It was good to get some more “running” time in this week. I felt stronger and overall better on my runs. I think a lot of it had to do with having a running buddy to talk to and take my mind off the pain during each workout. I finally feel like the time and effort I’ve put in over the last few weeks is starting to pay off. The human body really is amazing how it can adapt and progress from the stress that is put on it.
**Go to http://blog.utahrunning.com/postpartum-exercise-part-2-training-plan/ for a printable version of the postpartum training plan
**See RUN UTAH’s April/May issue page 15 “4 For Core”and June/July issue page 17 “Simple Strengthening Exercises” for some sample strengthening exercises
WEEK 4: Nov 7-13, 2011
Monday 11/7/11 daily mileage: 5
- 10 minutes of brisk walking. 25 minutes of running. 10 minutes of walking.
- Strengthening exercises: bridge squeezers (30 reps), bridge thigh abductors (30 reps)
- We met up today with some friends (Riley and Amy) in St. George for a week long vacation. I have really been looking forward to this. By the time we made it to St. George (and because of daylight savings) it was already starting to get dark when I headed out the door for my workout. The air was slightly chilly and my legs felt cold, but once the blood started flowing I was fine. From the condo, there isn’t a great direction to run. Basically, the only place to go is to run along side the busy, noisy highway. Not ideal, but I’ll take being able to go for a workout along a crazy road without pushing kids in a jogger any day. I did the initial brisk walk and couldn’t help but look at my watch every couple of minutes to see if it had been ten minutes yet. My body was antsy to run. It’s funny how even though I’ve enjoyed the brisk walking within my training plan, I don’t feel like my workout has actually begun until I’m running. The first half of my run I felt slow and sluggish, but I was running uphill. The way back was better. I actually felt like I was moving at a decent pace. The cool down walk felt good. My hips, butt, and back felt pretty good. I’m still feeling the pinched nerve in my butt (at least that’s what I think it is), but it seems to have gone down in intensity since last week.