My plan, training-wise, for the first six months after J Bear's birth (via C-section), was to gently ease back into running and build up a fitness base without getting injured. A little conservative, some would say, but at this stage of the game I'd much rather be safe than sorry. The mere thought of picking up an injury and having to sit out for another few weeks or months was enough to motivate me to take things really easy, while still being consistent.
And now, just a few days shy of the six month mark, I'm happy to report that I did just that: I'm back to running regularly, with my longest runs measuring just short of 10 km. And the best part? I have zero niggles, injuries and issues - mission accomplished!
|Back to doing what we love. [Photo by Run Cape Town.]|
I think you'll agree with me, though: It's time to kick things up a notch. Gentle, easy-ish runs have served its purpose and now need to make way for something a little more challenging. My body is craving hill repeats, fartleks and tempo runs. And perhaps even some track work with Big Dog. Gulp.
But it's time.
My training watch has been ordered and should be here just in time for the start of my 16-week goal race training block at the beginning of June - just the motivation I'll need. So, June The First, you and I have a date. Exciting times ahead!