Logistically, I had to plan way more ahead than I'm used to, as I had intended to do this a day earlier, but I was exhausted and the baby's schedule was rough. All the stars aligned today, so after a somewhat decent night, morning feeding, and emptying out, I quickly went out for what I promised would be 20 minutes.
I did a small loop around my house, twice. I've mentioned this before, bug my area is a little hilly, so I always struggle. Today, it was more like a shuffle than a run. About a quarter mile in, breathing was tough. My poor out-of-shape lungs and upper ab area! Toward the second half, I felt my lower ab/incision area to be quite weak. I guess running really does engage the whole core. I really struggled, but I was determined not to stop. I imagined a skull and cross bones, because some moments I thought I was going to die (not literally, but yikes!).
I finished 1.5 miles in the 20 minutes (using the Nike Running app) I was gone. It was a beautiful morning and such a nice feeling to be out again. Great for my sanity, for sure. Realistically, I will only be able to do this once a week for now when I have someone to watch the baby, but it might very well take a week to recover. I've been trying to do short videos on most other days.
It is going to be a long and hard road back, so to speak, but at least this gives me something to work toward.
More to come (I hope)!