Today is my last day of maternity leave. I have a lot of emotions about going back to work, the overarching one is sadness. I know that once we’re in a routine and I’m in the swing of things (luckily I do enjoy my job) that it’ll be a lot easier but right now all I can think about is how little time I’ll get to spend with Siena during the week. We’re pretty much attached at the hip so that initial separation will be tough! Either way, I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to take six full months off and I’m so glad I made the decision to extend my leave.
I spent the last week of my maternity leave on a road trip with Siena and Mike, which was a great way to end an amazing six months. We were definitely nervous to see how Siena would handle so many hours in the car, but it ended up going more smoothly than we thought. Being able to nurse anywhere really helped and we made sure to take some long pit stops so that she could stretch her legs after eating.
On Tuesday we drove to the Grand Canyon from San Diego, leaving at 4:45 a.m. (after Siena woke for her usual early morning feeding) and arriving at our hotel just outside the park at around 4 p.m. We made long stops for breakfast, lunch and for an afternoon walk and it went way more quickly than I would have guessed. Once we were checked into our hotel, we took Siena out in the Ergo to see the Grand Canyon at sunset. I was so glad that we left early so we could make it for sunset! Although the sky wasn’t colorful, the canyon itself was illuminated by the setting sun.
On Wednesday we headed to the park around noon and stayed until 5 p.m., walking the paved rim trail for about 10 miles total and enjoying lunch at a restaurant in the park. Although we really enjoyed seeing the views, both Mike and I were a little sad that we couldn’t spend any time doing any serious hiking while we were there. It was like going into a bakery for a day and just looking and never tasting – the trials were so close yet we couldn’t hike them! We ended up researching and plotting to do a rim to rim hiking trip over dinner (and beer) that night.
On Thursday we drove from the Grand Canyon to Scottsdale with a pitstop in Sedona for an hour long hike and lunch along the way. We saw my good friend Lana in the late afternoon and then arrived at Mike’s friend Brian’s house that evening and stayed with him and his family for the rest of the weekend along with another friend from college, his wife and their baby (who was born just days before Siena). The highlights from the weekend included a Padres/Giants Spring Training game on Friday night and a spa day for the girls on Saturday (thanks dads for watching the little ones!) but there were a lot of really fun moments (and yummy food) in between.
Besides a 10 mile long run that I did on Monday between Big Bear and Arizona, I didn’t run at all during my vacation. I brought my running clothes but with temps reaching the mid 90s in Arizona, Siena’s sleep schedule being thrown off resulting in more night time waking, and the fact that there weren’t any convenient running routes near our hotel or the house we stayed at, I wasn’t motivated enough to run. I also just wanted to spend more quality time with Siena and Mike and enjoy vacation. I don’t regret that decision at all and it’s definitely one of the perks of not making any lofty race goals.
However, I plan to start doing weekly training posts starting with this week. Even though I don’t have big scary race goals for my races this spring, I do want to put forth some good effort and writing it all down and sharing it helps keep me on track. Look for the first post early next week!
So here we go. The next phase of life starts tomorrow as I become a working mom. I’d be lying if I said I was ready.
Do you usually try to run while on vacation? Do you like road trips?