The No-Plan Plan
I am feeling really sad about this. Not, so much because I really have the desire to heave my five month pregnant self down fifteen to twenty miles worth of trails every week. It is just that I put in so much effort after Jane was born, only thirteen months ago, to build up to the point where I was even be able to run TEN MILES every weekend morning, WHILE PREGNANT. The idea of starting over again, in five months, well – it just sounds like complete hell. When I got pregnant, I was in the best shape I had been in, well, ever. It was hard work to get to that fitness level, and I would be lying when I said I was looking forward to doing it again, and after having a C-section.
Now, don’t get my wrong – I do plan on continuing running. But, I think that my Saturday mornings of 7.8 – 9.8 miles, are over after this weekend. I am feeling aches in places I didn’t know could ache, and after every long run I have this continues muscle spasm somewhere in my gluteus maximus area – which I can only assume is from my body trying to stabilize itself, thanks to my disproportionate girth.
I have no real plan moving forward. I am going to continue my strength training twice weekly, and I will probably be going to continue running throughout the week – a mile or two depending on the day, my mood, the weather. Then on the weekends, when I normally have my long run, I am going to do the entire distance, except I will walk the last half of it. I am hoping that keeping a base of a mile or two for as long as is healthy and possible, will make it easier to get jump started coming out of the gates this next time. If you have any tips, I beg you to tell me. I am entering uncharted territory here, and without a plan.