Feeling fit

August 21, 2012
Last year, before I knew I was pregnant with Chelsea, I did a pretty good job of running at least three times a week. I got to the point where I could run 10 miles without stopping. I liked to think that the Rexburg locals started recognizing the crazy girl in pink shorts! Once my last semester of college started and I found out that I was pregnant, however, I lost my routine. When I was about six months pregnant, I started getting into my groove again, beginning my days with a half an hour walk while reading a book (Keeper of the Bees). Once Chelsea arrived, this routine also vanished.
So here I am an entire year later, sitting at home when Andrew comes to me and says, "My work is doing a 5K on Saturday and I signed you up."
"Uh... Okay. Sure! In three days? What the heck! It's only been a year!"
Saturday arrived and Andrew and I suited up for the 5K. It turned out to be not so bad. We stopped a few times to walk, but ended with a time of 35:00. Not bad for not having run for a year!
Since then, I've decided it's time to start running again. So far it's been going well. Here's my schedule:

As time goes on, I'll raise the standards. My runs will be a greater distance, and my at home workouts will increase in amount of time/sets. My goal? A half marathon. Eventually I'd like to run a full marathon, but for now, I'll stick with the 5Ks.


  1. great motivation! Sounds like you did just fine:)
    I really need to be better at working out since John was born:( I lost my early morning workout partner and its so hard to motivate myself to gt out of bed on my own, but good luck to me:) and to you!

  2. Looks like a good plan! :) Just make sure not to get too motivated or you'll overdo it. ;) Breastfeeding mommies actually need to make sure that they don't do too much exercise because your milk supply will go down if you do too much. It can also change your hormones a little, thus making your milk taste different too. Plus, taking it easy (at least at first) isn't a bad idea since I've read that it generally takes about a year for a woman to fully recover from childbirth (i.e. ligaments and such are still pretty loose until then). My midwife told me also that some of the extra that you carry around after baby is born is part of your storage to feed your baby, and it will taper off within the year as you wean your baby (so basically, it will take a year to feel a bit more like yourself). Funny that in society, everyone thinks that you should be back to looking amazing as soon as the baby is out. :P Soooooo not realistic thinking, lol! :)

    1. This is true. Many women, however, are able to begin working out fairly quickly and not have it affect their breastfeeding because they pace themselves and were active even up until the day they delivered. It just depends on your body. I definitely have to pace myself because it does affect my nursing. For sure keep that in mind!


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