My first post-baby race is less than two weeks away. I’m not sure if I should be anxious or not..but I am. It’s a 5km race that I’m supposed to be running with my hubby. I’ve been following a training plan almost to the letter (with a slight deviation here and there) and have been slowly progressing. The thing is, that I’ve only run 5km twice on this plan, which is set out in time, not distance. I know I can run the distance but I’m totally spent by the end. That, and my knees have really been bothering me. I used to get this issue when I was running 3-4 days a week at longer distances but it seems to have crept up on me a bit sooner than I expected.
I haven’t got the greatest knees, or maybe I don’t have the right tools in my fitness belt and my knees are the ones suffering, hard to tell. But basically, after a walking break, I look and feel like a 90 year old man trying to get started running again. After a couple of minutes, I’m more or less ok and not stiff/sore anymore until the next walking break. Right now, because I am doing a plan that is gradually increasing the number of minutes I spend running at each interval, my knees are barely warmed back up before I’m on a walking break again. It’s possible that I need a different running shoe and that my gait has changed with this last pregnancy. I am using a new pair of runners that I had bought on clearance (they were the brand/style I had been using quite successfully for a couple of years) because my shins were bothering me a lot and checking the tread (or lack thereof) on my previous pair of runners explained why.
I’d love your thoughts/opinions on that issue.
Otherwise, things are going well. I’m hoping to get to the pool this week and have even roped a couple of friends to join me! I’m just waiting on my parents to let me know if they can watch the boys for an hour.
I better stop typing and go find my goggles!!