I haven’t documented my weekly workouts on here since before Grayson was born, but now that I’m back to work I thought it would be a good time to get back to it. During maternity leave my workouts were just all over the place and there wasn’t much to document. Now I’m trying to sort of get back to a routine, but that’s easier said than done with a 3.5 month old.
Let me start out by saying that I have no idea how people train for marathons in the months after having a baby. Aside from the physical aspect (and recovery may have been tougher for me because of my c-section) I just have not had the time, energy, or desire to focus on workouts. I think what’s key about that last sentence is “desire”. That used to always come so easy to me. Now my priorities have shifted.
That’s not to say the desire won’t come back. And there are moments when I think about how much I look forward to training again. But now is not the time for that. As much as I enjoy my time out running, I am always focused on getting back to Grayson. In the beginning it was more of a worry (like OMG will he survive 30 minutes with me) but now it’s just that I want to make the most of my time with him, especially since I am back to work.
Physically, I feel ok. Running still feels weird and pretty tough. Some days are better than others. My incision doesn’t bother me when I am running but if I do too much it will be slightly sore the next day. I think the biggest issue is that my posture is a wreck from spending so many hours a day slouched over nursing.
So right now I am only working about 3-4 days a week while we get childcare set up, and my mom watches him the days I work. Typically he goes to bed around 7:30 and sleeps until anywhere from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. If he wakes up between 3 and 5 I feed him and put him back to sleep. More recently, his wake-ups have been on the earlier side, between 3 and 4:30 am.
So what I’ve been doing is putting him down for the night and trying to go to bed as early as I can, like by 8:30. Then after that morning feed I put him back down and do my workout. Then I eat breakfast/start getting ready until he wakes up. Usually he is ready to eat again around 6:30 or 7 so I feed him before leaving for work.
This is all well and good except for the days he doesn’t want to go back to sleep after eating. It only happens once every few weeks, but of course it happened on Monday, my first day back to work. After over an hour of trying to get him back down (and he wasn’t crying, he was just happily awake and wanting to play!) Rob took over and I made it out for a 15 minute run. Talk about learning to be flexible.
On the days I don’t work I’ve been trying to go back to sleep after the morning wake-up and then either strength training or doing core work later with a walk outside now that it’s warmer. It’s funny because I have way less motivation to get a workout done when I don’t work! It really helps to have some sort of schedule/routine I think.
Here are my workouts from last week:
Monday: 15 minute run
My first day back to work. This was the day we couldn’t get him back to sleep after he ate at 4:15. I think he knew something was up that day.
Tuesday: Strength training and 15 minutes spin bike
I fed Grayson at 4am and then got in my workout. Of course I stare at the monitor the whole time even though Rob is right there in the room with him!
Wednesday: Core work and 45 minute walk
I was home this day and the weather was finally a little warmer so we got out for an afternoon walk.
Thursday: Strength training and 45 minute walk
I got in some strength training during a nap and then we went for another walk. I try to make the walks long enough so he can get in a decent nap because he wakes up as soon as we get home.
Friday: 3 miles
We were up at 3:45 but there wasn’t really much time for me to go back to sleep after feeding him so I started my run at 4:50. Then I had enough time to eat breakfast, shower, and get ready for work before he woke up again at 6:30.
Saturday: 45 minute walk
It was so warm out and I was initially planning to run, but I had been sore from Thursday’s strength training. (I added in squats for the first time in like 6 months so I was really feeling it!) I decided to enjoy the nice weather by walking with Rob and Grayson. Somehow it took us like 6 hours to get out the door but it was worth it when we finally did.
Sunday: 5 miles
I got out for 5 miles in the rain. At least it was warm out! I felt a little stiff but overall it was a good run.
My workout routine is much different from what it used to be but I am totally ok with that. I am just happy that I am doing something. It can be easy to fall into the “all or nothing” trap but I keep reminding myself that something is better than nothing. There were some weeks during maternity leave that I did zero workouts, but now I feel like I need them for the stress relief if nothing else.
Oh and one other thing. I’ve been locked out of my Bloglovin account for weeks now! I don’t know my password and when I try to reset it I get a broken link. I’ve contacted them but haven’t heard back. So I’ll mainly be reading blogs through the link-up or if you leave a comment I’ll head over to your site!
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How were your workouts last week?
Do you have and all or nothing mindset when it comes to working out?
Do you find you keep up with your workouts better when you have a set routine?