In the past, this blog has had many faces, but for the longest time it had a heavy dose of fitness posts. I’ve been an endurance athlete since 2011 when I trained for and ran my first half marathon. Since then I’ve run 15+ half marathons and 2 marathons, and I became a triathlete. I started with a sprint and worked my way all the way up to the Ironman distance in 2014. And I kept record of it all here in various levels of detail.
The last half marathon that I ran was in February of 2015, and then I got pregnant in March of 2015. Somehow between the Ironman in September 2014, an olympic triathlon following in November, and that half marathon in March, I got really burnt out on training and always running, biking, or swimming. The pregnancy coincided with a down time, and the first trimester energy rut just aided in my lack of desire to workout. I didn’t have any desire to be one of those pregnant women running a half marathon at 20 weeks pregnant; I just didn’t have the energy to care.
Fast forward to now, three months postpartum, and my workouts since last March have included a few trainer rides and a lot of walks. I haven’t done any runs at all, and I haven’t done any home workout DVDs that I used to enjoy on occasion. It’s getting to the point now that I’m wondering if I’m still allowed to call myself a runner and triathlete (I even questioned including them in my bio on the right, but I know they’ll always be a part of me). It’s also getting to a point where I know I need to get back to doing something, both for health and personal reasons.
I have been good at coming up with my own excuses for why I haven’t been working out, but the one that I truly am the most concerned about is my milk supply. After telling multiple people about this concern, I’ve been assured many times that I can start back to working out without dropping in supply as long as I increase water and calorie intake (though I’m not sure I need to increase calories too much at this point if I’m being honest).
I’m going to start with home workout DVDs and/or hour+ long walks three times per week, and I’m not sure what I’ll choose each time. It’ll either be a Beachbody or a Jillian Michaels DVD, as I enjoy them and own several of each; for walks, I’ll either walk my neighborhood or go to a nearby trail. It’ll be easy to do for the next few weeks before I go back to work and while Olivia takes one of her naps either in her crib or in the stroller. I can at least get started before I start back to work and see how it fits into that schedule.
My goal will be to hit the 3 times per week number while also ensuring that I’m drinking more water each day, whether I’m working out or not that day. Once it’s okay to take Olivia out in the running stroller we have I’ll start incorporating more runs into my workouts, but I’ll just take one step at a time for now.
This blog has always been a place where I am able to hold myself accountable and find inspiration, so I’ll do the same as I crawl slowly back to a happy place. Distance running has always brought me great joy and mental peace, so I know I’ll get back there one day. I’m just planning to take it pretty slow.
Do you have any tips on working out postpartum while keep up your milk supply?