Hi guys, just wondering if anyone could help shed some light on the struggle I'm having coming back to running after pregnancy. I have a 15 week old baby, I got pregnant not long after running a marathon and was running about 30 miles a week. I ran until I was 34 weeks pregnant, by the end was doing 3 miles with a little walk break every mile. I started again when my baby was 4 weeks old so took 10 weeks off altogether. I didn't do much exercise in that time except walking and the occasional swim. I started out doing 3 miles very slow and worked up to doing 2 x 3-4 miles in the week and a longer run of 6ish miles at the weekend. The problem is that my fitness levels don't seem to have made much improvement, if anything I'm finding it harder. My heartrate is absolutely sky high as soon as I even set off. I've always has a naturally high heart rate anyway, it would peak at but 205 doing hill reps so I would have thought that was my max but recently most runs it's between 190/200 and I've seen it go over 210! My pace is slower now than when I was 34 weeks pregnant and I feel sick and dizzy try I go any faster. Just like I would feel if I was running hard intervals or hills pre pregnancy. I don't know if is normal to lose so much fitness in 10 weeks. And not to see any improvement ion my fitness over the last 7 weeks. Could it just be because I'm tired and breastfeeding? My partner thinks I should see a doctor because my heart rate is going so high but I can't imagine them taking me very seriously when it's not affecting me the rest of the time. By the way I have taken used my heart rate monitor at the gym so I could check I was getting a similar reading to the machine and they were pretty much the sAme so I don't think the problem is the monitor over reading . Sorry for the huge essay but any advice appreciated! ????