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Back to the gym!

30 Jun

Today was my third time back at the gym after having my little boy – he’s 9 weeks old now :-) I started back to training last week as I figured I’d give my body a couple of months to heal.

Great to be back

It was so good to get back into the gym but first I had to get there!

It’s no longer simply racing out the door to the car to the gym but now I have to make sure baby M is fed and nappy bag is ready to go, and then get him into the car and drop him off at the creche. The first time I went back last week I was so nervous leaving him but the girls in the creche were amazing and even came around when I was training to let me know how he was doing – he was asleep and has been all three times I have dropped him off!!

Getting there slowly - 9 weeks

Getting there slowly – 9 weeks

Training

I’m taking it easy training wise and running is off the cards for another few weeks until I hit 12 weeks just to be on the safe side so I have been doing a mixture of:

  • Walking uphill doing a bit of pyramid training – raising the incline by 1.0 every minute and then back down again on the treadmill,
  • Hammering it on the bike on the hill program and
  • Some light weights to get me back into training gently and I love it.

I get the adrenalin rush and plug into my music and it’s so great to be back! My new gym I joined has a cafe too so I make sure I have enough time to have a drink afterwards and then back to being a mum!

 

 

Goals

I’ve set myself a couple of short term goals to get me back into my training:

1. Run a race or two by the end of the year

2. Not stress over times and weight – just to enjoy the training

3. Build weights into my program and struck at it – have never been big on weights but understand their importance in a training program

so the fun begins again and I can’t wait – a few more weeks and I can run – yay!

Happy running :-)

The Size of a Cow….. well that’s how I feel anyway!

18 Mar

I don’t know if you have heard of the Wonderstuff – but they were one of my favourite bands in the 80s and they sang a song called “The Size of a Cow!” and lately that’s been on my mind when I look at my ever expanding baby belly! I can’t see my feet anymore and my husband has to put my socks on and help me with my shoes when we take the dog for a walk! It’s all for a great cause but been a bit frustrating!

Sleeping has been a challenge between my constant requirement to go to the toilet and struggling to get comfortable on my side – but it’s not long now!! I’ve had a little bit of swelling in my legs and things are starting to be pretty uncomfortable now.

Pregnancy really has been like training for a marathon like I said in one of my earlier posts, but I have the big day to come and rather than the recovery – that’s when the real work begins – I can’t wait :-D. I’m a little bit nervous about labour and I watched the movie ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ and realise I wont be the character in it that sneezes and the baby pops out! My GP said to me that labour was like running a marathon – one tough day and then it’s done and it’s the pregnancy that’s hard so I am keeping that at the back of my mind. Cow

We’re pretty much set – just parents in waiting… the Baby Jogger is set up, the bassinet is in place, the car seat capsule thing is being fitted tomorrow, nappies are ready – we are just waiting for our little guest to arrive in 6 weeks or less hopefully.

Post baby weight

I’ve been reading lots of running blogs lately and there have been lots of races going on and I feel like for the last year it has been another world – reading and writing about running but not actually doing it. I am starting to feel a bit pressured into post baby and getting the weight off but friends have been supportive and have been giving me lots of advice to not rush things. There is a lot of pressure with celebrities seeming to lose every ounce of their baby fat once the baby comes out but in the real world I don’t think it works like that – so I am going to try and do things slowly and sensibly and enjoy having my baby and get back into training gradually.

Anyway that’s it for now. Have a great week of running – I’ll be doing the same soon – yay!

Anticipation; Anxiety and Excitement

9 Mar
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Getting bigger now! Just over 7 weeks to go!

Those three words in the heading of my post are the three things I have been feeling lately knowing that in a few weeks (7 to be precise) I will have a new born baby! Anticipation of what’s going to happen, what it’s going to be like and whether my life will ever be the same again.

Anxiety of the birth and labour – I have stopped asking the question of whether it will hurt – yes it is going to hurt and have been anxious that the baby is ok and delivers ok and has no major health problems.

Then there is the Excitement of – wow we are having  a baby! I had my baby shower last weekend and some of my friends came and fussed over me and we played some fun games and ate cake :-) Knowing pretty much all of them bar one have been through childbirth, and some many times has helped to reassure me somewhat! Secretly I am also excited that I will be able to get back into training sometime in the not so distant future now I have an end date – so that’s good too!

