Getting Fit After Giving Birth – one program at a time

Archive for April, 2012

Getting Started with the C25K Running Program

From the start of my first pregnancy to the end of this last pregnancy has been a little over 3 years.  CRAZY!  If you’ll bare with me, I’ll go into a bit of some detail, I’ll try to keep it short for ya!

I’m sort of a wall-flower when it comes to being social.  Very introvertive and completely fitting the stereotype of middle child.  I’ve tried a whole slew of different sports: Gymnastics, softball, soccer, hockey, football, volleyball, and a few other artistic talents (piano, violin, theatre).  Never could really find my niche.  I have never really been overweight either (Average of 140-145 lbs. at 5’5″).

In college, I struggled with an eating disorder (anorexia, not because I wanted to be skinny, but because I had an issue with food, it’s a whole different story).  Then, I got married after my sophomore year (I was only 19, I know, SUPER young).  6 months later, I got pregnant with my son (eating disorder conquered!).  Gained 65 lbs.  When he was 3 months old, I weighed 195-200 lbs and found myself pregnant again, this time with a girl.  Lost 20 lbs because of horrible morning sickness, gained 30 back.  A total of 10 lbs.  When she was about 8 months old, I weighed in at 165 lbs.

I had seen a few of my friends posting facebook statusi (statuses, statuspeople?) about this couch to 5k running program (C25K) and I decided to give it a shot.  I loved it!  The first time I went, I came back so high on endorphins – sunshine, no children, no worries, just me and the pavement.  I got through the third week and found out that I was 7 weeks pregnant (another girl).  So, I had to stop.  I gained about 25 lbs total.

I was anxious to start running again, and I was good and waited until she was 6 weeks old.  I weighed in at 175 lbs.  Then, I had to wait until the weather was good (she was a winter baby).  She’ll be 5 months old in three days and tonight was my first run and it was incredible!

There are dozens, nay hundreds, well probably thousands, of women who have had just one child, and have struggled to get their figure back.  I know what they are going through.  I would LOVE to hear from them.  This is the beginning of my journey to get fit after giving birth.

Today’s Stats:

Total Time (From walking on to walking off the track): 23:28.1

  • Warm-up: 5:00.1
  • Run: 1:02.0
  • Walk: 1:31.2
  • Run: 1:01.9
  • Walk: 1:30.6
  • Run: 1:01.0
  • Walk: 1:31.1
  • Run: 1:00.7
  • Walk: 1:30.6
  • Run: 1:00.4
  • Walk: 1:30.6
  • Run: 1:00.3
  • Walk: 1:30.9
  • Run: 1:00.7
  • Walk to complete around the track: 2:14.7

Total Distance: 1.5 Miles

Calories Burned: 205

Pace: 15:39

Sound Track

  • Yellow Card – Back Home
  • Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
  • Relient K – Must’ve Done Something Right
  • Disney’s Mulan – I’ll Make a Man out of You
  • Reliant K – Must’ve Done Something Right (played twice, what’s up with that?)
  • Stepenwolf – Born to Be Wild
  • Relient K – Mood Rings
  • Smashmouth – All Star

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