It's been over a week since I stopped running entirely. If you didn't catch it in our last post, the reason is simple: It no longer feels comfortable/safe to me. Baby A's head is quite low and, though -- cardiovascular-ly -- I feel very much like I could still be running, all that bouncing around does a number on my pelvis/bladder. Even at slow speeds.
Sigh . . . to be 13 weeks again. (Oh, wait. Scratch that. I was sooo sick!)
So, to help myself get through these next weeks, or more likely months, without my favorite sport . . . I've set my sights on the half marathon I registered for a couple months ago. It's in early May -- approximately five months after I give birth. It also happens to be the same one I ran while 13 weeks pregnant.
I write "participate" because I have no idea at this point what my birth will go like. I have no idea how fast or slow my recovery might be. And we have yet to meet Baby A, so her personality/needs are still a mystery to us. My goal with this race is to cross the finish line, even if I run/jog/walk/slog the entire thing.
Of course, this plan is subject to change. But I feel like I've taken a relatively conservative approach. I haven't scheduled a run until the beginning of January -- presumably six weeks after I give birth (fingers crossed). Any miles I can log before that time are icing on the cake. Even still, the running in January begins my return to the sport, not the beginning of my half marathon training. That buys me a bit more time to get back into the swing of things, if necessary.
The work-week mileage isn't terribly intense. I've modeled the plan off a Hal Higdon novice half schedule. Four days of running instead of my usual five, substituting a weekend run with cross-training. Oh, and I know I'll need plenty of rest, so Mondays and Fridays are a.l.w.a.y.s rest days. I figure they'll be a good time for walks and snuggles with Baby A.
At this point, I'm hoping my goal/plan isn't unrealistic. I have no frame of reference, but I feel like I need to have this race on the horizon to stay sane about my lack of activity right now. Obviously the more important goal at this point is to transition into my role as a mother. I don't necessarily think the two need to be mutually exclusive. I guess we'll see!
Athlete-moms out there: How did your return to activity go after giving birth? Did you set your sights on a race or take a more relaxed approach? I could use any help you can offer me!
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