Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Back to Running
I've now done two "official" runs on a treadmill, and it's a mixed bag. At 7 weeks post-partum, I pretty much feel back to my old self, but when I try and run? There are a few reminders that things have changed. Obviously, my stamina is nowhere close to what it used to be. That was a given. I also have laughed and said that it's the first time I've run in my 30's, too, though I doubt that's the issue.
It really isn't my legs, or my breathing, or any of the normal reasons that I used to feel worn out that hit me. It's my stomach!!! 7 minutes into my run last night, my abs clenched up and were NOT going to let go. I understand that they were stretched out for a long time, but it's just a new experience. I never gave a second thought to my core being strong enough before. I had been a life-long swimmer, and frequently practiced yoga and pilates, so I don't know if I've ever had so much as a side cramp, much less this entire abdominal lock-down. Regardless, things will continue to improve, and it will stop one day, but for now, it's the first hurdle to overcome.
Another hurdle? What to WEAR. Oh, sure, that outfit looks great in pictures, and that's actually one of the better ones for me to choose, but I'm more top-heavy now. Things just don't fit. And if I can get them on? They aren't supportive enough. So I am on a mission for new jogging attire. That won't break the bank. It's tough, ya'll!
I can't wait until the Lion can join me! We have a jogging stroller, but you're not supposed to use it to run until 6 months because their heads bounce too much. So, for now, here's my GORGEOUS view!