Six-week Post-partum update
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I wrote that I would give myself six weeks before I would do any exercise... and ooops, I guess I lied. I began a GENTLE return to working out last week. In the last week I have run a couple of times and did the taebo post-natal DVD. I gotta say I feel myself getting stronger each day.
The first run was rough though!
I ran 1.75 miles the first time. Or rather ran/walked. I knew I would heart rate monitor train returning to running. According to the Maffetone 180 Method my training heart rate should not exceed 141 beats per minute. Staying below this number is hard considering I have not been active in a cardio way in about eight weeks.
For my first outing I jogged 1/4 mile to the track. And there I was able to jog a 300 then walk a 100. This went fine for the first four laps then the last two it was harder to stay below 141. By the sixth lap my legs were wobbly, my pelvis was heavy, and my sacrum was very sore. It was so sore that I went to do some simple ab work and it hurt too much to be on my sacrum. The good news is that after a good night's rest I felt strong the next day, not like I had done too much of anything.
I rested a day then did the Postnatal Taebo DVD and I gotta say, the tempo was good and the workout was such that I didn't do too much and did sweat a little. It felt more like mind-body connection than working out too much.
The running feels better now, still SLOW but I have not had wobbly legs anymore.
I will stick with the postnatal DVD for another week or two and that may be it. I am working my way back to P90X.
The running is another question, I may stay with a low heart rate goal for a week or two and then just run and revisit heart rate monitor training in December. I know I should be patient but I have a 5k and a 1/2 marathon to do soon.
We'll see, I know I have ego tied into wanting decent times for these runs. If I can let go of my ego I'll stick with heart rate monitor training. If I am impatient I'll abandon it until December.
Oh, and my baby is doing GREAT. He is being exclusively breastfed and gained 3 pounds by his 4-week check up. The transition to motherhood is moving along with few hiccups so far. And as far as yoga, I return to teach my first class in less than 24 hours. I will be teaching exactly six-weeks after giving birth.
I weighed myself today and am just under pre-pregnancy weight. I was overweight to begin my pregnancy and am taking measurements to figure out my baseline. I want to get healthy, but my number one priority is feeding my baby. It will be cool to lose weight and body fat but if my milk supply drops I will pig out to make sure he is fed well.
With everything I am being gentle. Making my baby a priority. And having fun in my athletic endeavors.