Licorice’s Post-Partum Log – Week 11

This week saw both good developments and less good developments. On the plus side, I’m starting to get some momentum going with a routine, and did both some Stroller Strides classes and got out for some good walks (despite the frosty weather). In the less good news department, my PT confirmed that my pelvic floor is not quite ready for running yet.

The past couple of appointments, my PT has had me work with biofeedback so that we can see not only how well I can control my pelvic floor, but how strong the muscles are (and how much work they’re doing). Yes, it involves electrodes placed on my butt, but after the indignities of childbirth, I don’t really have any modesty left. Plus, it provides really good information. We’re able to see that I can hold contractions better and that the muscles are doing a better job of relaxing when they’re not working. However, we’re also able to see that the strength of those contractions is still far too low to support high-impact activity (like running). It’s a bummer, but at least I know what I need to be working on.

Monday: 2 mile walk
Tuesday: 60-minute circuit class (Stroller Strides)
Wednesday: 2 mile walk
Thursday: 60-minute circuit class
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Rest

Total for the week: 4 miles

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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