Saturday, March 16, 2013

Back to Running :)

Wow!  I've been back to running since I had the baby 8 weeks ago and it is tough!  I feel like I did when I just started running for the first time ever.  I was overweight, led a sedentary lifestyle and never ran in my life.  From there, I walk/ran until I could comfortably run a 5K.  I remember when running 3 miles seemed so unattainable.

Less than two years after I started running, I ran a full marathon.  The beginning of 2012 was my best racing yet - a 5K PR in Feb (Super Bowl in Novi), 10K PR in March (ShamRock N Roll in Plymouth), and 3 half marathon PRs shortly thereafter (Rock CF in Grosse Ile, Martian in Dearborn and Let's Move in Mt. Clemens).  5 races, 5 PRs and I was on my way to train for my second full marathon and hopefully take 30-45 mins off my time.

Then I got pregnant, was diagnosed with placenta previa, and told not to run.  Man, did my free time really open up.  I stopped running mid-July and only just atarted again mid-Feb, just 3 and a half weeks after my daughter was born. 

In a random turn of events, my mom found a like-new treadmill in my grandpa's basement at the same time I was looking to buy one... Three days later a treadmill arrived in my living room.  Thank goodness too, since I was not able to get outside to run as much as I thought I would be able to with a newborn. 
my view from the loud treadmill - sleeping baby girl and tv I can't hear and apparently our closed captioning doesn't work...

For the past two weeks, I've been slowly but surely increasing my mileage, just a quarter mile at a time, but I'm up to running 2.5 miles.  My mother in law came over Thursday and I got outside for a run and it felt great!! 

I just signed up for my first post-baby race - Let's Move 5K in Mt. Clemens.  I was hoping to run this  half marathon for the third year in a row, but I know that's not realistic.  So, I talked my sisters, husband, mom, mother in law and various other family members to doing the 5K, too.  Selfishly, this way I know I'll have someone to push the baby in the stroller (or stay home with her if it's bad weather) so I can run my own race :)

That race is on April 27th, so I have six weeks to comfortably cover 3.1 miles and increase my speed in doing so.  Again, it's just like I'm a beginner again, which isn't all that bad, I just had to get myself in a different mindset.  One thing is for sure: I want to get my fitness back and be a good, active role model for our daughter.


Speaking of which, Lindsay is 8 weeks old and ready for summer:
I HAD to but this bathing suit the other day as it is so cute (and I hate bikinis on babies).  Yes, there's still snow outside, but I couldn't resist. 

Being a mom is great - the absolute best feeling in the world!!!  I go back to work next week (just Thurs & Fri), so we'll see how I do being away from her and keeping up on my running.  Wish me luck!

9 comments:

  1. Hooray! Congrats on your running comeback! So awesome! And could Lindsay be any cuter?! Love that bathing suit on her!!

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  2. Glad to see the baby is doing well (& cute). I wasn't even the one who gave birth (now that would have been something!), but having our baby has impacted my running too. I am finding ways to make it work and with more daylight in the evenings and warmer temperatures (please please), I'll be alright.

    You'll do great, just add back little by little, don't overdo it and don't worry too much about missing a run. It'll all work out! :)

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  3. She is adorable!!!

    I know how it feels to get back at it after giving birth. Don't worry, one of these days it will all just click!! Trust me. :-)

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  4. Lindsey is adorable! Congrats on getting back to running so soon!

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  5. She is absolutely adorable!!
    I remember getting back into running post-baby as well - it was the strangest feeling and I had no idea what I was doing! It will definitely come back to you and you'll feel great...it just may take a little time and that's ok :)

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  6. Welcome back! I know what taking 2 months off feels like, so I can only imagine its magnitudes worse.
    I don't think I'm running LM this year because I'm running Back 2 Beach, but I'll be there to root my sister.
    Good luck!

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