My baby turned 6 weeks-old yesterday. With that, I was permitted to start exercising. I guess I thought that meant that I could attempt to kill myself in a 10 minute time-span. I decided that I would take it easy...set the treadmill for 10 minutes and run the whole time to see how far I could go. I kept the treadmill between 4.9 mph and 5.5 mph, to take it easy on myself. I managed to run .83 miles in ten minutes. I thought it was quite an accomplishment, seeing how I hadn't run since Feb. 11, 2011. I walked the rest of the time to get a mile of exercise in.
I then walked home. On the way home, I felt a weird sensation in my belly. I knew I had to get to the bathroom quickly, I managed to get to the bathroom and then had to call to my daughter to bring me a bowl. I was sure that I might puke. She ran and got me a huge Tupperware bowl. I am sure it was have been sufficient if I indeed had puked. I asked for my water bottle. After sipping on that for a few minutes, I felt much better. I was able to leave the bathroom and come back among the living.
I then made myself a bowl of Crispy Rice cereal with milk and whipped cream (I love that stuff). I ate that and continued to feel better. I was able to prevent myself from puking. I hate to puke, but I know sometimes that I would feel better if I did. This wasn't one of those times. After eating smoked oysters, puking helped me feel better. I used to love those things, but I think I am allergic to them now. I had eaten them twice a few weeks apart, and puked within an hour of eating them each time.
So, the moral of the story I guess, is that although I can still run, I shouldn't overdo it. I do plan to run a half marathon in the spring of 2012. I have to figure out a training routine and know that I am starting over. My children have been very supportive of my running in the past. I look forward to getting back the endurance and cardiovascular health I once had. I knew that it would be a long road back, but it is one that I am ready to follow.