January was a unique month for me for many reasons. Not only was it my first full month as a mother, but it was also the first time in I can’t remember how long when for much of the month I wasn’t allowed to exercise as I would have wanted to. Although my exercise was also extremely limited in December, I hadn’t been told by a doctor not to exercise (until after little man was born on December 23rd), but rather to listen to my body and do what I felt up to doing. In January, on the other hand, I spent three of the four weeks forbidden from doing any exercise other than walking. It felt amazing to be cleared by my OB on January 20th to resume running, and I certainly didn’t hold back once I received the all clear to get moving again.
Despite being able to only walk for the majority of January, I got outside or hopped on the treadmill at the gym when time allowed, which helped me in surpassing my January mileage goal. I successfully met my other two January goals as well.
1. Log at least 20 miles.
My January mileage total was a whopping 28.28 miles. Surprisingly, it was more mileage than my November and December totals combined. Clearly, I was motivated get out there and moving once both my body felt up to it and my OB gave me the go ahead to start running again.
2. Continue to listen to my body.
Although I was out there and moving quite a bit, I moved at a pace that my healing body was comfortable with. There were also many days when I wanted to either get outside for a walk or walk further than I did, but my soreness kept me from doing otherwise.
3. Not to be too aggressive with resuming exercise.
I would say I was more motivated than aggressive. There were only a couple of days when I probably pushed my body more than I should have, as evidenced by the soreness that I felt.
January was definitely about finding a balance between my overly motivated self and what I was physically capable of. I’m still healing from giving birth, but I’m also eager to get back to my pre-pregnancy abilities. I’ll be keeping that need for balance in mind while exercising this month.
1. Run, walk, and elliptical at least 45 miles.
This goal should be more than attainable as long as I follow my ZOOMA Annapolis training plan of running three times per week. I hope to also incorporate at least one day of cross training into my weekly training.
2. Run a sub 34 minute 5k.
This is far from my current 5k PR – 30:33, which I set last April. However, since I resumed running about two weeks ago my pace has slowly been getting faster as I become comfortable running again. Last night, I ran a 5k in 34:17, so that means I need to cut 18 seconds off of my 5k time this month in order to meet my goal.
3. Strength train at least twice a week.
Whether its at the gym using weights, or at home doing Baby Strong workouts with little man, I want to make sure that I make strength training a priority this month. Not only will this help me to become stronger as I continue my postpartum recovery, but it’ll also help prevent injury as I slowly increase my mileage.
4. Do something for myself everyday.
For the first two weeks of February, I’m participating in Mar’s 14 Days of Self Challenge. My goal is to continue this practice for the duration of the month, even after the challenge ends. Part of being a good mom to little man is making sure that I also make time for myself each day, even if its something as simple as taking a few minutes just to get in the shower.
QOTD: What are your goals for February?