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.