Health & Fitness, Parenthood, Running

My Postpartum Fitness Journey – 7 months in

It’s so hard to believe that it has already been 7 months since I had the baby! Time really does fly when you have kids! He is already getting so big and when I look back at some of his newborn pictures it makes me think, “Wow, is that even the same baby?!” I’m sure all my fellow mamas know what I’m talking about! Time moves so fast especially during a baby’s first year. I am savoring every moment with him and acknowledging that these days will be gone in the blink of an eye. Soon he will crawling, then walking, etc.

I want to share a bit about my postpartum fitness journey so far. I am happy to be getting in a pretty nice routine of running/walking nearly every day and spending a lot of time outdoors. Now that it’s spring, and the weather is nice, it feels great to go on walks and get outside to exercise! It took a while after I had Ethan to start exercising again. Once I did, I jumped into it pretty quickly. I signed up for a half marathon and starting training, only to make it to my 9 mile long run, then I pulled a muscle in my back and wasn’t able to run for about 2 weeks. After that, I was behind in my training and made the decision to not run the half marathon. I was disappointed, but at the same time, not too worried about it because the most important thing for me is to listen to my body and do what I need to do to take care of it.

Over the last few weeks, I finally got back into a nice exercising schedule and I’m feeling really good about it. In addition to just having a baby 7 months ago, we have definitely been keeping busy, between moving to a new state and starting a new job. Things have just been crazy! But crazy in a good way! 🙂

One new habit that I have put into effect since moving to our new house is my morning walks with Colbie (our shitzu). Every morning since we moved in last month, I take Colbie for a 10 minute walk before I leave for work. I definitely feel like this has helped me to start my day on a positive note, and I like to have it as part of my routine. There was a day or two where I skipped it, and I noticed that my day was a bit off. I was missing out on that boost of energy that the morning walks give me. I am happy to continue this new routine and I’m sure that Colbie is enjoying it too!

So what’s next on my postpartum fitness journey? Hopefully a lot more running! And definitely a lot more walks. I’m planning to sign up for a 5k in June which my husband and I plan to do together (maybe we’ll bring the running stroller!). I also have been thinking about brushing the dust off my road bike and starting to do some bike workouts in the basement or on the trail, just to switch it up a bit. I like to add variety to my workouts and the bike might do the trick. Most of all, I’m looking forward to a great summer in our new home and in our new city as a family of 3! Spending time with my family is at the top of my priority list, and spending time together while we exercise is like icing on the cake!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day!

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