It’s been six months now since I started running again. I took two years off after having my daughter. In this blog post, I share about my running journey these past few months and how I have I fallen in love with running all over again. It was like starting all over again like a “new beginner runner.”
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Beginning of November 2017- End of January 2018:
After no running for 2 years, I thought that the best way for me to pick up running again would be to the same I did as I did when I was a brand new runner. I did the Couch 2 5K training plan (C25K). It’s an 8 week program, and I did it in 3 months because I repeated a couple of weeks and skipped a couple too.
Read about my C25K Journey below (click on link):
I ran a 5K to celebrate the new year! I was able to run STRAIGHT without stopping for 10 whole minutes! My total for the Commitment Day 5K was 47:51 minutes. The 5K was held a park behind a gym, but due to -20 degree Fahrenheit weather, they permitted runners to run inside the gym on a treadmill if they wished ( I did!). My fastest 5K before becoming a mother was 25 minutes, so this was pretty disappointing, but I knew that this was just the beginning and it will only get better from here.
February (20.8 total miles):
I started to do interval running. Alternating 30 seconds of running and 30 seconds of walking.
I ran a virtual Valentine’s Day race (Luv 2 Run 2.14 miles).
I signed up for Run Disney’s Wine & Dine 5k, 10k, and half marathon for November 2018!
Minutes per mile pace: 14-15 minutes
March (24.5 total miles):
Interval running 40 seconds running :30 seconds walking
I ran 3.13 miles on my birthday on March 13.
I ran for the first time outside because it was sunny and 50 degrees. The following week my brother came along with me on my run and every Sunday after that (most Sundays were 20 degrees F!).
Minutes per mile pace: 12-13 minutes (I discovered I ran much faster outside than on the treadmill)
April (27.7 total miles):
Interval Running 43 seconds running : 30 seconds walking
Longest distance running yet: 5 miles on Easter (April 1st)!
I was sick for a few days and I skipped a few planned runs. I took it easy pretty much mid-April. Winter seemed to have no end! Snow in April? YES.
I started to do cross training ( I know, I know… I should have done this sooner!) I started to do yoga after runs and walks around my neighborhood on some days that I don’t run.
I got a new jogging stroller!!! BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller LUNAR
Minutes per mile pace: 12 minutes and sometimes under.
Knowing what I know now about how difficult it is to get back to running, I would have never taken more than half a year off from running. It’s something that if you don’t practice it regularly, then your body will forget it. I knew it would take time and I’m still not at the running pace that I used to be, but it sure feels great to be back doing what makes me feel FREE. The running community is great too and I enjoy following runners on social media.
The one disappointing moment that really stood out to me during these past 6 months, was my time on my first 5K getting back to running. I could not believe I could ever be that slow! I didn’t let it get to me though. It will only get better from here.
My proudest moment was being able to run 5 miles! I used to run 6-7 miles with no problem a couple of years ago, but this felt like a huge accomplishment. For a moment there, I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. It was on Easter too! I may or may not have eaten 5 chocolates 😉
There were several times in the beginning (when I started to run again) where I felt no motivation, no energy, and I question myself why I was doing this. I just kept running. There were times when I was tired after work and still got on the treadmill. There were times where I hated every single second of the run. There were times when there was no time, but I still got it done. I’m glad for all the runs that I completed and even for those runs that I cut short because it has gotten me to where I am.
I am now more confident in running. I show up, give it my all, and I keep going. A bad run is better than no run. I have come to love running again <3
What has worked for me is having a plan.
I do two 30 minutes runs during the week (evening runs after work on the treadmill) and then I do a run at the park with my brother on Sundays. For Sunday runs, I alternate one week 30 minutes and with another week of distance run. For example, 1st Sunday 30 minute run, 2nd Sunday 4 miles, 3rd Sunday 30 minutes, and 4th Sunday 4 1/2 miles. I’m slowly increasing my miles.
The book I read:
I bought this book after I ran my first half marathon because although I finished a half marathon and had no injuries and or/ problems, I found myself not knowing much about the proper way to train for a long distance run, how to increase speed, cross-training, and nutrition.
I pretty much just ran three 6-7 mile runs per week for months before my first half marathon, and I signed up for my first half marathon during my pregnancy and then ran my first half marathon at 5 months pregnant. It was awesome!
Back to the book, It include more than enough information about training, nutrition, injury prevention, and everything you need to know to run a half-marathon or marathon. It is mostly written for future marathons, but I think it’s still very helpful for those wanting to run a half-marathon for the first time.
The book also includes several runners’ stories. Everyone has a unique running story and everyone has a different reason as to why they run. I loved reading all the stories because I also got to learn from other runners’ mistakes 😉
I highly recommend it to future half-marathon and marathon runners or those who wants to learn all about running.
6 months have passed, and in 6 months, I’ll be running at RunDisney’s Wine and Dine Weekend (5K, 10K, Half marathon)!
Are you currently training for a big race?
What’s the longest “running break” that you have taken?
Will you be at Wine and Dine this year?
Let me know in the comments below! 🙂
Some of my favorite running things: