Postpartum Recovery – Week of 09/17/18 – 09/23/18
Monday 09/17/18: Rest
I had hoped to run when Ben got home, but we ended up having dinner with my in-laws instead. They’re about to head off on a month-long trip to Italy, so it was nice to spend some time with them.
Tuesday 09/18/18: 75 minute postnatal yoga class
Once again, Vera was a rock star and let me get most of a workout in without fussing.
Wednesday 09/19/18: 5k run/walk
I was able to sneak in a quick 5k after Ben got home from work. I knew I had a limited amount of time because he wanted to go visit his Grammie, so I picked up the pace a bit from what I’ve been doing. It felt challenging but oh so good to push it a little.
Thursday 09/20/18: Rest
We had a rough night with Vera (thank you, three month growth spurt), and it was all I could do to get through the day.
Friday 09/21/18: Rest
Another rough night = another rest day
Saturday 09/22/18: 5k run/walk
Using 2:1 intervals, this was my fastest post-baby 5k yet. Running more than a minute at a time feels challenging, but I love it!
Sunday 09/23/18: Rest
Vera has really been giving us a run for our money, and after yet another rough night, I couldn’t force myself to do anything other than necessary tasks.
Unfortunately this week didn’t really go the way I wanted it to, but that’s life with an infant. I’m just grateful for what I was able to do.
Going forward in my postpartum fitness journey, I really want to make sure that I’m balancing cardio, strength, and mobility. I once worked with a trainer who said that fitness is like a stool, and cardio, strength, and mobility are the three legs. If you focus on any one area more than the others, you don’t have a very good seat. My intention is to do postpartum core work every day, and a short, focused strength workout each day that I’m not running. And of course, stretching and rolling regularly. But as I said above, life with an infant is challenging and unpredictable, so we’ll see how it goes.