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First run back!  This is how I felt about it:

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(That is me doing a jig.  Hah.)


Just like I did post-Henry, when I received the doctor’s okay to start exercising, I drove home and immediately went on a run.  Too pumped to wait long!  WAHOO.  I was so excited to get back out there after months and months of not doing anything intense at all (except, you know, delivering a baby).


It felt so good to run again.

Back at my happy place! #wheremyrunningshoestakeme

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And the actual running part wasn’t so bad!  I want to follow the Couch to 5K plan for a few weeks and then accelerate my training a bit, but for this run, I just wanted to see where I was at.  I set out to do my favorite 2.2 mile loop and planned to walk as needed.


Verdict:  2.2 miles in 28:30 minutes.  Not too shabby!  Loads more running than walking, and I think I could’ve gone even faster, but I made myself a bit nervous towards the end and started to pull back (it would suck to injure myself on my first go!). 


At first, I was surprised that after months of doing little more than walking, my cardiovascular strength didn’t seem too tapped.  My legs were definitely feeling it – the result of running with an extra 19-odd pounds on me and not doing any strength training for eons.  But it wasn’t too terrible.  In fact… it felt pretty amazing!  I love the freedom of running.


Oh, also – my favorite Pitbull song (here is one reason I love Pitbull) came on at the end of my run.  This is one of the best running songs ever!  Fireball!


So – there you have it. My first workout of 2015.  What was your first workout of the New Year?



  • Jenn January 6, 2015, 9:08 am

    You look great, Caitlin! Happy miles:)

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 6, 2015, 9:16 am

    Yay! I’m so happy for you 🙂 My first workout of the NY was CrossFit yesterday morning. We did a bunch of heavy squats and my legs are SO sore today!

  • Allison January 6, 2015, 9:19 am

    Woohoo! What an awesome feeling to be running again! Having a baby 6 months ago myself, I know just how you feel! My first workout of the new year was a 30 min jog pushing the baby in the jogging stroller, while my 8 year old tagged along on his bike. It was FUN! 🙂

  • Courtney! January 6, 2015, 9:54 am

    Yay! Congrats on a great run back! Your weather looks SO nice. I want to run outside so bad, but I refuse to run on snow. I’m way too clumsy 🙂

  • Britt@MyOwnBalance January 6, 2015, 10:48 am

    Yay congrats! I was soooo impatient to get back into working out after the baby but the C-section made it so hard. I started with 3lb weights for 10 minutes and worked my way up to a full hour of yoga or barre. My first workout of the new year was PiYo!

  • Preeti January 6, 2015, 11:50 am

    Yay!! Congrats!! I know how good that feels 🙂 There’s something empowering about that first workout.

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 6, 2015, 11:55 am

    Congrats! I remember how amazing it felt during my first run back being injured and how I enjoyed every second of it. I try to remind myself of that joy now on days that I’m just not feeling it. My first workout of the new year was barre. I love using it as a cross-training tool!

  • Heather @ Housewife Glamour January 6, 2015, 11:55 am

    Congrats on the first run, Caitlin! I bet you feel amazing. Looking forward to following your journey!

  • Sarah January 6, 2015, 12:53 pm

    Congratulations on your return to running!! Those initial postpartum weeks are tough and it’s extra hard to resist exercising! Maybe it’s just me but I feel like the whole mental and physical process of pregnancy makes us stronger in both regards! My first workout of 2015 was a 7.5 miler in my hubby’s hometown. Love it there!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut January 6, 2015, 12:59 pm

    Awessssome! Wahoo is right! PS. I met Pitbull once at a work event and he was SO NICE it was amazing!

    • Caitlin January 6, 2015, 1:48 pm

      Really? That’s too cool!

  • Leatitia January 6, 2015, 1:14 pm

    My first workout was a hour long Zumba class in my basement on January 1st. I LOVE Zumba, it makes me smile everytime! I used to be a runner, but it’s hard getting out there being a single mom. But going downstairs is easy! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 6, 2015, 3:21 pm

    YAY! Congrats on your first run!

  • Jacquelynn January 6, 2015, 9:46 pm

    Congrats!!! We have been having some cold weather here in Ohio, but I have still been getting out (until today when we got snow) for long, slow walks. My baby is due next month so I am a lot slower, but I bundle my son and myself up and push him around for a while each day if I can. The fresh air always makes me feel much better! 🙂

  • Colleen January 7, 2015, 5:38 am

    My first workout for 2015 was a family hike along a trail in Lake Norman Stare Park.

  • molly@ this life is sparkling January 7, 2015, 4:22 pm

    Yay for running! 🙂

  • Alex @ True Femme January 7, 2015, 5:43 pm

    Congrats on getting the ok to exercise again! I’m sure that feels good, but you also look great!! Also, Pitbull is my absolute *favorite* to listen to while running. Like a boss.

  • Lori January 7, 2015, 8:44 pm

    Wow! You look great and I can’t believe you just had a baby!

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