Planning my Return to Fitness – Postpartum

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As I am writing this – my little buddy is napping. He’s a bit nocturnal. Sleeping in the morning/early afternoon and partying throughout the evening. I consider myself fortunate that he sleeps from 1am-7am with a feeding in between – so I get around 5.5-6ish hours of broken up sleep a day. I’ll take it.  The days are long but the weeks are flying by.

Adjusting to being a mother is a challenge. I’m someone who never changed a diaper in their entire life prior to having him. I also have little to no experience being responsible for children. I was a sleep away camp counselor for two years, but my kids were 8 years old. So they knew how to sleep through the night and use the toilet. Despite my lack of experience I think I’m doing a good job. I can be hard on myself though – I need to tell myself that there is no such thing as a perfect parent.

Luckily – my body has recovered decently from pregnancy and labor. In my first trimester I lost six pounds so I had a generous cushion when it came to the pregnancy weight gain. I ended up 18 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight – the weight came off in the first week and I’m down a few more pounds from that which can probably be attributed to stress and breastfeeding. I also had an easy healing process after delivery.

Right now, I’m taking it easy when it comes to exercise and have been trying to fit in a quick daily walk with the baby – for my mental health since I’m indoors most of the day.

I hope to ramp up my fitness routine after my six week postpartum doctor visit. It’s going to be a challenge balancing baby with a workout schedule – but if I slowly ease into it I think I can make it work.

I’m viewing my return to fitness as somewhat of a clean slate: I built up a great running base pre-pregnancy, took a brief hiatus in my first trimester, and started a manageable regimen beginning second tri through the majority of my third. One thing each phase had in common was that my fitness was solely focused on running and walking. I’d like to start incorporating a few new things into my routine.

  1. Workout Videos / Strength training

I will be home with my baby pretty much all the time. I’m fortunate to have family nearby who are open to babysitting while I go out for a quick run, but in the beginning, I know that I will not be able to take a daily run. No worries, this is a perfect opportunity to bring strength training into my life with some workout videos.

I have a few DVD’S that have been collecting dust, I plan on finally pressing play and doing them.

There are also a variety of videos on YouTube and I might, just might, dabble in some Beachbody videos (I draw the line at Shakeology, though)

While I might not get the runners high, I know I’m building a stronger base to my running routine. Strength training is important! Also my baby is getting bigger and it’s getting harder for me to carry him.

2. Fit4Mom

When my baby’s immune system gets a little stronger – I plan on trying a class at my local Fit4Mom. Fit4Mom is a fitness class designed for moms – and you are able to take your baby with you and incorporate him in the workout. It sounds like a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet mom friends.

3. Running

Of course – running is the foundation of my fitness regimen – and I have a few goals for the rest of the year. There are a few 5ks over the next few months that I plan to walk – including one in a couple of weeks. Sometimes just being a part of a race (even without running) gets me motivated to stay active. As far as legitimate running – I plan on easing back into it and getting serious about training in the summer –  there is a local half marathon in October that I am making my comeback race.

Life has certainly been turned upside down – but my family is slowly falling into a routine – and I am looking forward to introducing exercise back into my life.

 

 

My Fitness in the Final Stretch of Pregnancy

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My last “official run” – 36 weeks and 3 days

Today I proudly put my running shoes in the closet – and they probably won’t see the light of day for the next two months (at least). As I am writing this, I am 38 weeks pregnant. I’ve written in the past about my hiatus from running during the first trimester and how I slowly started incorporating it back in and was able to complete a 10k at 24 weeks.

Since then, I was able to maintain a consistent routine. I aimed to complete four 3 mile run/walks per week. Since it’s winter in Ohio, it can get cold out there, I’m lucky to belong to a gym with an indoor track where I can get the miles done. On those unseasonably warm days I was able to head outside for a run.

One thing that I had to tweak the most is my time on treadmill. For some reason – the bouncing on the ‘mill brought me pain in my baby belly area. To minimize this I had to really space out my running intervals – I kept them short and frequent instead of running for long stretches of time.

A few days after I hit 36 weeks – something changed. I started to become a lot more tired during and after a workout – and sometimes I would feel tired the entire day. My mom and I went on a relatively easy 3 mile walk, and that knocked me out. The days after that, I still was feeling fatigue, so I made the decision to conclude working out until well after the baby is born. I plan to hopefully go for a few short, easy walks – but am definitely not planning on anything more intense than that.

I know when I’m ready, running will be there to welcome me back.

Looking Back at 2016 Goals and Forward at 2017 Goals

My one goal for 2016 was to run 1000 miles and by July I was on the right track until I got pregnant and had to take close to three months off of running due to round the clock nausea. By the end of October I started to get back into my running (more like walk/run) routine and it looks like I will be finishing the year at a hair under 650 miles. Which is more than I ran last year – so yay!!

Now for 2017 – in a few months my life will be changing in ways I cannot even begin to fathom. It is difficult for me to pick any goal pertaining to speed, distance, or racing. My only goal/wish/dream is to continue my running routine in the healthiest and sanest way possible. Of course I have future races dancing around in my head that I would like to accomplish – but I’m changing my perspective to focus on my new addition – who I will be meeting very soon.

A healthy mom is a happy mom – and I know lifelong fitness is important to maintain. I’m grateful to enjoy running and I hope to keep it up in the coming year.

 

Hiatus explained AND 2016 Hyde Park Blast

Well it has been AWHILE since I last posted something. Life has changed ALOT in the past few months and it’s only going to change more.

I currently have a bun in the oven and the first five months of baking were ROUGH! I had suffered from nonstop nausea and fatigue and pretty much stopped exercising for two months.

Back in June I ran the Hyde Park Blast, and what I did not know at that time was that my little bun was along for the ride. It was a four mile race through Cincinnati’s Hyde Park district and I achieved one of my best times: a 47:28 finish with an 11:52 pace. A few weeks later I found out about my new partner in crime – and was able to run throughout July and early August until the nausea hit hard and I pretty much went out of commission.

Once I started to feel better, I set out to slowly get back into a running routine, or at least a run/walk routine. At five months, the bump was starting to show and I realized if I jostled myself too much I would get round ligament pain in my uterus – so 15:30 run/walk intervals seemed to be my golden ratio. Pretty much a power walk, but it felt great to get my body moving again.

By mid-November I felt like I had a solid enough foundation to register for the Cincinnati Thanksgiving Day Race, an annual 10k through downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – I was a little nervous…

to be continued