22 weeks is HERE!
I’ve definitely been thinking about my post-pregnancy running plans and goals lately. Andrew is the absolute best supporter of my running dreams every step of the way and when I asked him about how in the world it will be possible to train and race with another child in the mix, he just responded that running around to see me at races 6 times along the course was getting too easy with just three kids… He is excited for the challenge of doing the same thing with four. He is the best.
With Brooke, I started running way too soon after I had her. I raced a half-marathon at 6-7 weeks postpartum and was on my treadmill running so quickly after having her that I learned my lesson and will never do that again. I struggled with pelvic pain for a while after I had her and did not properly give my body the time it needed to heal before running. I had so many injuries during that first year of her life and it definitely was not worth it to start running so quickly!
With Skye, I waited 6 weeks to start running. I did do some walking leading up to that but did not run. My doctor cleared me to start running again at 6 weeks and I did play it very smart and didn’t have any pelvic problems or injuries on my return. I started out with short runs and slowly built up again with an amazing coach (MARY) that understood what I needed to do to make a healthy comeback. I really recommend having a coach if you tend to come back too quickly because she kept me patient and still took me to my goal.
With this one, I know that the recommendations have changed a bit on when to resume exercise postpartum and I will work with my OBGYN closely (I wish you could meet her, she is incredible) on my return back to running after I have the baby BUT I think the biggest difference this time around is that I really have a strong desire to get strong first which may mean putting off a marathon for a year or so. I would love to focus on racing some shorter distances as I build back again but I think that part of the equation to reaching my long term goals (OTQ) will be to really learn how to strength train and do it often before I jump into marathon training again. Skye was 9 months old when I ran my first marathon back but with this one I am definitely planning on waiting just a bit longer! Long story short, the baby is due in November and I’m planning on racing up to the half the following year but really spending that year getting strong and building some muscle. I’ll work with the Runner’s Corner team again and Hawk and I can’t wait to see what happens with a lot of patience, hard work and the combo of strength with my running.
I would love to hear your experiences on this!
Just three things from the last week!
*I need a foam pit at my house so that I can sleep on my stomach again.
*The panini craving has been going on for a few weeks now and I’m happy about that.
*I reached over the counter to grab something and forgot that my body has changed and ended up with strawberry jam all over myself.
Tell me about your experience with your return to exercise postpartum!!