Yesterday, Maria turned two months, so time for a “Back in Shape” update!
As I wrote in a previous post, I went back to running six weeks and six days after Maria was born. At that time, I had been feeling ready to start running again for quite a while, but I decided to wait a bit for several reasons.
The first run didn’t go bad at all – hey, I could keep running for 10 kilometers at an average pace of 5:34 min/km! – but felt far from smooth. I just couldn’t find my rhythm, my lungs were burning, I felt incredibly hot, and my side was stitching. The days after I was pretty sore as well.
Hence, I said to myself I would take it easier during my second run, which happened two days after the first one. After all, I was still sore and didn’t want to get injured.
Keep on dreaming, taking it easy does not appear in my dictionary. Not only did I run faster (this time my average pace was 5:32 min/km), I also ran farther: no less than 13.84 km! Oh, well…
Luckily, my body quickly recovered from that second run, and ever since it has gone upward. Here are the runs I did after these first two:
- June 4: 10.12 km steady run at a pace of 5:29 min/km;
- June 6: 14.52 km long run at a pace of 5:44 min/km;
- June 8: 12.49 km pyramid interval at a pace of 5:41 min/km (including warm up and down);
- June 10: 11.02 km at a steady pace of 5:19 min/km.
The last few runs (and especially last Wednesday’s workout) felt great; running felt natural again! Is it too bold to believe it won’t take me long to be back at my pre-pregnancy level?
I also started thinking about my training goals. I would love to follow a training schedule and work towards a race again. My eyes are currently on the Hamilton Half Marathon on October 4. I am thinking this would be the ideal distance to build my endurance again, and after that (and with summer by then around the corner) I can perhaps focus on some shorter distances, like 10 and 5 km.
While I hope to keep my passion for running for the years to come and break some of my PBs, lately I have become increasingly interested in other forms of exercise as well. For several years I have been trying to incorporate some strength training in my workouts – i.e. push ups, squats, planks, lunges and even upper body part exercises – but I have never really had the results I was hoping for. I think running is a great way to get in shape, but it’s also quite monotonous. Since going to the gym is not an option for the time being, I figured I wanted to do some workouts at home. During my pregnancy I attended antenatal yoga classes and I loved them! So I decided to look for some good YouTube yoga videos. I found a 20-minute post natal yoga class, as well as one specially designed for runners that I like, and a friend gave me a couple of links for Ashtanga yoga that I have yet to try, but that look very interesting. Apart from this, I found a yoga school in Hamilton that has a weekly “Mums n bubs” yoga class. Not sure what to expect of that, but gonna give it a try today!