Friday, January 7, 2011

First Run Postpartum!

38 days postpartum (just 4 days shy of the 6 weeks, or 42 days, I was supposed to wait to start running after the C-section), and I just NEEDED a run.  No going into details here, but mentally and emotionally, I needed to know I could still run and needed to just clear my mind and focus on nothing but the pavement and me for just a little bit of time.

Before the baby was born, while running pregnant, I had spent a lot of time thinking about my 2011 running.  Planning, strategizing, dreaming.  I decided I wanted to try to reset my pace, that I had a mental block keeping me from getting faster.  For paces... My PR 1 mile is 9:04 min/mi, my PR 5K is 10:20 min/mi, my half marathon PR is 11:09 min/mi.  Since most of my training runs from right before I got pregnant was 10:00-11:30 min/mi, I was ready to make a radical change.

So on tonight's run, after the first 0.05 mi trial to see how my feet felt running, I set my goal.  A tenth of a mile at a time at faster than 9 min/mi pace, with however much walking recovery I wanted inbetween.

I did 2.1 miles, with 0.60 miles of it being sub-9 min mile pace! 
The paces for each tenth mile were: 8:22, 8:15, 8:23, 8:02, 8:05, 8:19.

So how do I feel? I feel pretty okay, I tend to evaluate four things in deciding this:
LUNGS: fine during, no gasping for air, but a little hacking once I got into the warm air at home again. 
HEART: felt good, never beated out of my chest, wore my heart monitor and nothing looked awry.
LEGS: awkward, need to keep an eye on posture and maintaining midfoot strike and not overly tensing upper body, it will get easier as I get used to it.
BRAIN: felt good, each tenth of a mile felt so fast compared to my usual pace.

Next steps? Rest, stretch, make sure I recover well.  Then do it again, and focus on extending that tenth of a mile into 0.15 miles then two-tenths and so on. Let's give this a go and see where it can take me. Wouldn't it be fun if I could come back and bring with it a sub-9 min pace 5K PR in a couple months?!?

Happy Running to All!


  1. Woo-hoo!!! That is definitely awesome Libby. Glad that you're back in business...

    (PS Have I told you how much I LOVE the champagne flute? You are so smart... what a great idea.)

  2. It is great to see that you are back at it! It was almost as if a team member has been missing. I hope that things continue to go well for you. Great run!

  3. Sounds like you have a good plan and are happy to be getting back in the game!