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Another week of regaining fitness0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Monday September 17, 2007 at 9:43 pm)

As mentioned in my prior post, this was the week I finally made it up to 3.1miles/5k. It was a relief, but unsettling to me to realize how difficult what used to be an easy distance is. I’m still running at what feels like a slow pace, but I honestly cannot go faster at this point – pushing it anymore leads to severe side cramps and trouble breathing. Nonetheless, each run does seem to get slightly easier. I’m staying at 5k for my distance for at least another week until it becomes more comfortable.

Anyway, here are the details of my week:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 37:08 (11:59/mile)
  • Average Heart Rate: 144; Maximum Heart Rate: 174
  • G and I ran through Judkins Park, and this time through the Mount Baker Tunnel to enjoy a view of Lake Washington on a beautiful, clear (and hot!) day before returning home.

Thursday, September 13, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 34:25 (11:06/mile) (Splits: 11:41, 11:09, 10:33, 1:02)
  • Heart Rate monitor not worn
  • Workout performed on treadmill

Friday, September 14, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 33:54 (10:56/mile) (Splits: unknown – will be explained)
  • Heart Rate: unknown (again, will be explained)
  • G and I ran through Judkins Park to Rainier Avenue, then up Massachusetts Avenue, through Sam Smith Park, and then back home.

Saturday, September 15, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 32:29 (10:29/mile) (Splits: 10:53, 10:29, 10:08, 0:59)
  • Treadmill Run

Total Mileage for the Week: 12.4 miles

I have managed to lose my Garmin Forerunner’s charging cradle, so not only am I unable to pull workout data from the device to my computer, but Evan cannot construct maps of my runs, and even worse – I cannot charge the device, so the battery could go! We’re in the process of searching for it, but if it cannot be located, we’ll purchase another one. In the meantime, I’ll stick with the Timex Ironman Triathlon watch for timing on the treadmill, and will only use the Garmin Forerunner when I need the GPS to measure mileage.

Running is still tougher than it ever has been, but it’s getting better. I can finish a three mile run without horrible side cramps now! That’s something.

Finally made it to 3.1 miles…0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Tuesday September 11, 2007 at 8:05 pm)

Postpartum running continues – and still proves to be much more difficult than I had originally thought, not only because the body takes a beating in pregnancy and delivery, but it takes so long to get back into shape when trying to balance the demands of an infant with the need to work out! I never pictured that staying home full-time (I’m off from work until October 1st) would mean still not having dinner prepared, and yes – only being able to squeeze exercise in two days a week. I’m feeling more hopeful this week that Gabriel (whom we’ve been calling “Little G”) and I will make it out at least three times.

My Ob/Gyn warned against rapid resumption of exercise. What I’ve discovered is – I don’t think I could overdo it if I tried at this point. I have never felt so out-of-shape in my life, even when I first started running track and cross-country as a young teen. It is wonderful to be out there again, though!

I only managed a single run from two weeks ago include:

August 28, 2007:

  • Distance: 2.0 miles
  • Time: 23:35 (11:46/mile)
  • Average Heart Rate: 144; Maximum Heart Rate: 169
  • Pushing Little G in the Bob Revolution! We ran to the Mount Baker Tunnel and back.

Then, two runs from last week:

September 4, 2007:

  • Distance: 2.25 miles
  • Time: 27:00
  • Heart Rate information unavailable
  • Was run on the treadmill.

September 7, 2007:

  • Distance: 2.50 miles
  • Time: 28:00 (11:13/mile)
  • Average Heart Rate: 144; Maximum Heart Rate: 182
  • G and I ran through Judkins Park and to the entrance to the Mount Baker Tunnel before returning home.

Then, finally, today I made it 3.1 miles, albeit slowly and carefully. It was 84 degrees outside, but G and I were determined to do it – today was the day! I was exhausted afterwards, again a reminder of how far I still have to go to return to my previous level of fitness. Nonetheless, it was a relief to finally meet this milestone.

September 11, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 37:08 (11:59/mile)
  • Average Heart Rate: 144; Maximum Heart Rate: 174
  • G and I ran through Judkins Park, and this time through the Mount Baker Tunnel to enjoy a view of Lake Washington on a beautiful, clear (and hot!) day before returning home.

Finally, another picture of my new running companion. He has his track suit all geared up for his first race in October!

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