Manic Monday Training Recap- 09/03/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery: Week of 08/27/18-09/02/18

Monday 08/27/18: Rest
I was very, very tired, and also feeling anxious about my repair surgery in the evening, so I just decided to spend the day relaxing at home with Vera.

Tuesday 08/28/18: 5k walk/run
It was a crazy hot day, but I desperately needed some alone time when Ben got home from work, so I just went out and got it done.

Wednesday 08/29/18: Rest
It was another stupid hot day, so I didn’t do ANYTHING except try to stay cool.

Thursday 08/30/18: Postnatal yoga, 5k walk/run
Yoga was GREAT. Vera was happy and smiling half the time, then the baby bouncer bounced her right to sleep for the second half, so I got a full workout. Then after Ben got home, I hit the rail trail for another walk/run.

Friday 08/31/18: 2 mile stroller walk
The weather was finally not so damn hot, so I took Vera for a nice walk on the rail trail.

Saturday 09/01/18: 3.5 mile walk/run
This was my first walk/run with 3:1 intervals instead of 4:1, and it was hard but good.

Sunday 09/02/18: Rest
We did a little bit of slacklining, but otherwise it was a quiet day around the house.

I’m excited to move forward with my return to running plan. I’m hoping to make 3-4 runs a week happen, plus stroller walks and yoga.

Do you still run when it’s super hot?

 

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Friday Free-For-All – 08/31/18

Friday Free-For-All

Goodbye, August! I can’t believe summer is almost gone. Of course, our summer flew by in a bit of a new-parent haze, but still. Slow down, time!

Is it just me, or is everyone and their mother selling Beachbody plans? Don’t get me wrong, I understand woman wanting to find a side hustle to help provide for their families, but it just seems like you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a “coach” who wants to sign you up for her “team.” I’ve been trying to connect with people on my new blog IG handle, and it seems like every single person who has followed me so far is trying to get me to sign up for their next challenge group. I’m sorry, but last time I checked, selling superfood shakes and pushing someone else’s workout plan doesn’t make you a coach. Maybe I just don’t really understand how it works, but it feels icky to me. Unless you have some kind of legit certification, you are no more qualified than I am to be telling another person how to work out.

I have determined that I will only shop in the boys section for Vera from now on. The clothes are just so much better. Honestly. There are a lot more of what I would consider to be gender neutral options in the boys section. As far as I’m concerned, dinosaurs, robots, and woodland creatures are neither masculine nor feminine. Yeah, you can find that stuff in the girls section, but the animals have eyelashes and pink bows. I got these awesome pants for Vera in the boys section at Old Navy, and I can’t wait to put them on her.

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Do you stick to the “appropriate” gender section when shopping for your kid(s)?

Postpartum Update: Weeks 7 & 8

Hey there, friends! I decided not to do separate posts for weeks 7 and 8 because things aren’t really changing that rapidly anymore.

Physical Stuff
After my disappointing six week follow up appointment, I decided to just focus on what I CAN do, and have been hitting the yoga and walking hard. As you’ve likely seen on IG, I have sprinkled in some short spurts of running here and there, and so far, so good. I have also done a few planks and squats here and there as sort of a fitness test, and boy oh boy, am I weak. Even a thirty second plank on my elbows is HARD. I feel like I’ve lost all of the fitness I gained in the year of CrossFit prior to getting pregnant, which is a tough blow, but it is what it is. I got strong once before, and I can do it again.

On Monday the 27th, I had my follow up appointment to fix an area that healed incorrectly, and also had an IUD inserted at the same time. It was a super quick outpatient procedure. Thankfully, it was WAY less terrible than I thought, though it’s meant more bleeding and discomfort. The good news is, I wasn’t advised to discontinue physical activity, so I’ve been continuing with my return to running.

