I am slowly starting to feel more and more like myself when I run. I’m not at my pre-pregnancy shape or pace (and don’t expect to be there for some time), but I feel stronger each day I run.
Since my son was born (almost 2 months ago!!!), I have tried to take it one day at a time and not push myself too much physically. Although I started running almost immediately, I didn’t want to overdo it with mileage or speed. Over the last 7+ weeks I have focused on:
- Very slowly increasing my long runs (up to 12 miles)
- Decreasing my pace on my easy runs
- Decreasing days off in between run days (I’m back to running 5-6 days/week)
I occasionally would pick up the pace for a mile or so but decided to hold off on doing any sort of speedwork until I felt I ready. I made the decision this past weekend that I was ready – partially because I feel great running, partially because I’m back to getting a good night’s sleep (Ryan sleeps 6-8 hours at a stretch now) and partially because I have my first “race” on the calendar for this year.
I didn’t even know this race existed until I saw this:
In order to train for this race (I have ~5 weeks), I am doing some speedwork – something I haven’t done in almost a year.
Wednesday’s workout was 400m repeats. The workout called for a mile warmup (8:45 pace), then 6 x 400m repeats (6:00 pace) with 2:00 jogging recovery (~9:15 pace), followed by a mile cooldown (8:30 pace).
I completed the 6 repeats in: 1:30, 1:30, 1:30, 1:29, 1:29, 1:28.
It was NOT easy (or fun).
Halfway through my 3rd repeat, I was out of breath. Tired.
I. Wanted. To. Stop.
I was close to hitting “stop” on the treadmill (yes, I do some speedwork on the treadmill when I have to).
I hadn’t been this uncomfortable on a run since January.
My body was telling my mind it was tired and my mind was telling me that I had to stop….that I couldn’t keep up the pace. My mind and body are used to shutting down when I reach that point.
For the past ~10 months, my mind was programmed to stop or slow down the moment my heart rate started to get to the uncomfortable territory. Even since Ryan was born 2 months ago, I have not let myself get uncomfortable. There have been plenty of runs where I had plans to run X distance or a certain pace and would literally STOP and run/walk home the moment I felt tired.
I forgot what it felt like to be THAT uncomfortable.
I forgot how to keep pushing even when my mind and body want to stop.
And I forgot how much I actually enjoy workouts that push you to your limit (I did a post on Embracing the Pain over the summer). Workouts like this are what make me faster, make me a stronger runner.
I walked away from this workout knowing that I need to reteach my mind and body that it’s not only okay, but good, to feel this uncomfortable again.
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What is your favorite speed workout??
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