What Happened to Exercise Before Knitting???

While you may have been thinking that I ought to change the name of my blog to Knitting While Nursing, I finally have some real exercise news to report! The exercise has been on hiatus because of the little Santa.

I ran through my pregnancy until 28 weeks, at which point I could no longer prevent my running shorts from falling down around my ankles at the slightest jog. People, there are no decent maternity running shorts out there. I’ve done the research. Not even Mothers In Motion and Fit Maternity shorts work in the 3rd trimester. In the early postpartum period, Beatrix and I took long, afternoon walks every day for both exercise and mental clarity. Still, I longed for my old running routine. Nothing clears my head like a good run and I was really fighting the foggy, postpartum brain!

Inspired by Sharon’s postpartum running experience, I started running again when Beatrix was 13 weeks old. At first, I tried popping her in the jogging stroller with lots of head support, blankets and a wind shield. The verdict? This baby hates the stroller. At least, for now. She’s good for about a mile and then she goes from happy, contented baby to screaming, angry devil child in a matter of seconds. Needless to say, I’m leaving her at home with Aaron until she’s a bit older. Since the days are so short, I have to very carefully plan when I’m going to run.

The results, you ask? After 2 1/2 weeks of running, I’m happy to report that it’s going pretty well. I started with 2 miles, 3 times a week. Never have I struggled so much to run two miles. Yesterday, I ran a triumphant 2.5 miles and I finally felt like I achieved that long sought after head-clearing effect! It amazes me that 2.5 miles at a stupendously slow pace could make me feel so good! Thank you, endorphins!

My goal is to continue running at least three days a week, altough four would be ideal. I’d like to build up to 3 miles during the week with a longer run on the weekend. Once I can do three miles every run, I think I’ll add one mile to my long run every week. I’ve always like the run/walk method of Jeff Galloway so I might use that training approach. For any of you considering embarking on a new running program, I highly recommend this approach – it is so gentle and painless.

I have no training goals, although I would love to be able to run one of my favorite races in April. This race is special to me because I ran the 5K version when I was 20 weeks pregnant (with three stops in the middle of the race at the port-a-potty, I’ll have you know). Don’t worry, I went very slowly (I just wanted to be able to say that I ran a race while pregnant). Even though it would be nice to run the half marathon, I am NOT going to aim for it this early. However, if I’m in good shape in February, I’ll go for it.

And now, since the exercise is out of the way, have some knitting:

This is my second cabled sock. I’m going to Cincinnati this weekend to visit my grandfather so I’ll probably post the finished socks when I get back. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying some of the best ice cream on the planet and bringing back chili! It’s too bad Skyline is so limited for vegetarians but you can buy chili spice packets to make your own chili with fake meat. That’s what we do in our house!!!

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22 comments so far

  1. Risa on

    Look at that face! She is precious!

  2. Risa on

    Look at that face! She is precious!

  3. gleek on

    mmmm, best ice cream on the planet? gotta get me some of that!

    interesting that you could run while pregnant. i’m just amazed at anyone who can run pregnant or not! i have horrible hips (will probably have to have them replaced someday) and knees so the only workout i can do is the elliptical trainer at the gym… and i have been fortunate to do it around 3 times a week so far while pregnant! i love it. exercise is the best :)

  4. gleek on

    mmmm, best ice cream on the planet? gotta get me some of that!

    interesting that you could run while pregnant. i’m just amazed at anyone who can run pregnant or not! i have horrible hips (will probably have to have them replaced someday) and knees so the only workout i can do is the elliptical trainer at the gym… and i have been fortunate to do it around 3 times a week so far while pregnant! i love it. exercise is the best :)

  5. Zarah on

    Yay for getting back to running again! I bet you feel great. Congratulations!

  6. Zarah on

    Yay for getting back to running again! I bet you feel great. Congratulations!

  7. Macoco on

    Congratulations on getting back into the running! Thanks for posting the link about Galloway.

  8. Macoco on

    Congratulations on getting back into the running! Thanks for posting the link about Galloway.

  9. diana on

    Glad to hear you’re back to running. Sorry little Beatrix doesn’t like it, but look at her sweet face! And gorgeous socks :)

  10. diana on

    Glad to hear you’re back to running. Sorry little Beatrix doesn’t like it, but look at her sweet face! And gorgeous socks :)

  11. joy on

    The sock looks cushy and comfy; I love that color! Have fun on your trip!

  12. joy on

    The sock looks cushy and comfy; I love that color! Have fun on your trip!

  13. Stephanie on

    Congrats on getting back into running! You left me a comment on my blog, asking me about triathlon training pre- and post-Hayden. I did triathlons before he came along, so I was already into it. I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy, so it was tough to get back into running (hurt my knees). I really didn’t start running again until he was 4 months old, and then it was still really slow. (I didn’t use a baby jogger until he was over a year old; I just left him with DH while I went for my run.) I ran the Chicago Marathon when he was 9 months old. It wasn’t my fastest marathon, but it helped me get back into shape. Now I am fitter, stronger and faster than I was before I had him. That has seemed to happen with a lot of moms I know. Something to look forward to!

  14. Stephanie on

    Congrats on getting back into running! You left me a comment on my blog, asking me about triathlon training pre- and post-Hayden. I did triathlons before he came along, so I was already into it. I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy, so it was tough to get back into running (hurt my knees). I really didn’t start running again until he was 4 months old, and then it was still really slow. (I didn’t use a baby jogger until he was over a year old; I just left him with DH while I went for my run.) I ran the Chicago Marathon when he was 9 months old. It wasn’t my fastest marathon, but it helped me get back into shape. Now I am fitter, stronger and faster than I was before I had him. That has seemed to happen with a lot of moms I know. Something to look forward to!

  15. amanda cathleen on

    the.cutest.santa.ever!
    Glad you where able to start running again!

  16. amanda cathleen on

    the.cutest.santa.ever!
    Glad you where able to start running again!

  17. Stacey on

    Good for you for getting back to it! It’s hard to start up again!

    Mmm – chili. I’ll have to check out the link.

  18. Stacey on

    Good for you for getting back to it! It’s hard to start up again!

    Mmm – chili. I’ll have to check out the link.

  19. Sharon G. on

    Hooray for gettting back to running! Girl, I’ve been so lazy since finishing NY. *sigh* I keep telling myself that I’ll start this weekend, then this week, then this weekend….yeah. This weekend, I swear. LOL. I’m sorry the baby doesn’t like the jogger – maybe she’ll enjoy it more once she’s older and a little stronger. Oh, and as for what Stephanie wrote above – I’m in much better shape now than I was pre-baby. Maybe it’s the hormones or something?

    Good luck with the running – I hope you decide to go for the race!

  20. Sharon G. on

    Hooray for gettting back to running! Girl, I’ve been so lazy since finishing NY. *sigh* I keep telling myself that I’ll start this weekend, then this week, then this weekend….yeah. This weekend, I swear. LOL. I’m sorry the baby doesn’t like the jogger – maybe she’ll enjoy it more once she’s older and a little stronger. Oh, and as for what Stephanie wrote above – I’m in much better shape now than I was pre-baby. Maybe it’s the hormones or something?

    Good luck with the running – I hope you decide to go for the race!

  21. African Kelli on

    Good for you! And that baby? Wow, she is a cutie!! :)

  22. African Kelli on

    Good for you! And that baby? Wow, she is a cutie!! :)


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