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Post Pregnancy: No, I’m Not Running a Half Marathon

Posted Jan 29 2013 3:42pm

Hi all!

How is your week going so far? So far, so good..but once again I will give my rice maker high praise for saving us from take out last night. (Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with take out…but when you spend a boat load on groceries and have food to eat in the house there’s no reason to do it!)

I keep thinking about my post pregnancy journey. As I was running on the treadmill I couldn’t believe I’ve only been back to running for about 8 weeks. It amazes me how time flies so fast, yet feels like forever ago since I was pregnant. I am very grateful that I’ve had a very easy journey getting back to fitness and running.

I definitely attribute the ease to keeping up with my workouts while pregnant. I didn’t push myself or ever make myself uncomfortable. I listened to my body and allowed myself to do what was challenging but COMFORTABLE for me. I knew it wasn’t a time to hit new records or push the limits. As I recovered I followed the same plan. I wanted to heal and give myself the time I needed. I took the full 6 weeks before I thought about running.

I have to say although I’m not lifting the heaviest weights I ever have and I’m certainly no where near my fastest mile I feel GOOD. This past weekend I ran 3.5 miles. I wanted to do 4, but my IT band started to get tight, so 3.5 looked and felt like a great stopping point. I have also told you I’m doing Best Body Bootcamp. My number 1 favorite thing about this is that ALL the workouts are done within an hour. I am at the point where 30-50 minutes is a great amount of time for me to exercise. Some days more, some days less, but never more than that. I don’t need to spend my days exercising…especially since my time is so precious.

I feel like in this blog world post pregnancy goes hand in hand with announcing you’re going to run some type of really long race. Well, that is NOT happening for me anytime soon. As much as I LOVE running, I’m pretty much obsessed with being on the treadmill for less than an hour. And cold weather runs…well that doesn’t interest me AT ALL right now. Call me not a real runner…I don’t really care. I also would rather be spending my weekend with my family. There is nothing sweeter than waking up to a smiley baby and my husband. The last thing I want to do is lace up and head out the door for a really long time.  (And please, please, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to or actually doing a half marathon…I just know for me it’s not the time right now. But in a year or 6 months from now..maybe it will be.)

I’m trying to focus on less cardio. I’ve always been a cardio queen. I love cardio. Anything..give it to me…I’ll do it. But on days I don’t run 3-4 miles, (which is only 3 days a week..anymore for me my knee gets wonky) I’m just doing 20-25 minutes of incline walking.

I am proud of how my body recovered from pregnancy. Fitness/exercise/healthy eating is certainly the reason for that.

What’s my point? Well, mostly is that you need to have your own fitness journey. Don’t worry or focus on what others are doing. What’s healthy for you, isn’t necessarily for the next person. We all have to be our own people. Just because it seems like everyone is running a half marathon/marathon or cross fitting doesn’t mean you need to worry about hopping on that train. Enjoy life. Enjoy your family. Do what makes you HAPPY, really HAPPY. Not what you pretend makes you happy.

 Other posts/things I’ve enjoyed and been inspired by this week:

Charlotte posted this today and it sparked me to finally get this post written (which has been in my head for a week now!) Jumbled Thoughts: How Blogging Fueled My Body Image Issues.

Image Is Powerful: But it’s not everything: A Model’s honest opinion.   Caitlin posted this on facebook and I enjoyed watching it.

Leave Margins: Carla nails it again.Do you overload yourself? Carla’s figured out she needs to leave room (margins) in her life to lead it happily,

Be Your Own Runner:   Michele wrote about her journey as a runner and what works for her. Same kind of idea as me, but this mama is AMAZING. She is a ridiculously badass runner.

What is your fitness schedule right now?


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