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A return to the Loop!

SandiBeach

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I’m Back…running/training again that is! And hopefully as a more active member of this community.

I wrote this entry back in September 2018 and never posted it, not sure why, but I think I got distracted by running/walking and taking care of my new little girl.  We have been blessed with a fun-loving, smiley little girl that is laid-back, but constantly moving, and very easy to keep happy.  I absolutely love being the mom of this wonderful girl!

Sept 2018 - I am preparing myself for the hard work of coming back to running and racing.  It’s exciting and slightly scary at the same time.  Trying to draft a plan in my head has been difficult, along with trying to figure out logistics with a baby.  Let’s backtrack first.  I ran my last mile at 33 weeks pregnant, which was back in May.  My body just didn’t want to run any more, but I did continue to walk every day until 39 weeks.  Our little girl was born mid-July (39 weeks, 4 days). A very looonnnngggg hard labor, but that’s a separate story with little relevance to running, except that I might be better at endurance now than before. 😉 Side note- delivering a baby is nothing like running a marathon.  For me at least, the marathon is much less painful.  For some reason I thought that running a marathon would prepare me for labor, but I was so wrong – Ha!

There was nothing very notable about my recovery. I did eat a large (notable) amount of ice cream… good for mental recovery, maybe not so much the physical. 😀  I just rested a lot and did not try to do any strenuous exercise until the 6-week, “your back to being a normal person” check-up with my doctor.  I was cleared to resume all activity at that appointment.  Yay, running could commence!  The week of the appointment I started walking harder and throwing a few “I’ll just jog for the distance between those 2-3 mailboxes” in the middle of the walks.  Everything felt okay, but not great. 

I was curious to get a baseline of where I was starting from before doing too much running, so the first chance I got, which was almost 7 weeks postpartum. I set out to run one mile as fast as I could.  There’s a housing development by my house that has a perfect half mile loop, with about a 20-foot change in elevation.  I took off starting on the downhill at what I perceived was a hard, but not all-out effort.  I looked down at my watch and was pleasantly surprised to see a low 7:XX on the pace readout!  I then hit the flat section and the uphill and that pace quickly slowed, and the effort became "all-out."  The second lap I was able to maintain a consistent speed for the entire lap, but it was significantly slower than the first, and I was on to the edge of losing my breakfast on the slight incline at the end of the loop.  Overall, I finished the mile in 7:59, which was better than I expected, but it felt incredibly difficult.  (Pre-pregnancy I did a 7:19 min/mile 10K). I would not have been able to run much farther at a similar speed, and the next day my muscles let me know that they were not prepared for the run, but I am happy with where I am at.

Summary of week 1

Sunday – 1 mile time trial – 7:59

Monday – no running, a mile walk to breakfast and a 2 mile walk in the evening

Tuesday- 1.6 mile lunch walk, 1 mile run at 9:20 average pace speeding up over the distance followed by 1.6 miles walking

Wednesday – evening walk, with intermittent random distance easy jogs at conversational pace

Thoughts- coming back from very little is difficult.  The heat and humidity (heat index over 100 Monday-Thursday) doesn’t help either. Once I get up to a 2 mile straight run, I think I will try to develop a more structured plan, but for now I’m winging it based on how I feel, but just not increasing anything too rapidly. -END-

I have another bloop already written from October 2018. I then plan on posting the short version of what happened between October 2018 and March 2019, followed by training updates and random running thoughts now.

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Reading about heat and humidity sent me into a time warp until I remembered this was written back in September. I was trying to come back from knee surgery in September and the H/H was suffocating.

But it's so fun to see you back on the Loop, and I hope to be able to watch your journey up close. Enjoy that baby.

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Congratulations Momma! It's hard to make it all work with a little one, but you can do it!

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6 hours ago, Dave said:

Reading about heat and humidity sent me into a time warp until I remembered this was written back in September. I was trying to come back from knee surgery in September and the H/H was suffocating.

But it's so fun to see you back on the Loop, and I hope to be able to watch your journey up close. Enjoy that baby.

Thank you! I am trying to remember what oppressive heat and humidity feels like.  Today's run had wind chills in the teens.  

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