My second run back postpartum. In the first run back, I explained my new method to start with running small distances at a "reset" much faster pace than my pre-pregnancy average running pace. In that run, I did a tenth of a mile at sub-9:00 pace six times over 2.1 miles.
Tonight, I set out in 29 degree weather for my run. With no runs since the end of September, I've had NO even slightly cold weather running acclimation. A little harder on the lungs, but at least I have the experience in my back pocket to know how to dress. Getting dressed took about as long as the run, LOL! Beanie cap + Brooks ear warmer, long-sleeved Heels and Hills hot pink technical shirt + black DRC Cocona technical jacket + red windshirt, running tights + Nike shorts, thick Thorlo socks, Nike Lunarglide shoes. Yes, thankfully, I have lost my pregnancy weight and can fit in my running tights, because otherwise I wouldn't have known what to do. And looking at those tights when it was time to get dressed, I wasn't so sure it was going to work! So at least I was warm enough.
This time, I managed more than a tenth of a mile for several of the splits at sub-9 min/mi pace! I just gotta keep building a little each time and one day I'll find a new 5K PR, then a new 10K PR, and so on.
Splits at sub-9 min/mi pace (walk breaks between were about a tenth a mile to 0.15 miles, whatever it took to get heart rate below 140 and feel ready to go again):
0.20 mi : 8:47 pace
0.20 mi : 8:55 pace
0.15 mi : 8:47 pace
0.15 mi : 9:00 pace (uphill section!)
0.10 mi : 8:48 pace
In total, I did 1.75 miles. Now I planned to do more, but after that last hard run segment, I thought I saw trash in the street, but when I went by I realized it was one of those kids' electronic game devices! At first, I moved it to the sidewalk where it wouldn't get run over, thinking the owner would retrace their steps. Then, I worried someone less honest than me would find it and just take it. So I picked it up and headed home, thinking I could email the neighborhood's email list and maybe track down the owner. Therefore, my run was cut short. Luckily, the owner's last name was on the back, and I found that name in the neighborhood directory, so hoping I can reunite it with the sad kid who lost it!
It goes to show, there's something memorable about every run - this one definitely fits that description!