First Postpartum Run {workout log: 11/15 – 11/21}

I went for my first postpartum run yesterday!!  It was also my first run in almost a year.  Heading out, I was really nervous and had no idea how far I could go or what I would be able to do.  I ran 1.5 miles at a 9:10 pace and felt really good – I was very happy with that.  My heart was certainly racing and my legs/hips are a tad sore today, but the second I started jogging I remembered why I fell in love with running in the first place – it felt so good to be at it again.

The one “problem” I had, however, was that my chest felt very uncomfortable and unsupported.  I absolutely need a better, more supportive bra before I do this again.  I asked for suggestions on Instagram yesterday and heard from a couple of people that Moving Comfort is great, but if anyone else knows of another great brand for a sports bra that’ll hold down nursing boobs, please let me know!

Sunday, November 15th
30-minute Walk
Jillian Michaels’ 30-day Shred video (level 1, about 25 minutes)

Monday, November 16th
30-minute Walk
15 minutes of Yoga/Stretching

Tuesday, November 17th
40-minute Walk
and, before that, this Alphabet workout from Sarah:

alphabet workout from Sarah at Creating a Better Tomorrow

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I went through my name (plus maiden name), but by the time I got to “USS” I was uninterested in doing 75 more sit-ups in a row, so I just did a few other letters I hadn’t done yet.  It was fun!

Wednesday, November 18th
30-minute Walk
20 minutes of Yoga

Thursday, November 19th
70-minute Walk

Friday, November 20th
75-minute Walk

Saturday, November 21st
10-minute Walk
1.5-mile Run (13:46)
40-minute Walk

1.5 mile run - first postpartum run

workout log: 11/8 – 11/14

This felt like an okay week.  I loved all of the workouts I did get in, and I always enjoy walks.  However, I was hoping to get more strength in towards the end of the week, and especially today, but all week Roen has been eating soooo much (in quantity and frequency) and, quite honestly, I felt like I was just barely keeping up with the crazy hunger I’m experiencing because of that.  To add in workouts was a challenge – both because of timing and because of just feeling physically tired (maybe this is because my body is producing more?  I’m not sure).  This is just another phase where Roen must be growing majorly, and it’s reminded me of just how amazing breastfeeding is.  As he needs more, my body produces more.

I also looked thoroughly into a handful of gyms in our area this week, but none accept children into child care under 6 months old, some places even had a 12 month minimum.  A reader recommended checking out the YMCA (thanks, Kendra!), but even they didn’t allow babies as young as Roen in.  I’m really craving fitness classes so I’m still hoping I’ll find a gym to join soon.

In the meantime, if anyone has a recommendation for an awesome workout dvd they love – anything from zumba to bodyweight circuits – I’m all ears.

Sunday, November 8th
30-minute Walk
Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Video (level 1, 35 minutes)

Monday, November 9th
this workout, sort of.  I did the circuit 5 times through except I replaced the running with a 30-second plank and 15 jumping jacks:

1 Mile Lower Body Workout

Tuesday, November 10th
50-minute Walk

Wednesday, November 11th
45-minute Walk

Thursday, November 12th
30-minute Walk
and this series, 3 times through:
-30 second Forearm Plank
-15 Bicep Curls
-15 Tricep Kickbacks
-15 Crunches
-15 Reverse Crunches
-10 Push-ups (back onto my toes again!)
-15 Side Plank Hip Raises, per side
-15 Bent-Over Rows
-20 Jumping Jacks

Friday, November 13th
rest day

Saturday, November 14th
45-minute Walk

Postpartum Running – when to start? {workout log: 11/1 – 11/7}

For the first time since Roen was born, I had my first real itch this past week to go for a run.  Physically I felt ready about a month ago, but for reasons I’ll get into in a minute, I simply decided it wasn’t worthwhile.  The reason I wanted to go this week though was because I wanted the mental de-stressor, the time to myself, the time to just zone out and think, pray, or just not think at all.  It was a good reminder of why I truly love running – it’s about so much more than the physical activity/workout part for me.

