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6/29/12 11:38 A

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Congrats on getting back on the road after baby, and especially WITH baby. Was your pace before tin the stroller? I run anywhere from 1-2 mm slower when pushing the jogger. it is not easy! And you forget how much you use your arms when running.
Your pace will come back!

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6/10/12 5:29 P

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Running is great for so many reasons.
But running for the fun of it is the best reason!

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6/8/12 5:10 P

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There is anecdotal evidence of a post-baby speed burst. Most women find this speed burst approximately 4-12 months PP.

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6/7/12 12:09 P

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Thanks all! I'm just going to keep running and see how things turn out. Yesterday I went for a run/walk with my nugget in tow. I passed a gentleman walking the other direction and he stopped me to tell me I was fearless and that I am raising an Olympic star if I keep this up! It made my day. Pace be darned. I'll get back there eventually. I just kind of wish I had that initial start pace from a few years ago so I just knew that my pace did actually progress as I kept at it. :)

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6/5/12 2:01 P

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Welcome back! I agree with the others.... don't worry about pacing right now. Just work on building your base back up and the speed will come naturally, in time.

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6/4/12 10:20 P

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I find that my pace over time has slowly improved just by running and recognizing my rhythm, getting into it and staying on it.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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6/4/12 9:14 P

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I agree with the other post, enjoy your runs and build your base, get your stretching and strength training in and maybe over time you will feel the need for speed. and congrats to your wife for running too! Keep it easy with her and give her lots of praise, but if she is like my wife, very little advice! ;) LOL

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6/4/12 6:35 P

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Once upon a time, I way faster than I do right now. After many years of not running, I got back into it by running a pace that was way slower, but I was able to keep up for extended distances. Over time, mostly due to repetition - but also with a few interval workouts and tempo runs - I was able to increase my speed.

When my wife began running, she was out of breath and exhausted after a short distance even though her legs still felt fresh. I told her to slow down until she found a pace she could keep up until her legs got tired. She tried this and after months of continuous training, her speed increased.

So, run at a pace you can manage. Build a good base. This will naturally improve your speed up to a point. Once you've got a good base, then you can throw in some speed work and work on your pace (if you want to).

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I would not worry about your pace for now, as you are rebuilding your aerobic base and reacquainting your joints/muscles/etc to the rigors of running. Your time will improve over time. ;) Just try to listen to your body and enjoy the fact that you are able to do this once more. After you are firmly re-established, you can worry about speed work, etc. But, really, there is no rush.

Enjoy your journey! ;)

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6/4/12 4:00 P

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I'm back after a long hiatus. I got pregnant early last summer and between heat and morning sickness I didn't run all summer. Then as things cooled down, I developed complications and wasn't allowed to run. My little one is now 4 months old and I've been cleared to run for about 2 months now. With school and activities for my oldest kids, my runs haven't been really very regular. I'm working out at home most days and am feeling pretty lucky if I get two runs a week in. I've been trying to make them longer runs, of at least 6 miles, when I do get out (5 if I have baby with me in the jogging stroller).

So, here's my question. When I first started running a few years back, I had no idea about pace and didn't care how fast I was running. After a good long while, I did time myself and found I was running very consistently, a 9:45 mile. After a year off, I am running, very consistently, a 12 min mile. Slow, but I can keep it up over hill and dale for ages. Will my speed just increase naturally as I keep running or do I need to be doing something to increase my pace. When I include sprints, I just poop out faster my runs are shorter. What to do? What to do?

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