This week I finally started running. Since my running has been hampered by injuries and pregnancy for the last year and a half, my approach to my return to running is to take things very, very slow. I hadn’t run at all since December and only sporadically since February or March of 2012, so taking it slow seems the best way to avoid injury.
I often say I’m going to take things slow, then I feel great and next thing I know I’m running 5-6 days a week and – shocker – find myself injured soon after. So this time, I am committed to actually taking it slow. It’s one of the reasons I waited to start running until 2 weeks after my OB cleared me to do so.
In an effort to force myself to make steady, gradual progress, I decided to follow the Couch-to-5K plan. If you’re not familiar, it’s a nine week run/walk plan that gradually increases running intervals and decreases walking intervals until you’re running a solid 30 minutes. Feels kind of lame considering all the running I used to do, but if sticking to a plan helps me control myself then in the long run it’s worth it.
I just started my second week of C25K. The first week alternates 1 minute of running with 90 seconds of walking. The second week alternates 90 seconds of running with 2 minutes walking. I felt pretty great all four days, and the fourth day was my fastest running pace.
Overall I feel really good, though I do need to make time for stretching. H has needed to eat right after I get home and I keep forgetting to stretch after. While running I find myself very aware of my boobs. They are larger and heavier than I’m used to and I need a more supportive sports bra. My belly pouch is also distracting. My running shorts and capris don’t fit quite like they used to and I’m very conscious of that. And though it’s totally healed I can sometimes feel my c-section scar.
I am so happy to be running again, even if it’s a very slow run/walk for a while. When I’m out there I really feel like me again. And I’m sure soon enough I’ll get used to running with my new body, and hopefully will continue to lose the rest of this baby weight (last I checked I had I think 7 or 8 pounds to go, but I’ve stopped weighing myself as my scale differs from my doctor’s).