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February 14, 2018

my first postpartum run

Today I ran 1.15 miles in 13 minutes. There was some walking involved.

It took me longer to get dressed and get out the door than it did to run, especially since Ulla decided she couldn't bear to be left at home. Two blankets and two warmed rice socks later, we were out the door. Oh, and the dog came.

No rest for the wicked. (Even when we're going running to get a break from a toddler and a newborn.)

I couldn't have imagined running at this stage postpartum after Ulla. I don't even think I thought about exercise for months. But I'm happy to be back out there. It felt like I thought it would, a little awkward and clumsy, but easier than running with a big belly.

Onward.

PS- Happy Valentine's Day! 






January 8, 2018

ulla has a sister

I'm just popping in to say that we had another baby girl. We love her so much.

Olive Lux
January 5, 2018, 8:25 p.m.
8 lbs, 1 oz, 20-1/4" long


December 19, 2017

2018 fitness plans, sort of

Hello! I'm sitting here at 39 weeks, 2 days pregnant with exactly zero signs that labor is imminent. I was induced at 42 weeks with Ulla, and it was a two day process before she made her arrival. In short, I'm hopeful that a baby will make his/her appearance in the next week or so, but also know it could be, um, longer. (Please God, no!)

So with my workouts consisting mostly of rolling over in bed, putting on socks, and walking from wherever I am in the house to the bathroom, I've been thinking ahead to 2018. (Also, I'm sort of kidding. I do try to do actual workouts like these. But also not kidding because I'm so short of breath with this babe under my ribs!)

My postpartum recovery with Ulla was rough, and it took me a looong time to feel normal. My inactive pregnancy no doubt contributed: Not only was I recovering from having a baby but also trying to gain fitness I lost while pregnant. I think it was nearly a year after she was born that I started running again, but then ran a pretty decent time at Grandma's Half just a few months later, despite minimal training.

I do know that I'll return to low impact workouts as soon as I'm cleared to, which is usually around 6 weeks postpartum. I've been loving my membership to Get Healthy U TV which has a ton of workout videos that make you feel like you're actually in a class, not just watching one. I'm also a Gold member so I have access to the Live workouts they do every Monday. My favorite instructor is Lindsey! I did her prenatal series throughout this pregnancy and will return to those same workouts postpartum. They're low-impact and a good way to ease back into things.

I'm registered for an event in Minneapolis called Fit for Her which is a fundraiser for The Her Initiative, an organization that provides access to clean water and specific health & hygiene curriculum to women in the developing world. The event is on February 24 so depending on when the baby comes, I may only have a week or two of workouts under my belt. I plan on modifying as needed!

I'm also registered to run Grandma's half again. While I'd love to best my time from 2016, I'll only be about 5 months postpartum so we'll just see what training brings.

Basically with so much in the air with when this baby will come, not to mention adapting to life with a toddler and a newborn, my fitness plans right now are best described as do what I can with what I have. I'll be back to update with more specific goals as 2018 gets rolling but for now my main goal is to HAVE THIS BABY!