My return to running!

I did not think I’d get to write this post so soon!

On Thursday I was curious about whether or not I could do some yoga or pilates, since the only exercise I’ve been doing since Ellie was born is walking. I emailed my doctor, and I’m pretty sure I shrieked with delight when I saw this response:

I had NO idea I’d be cleared to run that quickly! Within half an hour, I was out on my first run in about 4 months.

Since I’ve never exactly been great at moderation, I decided to set a few rules for myself so I don’t overdo it (see, Mom and Dad, I’m learning!) I am not concerned with my pace AT ALL. This means I take walk breaks whenever I feel like it, and keep the pace really easy (around 11:00/mile feels perfect right now). I’m also not going to run two days in a row for a few more weeks.

It’s kind of crazy to me that 3 weeks ago today, I looked like this:

and now I look like this:

I’ve lost 24 of the 31 pounds I gained. I’m really not stressing about losing the last 7 pounds. It will happen eventually… right now I’m just focused on taking care of Ellie, eating well, getting rest, and gradually easing my way back to running injury-free.

So far I’ve run twice, 4.5 miles each time. This morning definitely felt easier than Friday, and I didn’t need to walk quite as much. I’m planning on running 3-5 miles at a time, 3-4 days a week for the next few weeks, with yoga or pilates on the days I don’t run. Although I fit into all my pre-pregnancy clothes again, they are definitely a little tighter around the waist than they used to be, and I know I have lost a significant amount of core strength.

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