Monday, October 25, 2010

The return to running.

I held off for as long as I could. I lasted two weeks.

Two weeks after Niall was born, I laced up my shoes, tugged on the biggest sports bra I have, pulled on a baggy t-shirt and a pair of running shorts and hit the road. Ah, yes. I hit the road for my first post-baby run. And let me tell you: I loved it. Loved every step of my (just about) 3 miles.

I could have kept going but didn't want to push it. I've been off since I hit 38 weeks in my pregnancy, so with Niall arriving about a week late that's just about 5 weeks of no running. With that much time off, I need to ease back in to the miles. So, ease I will.

Easing back has felt terrific. I have never run such comfortable 9:30 miles. OK, sure, that's not particularly fast but, still. I was practically bounding up my neighborhood hills! Saturday's 3 miles felt like the easiest miles ever and I attribute that to the fact that I had been used to running while carrying about 30 extra pounds, most of them front and center. There's something about being pregnant that makes the miles a bit harder to run. Go figure . . .

So, the Happy Runner is back. Back and running. I love it! I'm even thinking about a race with my running mamas (most of whom, by the way, ran their first 10k over the weekend -- go, mamas!) on December 4th. Will I do it? Based on how I feel so far, I'd say yes. I'm not going to register just yet, in case something changes. But, in my head, I'm planning on it. Woo hoo!

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had a great weekend!

~ Felice

34 comments:

Jen said...

9:30min/miles.... I still can't do that on a good day!!! You are amazing!!! I love that you are running again!!! I'm so glad it felt so good!! Here's to many more great runs!!!

Manderz said...

Yay for running!! I am so happy to hear your first run back was so awesome. I guess it's ok now to ask if you are in for the 3 person Marathon relay in February :) LOL

Emz said...

YAY for being back.

So awesome.

I loved my first run after I had my daughter. So amazing.

YAY for you!!

Steel Springs said...

Wonderful! Congrats on the great run!

Nobel4Lit said...

Wow, some days I can't do a 9:30/mi, so props to you!!

Darlene said...

Hooray!! Whayt race is Dec 4?

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Good for you getting back so quickly!

J said...

Woohoo! Just two weeks after having a baby and you are back! Seriously awesome!

Marlene said...

Welcome back to running! So glad you are feeling GREAT! That's truly an incredibly quick recovery!

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Yea! Welcome back to the world of running (and purple toenails, and body glide :) ).

Stacey said...

Yay for running! Welcome back, and so soon after Niall. Glad you are feeling great!

ShutUpandRun said...

Yay, welcome back! So awesome.

Indi said...

great to see you back!! and sweet run and pace for first one post baby!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

wohooo welcome back and congrats on the first run feeling good!!

Meg said...

You must feel wonderful!! Congrats on being back and for taking care of yourself, too! I just read Kara Goucher's blog about her first run back, sounded just like yours!

Abby said...

That was quick!

Welcome back - glad to hear that you're feeling so good!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Woo-hoo, congrats on your return. I can't believe you are ready to go only 2-weeks post-partum.

Julie @ "Hotlegs Runner" said...

welcome back! and after two weeks, wow!

Sarah (A Runner's Heart) said...

Welcome back! Sounds like your off to a great start! :)

Diana said...

Impressive! Congrats on your great run :)

Karen said...

Woohoo! You go girl! That's awesome! I'm glad it was an easy transition for you!!! :0)

lindsay said...

man! 2 weeks off, and 9:30 miles?!? i am pretty sure i would've been off for much longer, and running much slower when i did get back into it! way to go!

Christina said...

Welcome back, mama!

Heather said...

Yay for getting back on the road! What a great first run back.

LauraElaine said...

Congrats! Must have felt good to get out there again!!

Amanda said...

I remember that feeling of running again after having my babies! Yay! I just wish it was easier on my nursing boobs! I always ended up with a breast infection if I tried to run too much but it was so nice to get back in the groove.

Amanda

oakley said...

Running for me is a passion...No matter how busy I am I always find time to run...

Jenn said...

Congrats on getting back out there! I know how great it feels!

Kate said...

Wow! I loved reading this. I can only imagine how great it must feel to go for that first post-baby run. Glad you're doing so well and so happy you're back :)

Wifey said...

Congratulations on being back ... and the baby!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

onelittletrigirl said...

Yeah for lacing up and getting back out there :)

FruitFly said...

Welcome back, speed demon! I knew it wouldn't take you long to rejoin the running world! :)

smartwool said...

Congrats for coming back. Great run.

Lara said...

I'm late in posting this, but getting caught up on my reader. Glad you're back in shape, Niall's finally made his appearance, and you're back in full form. Welcome back, Happy Runner Mama!!

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