My Running Comeback Plan
After being cleared to run at my 6 week postpartum appointment, I have since run 6 times. All but one of those runs was on the treadmill. I got a BOB stroller at my shower and I finally got to run with it this week. The weather has been cold (lows in to 40’s with highs only in the 60’s- yes, I’m a true FL girl) and just perfect for running outside. I bundled Kara up and took her out for my first run outside. This was a good and bad idea. I’ve run with a BOB before- I used to Nanny for a little guy a few years ago who’s mom had one- and it was a piece of cake. Of course, this was also when I was in peak condition. I probably shouldn’t have combined my first run outside with my first run with the BOB, as it was kind of tough. At the end, my arms felt like I just ran a 20 miler! BUT it was still a great run.
My treadmill runs have been boring. My first one was around a 9:40 pace. As you might expect, Kara has her own schedule and sometimes she just wants to play or fuss instead of letting mommy run, so I’m jumping off the tread every .5 mile to put her pacifier back in. After my first run, I’ve been increasing the speed by 15-20 seconds each run. Yesterday I did 3 miles at a 8:40. It felt good. I’m keeping my mileage around 4 miles for now and might bump that up next week to 6.
Now that I’ve got a few runs under my belt, I feel it’s time for me to share my post baby running comeback plan… I’d like to do Gasparilla (a local favorite) as my first race, but I wouldn’t be racing it, as it’s Feb 21- no time to build speed by then! They have a 1/2 marathon, 15k, 8k and 5k. I’m thinking I’ll do the 15k. I think I can build up to 9 miles in a month. We’ll see. As for the bigger picture…
The lottery is open from Jan 21 to Feb 21 and I applied on the first day 🙂 This is the perfect comeback marathon for me for a few reasons…
- It’s in November. Todd and I’s anniversary is in Nov and this would be a fun trip that could count as double duty, since the cost to run it is huge. Also, Kara would almost be one (11 months and 3 days to be exact) so it would be fine to either leave her with Nanna and Grandpa or bring her with us. It’s nice to have the option.
- I can’t start crazily training again. We plan on having another kid and to do that I have to keep my weight up and my running not as intense. Sure, to most, training for a marathon alone is intense, but not for me. Training for a sub 3:10 marathon is intense.
- It’s not a fast course. Since NY isn’t a PR course, I won’t be tempted to race it. It’s a great course to take in the sites and enjoy the race, kind of like I did in Boston when I was coming off a knee injury.
But Heather, what if you don’t get in??? Well, that’s a good question. I honestly haven’t thought that far ahead. I’m really really really hoping I get in, haha. There are plenty of other races out there that I’m sure I could find one that fits my needs if I have to. The lottery is held on March 8th and while I’d normal say I wish it was March 8th already, I can totally wait because that means I’m no longer on maternity leave, spending all day with my sweet Kara- I go back to work Feb 25 🙁 It will be interesting to figure out work, daycare, pumping and marathon training, but I know I can do it, especially with Todd’s help!
I don’t have any more details to my comeback yet. I don’t have a written plan I’m following. I don’t have any time goals other than to finish. I know that for any race I do it will probably be my slowest (or close to) time and I’m OK with that- for now. I really have to keep in mind kid #2, which is funny, because I JUST had #1, but that’s what we do for a family right?! If only Todd could have the second one, haha. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me to get in NYC!!!
HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND 🙂