Back to Running!

This week was exciting — on Friday, I got the all-clear from my doctor to resume running again!

At six weeks postpartum, I’ll be honest with you – I don’t feel 100% like myself. Unlike with my two other kids, I’m not feeling back to normal right now. But getting the OK to run, made me SO excited and I can’t wait to get back into shape!

With that development, here’s what this week entailed:

Sunday – Thursday: I got out for walks each day, getting in 3-4ish miles of walking each morning and sometimes an afternoon walk as well.  But the real excitement (for me) came on Friday!

Friday: 1.5 miles on the treadmill – after getting the OK to run from my doctor, I was dying to get in some miles and see how I felt. While LM and GM were napping (B and FW weren’t home), I hopped on the treadmill and got in 1.5 miles. They were HARD and I was dying by .5 miles.

Saturday: MY FIRST OUTDOOR RUN! I did 3.1 miles by myself, and then when I got home, my kids were waiting for me to run with me and dressed in track suits for the occasion.

I’ll be honest – I was already sore and tired, but running a little with them made my morning. I ended up at about 3.75 miles.

Some thoughts as I get back into running:

As I shared in the post above, it is HUMBLING. And HARD. I really don’t remember it being this hard with the first two kids, but I have to remind myself that each birth and baby is different and be kind to myself as my body recovers.

I hope to continue to do my  postpartum ab workouts. I’ve been doing diastasis recti workouts nearly every day and even though they’re only 10ish minutes long, I am hopeful that they’re helping my DR, which is important as I get back into running.

I need to remember to stretch! After my run on Saturday I stretched and rolled out my foot with a golf ball, as my foot was already starting to hurt and feel tight. Fingers crossed that I can get back into running without any issues and stay healthy!

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IT’S ALMOST CLEVELAND MARATHON TIME! I’m an ambassador for the Cleveland Marathon events! The race weekend is scheduled for October 23-24, and includes several events, including a half marathon, full marathon, 5k and 10k. I was hoping to do the 5K this year. But, given my 5K on Saturday, perhaps I can shoot for the 10k?

If you’re interested in signing up or the race, I have good news. You register here and use my discount code: MELCCLESAVE10 for 10% off.

Above all, I’m grateful to be back out there and back running, even if it’s slow and hard!

Linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

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5 thoughts on “Back to Running!

  1. Wow, that’s quite a return to running! That’s about the distance I’m at with my @#%@& Achilles. So cute your kids were waiting to run with you — they look sharp in their track suits!

  2. I’m so glad you’re cleared and back out there. Any comeback is hard, but postpartum return to the sport must be a whole different beast. I love that your kids were out there to support you. ❤

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