|My littlest man is two weeks old!|
But it's only been two weeks!?Why have a fitness plan so soon? I have a plan this time to MAKE MYSELF take it easy. Yes, forced easy-ness and recovery time.
After our first son was born, I started walk-run intervals just after 2 weeks postpartum and ran 5 miles on the 3-week mark. My body recovered quickly after a smooth delivery and everything worked out fine. I ran a marathon 7 months postpartum and finished in 3:37:37. That was a good finish time for me and I even placed in the top 10!
I was exhausted. Longer training runs were more burdensome than enjoyable. In the peak mileage of training, I came down with a nasty sinus infection, missed a week of running and told myself "never again!". I'm running a half marathon this time ;)
Running a full marathon so soon after baby is fine for some women but it just doesn't work for me. Lessons have been learned and this time I'm taking a different approach:
My Postpartum Fitness Plan: Weeks 2-4My "workouts" over the past week have included:
- Trying to keep up our house while constantly supervising the boys (the toddler and newborn just don't "play well" together right now!).
- Playing in the backyard.
- Going for walks with the boys - Around .5 mile to 2 miles long.
- Nursing our littlest man around the clock. That has been one serious workout! Baby W is up one pound from his birth weight already and I'm hungry all... the... time.
- A quick set of assisted push-ups and planks.
Runner's World shared a guide to returning to running after childbirth in their "Up and Running" article and I plan to follow a version of their plan:
|Up and Running by Runner's World|
My main recovery rule is no running until 4 weeks postpartum. I'm itching to run again and feel more "normal" but I need to get some more sleep before I start up again!
I am still trying to adjust to the wild nightlife of a newborn and waking up for an early morning run just isn't happening right now :)
Now for the Fit Dish link-up, I have one interesting life hack to share with you!
On my last trip to the grocery store, the checkout girl shared something that changed my life. I had to look it up right away when I got home. It just seemed too weird to be true!
The internet confirmed it and, because everything on the internet must be true (heavy sarcasm), I am now a believer in freezing eggs! I haven't tested this technique myself, as our eggs disappear fast in this house, but I hope to test it out soon.
Freezing the yokes would come in handy when making a recipe that calls for only egg whites. Don't waste those yokes - freeze them for later!
Check out the full article on Lifehacker to preserve extra eggs longer:
|View full article here.|
How do you handle "recovery time" from childbirth, injuries, etc.?
Have you frozen eggs before?!
Have you frozen eggs before?!
Linking up with Mommy Moments and Jessica and Jill at the Fit Dish link-up. #dishthefit