Friday, April 3, 2015

Post-partum return to running

If I ran 8 day ago and didn't tell the Internet about it, did it even happen?

A day shy of 6 weeks after D's birth, I did my first post-partum run. It was warm and lovely out, and Nick was home after about 12 straight days of working. I needed to be out of the house for a minute. I ran 15 minutes away from the house, assuming I'd have just over 15 minutes to run back, making a nice 30ish minute run. I really wanted to relax and listen to my body (gross, I know, but if you're running with a brand new pelvis, you'd want to listen to it, too). I didn't have a single ache or pain. It was glorious. My legs felt fresh. Basically, the stars aligned. The thing I wasn't prepared for was being breathless. I mean, I was barely running a 9 minute mile... why was I so out of breath? Didn't all that walking and sporadic jogging I did during pregnancy keep me in tip-top shape?

The summer I was unemployed, I watched every season of Scrubs. I have some complicated feelings about Dr. Cox. And his abs.

When I turned around at the 15 minute point, I realized I'd had a strong tailwind the whole way out (this is standard for my road). Ugh. Now I have to run home with a ridiculous headwind. I slowed down, but not terribly, and just focused on breathing. I'm glad I got it out of the way without making a big deal out of it. It was just another run.

Now the real fun begins! Nick and I are signed up for our local running club's Grand Prix. If we run 3 or more races put on by the club, our places are compared to those of other club members in our age group. Fastest people get prizes. Yes. I will run for prizes. This first race was the January 1 Resolution Run (recap here). We both placed in that one (race was very tiny... I add that because a 27 minute 5k probably should not earn a medal...) so we're already set up for a decent year. At least Nick is. He's a talented runner no matter how long his off season is. I've got my work cut out for me. The next race is this weekend! I assume it'll be small as well since it's Easter Weekend. Last year's results show about 300 participants. The next race is the following weekend and it's one of the bigger 5k's in the region.

tl;dr I'm back to running, it's hard, but I have some races soon to motivate me. I'm excited. 

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