5 months ago I ran my last real run at the Indianapolis Half Marathon. My sister and two cousins ran, too. At 5 and a half months pregnant, I ran a respectable 2:14:37, a 10:17 pace.
On Friday my doctor cleared me to run again, but to start small. I asked her to define “small” since I was pretty sure my idea of small might not be her idea. She said to start with 20 minutes and to see how I felt. On Saturday I finally got to run! I kind of wanted to stop every person I saw and tell them “this is my first time running again!” but thought that might be weird. I was just so excited! On Sunday I felt a little sore in my legs and abs, but ran again. And yesterday I got to go again. I’m so so so happy to be running and so so happy that my body is feeling really good. No weird sensations that I might be shaking my uterus out of my body (That’s how the run at 4 weeks felt. I immediately stopped.). And other than some tight lungs that need some whipping into shape, I’m ready to go! In fact, I think I’ll increase to 25 minutes today and see how it feels. Here’s how my runs have shaped up so far:
- Saturday: 2 miles @ 20:37, 10:15 pace
- Sunday: 2 miles @ 20:31, 10:15 pace
- Monday: 2 miles @ 19:57, 9:57 pace
I’m really pleased with my pace so far. I know it will slow as I go longer, but I’m still happy to be in the low 10’s for just getting back to it.
Looking ahead: I may or may not do another race this year (I’m currently researching), but my goal is to run a half marathon by the end of October. I’m going to do it on my own though, just around town. I fully expect it to be slow. I fully expect to walk part of it. And I fully expect it to be very very late in October (like the 3oth or 31st). But it’s a good goal for me to aim for and a way for me to get distance (my favorite!) while still easing back into running.
What are your October fitness goals?