return to running: week 1

My husband knows me well.  We had our “January Thaw” this weekend in St. Louis and I of course decided to take advantage of it and took MacKenna out in the jogging stroller (I’m still searching for a good/cheaper double jogger) on Friday afternoon when Matt got home from work.  Of course, what does he ask me when we got home?  “Did you run?”

Yes.  Yes, I did.


I know, I know.  I’m only 4 weeks postpartum today and my doctor said low impact only.  And I know, running is not low impact.  But, I feel good.  Like, really good.  To the point where I am feeling a lot like myself again.  So, I decided to try to run.  And guess what?  It. Felt. Amazing.  I am definitely not running fast or far right now because my body is not ready for that.  But, the little bit that I am running feels good.  And I am listening to my body and watching for any signs that I might be pushing too much, but I feel good!

Right now, I am doing a 5 minute walk to warmup and a 5 minute cool down.  In the middle, I am running for 2 minutes, followed by 3 minutes of walking.  I repeat that for 20 minutes total.  The 2 minutes of running feel easy, but that’s how I want it to feel.  Do I feel like I could run faster or longer?  Maybe.  But, 2 minutes feels just about right for the time being.  This week, I will add one more interval to build my endurance up a little bit, but if that doesn’t go well, I’ll go back to what I did last week.

Monday:  30 minute treadmill run/walk (2.1 miles @ 14:17/mile)

Tuesday:  PiYo Sweat

Wednesday:  PiYo Upper Body (I amazingly still have some abs!)

Thursday:  PiYo Strength Intervals + 30 minute treadmill run/walk (2.1 miles @ 14:25/mile)

Friday:  PiYo Buns + 30 minute jogging stroller run/walk (2.25 miles @ 13:23/mile)

Saturday:  30 minute jogging stroller run/walk (2.25 miles @ 13:20/mile)

Sunday:  Rest Day

Total:  9.2 miles


I am 4 weeks postpartum today and I have to admit that I’ve been feeling pretty terrible about my body the last few days. While there are definitely things to be happy about (fitting in to a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans (a size bigger), only having 10 more pounds to lose), I still feel like I have a long way to go and am so ready to feel comfortable in my body again.  It’s amazing how comfortable I felt in my pregnancy body, but how far I feel from getting to a point where I’m happy about my size.

So, I am trying to make a conscious effort to get to that point again.  One of the main things I will be doing in the next month is a “Rock Your Jeans” challenge.  Starting Monday, January 28th, I will be co-hosting a challenge to help you (and myself) drop at least one jean size.  Madeline from Food, Fitness, and Family and Elena from Full Circle Fitness will be co-hosting this challenge along with me and we’d love to have YOU be part of our accountability group.  This is a 3-week challenge group that involves 30-minute workouts, 5 days a week and includes a personalized portion-controlled meal plan and 30 superfood meals.  I am looking for 10 ladies who are committed to changing their lives (and jean size) in just 3 weeks time!  If you are interested in finding out more about our challenge group, shoot me an email (klvanhorn @ gmail . com) or just leave me a comment below.

Drop A Jean Size

I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready to be back in those skinny jeans!

  • Haley

    Id love to hear more about this challenge!!