Mayhem Monday: Happy Tofurkey Day!

Ok, so it’s actually Canadian Thanksgiving today for those that may be thinking that it’s National Tofurkey day or something (not that I’d be surprised if there was).

It’s a beautiful day here in the Prairies so much time will be spent outdoors soaking it up before we become winter slugs, too afraid to go outside for fear of freezing to death. It’s also been a great weekend with family, including some out of town family that I don’t get to see nearly often enough. Heck, just having real, adult conversation has been a breath of fresh air for me.

I’m now 5 weeks postpartum which means that technically, I can start exercising again in about a week. Because I procrastinated in making my follow up appointment with my doctor, I can’t get in until I’m 8 weeks postpartum. Whoops. I have to say that I’m feeling really, really good physically. I’m still not ready to run. Well…mentally, I’m DYING not to be out there on these beautiful fall days. Physically, I want to be conservative so I don’t get hurt or take a few steps back in the overall recovery so I’m going to wait until I see my doctor before I slap on my gear (which may, or may not fit…we shall see).

Slowly moving again thanks to my beautiful Polar Loop. Yes...that display is purple. Shazaam!
Slowly moving again thanks to my beautiful Polar Loop. Yes…that display is purple. Shazaam!

What I plan to do, is to keep walking when I can and starting with some gentle exercise to remind my body what it’s like to move/workout without a big belly in the way. I’m not 100% sure what that’s going to look like just yet but we shall see.

I have a question for the running coaches/guru’s out there: What’s the best type of program for me to follow to get my running legs back. Keeping in mind that other than the run/waddle routine I was doing during pregnancy (not really going more than 2-3 miles at a time) I haven’t been logging a lot of miles since last summer when I got injured (which left me unable to run until I was already into my pregnancy). I was thinking something C25Kish but is there anything better that I can do that will help me get my legs back without killing me from either boredom or humble pie at how hard the first few weeks are likely to be. Educate me please!!

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

4 Responses to Mayhem Monday: Happy Tofurkey Day!

  1. I did C25k after I had my first baby. It started out too slow for me, so I think I skipped the first 3-4 weeks. And I repeated a couple of the weeks here and there, only moving forward to the next week when I really felt comfortable with it.

    I had to stop running a few weeks ago because of a pregnancy complication. I should find out later this week if I can resume running or not. If I can, I plan to do C25k to get my running legs back.

    • After my second, I did that and found the same thing. I think it’s just a matter of starting with that and adapting it to suit me.

      I hope your pregnancy goes smoothly and you can get some more running in and if not, hope you don’t go stir crazy waiting for the green light!

  2. I would take it easy, and may even incorporate run/walk approach to start. Getting back into slowly will help to prevent injuries. You should be able to tell what your level of fitness is when you begin running again for the first time. Going 8 weeks with no running, needs a gentle ease back into it. No need to go full board and increase risk for injury. I suggest running for time rather than distance, so you don’t get discouraged. Start with 15-20 minutes run/walk Maybe run 5 minutes, walk 2 minutes and keep repeating. If you feel you can run the full 15 minutes go for it. Stay positive and remember you just had a baby so your body has been through a lot. After a couple of weeks you can increase the time, or go for distance with 3 miles, slowly working back towards your normal mileage. Incorporate strength training to prevent injury and core work to build the core muscles, which are important to running.

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