That said, I still didn’t go running.

Truthfully, the sole reason I’m not yet is because I’m scared it could affect my milk supply.
I know there are people on both sides of the fence on this, too – some will jump at the chance to tell me it won’t have any affect, and others who will say it’ll probably make my supply crash.  I think the real answer varies from person to person.

I had to lay off of long distance running the year before becoming pregnant to aid my body in overcoming hypothalamic amenorrhea – it was messing with my hormones and, along with other lifestyle changes, I had to adjust my running.  That’s the reason I didn’t run at all while pregnant (because it seemed like a risky decision for me), and now I’m in the same dilemma with breastfeeding – I don’t want to risk losing the supply I have.

I’m debating about whether to wait until Roen is around 6 months old, because that’s the minimum amount of time I hope to nurse him to, but I’m still unsure.
All this to say – you other (runner) mamas out there, when did you start running again after your baby was born?  And how did it affect your milk supply, if at all?  I’d love to hear your experiences.

Sunday, November 1st
30-minute Walk

Monday, November 2nd
rest day

Tuesday, November 3rd
35-minute Walk
and this workout, twice through:

Lower Body Workout for Endurance & Strength

Wednesday, November 4th
25-minute Walk
15 minutes Yoga/Stretching

Thursday, November 5th
35-minute Walk
this workout, 10 reps each, 3 times through:

upper body strength workout - itsprogression.com

Friday, November 6th
relaxed 30-minute Walk

Saturday, November 7th
rest day

workout log: 10/25 – 10/31

 

Sunday, October 25th
a leisurely 30-minute Walk with my family, but mainly it was a rest day

Monday, October 26th
45-minute Walk
this core workout, twice through (ouch.)

Quick Core Workout www.itsprogression.com

Tuesday, October 27th
30-minute Walk
20 minutes of Yoga/Stretching

Wednesday, October 28th
rest day

Thursday, October 29th
30-minute Walk

Friday, October 30th
45-minute Walk
and this workout, 3 times through but instead of doing jumping jacks after every move I just did 20 after each time through the series:

Upper Body Non-Stop Strength Training + Cardio Workout - itsprogression.com

Saturday, October 31st
35-minute Walk
and this workout:

15-Minute Legs & Glutes Workout

workout log: 10/18 – 10/24

I’m very happy with how this week’s workouts went.  It just feels like the right amount of exercise (walks, strength training) for this time, plus there’s other movement in my days, of course.  I will say that I found myself itching for fitness classes this past week though – I’m craving zumba, hip hop, body pump, something different and not something I create.  I’d like to join a gym, but I’ve realized that most gyms around here don’t let babies into childcare until they’re at least 6 months old.  Is that the usual age?  It seems pretty late.  Anyway, I plan to just continue on with weeks similar to this for now.

Sunday, October 18th
60-minute Walk

Monday, October 19th
40-minute Walk
3 times through this workout (only the leg work though, none of the running/mileage)

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and 3 times through this core workout (my first core-concentrated work postpartum)

Core Burner - itsprogression.com

Tuesday, October 20th
45-minute Walk

Wednesday, October 21st
40-minute Walk
and this workout 3 times through, 10 reps of each move with no breaks:

upper body strength workout - itsprogression.com

Thursday, October 22nd
40-minute Walk

Friday, October 23rd
rest day

Saturday, October 24th
30-minute Walk
and this workout, 2 times through (whoofta!)

Full Body x2 Strength Workout

workout log: 10/11 – 10/17

This was a good week – I’m happy with the variety and hope to make this week ahead look very similar.

Sunday, October 11th
rest day

Monday, October 12th
20-minute Walk
and this workout:

15-Minute Legs & Glutes Workout

Tuesday, October 13th
20-minute Walk
this workout twice through:

Wedding Day Arms Workout!

