Licorice’s Post-Partum Log – Week 9

It’s absolutely amazing to me that it’s been two months since Ellie was born. On one hand, it seems like she’s always been here. On the other, there’s no way it’s been two months already, because I swear it was just yesterday.

Ellie at birth and on Monday
Ellie at birth and on Monday

I started off the week with 30 minutes of 1 minute running, 2 minutes walking just to see how it went. The answer: OK. I’m clearly out of shape (especially when pushing a jogging stroller and 10-pound baby uphill), but the bigger issue is definitely the pelvic floor weakness. Spending last week coughing and sneezing feels like it undid a lot of the strengthening work I’ve been doing and by the end of the workout, it was definitely done.

On Wednesday morning I had my physical therapy evaluation and the therapist confirmed that my pelvic floor was, indeed, very weak. She gave me a couple extra core exercises as well and recommended I put running on hold for the time being. While I was bummed out to hear that, it was something that I already sort of knew. This means that for now, we’ll focus on walking and getting my pelvic floor and core back in shape to handle the stress of things like running. (I’ve also contemplated picking up swimming again, but that involves getting the two of us dressed, out of the house, and leaving Ellie with child care staff. That’s been a bit more than I’ve been willing to tackle just yet. Maybe next week.)

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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