Since today marks four weeks since I was officially cleared to resume running, it is time for another update.
I feel like things are going well so far. After 6 months off, I’ve lost a bit on my previously tortoise-like pace, but I know that will come back over time. In addition, my run/walk intervals have been going fairly well. Most of the time I don’t feel like I have to add in any extra walking, but some of the hills in my area definitely give me challenges at time. Finally, I’m starting to monitor my heart rate more closely. I was heart rate training before my pregnancy and I do want to resume that, but restoring base mileage to my legs is my big priority right now. Once I feel good about where I am with mileage, then I will look back at my heart rate data and go from there.
On Monday, I begin week 5 of this rebuilding journey. I’m planning to continue running by time and pushing my intervals in increments of one minute or less based on how I felt during the previous week. Here is my plan:
- Monday – 35 minute run/walk
- Wednesday – 45 minute run/walk
- Friday – 30 minute continuous run
- Saturday – 60 minute run/walk
I’m hoping to be able to keep up with this schedule now that my maternity leave is over. It means getting up and going out at 4:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays and just hoping the baby sleeps so that she isn’t crying to eat the majority of the time I’m gone. Fortunately, I’m on Fridays for the summer and can run a little later on Fridays and Saturdays.
I’m not really doing any strength work right now. I know I need to work it in, but again, I’m giving higher priority to getting back in the swing of things at work and spending time getting a few extra baby snuggles while I can. When my work schedule changes again in August, I will work on figuring that out.
So, overall I’m happy with how things are going! I know I have some areas for growth, but I’m prioritizing and moving forward with my goal of running a half in December!