My husband and I are all set to go. We pretty much have all the stuff we need now – bassinet, change table, pushchair, car seat, capsule, clothing, lots and lots of wraps and blankets, toys, nappies, wipes – I am sure we have missed things but we’ll find out soon enough :-)

Unfortunately the nausea has returned :-( apparently it does for a few people – so I reckon I had about 3 weeks of no sickness for the whole pregnancy – I am reframing it as the baby is very healthy and is sending lots of hormones all over the place so it’s easier to endure that way thinking that way! Had another physio session but thanks to the Pregnancy shorts I got the backache and pelvic pain seems to have gone mostly – yayy. I’m planning on doing a proper review of them shortly as they have been so awesome!

It was the International Women’s Race today which I missed. Am hoping I can do it next year and get my pink on! Well done to all the ladies that participated in Brisbane today!

Anyway enough of me rambling on – Have a great week and as I always say – Happy Running :-)

Impatience and marathon near miss!

14 Jan

It’s been a busy couple of weeks hence no posts but I am getting myself together now :-)

One of my ultra marathon runner friends announced recently that she and her fiance are getting married in the middle of the Marathon Du Medoc in France in September. It’s very typical of her and it’s going to be great fun – many of her friends are running it too and they are all running it together.

We are going to the wedding and I was suddenly struck with – yes I can do it too!

The Marathon du Medoc is not a race for personal bests or racing – it is more a fun race that weaves in and out of the many Chateaus in the Bordeaux region of France. France is one of my favourite countries in the world and I speak the language so it is always good fun to get back there.

The look of shock and horror on my husbands face was priceless when I said I was going to run the marathon, and I mentioned it to my running friend/mentor Roger who said – ” not a good idea. You are giving birth at the end of April – that gives you less than 4 months to recover, start running again and get marathon fit.”

Hmm hadn’t thought of that.

My friends are running it very slowly – for fun more than as a race and the novelty is getting married in the middle but I came back to reality and realised OK my husband and Roger were right – it’s too soon. What if there are complications in the birth, what if the baby is late… what about feeding the baby and my probably still melon sized boobs full of milk at that point – trying to run a long race would be interesting! –  a whole plethora of things went through my head.

Marathon du Medoc

The Marathon du Medoc is a very famous marathon that runs around/through many of the chateaux in Bordeaux with the option of sampling wine on the way!
Image take from http://www.thecourageoflungs.com

I came to the decision not to run it but found myself feeling quite miserable about it as the Marathon Du Medoc is meant to be an awesome race but not for me this year! Instead I will support my friends that are running, attend their awesome wedding and get back into my running gradually and enjoy the fact that I will be a new mum with a beautiful baby to look after – the running will come and the marathons will wait :-)  and I may well do the Marathon  du Medoc in a few years – hmm yes I could coincide it with another trip to the UK – yes it could work out…..

I’ve found my hunger to run more marathons has returned with a vengeance – I think mainly because I haven’t been able to run in so long and crave that awesome running feeling – and I can’t wait to run and also to enter my first post baby marathon next year and run it with my beautiful friend – it will be her first.  Still contemplating LA as well – all depends if it coincides with when we want to do our trip around the US South West Coast – so many things to think about ….

Happy Running – have a great week!

Baby yoga, walking and relaxation!

11 Nov

When  found out I was pregnant I panicked. 

Crazy I know but all I could think about was getting fat and not being able to train. I look back now and think about how obsessive that sounds! But I guess when you have been going to a gym since the age of 18 and  even before that were active, suddenly being told you can’t do what has been a big part of your life for 20 years is a bit hard to let go of.

In preparation for having a baby i still pushed myself hard so it was a miracle I am now sat here pregnant, but then I woke up and realised ok it’s only 9 months of your life Zoe and my wonderful friend and PT keeps reminding me the moment the baby is out she is going to have me fit again so not so bad.

I started reading about different schools of thought about pregnancy and exercise. My specialist is very strict so no exercise that takes my HR over 120 for me but there are a lot of people out there that still continue training and slow down as the trimesters go on.  I’ve seen women that look like they are about to give birth hammer it in spin classes so I guess each person is different. I am not sure which school of thought I’d be in if it hadn’t been dictated to me and I’d always advise you consult an expert before deciding but I am not sure how a baby would feel being tossed around for an hour whilst its mum does an aerobic class!

