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!
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?