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Breaking my running shoes back in….

My long awaited doctor appointment was Wednesday, exactly 6 weeks and 1 day since I had Marshall. I had been anxiously waiting to be cleared to run again and am grateful that I now have no restrictions!

I had been very good about walking every day, but was so excited to sweat and work hard. Although I ran throughout my pregnancy, all the way until the day before I had him…… I haven’t physically exerted myself for a long time. So Wednesday after my appointment, I dropped Marshall off at my sisters and ran my first 3 miles. It was hot, and a little hard.

I have ran everyday since I was cleared on Wednesday and on Saturday I did my first 5 miles. It was rough. I got to mile 2 and really had some mental battles, legs were crazy heavy. I honestly had that feeling in a marathon when you are at mile 22 and feel so heavy you seriously wonder how you could possibly run 4 more miles without walking. Now that is a discouraging feeling.

I decided awhile ago that I was going to run the Indy Women’s Half Marathon on September 1st. Below is my kind of sloppy, just get the miles in so you can run 13 without stopping training plan: (There is absolutely no time for tapering or anything fancy like that… just building up to the 13 so I can finish.

Originally, I was thinking oh yeah I could probably run a 1:50 or something, but after my run yesterday, I feel like I’ll be lucky to break 2 hours. 🙁 I ran my first half marathon in 2006 without doing a training run more than 6 miles and finished in 1:59, so I feel like I should be able to do that easy, but this body just feels different and it’s gonna take some time to get to where I really want to be. (I’d like to try to get down around 1:35 in the not so far future)

Ignore the no rest days from running leading up to August 18th- this is mostly because I’m trying to fit into a damn size 2 bridesmaid dress that day and running is simply the easiest way to get a workout in with a 6 week old. And let’s just say, I’m hungry for some desert.

August Training 

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