Sunday, September 23, 2012

Postpartum Running {post #2}

Now that Baby isn't letting me run anymore, I am really thinking about running again post-baby!  Part of me is super excited and the other part of me is scared, because I know it will be hard.  There's something about thinking about running hard and then actually having to do it.  However, first I need to get to running again!  Awhile back I wrote my first post about postpartum running covering pelvic floor muscles and when I started running again.  And I also wrote about running while breastfeeding.

The single most motivating thing for me is races.  I hate wasting a race fee on a race that I'm not going to do the best I can on.  I've been plotting out races I'd like to do next year.  I have a running folder that I have bookmarked races that look fun, unfortunately most of them are far away.  Although I love the idea of in the future planning family vacations around races.

These are a few of the races I'd like to do in 2013:

  • St. Patty's Day-I don't have a specific race yet, but this I think will be my debut back into races.  There isn't very many races around here in January or February and March will put me at approximately 3.5 month postpartum.
  • Midsummer Night's Trail Run {this is my GOAL! race}-This race is in July.  I ran it the last 2 years (this year at 24 weeks pregnant)  I love this race.  It is a 4 mile race on a true cross-country course.  It's quickly becoming a pretty competitive race, but where I live there's not a ton of super, super fast people so I can do pretty well.  (The first year of the race, I was the 4th female).
  • 1/2 marathon-I've only ran one and I'd love to give it another shot and hopefully PR.  I think that I'll try to find one late summer/fall so I have a little time to build my base again before I up my mileage.
  • Turkey Trot 5k-Another fun local race the week before Thanksgiving.  I've run this twice and the first time I was the 6th female and the second the 4th female.

Training plans:

It's so much easier to slack when I don't have a plan.  I haven't looked at anything specifically, but my goal is when I get back to wanting to race to get on a plan so I can make the most of the time I am training.  I saw this diagram on Pinterest today and how true it is.  My high school coach always told us that our minds were marshmallows.  The mind would give out before our body.  And that's what I want to do.  I want to start conquering the mental part of running.  Because it really is mind over matter.

Weight Training:

I have never been good about weight training.  I like to run, I don't really like all that other stuff.  But to be a better runner, I need to do that other stuff.  I'm not sure what this will look like exactly yet.  I'm going to wait until I'm 4 months post-partum to start (for the relaxin {hormone that relaxes your joints, making you more susceptible to injury} to get out of my system, although some will argue that relaxin is present as long as you are breastfeeding.)

My specific goal is to be able to do a pull-up.  My upper body strength has always been lacking and it would seriously impress my husband if I could.  Also in my Pinterest perusing, I found this plan that outlines exercises to do to strengthen your body to be able to do a pull-up.  There were also these hints to build up from a flexed arm hang to pull-ups.

I hope to have another post coming about moving past mediocrity and some more specifics about how I want to train.

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