I love seeing posts about how some of you are remaining active through pregnancy! If you have a healthy pregnancy, maintaining your routine is no only "ok", it is recommended. Even running! : ) This is the time for maintenance so stay active. Stroller Strides classes are great for this as the trainers are all pre and postnatal certified. It's super for your kiddos in the strollers to meet new friends, just like you will!
A quick note to both encourage and celebrate you all...this has been an amazing process for all of you! As moms, we all have different stories; some of injury, some of illness, some of elation and bliss, some of bewilderment and all of fatigue! : ) As we get closer to Mother's Day and closer to your events remember this:
There is nobody doing it better than you are right now!
*YOU are true athletes who manage stress and chaos and physical challenges like a pro! *Honor your body and acknowledge both what it has endured through in pregnancy and now taking care of another human being. You are phenomenal and so is your strength!
Go get um, ladies and Happy Mother's Day to ALL of you!
You posted a good and important question, how do I know if the goal I set myself is too lofty? The answer will be different for each of you. The most important question to ask yourself, especially if you are newly postpartum is "Does exercise energize or deplete me"? The end result of your training should be rejuvination (maybe not immediately...but in the long run) To hit the Half Marathon mark by May, you would need to be ramping up in Feb to 2-3 days of 4-5 miles and your long days from 6-7, then in March 2-3 days of 6-7 and your long runs at 8-9. By April, your runs on those 2-3 days should consistently be around 8-9 miles with your long runs between 10-12. Depending on your race day, you would tamper that mileage off a little at a time the last week to a week and a half leading up to race day.
Ask yourself if this seems do-able...maybe start February out with this plan and see how you feel. Again, if 2 hours after you've ran/trained you realized that you are completely wiped out, you went too hard/too soon. This decision to change your end goal doesn't have to be made right now, start the process and have a back up race in mind. Training as a mom is a lot like motherhood in general: Go for your goals with a plan but know that sometimes we have to "punt" and that's ok!!!
Ok, so I know I have turned some of your stomachs with that subject header but I truly mean it! "Eat That Frog" comes from a quote by Mark Twain who said that if when you wake up in the morning you know you have to eat a frog, eat it right away! The longer you put it off the uglier and bigger that frog gets! So, is your workout YOUR FROG? Just get it done, before you take the time putting it off and building it up to be this insurmountable event. Get it done, enjoy the feeling of pride and sail through the rest of your day with that energy and strength!
*Wake each morning ready to EAT THAT FROG, Ladies! *
This Tuesday I did the jump from walking to running. I walk to the beach from my house, about 10 mins as my warm up then run at the boardwalk and walk back home to cool down. It's a little tougher to run while pushing the stroller! I found myself a bit out of breath. I was out for about an hour and maybe 10 mins running for now and the rest fast walking. But it did feel good afterwards.
I realize I have a long way to go to my final goal, which is running half or Rock and Roll Marathon on May 31. My biggest challange is to find the time to go out and do the run. Often I feel like I need to choose between catching up on my sleep and going out and exercising; and that is a tough one for me. I think I'm still adjusting to being new mom and juggling house work and taking care of myself. Any tips from more experienced moms?
I recenty read a post where Megan stated her plan to make a commitment to her goals. With that ,she posted a picture of her calendar with "Mom Runs" on her run days and the timeof the run. This does a couple things; it makes it real for not only for her but her family too (they need to be on board) and she is MAKING the time. It won't just come to you or just happen. This means it has to be set, arranged, commited to or you know what will happen:0 ...Make this journey a priority and backed by your family and friends support.
Hi Everybody. I'm excited to join the Team even though it was quite an effort for me even to start writing. In fact, I banned myself from reading e-mails or even opening the computer for the first few weeks after my baby was born. Matteus is my first child, now 2 months old, born Oct. 29, 2008. I am crazy in love with my baby boy and at the same time a bit overwhelmed with all the time that it takes to take care of him.
I was very active before Matteus was born. I worked out all the way through my pregnancy; in fact I was in my pilates class the day before I delivered. I was taking prenatal yoga classes and i used to work out at the gym. I believe that all of this helped in my speedy delivery; under two hours. I was very relieved but in a state of disbelief. It all happened so fast; I didn't have a chance to get nervous!
Now, I am trying to set a daily routine with Matteus that will give me some time for working out and blogging. I'm finding it very challenging, days go by so fast. So far I have gone to one pilates class for Moms with babies and I made it a few times to the beach for a run.
Living in Southern California, close to the beach definitely has great advantages. I love the outdoors and the warm weather. I will take hot weather over cold any time. I used to lived in Edmonton, Canada before that. Hiking and backpacking are my favourite activities.
I'm looking forward to start hiking with my little boy and jog with him in the stroller. My goal for training with Team Bye Bye Baby Weight is to develop structure and routine for exercising, and to be able to run a Half Marathon by Mother's Day. Running doesn't come naturally to me and my longest run so far has been 5K. I loved how it made me feel at the finish line and I am looking forward to pushing myself and raising a bar.
I look forward to getting your support and the challenging times ahead with my Team.
Well, the first round of festivities have come and gone, and yes, like many of us out there, I enjoyed sweet treats and a little wine. Time with the family was amazing but this morning it was time to get back in the gym after a few enjoyable days off! Spin class was at 6am which is a lot easier to get up and out the door for when I haven't been munching on cookies all week Needless to say, I made it out the door and out to the car (burr it was cold this morning) and once in the gym, I hopped on the saddle. I forgot....I love spin!
Sweating out the toxins got me right back on track and I am ready to face the new year with new goals and priorities...it is not just a resolution this year -- it is a life change. So for all of you out there who want to take the plunge and get back in the saddle, dive in...The hardest part is at the begging and then it is all downhill from there.
I want to be able to interact with everyone on a virtual level, so I am working on a video to post so that you can get to know me a little better and see the changes that I will go through during this program. I will have it up at the start of the new year for you to view.
Happy New Year to all and remember to go out there and get Active~Jessica