Ellie hit her three-month “birthday” this week and I am finally, actually, on the road to resuming running again. If you had told me before I gave birth that it would take this long? I would have told you that you were crazy. Surely I’d be back to running by three months! Why wouldn’t I be? Having lived through it, though, has been incredibly educational. Am I a bit frustrated that it’s taken so long? A little. But there was simply no way to rush it. My body needed that time to recover, so I took it.
In related news, I was officially discharged from PT this week. My therapist said she’d like to see my pelvic floor a bit stronger, but I have good muscular control down there and she’s essentially taught me all of the exercises she knows. All that’s left now is for me to keep doing them. Since doing them is going to be instrumental in getting back to “full-time” running, she feels pretty confident that I’ll actually keep up with it. If I had to pick one thing that was the biggest surprise in all of this, it was just how wrecked my pelvic floor was after giving birth. While I didn’t make any sort of efforts to strengthen it during my pregnancy, I felt like I had pretty good strength and control all the way through (which is why I didn’t put any effort into it). Yes, doing Kegels got a lot harder once there was an 8-pound baby sitting in there, but I could still do them. Apparently, that was no match for the process of the 8-pound baby actually exiting my body. Lesson learned.
Anyhow, this week I continued with my 1 minute run/2 minute walk intervals during the week, and then bumped it up to 1 minute run/1:30 walk on the weekend for my “long run.” The awesome thing was that my husband was home when I headed out that run, so I got to do it without the stroller. It’s amazing just how much easier running is when you’re not pushing almost 40 pounds of stroller and baby :-)
Monday: 1.9 mile run
Tuesday: Stroller strides class
Thursday: 2 mile run
Friday: 1.6 mile walk
Saturday: 1.9 mile run
Totals for the week: 5.8 miles running, 1.6 miles walking