Woo hoo!Posted: January 3, 2013
While carrying my amazing daughter was the joy of my life, I definitely sacrificed a few things during my pregnancy including one of my other loves–running. When I was about three months pregnant, I ran a half-marathon in Annapolis. It was a bittersweet race. I felt great, but I knew it was likely my one-and-only race of the year, and it was.
As my pregnancy progressed, I gained weight and experienced some serious swelling. I was too uncomfortable to run. At one point I couldn’t even fit my feet into my running shoes! I felt a little pang of sadness in my heart on beautiful fall days–the kind that are perfect for long, slow runs. I would scour Pintrest for running and fitness to stay motivated during the down months.
Now that I got the okay to exercise again I’d love to pick up running where I left off, but that’s not realistic for me. I usually take a break from running during the winter months anyhow (I’m a cold weather wimp). Every spring, I start over–from scratch. That means walking, warm-ups and cool downs, and forgiving myself when a mile seems like too much. I’ve been running for years, but it’s the same every spring. Over the years though I’ve learned a lot about my body and how quickly it adapts. It doesn’t take long to get my mileage back up and I find myself day dreaming about marathons and triathlons (Hey–I said I was day dreaming…).
So if moderate is what the doc recommends, that’s where I’ll start. I already managed to get some squats and lunges in this morning rocking my little one back to sleep.