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=(
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.
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.
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.
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?