When I start thinking about getting back into running post-baby, it’s pretty overwhelming! I really feel like I’ll be completely starting over, and basically with a new body too. If there’s one thing I’ve learned being pregnant, it’s that my body is a blessing, and not being in control of it as Adeline grows, has been really mentally challenging. It has been much harder than I ever thought it would be to “sit on the sidelines” and not be able to do the things I love to do while pregnant.I went from being active 24/7, to barely managing a few walks here and there. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade pregnancy for the world, but learning a new normal for the better part of a year has been tough!
Running again is going to feel different, and I’m certainly not just going to be able to jump right back into the shape I was in before we got pregnant! Even right now, the thought of running a mile sounds daunting. Heck, even a long walk is enough to get my heart pounding! I have no idea how I’ll feel in the months after delivering a baby, and if I’ll even have the desire to run again. But, I think a big part of my motivation for recovery and my personal health is going to be setting a goal, and working towards it. I have been thinking a lot though lately about what I want my first “goal” to be, or my “comeback race” once I’m cleared by my doctor for exercise again. I’ve got a few ideas to get things rolling:
1. A Christmas time or New Years 5K. By December, I really hope I’ll be cleared for exercise, and maybe be able to run again. Even if I can’t run the entire thing, I’d love to end the year (or start the new year!) with a bang – completing my first postpartum race!
2. A more lofty and ambitious goal – participating in the Little Rock Half Marathon weekend. This race takes place in March, so thinking about running a long race 5 months postpartum may not even be feasible, but walk/jogging it might be. Maybe. The weekend consists of a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K, and a 5K, so I would love to be able to participate in one way or another. I’ve never done the 5K or the 10K for this race, so maybe one of those would be doable?
3. Waiting until May, and aiming for the Toad Suck 10K. This is also a fun race I’ve done twice, and I really think I could get myself in somewhat of a decent shape for it. I’d be 7 months postpartum, and that seems doable. This race is flat, close to home, and very family friendly so Adam could bring Adeline to greet me at the finish line!
4. Not so much a race, but I really hope to get back into the routine of just going to the gym regularly, and working on my all-over fitness level. Plus, if I am going to start running again, I’m going to have to have a strong base, and improved muscle tone so I don’t injure myself!
5. Evening walks with Adeline, Adam, and Truckee. I would really, really like for evening walks to become a habit. I know with daycare and work, our schedules are going to be pretty hectic, at least until we get into a rhythm. But, I think establishing an easy habit like a nightly walk will encourage me more and more to go faster, and faster as I continue to recover!
You know how everyone has that one picture of themselves where they think, “I was in such good shape!”? This is mine, and will serve as a good source of inspiration to get myself back up to a healthy fitness level!