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So I Joined a New Gym and Did My First Lunchtime Workout

So yesterday was a big deal around these parts! I took a HUGE step towards getting back into shape and joined the gym in the building across the street from my office! I got a super cheap deal since I’ll only be going 2-3 times a week, and I think it’s going to be a good arrangement. A few of the other girls I work with use the gym as well, so there will always be a little extra motivation to go.

I still haven’t picked out a 5K to run this spring, but I’m thinking about doing the Toad Suck 5K in early May. I’ve run the 10K twice, so it will be pretty familiar. That should also give me plenty of time to get back into running shape, and hopefully be able to run a decent time (or really just finish!).

If you remember, I ran my first postpartum mile back in December, and it took me a solid 12 minutes to get it done. It was definitely a struggle, but I managed. Now that I think my body has recovered quite a bit more, yesterday’s run (second since having Adeline!) felt muuuuch easier. Not fast, or painless by any means, but I did feel maybe a little more like my old self! Hooray for that! I officially ran my second and third postpartum miles, and I’m excited to keep ’em coming!


I didn’t run the whole time, and instead stuck to a gentle interval plan so I didn’t over-do it. I walked .1 then ran .5 until I reached 2 miles. Speed wise, I was on 5.5 up to 5.8 which evened out to be about a 10:30 pace once it was all said and done. An obvious improvement since my first attempt! It was a friendly reminder that all good things take time, and to be patient. I basically took a break from running for a solid year, so giving myself a little grace as I get back to it is so important. In fact, this time last year I was sick as a dog, walking maybe once or twice a week if I could muster up the energy after work, and praying to the pregnancy gods that morning sickness would end. Oh how things change!

working out on lunch break

My goal is to hit the gym on my lunch break 3 times a week. I figured this will allow me to get 3 solid runs or strength training sessions in, while I know Adeline is being lovingly cared for at daycare. Mom guilt is something I still struggle with, so taking some time to myself mid-day to get myself on a healthier track is much needed. I won’t have to worry about spending additional time away from my girly, and I can spend all night with her! I imagine we’ll start taking walks together at night a couple times a week though as well, and I think she is really starting to LOVE being outside!

Any ideas or advice or easy lunchtime workouts is appreciated! I know I’ll be mostly sticking to running and the occasional weights, but always love hearing ideas!

*PS you may have noticed a previous post on Adeline is now password protected. I’ve received a few pedophile-like comments recently, and am currently working on how to report these/stop them from happening. Friendly reminder to fellow bloggers out there – there’s a certain amount of risk you assume when putting your life and content on the internet for the whole world to see, so just be cautious about what you post, and maybe think twice before posting certain things. I’m not going to stop posting photos of Adeline completely, but I am going to take a step back and limit those posts. It’s a sad, sick world we live in, and this was just an ugly reminder that those types of people ARE out there. It’s one thing to receive rude comments from the everyday blog spammer or stupid, hateful person in general, but another to receive sexual comments directed towards your child.

When do you workout? What is your favorite quick workout? How long did it take you get in shape for a 5k postpartum?

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    March 15, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I’m so excited for you for lunchtime gym time! I was considering working out at lunch but I plan to pump 3x a day and I’m not sure I could get it all in (plus I’m not allowed to eat lunch at my desk so that’s another 15 minutes at least away). Maybe after I’m done breastfeeding I’ll get back to lunchtime workouts!

    And that is really scary about the pedophiles ! Definitely made me think about what I share. Thanks for letting us know.
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      Sweet Miles
      March 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks! If it makes you feel any better, I pump 3x a day as well! But, I do eat lunch at my desk most days so that is definitely a huge advantage! And is it just me or does pumping really take more like 20 minutes once you get all situated?? It’s such a hassle!

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        March 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm

        I actually go back to work next week so I haven’t done it yet but I’m definitely expecting at least 20 min!
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          Sweet Miles
          March 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm

          It’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would be – you’ll get into a groove and it will just feel like a new habit 🙂

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    Chris Harry
    March 15, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I have been lifting weights for a while now. I am now planning to start running for 30 mins in the morning so I get a good cardio workout as well. I hope I will have enough energy to do my workouts during the later part of the day.

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    Beverley @ Born to Sweat
    March 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Congrats on joining the new gym!! It’s always fun when some friends go, and makes it more enjoyable to get back into.

    sorry to hear about your bad experiences with comments – that’s always pretty scary.
    hope you get it sorted soon 🙂

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    Heather @Fitncookies
    March 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I’m so excited and proud of you! This is fantastic and I think you’ll be feeling even more energy and even better once you get those workouts in. We took some evening walks lately and I LOVE it! It’s so calming and refreshing after a long day. Annabelle loves the outside! I HATE that you had those comments! I am so sick over it. Definitely a great reminder. THanks for sharing about it but I hate that I happened!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    March 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Yay for joining a gym close to work! It’s so hard to find time to fit it all in — working, working out, plus being mom is hard!!

    I stopped blogging and made my instagram private a few months ago for reasons similar to what you mentioned. I was having a hard time finding balance with it all – I want to respect my kids privacy and keep them safe from creepers. So I could just write about running/working out, but doesn’t feel like it’s “me”. My family is a big part of who I am, and I enjoyed writing about them and I miss it sometimes.. I especially miss being able to go back and read about what we were up to. I don’t know what to do about it all.

    PS – Sorry if this posts twice, I don’t think it saved the first time.

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    Amanda @ ExploringLifeAndThings
    March 15, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Congrats on the run! That’s such an accomplishment and you should be really excited!

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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    March 15, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Wow- I can’t believe you are getting those comments! I think a lot about posting pictures online, but I’m not sure where to draw the line.

    Congrats on your run! I’m doing the couch to 5k and getting back in it slowly but surely!
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    March 16, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Yay for the return of running! Joining a gym was the game changer for me in my postpartum fitness, but that wasn’t until about 8 months postpartum for me. I’ve seen results so much quicker at the gym than from doing at home workouts. My motivation is definitely stronger.

    I’m so sorry to hear about the comment. I wonder if it’s the same type of one I got. I got a DISGUSTING very sexual comment on my teething jewelry giveaway. Thankfully it was caught in my spam filter and never published, but I was appalled at what it said. It was definitely not just regular spam, someone actually wrote it out because it included my daughter’s name. Ugh I just get grossed out by even thinking about it.

    Because of stuff like this, I’ve decided to not post anything about my daughter after 1 year unfortunately. And I really limit her on Instagram now since my insta is public for my blog.
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    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    March 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Yay, that’s great! Lunchtime workouts were my favorite when I was pregnant. I belonged to the gym on the first floor of my building and it was so convenient!
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