Wednesday, October 14th
45-minute Walk

Thursday, October 15th
rest day

Friday, October 16th
45-minute Walk
this workout circuit, 3 times through:

just the basics full body strength workout

Saturday, October 17th
rest day

Best Postpartum Week Yet {workout log: 10/4 – 10/10}

This was definitely my best week (workout-wise) since Roen was born – lots of walks plus a few different strength training/circuit workouts thrown in.  I wouldn’t say we have a set daytime schedule on weekdays, which I’m perfectly fine with, but his naps are becoming more predictable and nighttime is continually improving, so that’s all helping me out as well.
Here’s how my week went:

Sunday, October 4th
45-minute Walk

Monday, October 5th
30-minute Walk
this workout 4 times through:

just the basics full body strength workout

Tuesday, October 6th
45-minute Walk

Wednesday, October 7th
the following workout 3 times through (except that instead of doing the jumping jacks and plank after every move, I did them after the first three, the next three, and the final two)

Upper Body & Core Strength Circuit Workout

Thursday, October 8th
rest day

Friday, October 9th
40-minute Walk
and this circuit, 3 times through (I was hoping for more but someone decided to wake up extra early from his nap)

Toned in 10 - full body circuit workout - itsprogression.com

Saturday, October 10th
30-minute Walk

workout log 9/13 – 9/19

Sunday, September 13th
30-minute Walk
Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown – level 1 – 35 minutes

Monday, September 14th
60-minute Walk

Tuesday, September 15th
rest day

Wednesday, September 16th
30-minute Walk
this workout, 5 times through:

just the basics full body strength workout

Thursday, September 17th
rest day

Friday, September 18th
60-minute Walk

Saturday, September 19th
the following upper body workout, only I skipped the jumping jacks part and tacked on 15 medicine ball crunches and 15 leg raises:

Upper Body Non-Stop Strength Training + Cardio Workout - itsprogression.com

workout log 9/6 – 9/12

I mostly walked this week for workouts – that always works best when we have company.  I did, however, get my first postpartum strength training workout in.  I was sore (that great kind of sore) for a few days after – loved that!

I had my 6-week PP visit with my midwife and she said that I’m healing great and all seems to be well.

Looking forward to more of a variety in workouts this coming week!

baby Roen in the stroller

Sunday, September 6th
30-minute Walk

Monday, September 7th
60-minute Walk

Tuesday, September 8th
rest day

Wednesday, September 9th
30-minute Walk
and this workout from Julie…this was my first postpartum strength workout and I loved it:

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Thursday, September 10th
rest day

Friday, September 11th
60-minute Walk/Hike

Saturday, September 12th
45-minute Walk

The Mental Side of Postpartum Fitness {workout log: 8/30 – 9/5}

I added in a couple yoga sessions into my week of (now) regular stroller walks.  I don’t know how many times I’ve done this video, but it’s probably a couple hundred – it’s my favorite yoga workout and I’ve been doing it for years.

When I did the workout this week though, what was once a good and semi-relaxing stretch, now had me all sweaty and a bit sore the next day.

A little voice first told me how pathetic it was that this video had me so worn out, but it was quickly silenced by reality – I gave birth just 5 weeks ago, and my fitness level significantly changed during the 9 months leading up to that, for good reason obviously.  I’m grateful for my health and proud for getting some exercise into my baby-consumed day.  I also think it’s exciting that I have a ways to go to get to the fitness level I want to be at – it’s a good test for my competitive-with-myself quality.

I loved the yoga sessions from this week…I’ve missed the sweaty feeling of finishing a challenging workout!

We have company here again now this week, so my plan is to still get in several walks and hopefully a session or two of yoga in there, too.

yoga - jillian michaels yoga workout

Sunday, August 30th
35-minute Walk
10 minutes of Yoga/Stretching

Monday, August 31st
60-minute Walk
Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Video – level 1 – 35 minutes

Tuesday, September 1st
30-minute Walk

Wednesday, September 2nd
50-minute Walk

Thursday, September 3rd
Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Video – level 1 – 35 minutes
30-minute Walk

Friday, September 4th
rest day

Saturday, September 5th
30-minute Walk