Saturday, December 06, 2008
It was about 35 degrees at 8:00 a.m. this morning when I met another mommy to do a 5K.
My day started when DH strolled in from work at 4 a.m. and then LO needed to be fed at 4:25 a.m. So after a diaper change I figured I would get an early start so I showered at 5 a.m., napped briefly and then managed to get out the door by 6:55 a.m.
I am happy to report that I finished it in 56 minutes (and we were not last although when it started we were last by the time we hit the one mile marker).
Cymar decided to be upset and most active during the entire 5K. LOL
I had to first carry him in my arms while pushing a regular four wheeled stroller up and down hills for the first 15 minutes and then I spent another 20 minutes bent over holding a bottle steady in one hand and navigating the stroller with the other. DBL LOL
When he wasn't in my arms or feeding he would only quiet down if Mommy was RUNNING! Talk about being my little motivator.
At one point the car that follows the racers through the streets was on my heels but once Cymar was satisfied with the bottle (yes, I nursed him ahead of time too)I was able to pick up the pace significantly.
Afterward, I enjoyed lunch at Panera with two girlfriends and fellow racers.
I am now beginning to feel sore and expect to probably be laid up tomorrow. However, I am so thankful that my friend invited me to join her because since giving birth I use any excuse to avoid exercise. Completing this 5K to me is just what I needed to get my mind and body on track with whipping my post-pregnancy body back into pre-pregnancy shape.
Keep in Mind:
Cymar weighs about 18+lbs, the stroller is another 22lbs and the infant car seat is 7.9lbs. Do the math!! That is what I was pushing. So for me this experience was not only cardio but an odd form of weight training as well.
If I had to do it all over again I would!
I am proud of me and baby and I hope this post inspires other new mamas to realize that you can do it too. It may not be as easy with your LO or without a wonderful jogging stroller but it is doable.