We are fast approaching Little Pete’s 6 month birthday! When you reach your mid 30s you start to wish your birthday wouldn’t come around so fast. But when you have a little bubba in the house, you celebrate as many milestones in their lives that you can. This week we’ve had some special ones.
Pete started saying mum for the first time. ‘Mum, mum, mum’…what a special moment. He was saying it out loud while he played on the mat with his soft football. ‘Mum, mum, mum’! I am sure he was saying ‘hey mum look at me I can crawl!’
Yep he is crawling already. He has no interest in sitting and subsequently is not at all impressed when it is time for a nap! After a big session on the mat and crawling around the apartment, getting him to sleep at night is easy, but those day sleeps he is really not impressed about! He just loves getting in and amongst everything! He has a softmat with a few toys scattered around and do you know his preferred crawling destination? Our bright coloured Nike training shoes and the thera-band we have for our physio work!
Little Pete’s crawling antics have coincided with another milestone in the house. Lac and I have found some leg turnover! We’ve almost hit the 3 month mark in our return to running program and workouts have started. At the start of the month a few ‘change in pace’ intervals were scheduled in the program to be executed within a couple of runs. There wasn’t a great difference between the pace of the run and the pace of the intervals in the beginning. The goal was to let the speed come back gradually, as opposed to chasing it and putting extra force through my muscles and tendons.
So far the approach has worked well as I am now doing three runs per week with faster intervals and my speed is coming back very rapidly. I came home from a workout last week and exclaimed ‘I’ve found my leg turnover’!
What an amazing feeling it is to go from running over 5:00 per/km pace a few months ago, to now being able to turn the legs over at 3:30 per/km pace. It feels so satisfying and so rewarding to feel fit and healthy and to feel stronger than ever before. We get so caught up in moving from one thing to another, ticking things off the ‘to-do’ list and surviving through life, that we forget to celebrate the amazing achievements that happen every single day, not just for babies, but for each other.
I cannot help but relate how Lac and I are feeling to how Pete must feel as he progresses through his milestones. I can only imagine that it must feel similar for Pete as it does for us when we exceed our expectations within a run. Such an overwhelming sense of achievement is why I run and perhaps that is the start of things to come for Pete as he experiences major achievements in life. As he progresses from lying on the mat reaching for his ball or puppy to being able to crawl off the mat and around the corner to the shoes by the door! The look of delight on his face when he reaches his destination says it all!
A few snippets…
Keep walking daily
I decided to walk daily when I was pregnant and not to take any unnecessary risks trying to keep a running program up. I was too exhausted to run and work full time in the first trimester, the second I felt amazing so I did a little bit of walk jogging and in the third I couldn’t run because it was way too uncomfortable carrying the extra weight on my small frame.
I am very pleased with my decision as it has been a blessing for me. My body is thankful, Pete came out healthy and I feel that my long walks and a 15 minute strength routine every second day has been key in getting me to where I am with my training today.
Start out right with a great obstetrician
My gorgeous doctor Marcia Bonazzi and her team of midwives took care of Pete and me. I was on track for a natural birth, but after 10 hours I had no choice but to have an emergency caesarian. Marcia did a wonderful job.
Our little man came out without a hitch, my strength has returned to normal, my abdominal muscles came back nicely and I haven’t had to address any issues with my pelvic floor other than to keep activating them as all runners, especially women need to do.
Get fitted, to get fit!
Any males reading this blog, you might want to skip this snippet! Don’t underestimate the importance of a properly fitted running bra. I’ve never had anything to worry too much about in the chest department, but with breast feeding that has changed quite dramatically.
I can relate now to the importance of choosing your running bra wisely and the great news is that we are now not limited to your traditional crop top as our only option. Nike stores now offer the service of correctly fitting your running bra and perhaps other brands do too. I just cannot speak for them. Take some time to have the fitting and try on the recommended types for your size and shape. It is amazing the difference the right support and fit makes.
Don’t underestimate the importance of recovery
Lac and I have been getting looked after by Rohan Singleton at Back In Motion Northcote (and previous co-owner James Wilson) for about 3 years now. With Rohan keeping us in check, I managed to run personal best times of 32:13 for 10km and 2:26:05 for the marathon. I then went on to have Little Pete in December last year and am on track to qualify for my third Olympics.
I’ve worked my way up to 120km per week since I started running 7 weeks after Pete arrived. I’ve been increasing my mileage by 9% each week and my leg turnover has been coming back gradually. I haven’t been chasing the speed. With my strength gradually returning I’ve naturally been getting quicker.
Rohan advised me the other day that as I am about to exceed 120km for the week, I need to attend physio/massage on a weekly basis. Prior to that I’ve been seeing Rohan every fortnight and I make sure that I take my rest days when my coach prescribes them. Sometimes it takes more courage and discipline to take a rest day than it does to complete a workout. Never underestimate the important role rest plays in your training program.
I am looking forward to the day that Little Pete is old enough to know what lengths we are going to as a family in order to achieve our best. I hope that it sets a good example for him as he navigates the crazy world we live in. I hope that what we are trying to achieve and how we achieve it teaches him how important it is to work hard for what you want in life. I want him to be ready for the times when people tell you that you are not good enough and be ready to ignore them and do everything he can to be the best he can be! For now, life is about achieving his bubby milestones and having loads of fun along the way!