Now that I’m increasing my physical activity, it’s more important than ever to be adequately fueling my body, so we are back to meal planning once a week. I’m also doing some light meal prep for myself as well. I make a couple of batches of overnight oats every few days, and make sure that there’s some brown rice all cooked up in the fridge. That way I can add beans, corn, and veggies for an easy, healthy lunch if there aren’t any leftovers to heat up. I may do a post on my meal planning/prep in the future if anyone is interested.

Breastfeeding
I am still feeding Vera on demand, which is every two-ish hours during the day, and every three to four hours at night. I’m also pumping once or twice a day, getting four or five ounces at a time, so we’re getting a nice freezer stash together.

For the most part, nursing is pleasant. I sit in a comfy chair and hang out with my sweet baby, watching TV or reading blogs on my phone. But it can also feel really taxing. Nursing sessions take up to 40 minutes at a time, and when they happen every two hours, it can be hard to go anywhere or get anything done. Even managing to make myself food or use the bathroom between nursing, playing, and settling her for naps can be challenging. While I am intensely grateful that I am able to breastfeed my baby, it is far from easy.

Emotional Stuff
Ben went back to work this past Thursday, which was a huge transition for us. We both feel immensely lucky that the timing worked out so that he was able to be home with me and Vera for seven whole weeks, but having had him around for so long, I was worried about how I would handle everything on my own. There are lots of feelings to unpack, so I’m planning to do a separate post on the topic of being a stay at home mom. Stay tuned for that.

Wrapping it Up
The so-called “fourth trimester” extends until a woman is 12 weeks postpartum, but I don’t think I need to be doing weekly recaps anymore. I’m feeling mostly “normal” at this point. I may touch back on this subject again after my fourth trimester is over, but I’m not sure yet.

On the whole, I feel blessed that my postpartum journey has gone as well as it has. Most women don’t get to have their partners with them as long as I did, and some don’t even get a maternity leave all that long, while I get to stay home with Vera full time. Ben’s return to work has been a difficult transition, but I don’t really feel like I’ve suffered any “baby blues.” My body has been recovering well. I have a well-developed, close-knit support system. And I have a healthy, happy baby, and a loving, supportive partner who is an amazing co-parent.

Becoming a mother has been such a crazy trip. It’s simultaneously the hardest and easiest thing I’ve ever done. Even when I’m exhausted and really have to pee and Vera just won’t stop crying unless I bounce her vigorously, all I can think about is how much I love her and how happy I am to have her. Ben and I waited a long time to get pregnant because we knew the circumstances weren’t right. I’ve been aching to be a mother for years, and now Vera is finally here and we’re just so happy. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us.

Anybody interested in a meal planning/prep post?

Manic Monday Training Recap – 08/27/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery – Week of 08/20/18 – 08/26/18

Monday 08/20/18: 2.91 mile stroller walk
Ben, Vera and I hit the rail trail for my longest post-baby walk yet.

Tuesday 08/21/18: Postnatal yoga, .5 mile stroller walk, archery practice
Vera and I went to yoga in the morning, and she did GREAT. Then we went to our buddy Merlin’s house to play with his new recurved bow. After my arms got tired, I took Vera on a nice short walk down and up the big hill near Merlin’s house.

Wednesday 08/22/18: Rest
It was a rainy day and we were out and about a lot, so a walk didn’t happen.

Thursday 08/23/18: Postnatal yoga, 3 mile walk
Vera and I went to yoga again, and after Ben got home, I went for a long walk, with a few bursts of jogging sprinkled in. It felt wonderful, and made me even more excited to get back to regular running.

Friday 08/24/18: Rest
I was surprisingly sore from yoga, and quite tired after two nights of poor sleep, so I decided to just take it easy. Vera and I ran some errands together, but otherwise we just hung out at home.

Saturday 08/25/18: 2.85 mile walk/run
I finally felt up to a bit more running, but wanted to take it easy, so I programmed my Garmin for 4:1 walk/run intervals. It certainly wasn’t easy, but it felt GREAT!

