As I mentioned in my training log on Monday, I already met one of my April goals last week, as well as broke my almost year old 5k PR. Breaking my PR took me by complete surprise, and to be honest, I’m still quite shocked by it. I only hope that I can be as speedy at my first post-baby 5k race later this month.
Many of you have commented, either here on the blog or on social media, that you’re amazed that my comeback to running as been as smooth as its been since having little man at the end of December. I’ll admit, I’m quite shocked as well. I did not expect to rebound anywhere near as quickly as I have, though I’m of course very thankful that I have been able to. Being able to run is one of the ways I’ve made taking care of myself a priority, and one of the ways that I’ve been able to feel like “me” again, despite the new role that I took on the day that little man was born.
I’ve been trying to process for the past week what it is that I’ve done to help me rebound as quickly as I have. It certainly hasn’t been pure luck or magic that has allowed this to happen! So what do I think are the main things that have been helping me the most with my return to running?
- I set out to walk as soon as my body allowed me to, and the weather allowed me to. And when the weather didn’t cooperate in January, I headed to the gym to walk on the treadmill. It was extremely difficult to be at the gym and only be allowed to walk until I was cleared at my four week postpartum checkup to start running again.
- Even though I’m breastfeeding and am constantly hungry, I’m not using it as an excuse to eat junk. I’ve been trying to focus on keeping healthy snacks readily handy, especially now that I’m back at work and have the temptation of the vending machines staring me in the face.
- I haven’t been trying to overdo it in terms of my cardio. Prior to pregnancy, and throughout my pregnancy, I ran 3-4 days a week, and have been maintaining that training schedule. Even if I’ve been able to fit in cross training to my already busy schedule, I’m refusing to allow myself to run anymore than I did prior to pregnancy, even though I’m eager to tighten the last of my post-baby loose skin.
- I ran up until I was 32.5 weeks pregnant. Running while pregnant was no easy feat, and even though I slowed down significantly towards the end, I was still moving. And that was while carrying extra weight, which certainly helped with maintaining my endurance.
QOTD: To my fellow mother runners, what do you think helped you the most in your postpartum return to running?