On January 5 (my 4-week PP appointment), I received the go-ahead from my OB to return to exercise! I was really excited – albeit a bit nervous – since walking had been my primary form of activity for the past few months. Still, I did not let that fear get in the way of my first run back in months this past weekend, and I was excited to be able to complete 2.6 miles at around a 10-minute pace.
With the recent cooler weather, and my amazing anniversary/Christmas present of a treadmill, getting back on the running train in a gradual progression feels very achievable. I am also very thankful to be ~5 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, which definitely eases the stress on my body that I felt right before I stopped running around 30-weeks.
Of course, that is not to say there aren’t any other challenges! One thing that I noticed in my two runs back is well…two things. The whole getting used to my new chest has been an adjustment – not just in running, but in dressing, and in the new routine in general. I’ve discovered that I have to time my exercising times to right after feeding Abby (or pumping) or it’s just a hot (and somewhat uncomfortable) mess. I am eager to find some new blogs/resources with tips/information about training while breastfeeding as I move toward establishing a new training regimen.
Three months ago, I wrote a post about running goals, and upon review, I feel confident about that realistic approach. Along with the physical challenge of getting back out there, I foresee 2016 a year of getting comfortable with balancing taking it easy and breaking new boundaries!
What are your running goals this year?