Whew! It’s been about two weeks now since I’ve received the “all-clear” from my OB to resume activities. So for the past two weeks I’ve been loosely following a plan that consists of cardio (e.g. elliptical, treadmill, bike) for 20-30 minutes / 2-3 x per week and weights/stretching for 30 minutes / 2x per week. The biggest hurdles so far have really been building up endurance and muscle. I feel very weak, especially legs and pelvis. Endurance/stamina is beginning to improve…or at least I don’t feel like I’m going to die after 5 minutes now.
Now that I’ve gotten back on track, I need to follow something more regimented. Why? Because I can already see that if I don’t have something down on the schedule, it ain’t happening! There are just too many things that will come up (e.g. kids, house, laundry, wild cats under the deck) that will sidetrack me. So, the next step is to identify a suitable training plan.
Although I would consider myself a seasoned athlete, my body is telling me otherwise….it’s basically telling me “are you nuts?!?”. In order to be 5k-race-ready by the end of September (race to be determined still), I’m going to be following the Couch-to-5k program from Cool Running. I’ve seen conflicting studies (which I’ll try to delve into in future posts) about how many minutes you need to log weekly to notice significant or meaningful weight loss, but the 30 minute per session (3x / week) will fit in well with “life”. It also gives me nine weeks (end date: week of 9/20/10) to get to my goal.
Like many, many other new moms, I’m now cursed with abs that are non-existent. I want that corrected! The running will be a crucial to reaching my 5k goal, but strengthening my core needs to be addressed. There are a few different routines/plans that I’m finding, and I’ve not really decided on a specific one yet. But, my goal is to try to fit in 2 – 3 times per week of core/strength training.
So, without further ado…..let’s get running!