Saturday, April 07, 2007

C25K on hold for now - but it's all good.

First session with the trainer - done. I'm sore already - how am I going to feel tomorrow? Ouch! But in a good kinda way.;-)

It was really great to get back into strength training. My abs are in fact non-existent at the moment, and my quads/hamstrings are super-weak as well. Arms felt okay - but that's probably because I've been lugging my ever-growing baby girl around quite a lot.

The trainer and I came up with a cardio and strength training plan for the next couple of weeks, and I'm looking forward to it!

There is some disappointing news, though. He doesn't think that I should continue with the C25K program until I've lost some more weight. He's worried that I might get a minor injury right now (muscles still recovering from post-pregnancy state, etc.) - and then I'd be out of commission for a long time. Good point. My naturopath had also suggested that I hold off on running until I'm about 6 months post-partum.

I have mixed feelings about this. I'm reaaaaally disappointed. I was really looking forward to that 10K. And there's still a possibility that I can do it - but it might be hard, if I don't start training soon. At the same time, I'd rather listen to the people who seem to know best, and my body will probably thank me for it in the long run.

So running is on hold for now. But I'm holding out for the weight training combined with cardio plan working out for me. And then maybe I can resume running in a few weeks.

I really felt like my "old self" this morning, when I was training. I focussed on "me" the whole time, and really pushed myself hard. I was watching myself in the mirror, and started to visualize my better body. Yes, it was hard to see lots of jiggly flab everywhere. But with each lift of the bicep, and each attempt at those gruelling crunches, my body is moving towards a better state. And that makes me feel great.

Stomach is grumbling - time for lunch! On the menu? Delicious Apple Fennel soup with a multigrain breaded sandwich with fresh pesto, avocado, roasted portabello mushrooms, and arugula. Can't say that I had time to make that! It's from a local sandwich shop next door. Either way - I hope it's yummy.


Chris H said...

I think listening to the 'experts' re: running is the best thing to do... you will be back into it soon enough. Better that than get a stress injury. Your lunch sounds..... devine! I was almost amazed by your cooking prowess, till you said it was from the shop! lol Enjoy it did ya?

Veg*Triathlete said...

I would trust their judgement, too. And running isn't the only way to get fit! I'm sure you'll see great progress with whatever plan you work with. Maybe you could do a 5k at the end of the summer instead of the 10k? That way you could do other forms of cardio & strength training to get to a place where you'll be better able to start a running program.

Salma Gundi said...

I am relieved that you are dialing back on the running. The 10K is a great goal, but I'm with veg tri on picking a 5K at the end of summer/beginning of fall and have that to look forward to after you recover more from the major friggin trauma that is childbirth :D

I'm excited for you (and deeply jealous) about the personal trainer. Having some devoted to helping you train is just going to be a flat out awesome experience.

Listen to the experts! You've got a lot of time ahead of you for running and fitness :)

Gina said...

I was really looking forward to hearing about your training session. I'm kinda jealous too ;) I'm curious, did your trainer think you should hold off on running because of your recent child birth or the extra weight from it? I ask this because ex online personal trainer said I shouldnt try to run until I lost weight (I'm about 50 lbs overweight) but I decided to do it anyway. I'm started week 2 of C25K today but I don't want an injury that will prevent me from working out.

KleoPatra said...
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KleoPatra said...

Good for you, Sonya. I am on board with those who know your body best (including you!) to know what's the best plan of action for your future plans of ACTION! Like veg*triathlete wrote, running isn't the only way to get fit (or stay fit). This might be a very exciting time for you to see what other activities you can do that will keep your body, soul and mind FIRED UP!

Keep up the great work, Sonya!

Healthy Mummy said...

The running can wait, it's best to listen to the experts for now. I want to live in your neighbourhood, you have cool food shops.

iportion said...

I hope that by the end of the summer tou can do your run.

jodi said...

i'm glad your session went well and would definitely take their advice - give your body a chance to heal and focus on weights and other stuff for now... i'm sure there will be other 5 and 10K's you can do so don't let this get you down... like you said, focusing on YOU is what counts... :o)

CaRoLyN said...

Don't get down about the running, there are lots of other ways to get in shape and feel great about your body! Keep up the great work! Your posts are so motivating!!