Friday, November 15, 2013

First post-partum run

I meant to write this yesterday, but my headspace wasn't great after my first run.

I was so excited to get out there!

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it...(and I was over-dressed, too! Note to self: Compression shirt not needed in 40 degree weather.)

I was only doing two miles because I haven't run in eons and yanno, just had abdominal surgery 6 1/2 weeks ago, so wanted to be conservative.

I have to admit though, I thought I was being overly conservative and that while I wouldn't be anywhere close to a PR...I thought I'd be about where I left off pregnant running.

What I didn't expect was to be slower than I'd ever been before. I struggled through running two 14 minute miles.

And while I've never been fast, 14 minute miles were disheartening. My husband and my best friend can both walk faster than that! I was so upset, and even wondered if getting pregnant had ruined my ability to run.

Today, I'm sore. My legs are sore - I can feel that I worked hard. Two miles was conservative, but my body needed it. I needed to start slow mileage wise and you know what..speed wise, yeah, I was slow. Oh well. I'll get faster. I won't be doing 14 minute miles forever. Two miles won't be this hard forever. I got to run again! I'm running again tomorrow.

And it feels so good to be back!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I'm back! And I have a baby.

Well, Miles was born 9/30 :) He's 5 weeks old today and growing fast:

Knock on wood I should be cleared to run again in less than a week - I am super excited. For the past 2 weeks I've been mentally arranging a training plan to jump back into running - I can't wait! I'm going to start with a week of 2 mile runs and see how it goes. Pace doesn't matter - I just miss my me-time.

Life is going to change a bit when it comes to running though - I used to run while my daughter was at school but with my little running partner on the outside now, that's harder. Jogging strollers are expensive and I haven't quite figured out how to budget it and still afford to do any races, haha, so for now I'll be getting up early and running before my husband leaves for work. Long runs will be on the weekend. I hate mornings, so this will be tough - especially because in winter it is bloody cold out here. But I can live with that!

I also need to put together a race calendar. Right now the only races on my radar are the Grant Park 5K Turkey Trot on 11/30, the Cupid's Love Dash 10K on 2/9, and the Lincoln HM on 4/5. I'm open to suggestions! :)