Boston 2013 training has officially commenced as I get to register early on August 20th. Unfortunately, it began with LOTS of walking rather than tempo runs and intervals. Recovery runs all the way for this lady after the C-section!
Last week, week 5 after Pete’s birth, I realized that I just needed time on my feet. So I walked and walked A LOT. 40 miles in total- that is a lot of time walking. My poor dog Cisco also walked most of those miles with me, but a tired dog is a happy dog. My trusty BOBs and I made it all through Hingham, and I saw most of my old routes.
This past Monday, August 13th, I felt brave enough to run. I promised my husband that I would just test it out and only go 2 miles in total. I paced well, running a 10 minute mile and then a 9:30 on the way back. It felt great, and I was anxious to do more. This was the first run since June 3rd, when my 31 week self was running with Jack in the BOB. Awesome- it was so good!
I have kept up my walking regime, walking Cisco and the boys a minimum of 3 miles each day this week and sometimes 5. I also ran 5 on Tuesday with Pete in the stroller, 5 on Wednesday, a day off Thursday and 6 today. So, for my first week back running, my average pace running has been 10 minutes a mile, and I have covered 18 so far without counting walking.
I am so lucky, as my parents live right near Wollaston Beach in Quincy. 2 of my runs this week have been along the beach, which is flat but HOT as there is no shade. Today’s 6 miler in particular was rough as it was 90 and sunny. But, I was just so happy to be running. I do need to do another post about running here- it is such a great place to run despite the lack of shade.
As grateful as I am, I am still hard on myself about how much fitness I have lost through the pregnancy, the bedrest and the recovery from surgery. I know I should not be, but I cannot help but to be. I was hoping I would bounce back easier, but it is hard. Running is hard. But, for some reason, I keep coming back to it.