Licorice’s Post-Partum Log – Week 10

A couple of things happened this week: the baby started napping independently (not only can I put her down, but I can leave the room and she’ll stay asleep) and I finally really got my rear in gear on a fitness routine. The fitness routine is largely thanks to my mom’s group, as a bunch of them have started meeting on Fridays for an hour walk followed by lunch. Exercise and socializing? I’m in!

Ellie working on *her* toe touches.
Ellie working on her toe touches.

The owner of the local Stroller Strides franchise also came in to see our group and not only offered us a free week, but a significantly reduced membership fee. I figured I’d might as well check it out, especially if I could get an entire week out of it for nothing. The short version: I loved it. The workouts are basic circuits, but they’re exactly what I need right now: full-body strengthening with some cardio mixed in. Plus, the classes are beyond baby-friendly. Need to change or nurse your baby during class? Go for it and hop back in when you can! This morning when Ellie started to get a bit fussy as we were starting the circuits, the instructor pushed her around the room until she fell asleep while I exercised (and then she moved on to the next baby that needed to be moved around). Plus: more socializing with other local moms. The classes are not only easy to get to, but it’s also totally fine if you come in a bit late. Just jump in when ever you get there!

I’d been toying around with the idea of  Y membership, since they have free child care, but I couldn’t get past the worry of what if she didn’t sleep the whole time? Or got hungry? Or super fussy? I’m sure she’d be fine for the hour or so I’d be away from her, but I just couldn’t make that jump to actually leave her with a complete stranger (who is also minding several other babies). Not only are the Stroller Strides classes cheaper than the Y membership, I’m also far more likely to go since I’m just keeping her with me. No panic on packing bottles (and then worrying about how much to pack or having to toss it out if she doesn’t drink it and I forget to get it back in the fridge) or leaving her or any of that. (In fact, when Ellie had a giant meltdown halfway through class, it was totally fine that I picked her up and held her. She just became my weight!) With that, I have the following routine in mind going forward:

  • Monday: Walk
  • Tuesday: Stroller Strides
  • Wednesday: Walk
  • Thursday: Stroller Strides
  • Friday: Walk
  • Saturday & Sunday: Off

Eventually I’d like to turn those walks into runs and incorporate a long run on the weekends, but we’ll take it one step at a time.

Speaking of running, my PT appointment for my super-weak pelvic floor went well this week. We used some biofeedback to help me focus on maintaining muscle activation as well as relaxing those muscles. Learning how to relax them while I’m not using them and keeping steadier activation in them when I am are both things that will lead to better functional strength (like the ability to support my stuff during running). Overall it doesn’t feel like there’s much of a difference yet, but I’m slowly working in the right direction.

In a previous life, I worked on computers and spent all day sitting. Thanks to running, I've rebooted my career and am now a running and triathlon coach and soon-to-be physical therapist. I've also got the mind and spirit of an elite trapped in the body of a back-of-the-packer.

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