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I’m back! Postpartum running begins…0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Sunday August 26, 2007 at 9:14 pm)

Hello, my running friends!

Allow me to bring you up to speed. My son, Gabriel, was born in July – below is a message my husband, Evan, sent to friends and family announcing his arrival, which was also posted on my other blog, Residential Space:

Gabriel Evan Dodds was born Saturday the 14th at 5:47am – 31 hours after he let us know he was on his way and 3 days ahead of his due date (good thing too; we were getting impatient to meet him)! Everybody is doing just fine.

Gabriel Stats:

  • 8lb 10oz
  • 20.5”
  • Full head of red hair like his mommy!
  • He passed right over Friday the 13th and decided to be a Bastille Day baby instead. :)

Gabriel Photos (it was hard to choose just a couple from the hundreds I took!):

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The past six weeks have been wonderful – challenging and fulfilling simultaneously. We’re just crazy about our son! He grows longer, larger, and cuter on a daily basis. We can also appreciate his neurologic development (I have to throw this in, as a neurologist) – at six weeks, he can reach to bat at dangling objects (he has a toy duck that hangs from the handle on his infant seat) and is starting to smile. He has even laughed once or twice now! Here is a more recent picture of him, taken only two days ago:

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Any woman who has delivered a baby knows that six weeks is a magical time period, for that is when she finally gets to go for her postpartum checkup with the obstetrician. My visit is tomorrow, and I anticipate receiving a clean bill of health. However, since yesterday was technically my six-week mark since Gabriel’s birth, I felt it was time to lace up the Brooks Adrenalines and head downstairs to take on the treadmill (very gently!).

I had decided in advance to only run for 20 minutes, and to take it very slowly. I set the treadmill at the pace of 4.MPH over the course of the first ten minutes, and gradually felt the increasing blood flow to my quadraceps and calves. I had also resolved not to allow my heart rate to climb above 130 in an effort to keep this low-impact and was successful. Even getting my heart rate to that level (it remained around 125 the majority of the time) felt wonderful! After 10 minutes, I increased the rate to 4.MPH, and much to my surprise actually developed a side stitch, so I backed down again. After nearly a year away from running, I guess I should not be surprised by how out of shape I am, but all the more motivation to start back regularly to recapture my previous self.

In summary, I ran 1.53 miles in 20 minutes, and finished by walking for five minutes. It was enough to count as a first real postpartum workout. Pre-pregnancy weight was 133 lbs (I’m 67” tall, so a BMI of 20.8) – so I thought, why not blog about weight loss after pregnancy? The scale after my workout read 137 lbs (BMI 21.5), so I am proud that I am actually almost there six weeks out. Ahhh, among the many wonders of breastfeeding, this is definitely a maternal benefit.  Thank you, Gabriel.

So I’m back, and ready to hit the roads again. Weather permitting, I’m planning on running outside on Tuesday with Gabriel. Evan took him running over the weekend while I was treadmilling it, and they had a great time. We’ll be working towards the Salmon Days run the first weekend in October – I have not decided on whether I will be doing the 5k or 10k yet (we’ll have to see what my muscles and fitness level have to say about this), but it will be fun to introduce Gabriel to the most fulfilling sport in existence. My hope is to instill a love and familiarity of running in this little guy!