Thursday, May 7, 2015

One Month Postpartum

I wrote this post right at a month on April 21st, but am just now getting around to publishing it.  So although we are creeping up on 2 months postpartum, this post reflects solely the first month

After Carter was born I was a little bit scared to get back into running.  I was afraid Carter would wake up hungry while we were out or I would tear my stitches out or I would leak milk all over.  Knowing those things didn't happen and having a better idea of Elise's schedule, I was excited to get back into an exercise routine this time and didn't worry about it.  I started off walking the first week after she was born and continued to walk the second week, getting my walk up to 3 miles.  With Carter I got up to a 3 mile walk before adding in running segments so I wanted to do the same thing this time.  I planned to start off with minute run/minute walk segments but I felt so good I ended up doing quarter mile running segments.  By the end of that week I was up to a mile running.  Week 4 was spent building on the distance.  I hoped to be up to 3 miles running so I could run a 5k that weekend.  I increased my mileage faster than I normally would have simply because I wanted to run the race.  I figured since I wasn't too sore I could just take it easy the week after the 5k and all would be well.  My plan worked out perfectly!  When I was recovering from Carter's birth I wanted to see what other people had done immediately following birth so I am going to share what I did each of the weeks following Elise's birth for that reason and for myself so I can remember, just in case this wasn't my last rodeo.  All runs and walks were done with the double stroller unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, March 21st- Elise is born
Week 1:
  • Sunday- Home from hospital
  • Monday- Rest
  • Tuesday- 0.5 mile walk
  • Wednesday- Rest
  • Thursday- 0.75 mile walk
  • Friday- Rest
  • Saturday- 1 mile walk with Elise in baby carrier
Weekly Total- 2.25 miles walking
Headed out for our second walk after Elise's birth.
Week 2:
  • Sunday- Rest
  • Monday- 1.5 mile walk
  • Tuesday- 2 mile walk
  • Wednesday- 0.5 mile walk
  • Thursday- 2.5 mile walk with Elise in baby carrier
  • Friday- 1 mile walk with Elise in baby carrier
  • Saturday- 3 mile walk with Ty, no babies
Weekly Total- 10.5 miles walking

Week 3:
  • Sunday- Rest
  • Monday- 2 mile run/walk                                                                                                                 0.5 mile walk warm up, 4 sets of 0.25 run with 0.1 walk between (ranged from 9-10 minute mile pace), 0.2 mile walk cool down
  • Tuesday- 3 mile run/walk
    0.25 mile walk warm up, 3 sets of 0.25 run with 0.1 walk between (10 minute per mile pace), 3 sets of 0.5 with 0.1 walk between (9:20 minute per mile pace)
  • Wednesday- 1 mile walk
  • Thursday- 4 mile run/walk
    0.25 mile walk warm up, 3 sets of 0.5 run with 0.1 walk between (ranged 9-10 minute per mile pace), 0.75 run with 0.1 walk after (9:20 pace), 2 sets of 0.5 run with 0.1 walk between (10 minute per mile pace)
  • Friday- 1 mile run in 10:34
  • Saturday- 2 miles without the stroller                                                                                       0.25 walk warm up, 1.5 miles at 9:40 pace, 0.25 walk cool down
Weekly Total- 13 miles run/walking
Mom, Elise, Carter, and me after the Aquarium Run Mile Fun Run
Week 4:
  • Sunday- 2 miles at 10:49 pace
  • Monday- 0.5 mile walk
  • Tuesday- 2.5 miles at 10:30 pace
  • Wednesday- 3 miles at 11:30 pace (run on lots of hills)
  • Thursday- Rest
  • Friday- Rest
  • Saturday- 5k (3.1 miles) at 7:46 pace
Weekly Total- 11 miles running
Family Photo after the Get Busy Livin 5k.