Evolve

Or perhaps, reVolve, if you will…

I recently had a conversation with my best friend and sister Jessica, (you know, gorgeous mom, with an adorable daughter, super fast runner without doing much training…yeah that girl) about this little blog we were once so faithful with. I mentioned how I had been thinking about writing a post, but that I didn’t really feel like much of the reRunner I once was, thus not in a good position to post anything.

This one. Waving to her sweet little lady Emie while owning everyone in a cross country race this past September.

This one. Waving to her sweet little lady Emie while owning everyone in a cross country race this past September. Seriously, how do you look this amazing while running a race? Jessica does it.

As usual, I’m so glad I talked with Jess about it because once again as usual, she was/is full of wisdom.

You see, the idea of “reRun” stemmed from the fact that our days often felt like an endless run, with a little normal-life stuff squeezed in-between. At least, that’s how it was for me when this blog was born. It can feel that way when you’re running 65 miles in a 6 day period each week.

I haven’t been anywhere near that for some time now. A couple years at least. Many reasons contribute to that. Mostly injuries, but also just a lot of life; personal struggles, but also wonderful things.

As I talked with Jess, she pointed out that reRun really means the way running will always be apart of our lives. How it evolves with where we are at. How running will ebb and flow at different points along the path of life.

65-70 mile a week Cecily and...a-lot-less-than-that miles per week Cecily.

65-70 miles a week, 2x per day running Cecily and…a-lot-less-than-that miles a week, 3-4x per week running Cecily. But my love of running is the same!

With that in mind, I can’t think of a better time for me to post on this blog!

Matt and I are back in the USA. Actually, I flew home from St. Maarten a year ago today exactly. Craziness! In that year, we lived with Matt’s parents while Matt studied and took the dreaded Step 1 test. Then we moved to Michigan for his first three month clinical rotation. We moved back to CA in January to begin another rotation in Bakersfield, where we will stay for hopefully another year. Since this time last year, I have a new little job working for my father-in-law’s medical practice, I have run four Ragnar Relays, I took every opportunity to run road races in Michigan, and even spent my last two weeks there running with the elite Hansons-Brooks Distance Project (what an awesome group, by the way). I’ve also started volunteer assistant-coaching the Cal State University Bakersfield track team’s distance kids (and subsequently learned that I LOVE coaching and being around the sport again).

The awesome baton you get when your team wins a Ragnar. My best 5k while in Michigan off of no speed work and running 4 days a week. My super awesome Hansons-Brooks tank. Official CSUB coachie swag.

The awesome baton you get when your team wins a Ragnar. My best 5k while in Michigan off of no speed work and running 4 days a week. My super awesome Hansons-Brooks tank souvenir. My official CSUB coachie swag.

And last but not least…

Matt and I are starting our family!

My first picture of my little love. Looked like a tiny gummy bear at 9 weeks,

My first picture of my little love. Looked like a tiny gummy bear at 9 weeks. Due Sept 29!

I found out the very end of January and I’m so incredibly happy and excited. I’m even more happy now that I’m in my second trimester and I am not quite so sick anymore and food sounds appetizing again. I was/am lucky however, and didn’t actually throw up much. I learned that if I paid attention and made myself eat every 2-3 hours, I could beat the nausea. So…I may be the only woman who ate her way through her first trimester sickness. Thank goodness for peanut butter and jam sandwiches. (Special thanks to my mother-in-law’s homemade peach jam. Delectable).

So, where has running fit into all of this? Well, as my sickness got worse around weeks 6 and 7, I stopped running altogether for about two weeks. I’d never been so happy to not run! When you’re constantly nauseous and chronically fatigued, running is slow and horrible. But, then I remembered I had committed to my family’s upcoming SoCal Ragnar team. I only had six weeks until the race! I reluctantly resumed my running. I went from breezing through 9-11 mile runs at sub 7-minute pace pre-pregnancy, to gasping for air and plunking around the neighborhood for a mere 3 miles.

Six weeks later I was up to 7.5 miles as my long run (because that was the length of my longest leg of the relay), and I was ready for the Ragnar! I had a great time and it went much better than I thought.

My van at the starting line for the SoCal Ragnar a week and half ago.

My van at the starting line for the SoCal Ragnar a week and half ago. (Can you see what shirt I’m wearing?)

Now that it’s over, I am happy to just run a few times a week and to base how far I run on how I feel that particular day. Because believe me, this baby is already growing! Either that, or my appetite just grew…probably both. But I don’t care. I’m so happy to have this long-term running partner!

Here’s to reDoing the reRun. So maybe I’m not the Saucony pro-runner I was attempting to be three years ago. Maybe I’m not going for the 2016 Olympic trials (as I’ve day-dreamed about a few times). So maybe I’m not running every day…or even every other day.

Guess what? I wouldn’t have it any other way! There’s plenty of time for my running to change and evolve. That concept used to scare me. Now? Bring it on.

(And thank goodness it isn’t as scary anymore because I’m about to be a mom…so LOTS of changes are in my very near future!)

24 thoughts on “Evolve

  1. I’m so excited for you to be a mommy! It is the best! And fitting in running or working out or not fitting it in is all part of the fun. Em and I did exercises this morning together… Head, shoulders, knees and toes. :) Love you, sister! Thanks for blogging, because you are amazing!

  2. Here is my favorite part: “I’ve also started volunteer assistant-coaching the Cal State University Bakersfield track team’s distance kids (and subsequently learned that I LOVE coaching and being around the sport again).”

    My other favorite part is that I get to see my running friends next week.

    And then my commentary is this: I’m not the runner I once was, but I am a runner nonetheless, whether it is celebrating a sub 17 5k at 17 years old or celebrating a sub 28 5k at 38 years old. I’m running the American River Parkway 5k next Saturday in Sacramento with my old teammates. Want to join us?

    • You are such a huge part of why I have continued to love running and competing. Your coaching was perfect for me and I am forever grateful for the countless hours you put in for VHS XC and Track.

      • Yes, I’ve been thinking a lot about your coaching lately Ray. What 26 year decides they want to coach a team and then actually fully commits to doing so? Mad props, Coach Hausler. Thanks for 4 great years :)

      • Congrats, Cecily! Glad you have ReVived and begun to ReVamp and ReBuild the ReRun. I’m having too much fun with this, as you can tell. Happy you and Jes are still running.

  3. This was fun! Cecily, you and Matt will make fantastic parents… excited and happy for you guys. And I can’t get over doing a 5k in 18 minutes! Someday I hope to run 2 miles in that time. Wow.

    What kind of work are you doing at your father-in-law’s practice?

  4. Yay! Wonderful post, Cec!
    It must be hard to “slow down” something that is so enjoyable to you and something you’ve invested in for such a long time, but I’m so happy you’re finding joy in this new part of your journey! I know our entire extended family is excited and happy for you guys…like extremely, hah.
    Love ya! Fight on! :)

    • Aw, Jess. I’m fine with slowing down for this precious little one. So excited for baby to join our awesome Lew family! He or she will definitely have super cool aunts/uncles/cousins/etc to show them what’s up.

  5. YAYAYAYAYAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on your new little babe to be :) I’m excited!!!! I haven’t even been blogging but Colin still has you lovelies bookmarked on his macbook so whenever I use his computer I click in just to see and I was SOOOOOOO HAPPY when I saw a new post :) YAY!!!!

    We just welcomed a new addition to our family in Oct. ….little Hudson. So now we have two crazy boys 😛 I haven’t been running much but I have a 5k this weekend. hopefully I can make it 😉

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