The State of My Running
Hello, blog. It’s been awhile. So here’s the deal, I’m not going to try to recap everything that’s happened with me in great detail or I will never start blogging again. The important stuff, I figure, will come out in posts. Here are the highlights, in no particular order:
–Grew a baby, lifted and ran very short distances up until Baby H was born in June.
–Moved to a different area of Atlanta—it’s a great area to run in and I saw more runners in my first two runs here than I saw in 4 years of running in my old ‘hood.
–Started back ‘running’ at 6 weeks postpartum. Used Couch to 5k and was really happy to have a plan to both motivate me and keep my goals from getting overblown.
–But it was really hard. The injury from June 2013 is still not fully healed and coupled with stress and occasional co-sleeping with baby, my right IT Band and hip flexors are still very tight. BOO. Currently I’m running about 3-4 times a week, usually for no longer than 35 minutes.
–Started back lifting weights at 16 weeks postpartum. Lifting about 3 times a week right now because, with my husband gone from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., the play center at the gym is my only real break from caregiving. Despite the baby’s fussiness, they always give me at least 45 minutes to workout. I’ve been a fervent BodyPumper since 2010, but can’t make a class right now. I’ve also been doing the exact opposite of BodyPump— lifting heavy weights with fewer reps, which—did you know—triggers the greatest endorphin release after running? It’s working for me right now.
–Core work is my friend. All that co-sleeping and baby holding was really taking a toll on my back until I started back doing core work. Strengthening my front really helps my back to not take over and hurt.
All in all, things are not bad. To be honest, I had entertained dreams of being back to half-marathon shape by now. And I’m sad that I’m not even in 10k or solid 5k shape, really. But I’ve been a parent long enough to know that you have to roll with things, and that time really does fly. I know that if I stay dedicated to it, the stronger runs and longer distance will come. In a few months I’ll likely look back and see this as a time that served to get me to whatever stronger shape I’ll be in then. And since I was pretty tardy to the fitness party to begin with, I remind myself that high school Lindsay, college Lindsay, and even first-time parent Lindsay would be in awe of Current Lindsay’s fitness levels. And that ain’t bad for six months after baby.