Wahoo, I'm back at it! Last week was a good one. I took another two weeks off from exercise to let things continue to heal, but fingers crossed I think my body's ready to jump back into a variety of activities now.
Monday - 1 hr stroller walk trying to get Henry to nap @ the cabin
Tuesday - 15 min run/walk (alternating running and walking)
Wednesday - 45 min walk w/ stroller
Thursday - nothing formal
Friday - nothing formal
Saturday - 20 min run/walk (alternating :30 run/:30 walk) + 45 min Ridgeline hike w/ baby
Sunday - 2 hour Ridgeline hike w/ baby + friends (This may have been pushing it a bit, but it was nice to get out and get some exercise while catching up with girlfriends. Plus, Henry got a decent nap in at the same time.)
Thoughts on my fitness
While it feels mentally so good to be able to get my heart really pounding and feel my lungs burning, I also noticed a decent dose of exhaustion with the addition of the exercise. I need to make sure I keep it in check so I don't run myself down for the sake of a few workouts.
It's been a long time since I've felt the post workout burn a few days later. I can honestly say I felt those hikes and my little run on Saturday 3 days later.
I'm going to continue fitting in short runs, gradually upping the run duration and the total time and see how things go. And as I do that, I need to remember to make sure to add a hefty dose of stretching on the side so I keep any injuries at bay.
Speaking of stretching... I think that's one area I'm a little scared of. I know how long I worked at improving my yoga strength and flexibility and how gradual the gains happened that I'm afraid to see where I'm starting at.
Frankly, it feels like I'm very much back at square one: tight hips, weak core, little flexibility. While I know HOW to do certain poses, it's going to take a while to convince the body it's ready to get into them. We'll see... slow and steady wins the race! Part of me thinks I may just need to commit to a weekly yoga class to make it happen.
Have you ever taken a serious break from something and had to jump back in? What helped you do it? Happy Friday!