Sunday 08/26/18: 3 mile stroller walk
Ben and I took the new jogging stroller for a spin with Vera in tow. She slept the whole time and we got to enjoy a gorgeous sunny morning.

While this week was a far cry from what used to be my normal, it felt wonderful to get back on the fitness wagon. I’m very proud of what I accomplished and excited to continue making forward progress.

As far as running goes, my plan is to stick to a walk/run plan for a while. I’m going to start with 4:1 walk/run, then 3:1, then 2:1, then 1:1, and then just reverse it on the other side to build up with run/walk intervals until I’m running continuously again.

Do you use run/walk intervals?

Friday Free-For-All – 08/24/18

Friday Free-For-All

Vera and I survived our first day home just the two of us. Ben went back to work yesterday, so it was just us girls. For the most part, it was good, but Ben and I were both exhausted by the end of the day because Vera was up and fussy a large chunk of the Wednesday night. Unfortunately, last night was a bit rough too, so I’m struggling a bit today.

We needed to order a replacement wheel for our secondhand jogging stroller. I had really hoped to use it this week, but the inner tube on the front wheel was busted. The replacement tube should be here today or tomorrow, and I can’t wait to get going with the jogger. It will be much easier to get up and down to the rail trail on my own.

I placed my first Senita Athletics order and I can’t wait for it to get here. I’ve always been curious about their stuff, but wasn’t willing to take a chance. But since basically all I’ve been wearing since Vera was born is leggings, I figured I could splash out on a pair of high-waisted leggings to help support my postpartum tummy. Also, they have pockets. Woot!

Senita High Waist

POCKETS!

I’ve already gone to posnatal yoga twice this week! I was hoping to make it to class this afternoon too, but I’m quite tired today, and also a bit sore, so I don’t want to push it too hard. I’m still in postpartum recovery mode. I definitely plan to go for a walk, though. The weather is just gorgeous today!

Have you ever tried Senita Athletics products? Thoughts?

Officially Kicking Off Postpartum Fitness

Rather than having a pity party over what I can’t do (if you missed it, check out my six week postpartum update here), I’m choosing to focus on what I can do: walking and yoga. While it’s not exactly half marathon training and CrossFit, it’s what I’ve got, and I’m grateful for it. I hope to be back running and lifting fairly soon, but I need to be smart about my postpartum recovery and not push myself into injury.

For the next few weeks, it’s my goal to go to yoga at least twice a week, as I still have my summer unlimited pass at my studio through the end of August. I also hope to walk at least two miles four days a week. This may be a bit ambitious, as Ben is going back to school on Thursday, but thanks to the new paths our neighbor brush hogged for us, it should be attainable.

I’m officially starting this postpartum journey with a body that’s eight pounds heavier and a hell of a lot squishier and less muscular than it was this time last year. I have taken some photos and measurements to help me track progress, but I will not be posting them here. They are for me personally because I don’t want to depend on the numbers on the scale to help me see changes.

As I resume “training,” I hope to bring back Manic Monday training recap posts on Mondays, but with the caveat that I’m still not sure how often I’ll be able to blog. You may get several weeks at once, and that’s just what life is right now.

I’m Ready for a Comeback

As I teased on Friday, I’ve registered for my first postpartum race: the Zack’s Place Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving.

I ran this race in 2012 (pre-blog days) and loved it. I was registered to run it again in 2014 but DNS’d due to a foot injury. The race is in Woodstock, VT, which is just a few minutes from my parents’ house. We’ll be with them for Thanksgiving this year, so I’m excited to do this race again. The registration fee is only $30, and the pre/post-race perks are great.

Needless to say, I’m feeling both excited and nervous. As of Thanksgiving, I won’t have run a race in over a year, and I haven’t yet started running postpartum. At this point, I don’t have any goals, other than to get to the starting line healthy. I’m sure some goals will become clear over the course of training. In the meantime, I just can’t wait to start running again!

Who else will be running a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving?