After finishing a program that got me to work out 13 and then 17 days in a row, my motivation muscle got a little more toned, so I didn't work out for three days and come Monday...
... I ran, everyday, for a week.
Technically, I ran five days in a row, but at least that's every"week"day. I skipped Saturday and gave up Sunday after less than half a mile because it was already mid-day, and I haven't re-mastered the mid-day thing yet. Still, considering I barely ran at all after September when I got burned out, I feel pretty good about my week of running, though my legs were admittedly not the happiest.
I ran about 18 miles in total over those five days (18.5 if you count the weekend), which is not much, but it's a post-partum mileage peak. Of course, most of those miles were run in the cold of the morning, which is kind of cheating to me, since that's a heck of a lot easier than logging on the treadmill, which is my only viable option on some days.
Of course, I got sore. Who wouldn't? My stomping grounds are hilly, and this was a lot of sudden impact even though I do a lot of interval training. My runs were 3-4 miles, which is about as far as I can go right now before a joint starts bothering me, which started happening often post-partum. My shoes are new, so I either need to stretch more or take glucosamine again. Pace-wise, it wasn't pretty. I run with an app but haven't been pausing it when needed, so I'd hover between 9:30-10:30 on the road and 9:05-9:30 on the treadmill. I'm not particularly interested in running faster, except that I am trying to maximize the 30-40 minutes I have to work out.
As for "the itch," well, I would LOVE to finally run half-marathon #30 or even a 10K, but I've yet to find anything specific yet, nor am I really anticipating getting into half-marathon form anytime soon. I *think* Baby Tuesday is finally starting to sleep more reliably at night, which has helped me make progress in the insomnia spells I've developed on top of that, but who knows? I will say, though, that the relatively decent sleep lately is definitely playing into my ability to do any kind of running streak, and it really has made a difference in my outlook on things.
Next month, "The Ukrainian" is running two of my favorite/sentimental races -- Surf City Half-Marathon and LA Marathon -- and even the itch for those is pretty tame. I know I'm in a different chapter of my life right now, and I can enjoy running short distances for its own sake for the time being. That's actually a very good place to be, for me.
Happily, after this week of pounding, I ran again today (Monday). If things continue to go well, I might average a mile a day this month -- I'm at 21.5 and have six days to do the last 9.5. That would be a nice, doable goal for the remainder of the year... tougher when you started for the month on the 18th.