I miss running. A lot. I dream about it. I think about it. I yearn for it.
I can't believe it's been over a year since I last ran a race. 2011 was the year of races (5ks, 10ks, half marathons, a full marathon, and 3 Ragnars). It seemed like every day of 2011 was spent training and focusing on an upcoming race.
2012 has been the year of waiting. Waiting for my feet to get better. Waiting for my tendonitis to disappear so I could get back to running. Waiting for my little wee one to show up! Admittedly, waiting for my little boy to show up is MUCH more fun than waiting for injuries to resolve themselves!
I regret not being able to run right before I got pregnant. I think that running during this pregnancy would've been awesome for me, and I have truly missed my ability to do so. I won't make the same mistake next time.
I'm already planning 2013 out. Obviously, my days of nonstop epic races are going to be behind me, but that doesn't mean I can't still go out and train for a 10k or even a half marathon. I love both of those distances, and I'm really looking forward to training for them in 2013. It will be interesting to see how different it is to train while nursing a newborn and being sleep and time deprived! I think it will be worth it.
Unfortunately, I will be essentially starting from scratch after my baby is born. I haven't consistently ran in a year and I know that I have lost pretty much all cardio stamina. Additionally, I'm pretty sure my body is going to be all sorts of torn up after pregnancy and that my core strength (and alignment) is going to be all out of whack. I want to start slow and build my base correctly. I am really hopeful that it won't be a super painful process!!
Does anybody have any experience or advice on coming back to running after a pregnancy? I'm interested in the best way to go about it. I'm definitely out of my element here! All I know is that I am really looking forward to a lot more moments like this in my life:
|You know you miss this, too. :)|