage the runners; flying down the backside of a mountain for six miles at a sub-7:00 pace. Relay races join the best parts of running with the best parts of team sports.
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