I did it!
I ran my first postpartum run last Sunday and it was glorious!
Well…maybe not glorious but it couldn’t have gone any better. I feel great!
When I was given the A-Okay to start running again from my Doctor I figure I needed to start planning for when I get actually get out and hit the pavement…..OR snow covered ground.
I couldn’t just go out and run 5k without any pain coming my way….or injuries for that matter. So I thought I could take a two different approaches to my first run:
- Walking + adding in running every few minutes for 30 -60 seconds. Using power poles as distances to run in between. OR
- Couch to 5k Program
It worked out that Lilly went down for a nap and I nursed Hilary and she fell asleep on Daddy’s chest (such a lovely sight if you ask me). So I geared up, laced up and hit the pavement.
It was more like snow-covered pavement so I put on my yak tracks and off I went. I walked at first to warm up and then decided I’d just go with the flow and run when I could for however long I could. I managed to run between 45-90 seconds before needed to slow down and walk again (and I took a few pictures along the way). The power poles were too close together so I gave that idea up pretty quickly.
I was out for about 25 minutes on that cold Sunday afternoon. It was -9 C but felt like -17 C with the windchill – brrrr! Good thing I dressed warm. I got back from my run and had a quick snack of yogurt and granola, got cleaned up and got back into Mommy mode to feel Hilary again. Lilly woke up shortly after I got back and saw my running jacket out, she asked why it was out. So, I told her I went for a run. She then asked to go running with me numerous times throughout day…it was pretty cute.
In the past, when I take time off from running throughout the year, when I return to it again I always have pain in my jaw. Weird, eh?! It always happens. Sure enough my jaw was sore Sunday night. I thought I would really pay for it on Monday but my body wasn’t too bad. A little stiff and soreness here and there but nothing major. I would call that a successful return to running.
Now I have to find some time once or twice a week to get outside and run between my husbands work schedule, our girls, nursing the little one and many other things we juggle every day. Wish me luck!
Other work outs I am doing/going to start again:
What was your first postpartum run like?
For those with children, do you have to plan your runs?
Anyone braving running in the cold this winter?