It’s been a month since I gave birth and I’m dying to run, but I know that I have to make sure I’m fully prepared to go running! Prior to my first post baby run, I’m all about run preparation!
Diary of a Running Chick: April 24th, 2017
Since having my baby I’ve been preparing myself to get back to running. I started just a few days after giving birth by getting outside and going for a walk. It’s funny how fatigued my legs felt after that walk. I ran right up until the day I delivered, running 4.5 miles that day, but walking a few miles took a lot out of me. I’ve continued to walk and I feel great doing it. It was the first and most important step of my run preparation.
Walking isn’t the only thing I’ve done. I’ve added workout circuits into my routine as well. I did an awesome cardio circuit the other day that revolved around jumping jacks. It felt great getting my body moving and my heart rate up. The circuit also had burpees, which my man warned me would be hard. They were, but I loved doing them. I felt strong, even though I hadn’t done a circuit like that in months. It gave me a lot of confidence in my fitness, vital to my run preparation.
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A week after I gave birth I started a new 30 day fitness challenge that revolved around legs. So even though I haven’t been running my 4.5 miles daily, I’ve still been working my legs every day. I’m currently in the middle of this challenge, doing lunges, squats, and calf raises daily. The challenge is working its way up to 200 reps of each exercise. Its tough, but its kept my legs feeling strong without running, which is great!
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This week is my week to get back outside and get back to running. I’m super excited, but I’m also a bit nervous, which is weird for me because I’ve been running outside for over six years and have been running since I was fourteen. I know it’s going to be a bit different running post baby. No longer will I be able to just get up and go out for a run. I’ll either have to leave my baby with my man, or bring her with me on my run.
I’m also not sure what to expect after being pregnant for nine months. I still felt strong running while pregnant, but I was much slower. That was okay then, but now I have high expectations for myself. I would like to get my speed back up to where it was before. I’d like to get back to my long runs and I’d like to be able to keep up with my husband. The latter had been a goal that I was working toward prior to getting pregnant, but I backed off big time when I got pregnant.
I have to remind myself throughout my run preparation that I will reach my goals and exceed my expectations, but I just need to give myself time and get back to my runs! They are what they are and they soon will be better than ever, especially when I have my little girl with me for my runs. I can’t wait for that!
For now, I’m going to get out for as many runs as I can this week. But I also know that I need to build myself back up to my five mile a day runs! I just have to be patient and keep working hard.
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