It’s been two weeks since I was cleared to run and I have been getting in runs whenever possible. I ran Friday and Sunday of that first weekend and then my mom came to town the week after I was cleared so I was able to get in two runs while she watched Siena that week and another that weekend, for a total of 5 weeks in 9 days. Since I’m not running with her in the stroller quite yet and it’s dark when Mike gets home from work, when I run is largely dictated by Mike’s work schedule at this point and I only got in 2 runs this past week. I’ve been careful not to run two consecutive days to let my body have a break and recover so that means no back to back weekend runs yet.
Despite the road blocks, I’ve been getting out there and have already seen some great progress. Even though my pace is significantly slower than before (I’m not even sure I could run one mile at my former marathon pace of 8:10), I enjoy wearing my Garmin so that I can track my pace during each run. My time on the 3.15 mile trail loop near my house (which begins with a huge hill that I have to hike) is my basis for comparison and since my first run to my most recent, I’ve dropped over 4 minutes off my time! I also have done two 5 mile runs, one of which I ran basically the entire way with the exception of a bathroom break and a walk break on one hill (I drove to the coast for that run). Both 5 mile runs averaged in the 10 min mile range which was actually an encouraging pace for me at this point!
On Thanksgiving Mike and I started our family tradition of participating in the Encinitas Turkey Trot. The route was exclusively on the 101 and was basically the same route we used to run all the time when we lived down by the beach. We decided to just walk it together pushing the stroller and we had a great time! It was the first time I’ve walked a race so it was definitely a new experience but very enjoyable. It was fun to get outside with the community on a holiday.
Surprisingly, Siena slept the entire time (she often wakes from her morning nap after 1 hour or so), even when we took a photo next to the marching band at the start. I fully expected her to wake up during the 55 minutes it took us to walk the race but instead she slept peacefully and long enough for me to shower afterward! This race was great because it was super close and parking was easy. We left our house at 7:25, started the race at 8 am and were home at 9:25!
I was strongly contemplating joining a friend for the Carlsbad Half Marathon on January 19th but I think I’ve decided against it. I think I could probably work my way up to a 10 mile long before then but I already know the race would be very hard and it’d be a lot of work to coordinate feeding Siena and/or pumping before and after the race and waking up super early to make it there (ideally she’ll be sleeping through the night by then but I really don’t know!). I’m thinking I’ll look for a race in March or April instead when I’ll have more time to get back in decent shape and Siena will be sleeping more and eating less frequently.
If you’ve been in my shoes, how long did it take you to get back to your former running pace? When did you do your first longer distance race?