Starting at the beginning is hardwork


Saturday-5 miles, 8:19pace(41 min)<–my fastest 5 mile, ever!

total miles for the week: 35

My legs were sore on today’s run. I think it was a combination of a lot of mileage(for me) during the week and the lunges/squats I did yesterday. It was so beautiful out, the sun was shining and it was in the 40’s. The only negative, was that it was pretty windy=(

My new jacket was perfect! it kept me very warm, and the sneaky pocket in the back was perfect for my car key

My new jacket was perfect! it kept me very warm, and the sneaky pocket in the back was perfect for my car key

the trail

the trail, I love UT mountains

I was talking to my friend yesterday that just had a handsome baby boy. She had gone  to the gym for the first time  postpartum(baby is 5 weeks) and she was telling me it was hard. I totally relate with her. Even though my blog is fairly new, my running journey is not. I wanted to share how I started running after having Jackson and some of the tips that helped me to just keep going.

J even let me hold him without being jealous=)

J even let me hold him without being jealous=)

During my pregnancy I ran, but it was only about 2x week 2-3 miles(I did weight training and a lot of walking too). Then at 28 weeks I was put on bed rest and was not allowed to exercise at all until I was 37 weeks. Even though I exercised the majority of my pregnancy, starting over postpartum was really hard. I think any beginning runner can relate.


37 weeks

My first attempt at running was 6 weeks postpartum. I had been walking since 4 weeks so I thought I could at least do a slow 3 mile run. I was wrong. I made it a .5 mile from my house and felt like I was dying. I came home very upset and discouraged.


Here are my tips of how I kept going:

1. Start small. Since I could only run a short distance, I would run that short distance, walk, then run it again. Keep doing that and then add a .5 mile more each week.

2. Don’t compare yourself. When I find myself doing this, I turn it around and try and use them as inspiration. If I feel like they are discouraging me, I have to stop and focus on myself. I remind myself that I run my own race.(no one else can run for me)


3. Don’t give up. If I would’ve given up after that first attempt at 3 miles I wouldn’t be where I am today. I never thought I would be running everyday and enjoying it. I never thought I could run more than 30 miles a week.

4. Sign up for a race. You can sign up for a short race or a long race, just sign up so you have a goal to work towards. After I had Jackson my sister in-law and I signed up for a half marathon. Neither of us had been long distance runners, but we wanted to have a goal.

Utah Valley Half Marathon

almost to the finish line at our first half

5. Celebrate milestones. I remember the first time I ran 6.5 miles I was so excited. I had never ran more than 6 miles in my life. I told my husband, I called my mom, and I’m pretty sure I had some chocolate=)

have any more tips for people wanting to start running?

what motto or mantra do you say when a run gets tough?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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14 Responses to Starting at the beginning is hardwork

  1. I second all of this!! Perfectly said! You are the cutest!

  2. Nice speedy run! I like your tips, especially the one to start off with small distance and slowly build up with walk breaks- that’s how I started running!

  3. I’m glad that you love your new jacket! I can only imagine how difficult it must be to start back up with running after having a baby. My biggest tip for someone who wants to start running (I’d imagine this could apply to postpartum runners as well) is to start out slowly and take lots of walk breaks. If you try to start out running a 9 minute mile, you’re just going to get frustrated.

  4. So true! It is so hard to get started again, but tomorrow is always better than today… Meaning each run/workout gets better and easier!

  5. I actually just wrote a blog about starting to run, yesterday! I think it’s important to have a motivation for running as well. That way, when you don’t want to get up and run, you have something to remind yourself why you want to run and what it means to you.

  6. I always love reading tips about running. After having hip and knee surgery, I really couldn’t run or jog but slowly I am beating the odds and learning little by little!

  7. Great pace on your 5-mile run!
    Your suggestions are really good for beginners. Honestly, I made the decision when I started running that I was no longer on speaking terms with the part of my brain that wanted to discuss not running. I gave that part of my brain a MAJOR dose of the silent treatment!

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  9. Rachel says:

    Awesome post! I love your story and advice for post baby running. I will be in that position soon so am really starting to think a lot about how it will be for my body and how i will find it. I will definitely be coming back to your blog for inspiration, thanks! 🙂

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