It has been a long time since I last wrote a post, as things inevitably got very busy over the last six months or so caring for a new baby plus a three year old.
I signed up for the Fall 5K Running Series in our town this year, as I thought it would be a great way to stay on track with my health and fitness, getting out every now and then for a run. Leading up to this series I also participated in the Run For Your Life event, which was my first event after having my second c-section with Baby #2 halfway through this year.
It is always a long road to recovery after surgery (and after pregnancy), and as soon as I was able to I began attending yoga and weight lifting/strength training classes, as well as going for a run every once in a while (usually pushing the jogging stroller and two kids which is great resistance training, especially up the hills). I also kept up lots of walking, which is a great way to stay active even when you are feeling tired.
I was given the all clear to exercise four weeks after surgery. With Baby #1 it took six weeks to get the go ahead. I mention the difference between the two recovery periods to make a point that each pregnancy is unique, each surgery is different, and each recovery is individual, so make sure to follow the advice of medical professionals when it comes to your particular health circumstances.
Here is my summary of the running events I participated in since having Baby #2. The times are approximate but it is good for me to keep track of it to see any slow progress I might be making and any improvements over time. Once we move to our new home (in January of 2017) I would love to sign up for a half marathon (I did one back in 2015 which was a great challenge and a lot of fun).
1). Saturday September 17, Run For Your Life 5K: 36.20 min
2). Thursday September 22, Fall 5K Race #1: 39 min
3). Saturday October 22, Fall 5K Race #2: 38.09 min
4). Saturday November 12, Fall 5K Race #3: 36.09 min
5). Saturday December 10, Fall 5K Race #4 and Toys For Tots Charity Run: 36.21 min
So… my current fitness levels indicate that I am completing a 5K in around 36 minutes. I remember doing several 5K runs in 2014 and 2015 with times between about 31 minutes and 35 minutes, so eventually my goal will be to get to a speed where I can complete a 5K in around 30 minutes. Any time less than that will be a real bonus.
2016 has been a big year. My baby arrived in May, and we have been preparing for our big international relocation (coming up shortly). There have been some pretty major ups and downs (including life-changing events such as births and deaths), and I’ve noticed the fibromyalgia symptoms, headaches, nausea, and fatigue making an unwelcome appearance quite a lot this year, but this is not entirely unexpected when dealing with stress, plus a new baby, and the recovery from pregnancy and surgery. I mention all of this as a reminder that whatever your situation with mental health, physical health, life circumstances, etc, exercise really is one of the keys to health and happiness. I am living proof of this, and I recommend it for everyone! Of course there is a delicate balance of other major factors like sleep, rest, nutrition, and stress-reduction, but I truly believe (and have witnessed in many of my own experiences) that staying active is one of the very best ways to feel good, both in body and in mind.
Wishing everyone an amazing Christmas and New Year break, and I will see you all again in 2017, hopefully with a newfound energy and the motivation and inspiration to get out there and get active once again!