I used to run. Before we had our little one I actually ran at least 3 times a week. Along with doing a lot of other workouts too. I was averaging about 55 minutes for a 10km and probably at the height if my fitness.
My little one is now almost 2 (21 months). Add to that about 5 months of not running in pregnancy and you have just over 2 years of not running. I have tried to get back into running several times after pregnancy but I have had a real stop-start with it. Partially because I can no longer run in the morning, which was my best time to run. And partially because raising a toddler is exhausting and my motivation to work out at night is very low.
My father in law told us about a Halloween dress up run that was coming up. And given I had plenty if time to get my distance up I decided this would be my first run since baby arrived. Another critical factor was that it had a nice finishers medal! 😂
I started to build up my distance over a 3 month period, following a training plan. And was delighted to see my mileage peak above a 10km 2 weeks ago (thanks to my motivating husband). So I went into the race knowing I could do the distance.
The race was hard. It was 2 loops of a 5km course, which is always more difficult. It involved running on sand, some of which was quite soft. To add to that, most people seemed to drop out after the 5km. To the point where there were not many runners left by the time we finished.
I finished with a time if 70 minutes 17 seconds. Well off my pre-baby time. But that’s ok. The main thing is I was out and back in the running game. Now I just have to keep at it so I build on my fitness.
To anyome like myself, struggling to find motivation, book yourself into a race, give yourself a tangible goal, fijd yourself a running partner and just keep moving…..🏃
Now I can say I run again! 🎉