Manic Monday Training Recap – 10/08/18

Manic Monday

Training For Zack’s Place Turkey Trot 5k – Week One
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 10/01/18: 3 Easy Miles | Rest
Vera and I had a busy day running errands and then Ben had to work late, so I wasn’t able to get a run in.

Tuesday 10/02/18: Core & Arms | 15 Minute Postnatal Pilates & TIU Bikini Arms
I had hoped to make up Monday’s run but it poured rain all day, so I contented myself with some living room strength work instead.

Wednesday 10/03/18: Postnatal Yoga & 4 x 400 | 4 x 400
My lactation consultant came for a visit due to some supply issues I’ve been having, so I didn’t make it to yoga. This was my first “hard” run since Vera and it felt good but, well, hard.

Thursday 10/04/18: Core & Booty | Rest
Vera just isn’t sleeping well right now, and the exhaustion was real. I was basically in survival mode.

Friday 10/05/18: 3 Easy Miles | Rest
I had plans Friday night AND Ben worked late, so no run for me.

Saturday 10/06/18: 3.5 Miles | Rest
Another rough night with Vera meant I was too tired to do anything other than get through our plans for the day.

Sunday 10/07/18: Core & Legs | 3.5 Miles
We had a decent night of sleep, so I dragged myself out for my longest post-baby run without walk breaks. It was kind of a slog, but I’m glad I got it done.

Weekly Miles: 6.5
2018 Miles:
 49

Well. Training for my first post-baby race is off to an inauspicious start. I only did two of four scheduled runs, didn’t make it to yoga, and only did one day of strength work. Still though, two runs is better than no runs. And if nothing else, I know I can at least cover the distance at my race without walking.

 

 

Manic Monday Training Recap – 10/01/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery – 09/24/18 – 09/30/18

Monday 09/24/28: Rest
Continuing the trend from last week’s recap, today was a rest day. Between another rough night with Vera and being out of the house for a huge chunk of the day due to baby yoga, I didn’t manage a workout, and I’m totally cool with it.

Tuesday 09/25/18: Postnatal Core + Tone It Up Bikini Arms
It was a chilly, dreary day, so rather than running, I did some strength work. It’s humbling to realize how much strength I’ve lost this year, but I’m committed to getting back at it.

Wednesday 09/26/18: 75 Minute Postnatal Yoga Class
My yoga studio opened a new location that’s about 20 minutes closer to where we live, so I’m PSYCHED. My lower back has been incredibly sore lately so it felt wonderful to get a good stretch in.

Thursday 09/27/18: Rest
No excuses, just didn’t get it done.

Friday 09/28/18: Rest
See Thursday.

Saturday 09/29/18: 5k Run
2:1 run/walk intervals. Perfect running weather. Happy runner.

Sunday 09/30/18: Rest
We had a busy day of visiting Grammie, grocery shopping, and wandering around the Underhill Harvest Market.

Not the week I had hoped for, but it is what it is. This week is supposed to be week one of training for the Turkey Trot 5k, and I’m a little anxious. Training plans and I generally don’t work out that well, and now that I have a baby I suspect they’ll work even less well. Still, all I can do is try.

 

Manic Monday Training Recap – 09/24/18

Manic Monday

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.

Friday Free-For-All – 09/14/18

Friday Free-For-All

Our piano is here! You may remember a while back, I mentioned that we would be acquiring my Great Grammy Katherine’s piano. Well, it’s finally here! It needs some cleaning and a tuning, but we are very happy to have it. I’ve always wanted to learn to play, and Ben took lessons as a kid, so it will be lots of fun to play with. And who knows, maybe Vera will want to learn to play someday!

I ordered some new nursing clothes from Latched MamaAs I revealed in Wednesday’s post, I’m really struggling to dress myself in this postpartum, breastfeeding phase. Most of my current wardrobe either doesn’t fit, or isn’t nursing friendly. So far I’m really happy with what I got, including two dresses with POCKETS! WOO!

The infant yoga class I signed myself and Vera up for got switched up. The class at the location closer to us didn’t have enough enrollment, so we’ll now have to go to the further away location. I’m bummed, but glad we still have an option. And at least we can still do postnatal yoga at the closer location.

My knees are feeling better after some rest. I haven’t run at all this week, and have generally been taking it easy. I’m very happy my knees are feeling better, and I’m planning to try a walk/run tonight when Ben gets home. Fingers crossed the knee pain doesn’t return!

Do you play piano? Did you do infant yoga with your kid(s)?

Manic Monday Training Recap – 09/10/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery: Week of 09/03/18 – 09/09/18

Monday 09/03/18: 3 mile walk/run
This was another 3:1 walk/run outing, and despite my stomach being a little dodgy due to running too close to breakfast, it felt great!

Tuesday 09/04/18: Postnatal Core
Vera slept through the time we needed to leave for yoga class, so I did a quick postnatal core workout at home while she was napping.

Wednesday 09/05/18: Postnatal Core & Postnatal Full Body Workout
It was too hot to leave the house, so I did some workouts I found on YouTube: two postnatal core workouts (about 20 minutes total) and about 75% of a full body workout (Vera woke up from her nap and I didn’t get to finish).

Thursday 09/06/18: Rest
Vera had a doctor appointment, and after her shots she was VERY sad and sleepy, so we just did lots of snuggling.

Friday 09/07/18: Rest
Between Vera being extra sleepy and fussy from her shots, and a last-minute visit from my parents, I wasn’t able to get a workout in.

Saturday 09/08/18: 5k walk/run
My first walk/run with 2:1 intervals. I had my fastest post-baby 5k and my fastest post-baby mile!

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Before baby, I would have been ashamed of this “slow” pace. I probably would have beat myself up over it. But guess what? This was my fastest after-baby 5k, with my fastest after-baby mile. 2:1 walk/run intervals. • It’s so easy to worry that I’ll never hit my before-baby paces again, but here’s the thing: I truly believe that my strongest, fastest running days are AHEAD of me, not behind. After all, I was only a runner for six years before baby. I have the rest of my life to see what my after-baby body can do! • #runnergirl #vtrunner #motherrunner #womensrunningcommunity #postpartumfitness #postpartumjourney #returntorunning #instarunners #momswhorun #runnermom #nineweekspostpartum #lvrt #hokaahari2

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Sunday 09/09/18: 3 mile walk/run
Unfortunately, some knee pain surface during this run. Both knees. Which is new and different for me. I tried really hard to just focus on using good form and taking it nice and slow, but the soreness continued even after I was done. Boo.

So. Knee pain. I’m not sure if it’s due to the new shoes, lingering hormonal weirdness post-pregnancy, or maybe just irritation because I’m heavier than usual. Whatever the cause, I plan to take a few days off from my new walk/run schedule and focus on mobility and strength. Time to bust out the foam roller!

Any tips for dealing with knee pain?

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?

 

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.