Slow and steady gets momma back into shape

With nursing behind me, I feel like it's time to get back in shape. Not only do I have more time, but less physical restraints.

And while breastfeeding somehow put me back at my high school (!) weight, I feel very far from fit. This was evidenced on a recent run in which I was winded after less than a mile. I'm not proud of this, but it's the reality of the situation.

Perhaps my playlist should have served as a warning to my condition. When I selected "Most Played" on my iPod, I expected to be greeted by my high-energy, guilty-pleasure workout favorites like Britney, Enrique Iglesias and Salt N Peppa. Instead, I found myself skipping tracks left and right since every other song seemed to be lullaby renditions from the Rockabye Baby albums.

At a friend's suggestion, I've slowed down my running pace to a near-crawl. Focus on distance and endurance first, then think about speed. So far, it's worked, although I can't help but wonder if passersby think I'm jogging in place.

My next motivation will be signing up for the Howard County Striders Women's Distance Festival in June. It's a 5k, and even that seems daunting just now. Last time I ran it, I was pregnant and I'm curious to see if I can match or beat my previous time this year.

How did you return to the world of fitness post-baby?

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