A couple people have encouraged me to write more about postpartum running. There is hardly anything at all on the internet. Most of what I found says it’s ok to start walking at 6 weeks postpartum. No real mention of running. I will preface by saying everyone is different, and I by no means look down on someone who took more time off than I did. Also, be this topic probably doesn’t appeal to most of my male friends, so you might want to quit reading.
Mike told me a needed to post a Pancake picture. This was taken yesterday. Her frisbee is still her favorite. It is a challenge, but everyday I try and do something just for Pancake: a walk, a run, a little session of doggie massage, or a series of frisbee tosses outside. She is still my best friend….even if she is a little crazy.
Per Ryan’s request for help with choosing yoga poses: Yoga journal has some nice sequences with pictures and descriptions of poses. I particularly like the ones listed for sciatica for runners to use. Because our hamstrings get overly tight, our back muscles get pulled on. I personally find many of the twisting poses very helpful for my back. Pigeon pose is another good one for runners, if held for a couple minutes on each side, as you get a deep hip opener. But, most of all, just take a couple classes, get some idea of some basics and how to do them so you really target the right muscles, then start to put together a couple things at home.
YogaYoga sent out an email about the 40 day yoga challenge. Starting April 1- May 10, the challenge is to do yoga everyday. Doesn’t have to be a class, but every single day you must do some type of yoga. I am in, and I challenge all my running friends to join in as well. If I could, I would go to a class everyday, but time and money prohibit that. I am still trying to go at least once a week, and that is a challenge. I really spoiled myself during pregnancy with classes 3 times a week.
Yesterday was kind of sad. I had my final pregnancy related doctor appt. I am free now. I can do whatever I want without lectures of “take it easy!” I left with a feeling very similar of what I had when I graduated from nursing school. Something I had spent a huge amount of time on that was a major factor in my life was now over. I thought “what do I do with myself now?” Even though I was starting a new job/ career, and I had now a new adjective to describe myself, nurse, it would be strange to not be in school, and I was losing the “student” part of me forever. Same feeling now. All things pregnancy related are done and over. I am supposedly back to my normal self, and I add “mother” as another self-descriptor. While I complained a lot about being pregnant, and not being able to wait until I could train hard again, a little part of me is sad it is over. But like the end of nursing school, a whole new part of my life begins. And, I mostly have my old body back. I don’t want to be pregnant again, I am glad I got to experience it though, and of course I cannot imagine life without Jasper, even though he’s only been with me a short time. I’m sure in the next few days, I’ll move on and forget about feeling a little sad. It’s not like I don’t have a lot of great things happening to me right now.
More like 10.5. Thanks to Steve joining me, I got my first double digit run in since June!!!! Yesterday Stephanie was nice enough to join me in horrendous weather. It was cold, windy, and just pouring rain. I had planned 10, and ended up doing 7. It was crazy conditions to be running, and it was one of those runs where I stripped down in the garage and dashed right into the shower, because I was SOAKED. This morning, I took full advantage of having company, and did a great route through my ‘hood that ended up being 10.5. I think I have a route to put in my regular rotation. A long run that doesn’t involve any of town lake or Tarrytown. Not that I don’t love running there, but there are other neighborhoods in Austin! And we ran hills too! I felt great, and could have kept going.
Here is a secret I never knew until now. I can do just about anything I could before I had a baby….it just takes some planning and organizing. So to all the naysayers who told me I would never do this or that…look at me now! Now, there are a few things I can’t do: like go to any of the SXSW day parties this week since it will be too loud for Jasper’s ears, but I never really did much of that before I had him, being completely unhip.
There are some days that are just harder than others. Today spring vanished for a bit and has been replaced with cold rain. After a long, semi-restless night, I headed out for my run in the dark. I got home to find out I had made Mike a few minutes late for work. I hate having to inconvenience him when ever I want to do something. Learning that I am not on my time, but Jasper’s is hard. While Jasper sleeps in 2-3 hours stretches for the most part, here at week 6 of not sleeping more than 3 hours at once, I am a little less tolerant when he wants to sit up for awhile after a night feeding. A lot of being a new mom is trying very hard not to complain. It’s like an ultra run….I signed up for it and I need to accept all that comes with it. Tears and bitching about the bad parts won’t make it better. Does writing on a blog count as bitching?