I decided on walking and yoga, both completely new things for me – usually I would run everywhere and yoga was not something in my vocabulary!

Baby Yoga

When I found out I was pregnant I was intending on going back to a gym and to do yoga and pilates but I am very glad I didn’t as baby yoga is very different to a normal yoga class and a lot more about relaxation than being a contortionist.

Baby Yoga was something I wasn’t sure about because Yoga has always been one of those things that I find impossible to do purely because I have to be still and quiet! I turned up at my hospital where the class was to see 5 other pregnant women. It was great fun and our teacher is also a midwife so anyone goes into labour we are at the hospital and we have a midwife right near us. It was great to see the girls had the same issues as me although I was the only one still with morning sickness so I had to make a few trips to the toilet during the 2 hours.

My yoga teacher also said that baby yoga would also help the baby to get in the right position nearer the birth and help it to be a bit easier – I’m all for that!

We use exercise balls and poles and it’s a good work out as well as a section on ante natal at the end so it’s informative too :-) It’s quite funny to see pregnant women try to balance since having a bigger than usual stomach kind of gets in the way but it’s great fun :-)

The dog has had a few walks this week too so I figure it’s good for her too me being pregnant as normally her walks are a bit sporadic.

Anyway I hope your training is going well. I’m just trying to get used to my next 6 months of training and to enjoy it before the hard work begins :-)

 

 

 

Slacking off!

17 Sep

I hope your training is going well. I haven’t been able to train for a little while with a few things going on health wise. I will be able to share more soon but at the moment it has been somewhat an effort to keep going!

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I’ve got some great products to review shortly and some new things to share, I just ask that you bear with me for the moment :-)

I’ll write more soon. In the meantime have a great day and happy training :-)

Product Review: Adidas Boost Trainers @adidasAU

13 Aug

A few weeks ago I got some of the new Adidas Boost shoes in the mail. I thought I would spend a while trying them out and then review them. If you have been reading this blog for a while now you’ll know I am a real Adidas fan. I started running using their Supernova shoe and love their clothing range as it is so cool and comfortable so I was delighted with the Boost shoe.

The first thing I noticed about the shoes apart from them being nice and bright purple :-) was how light they were. I bought a pair of the AdiZero range a while ago and I would say they are the same weight if not slightly heavier – so very light.

I wear orthotics so I was a bit worried whether they would fit ok but they did and I was also a bit worried they being so light might not be very hard wearing but so far so good.

Just about to go for a run in my shoes :-)

Just about to go for a run in my shoes :-)

I went for a few trots in them and found they took a while to get used to as my ASICs Kayano’s are much heavier but it was nice to feel that your feet were light. I think I would be more inclined to wear the shoes for racing and speed work rather than long long runs but they were nice and comfortable. I have a fairly wide foot and I found I had bags of space at the top end of my feet around the toes whereas normally I have had issues with my feet feeling cramped in some brands shoes so that was a definite winner for me although as my foot has a lot of room to move I wonder how it would cope again over a much longer distance.

I felt very cool wearing my shoes to the shops with lots of gen Y’s looking at my feet – they definitely stand out and look a bit like a fashion accessory rather than a bog standard normal pair of trainers :-)

Adidas says on its website:

The new BOOST™ foam with its unique energy capsules features a magical combination of functional benefits. Unlike any other foam it gives a soft and springy cushioning and feels ‘alive’. It energizes your running stride for more efficiency independent from the temperature and ensures maximum comfort.

I would say I did feel bouncy when running and light on my feet so that has to be good right?

Just about to take the dog for a trot in my shoes :-)

Just about to take the dog for a trot in my shoes :-)

So all in all I liked the shoes, loved the colour and the lightness to them. They fit very well into my training kit and as I have already purchased from their AdiZero range I like the concept of the lighter shoe I would definitely invest in another pair.  I have some friends that are into bare foot running and the really really practically not there shoes like the Vibram Five Fingers but I doubt I will ever be into those – the Boost are my happy comprimise :-)

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