It was June 4th last year. I was sent home from the hospital after enduring treatments to stop my pre-term labor contractions and on strict bed rest orders from my doctor. I was devastated that I would have to be confined to my bed/couch, but was so very grateful my twin babies didn’t make their grand entrance at a mere 26 weeks. During my 11 weeks on bed rest, as I felt my body become increasingly more weak due to inactivity, I decided I would make it my goal to run a half marathon the next April. At the time, that seemed like a very feasible goal! 7 1/2 months after the babies were born…plenty of time to train, right?! ha! Well I certainly didn’t know I would have two very colicky babies who also had protein intolerances, which meant those first 4 months were just plain hard. Exercising was hardly even a consideration, because if I had the opportunity to sleep, shower or run, running was the very last on my priority list!
Fast forward a few months, and here I am. Less than one week away from the half marathon. For the past couple months, my “training” has consisted of 1-2 runs a week, which is certainly less than I had hoped! However, on many days, those runs were glorious to me. Those runs were time to spend out of the house by myself and be rejuvenated by fresh air and sunshine!
So why do I share this with you? To boast about how I’m going to run a half marathon after having twins? No, certainly not! These past couple weeks, I’ve been wavering back and forth whether I will even run this race. I know deep inside me, I want to accomplish this goal, yet at the same time it’s very humbling to not be back to the speed I’d like to be, and being ok with the fact that I might have to stop and walk a few times during the race. But by sharing this with you, that means I’m in! I WILL cross that finish line on Saturday rather than wimping out last minute, which feels very tempting!
It’s also my hope to be an encouragement and support for fellow twin mamas or moms who had/are going through a difficult pregnancy that included weeks on bed rest. It IS possible to get back into shape afterward! It takes giving yourself much grace and patience throughout the journey, and setting your eyes on a goal to press on toward!
My stomach fills with butterflies as I think about running on Saturday! But the best part? My husband and the twins will be there to cheer me on; seeing their faces will bring me so much joy during the long run!