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Discussion: The joys of recovery

in: AliC; AliC > 2017-09-19

Sep 22, 2017 8:37 PM # 
Ah, recovery plans. For me back in 2005, it was being able to take a Physical Fitness Test of pushups, situps, and 2-mile-run before it got too hot in Boston. I had 6 months to prep from Anna's January arrival, but wanted to knock it out by May at the latest. The doc didn't want me running for 6 weeks, and my abs weren't really interested in situps, but I thought surely, 10 days after delivery, I could do a few pushups. I'd done 68 on my last before pregnancy...

Ha! Pushups take core muscles, and apparently I had none left! I did 3 pushups and found myself lying there, face down on the floor, wondering what happened.

A lot of yoga and weight work later, things got much better. And running came back pretty decently, too. But don't feel bad if it takes more time than you expect or if you have to strengthen muscles you've always had without really working at it. And if it comes easy, then count yourself blessed. ;-)
Sep 24, 2017 8:46 PM # 
Thanks for the tips Tori! I'm really hoping it'll be a smooth road, but will just keep really listening to my body and try to not push it too fast!

Pretty much everyday is feeling better though, so that's encouraging!
Sep 24, 2017 10:04 PM # 
Just make sure to strengthen of your perinatale muscle before you start running! You'll be thankful not to have to pee while running or during the night if you don't start to early. Do those exercises.
With Matti (rough birth) it took me 3 months to really start running again, with Lena (easy birth but still some stitches) I started 5 weeks afterwards with some walking/running alternating training.
Good luck and be patient:)

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