My C-Section recovery, week 3

My C-Section Recovery, Week 3

Week 3 and I’m feeling better and better. It’s hard to believe I was an absolute train wreck only a few weeks ago!

Day 1: I don’t manage to get out until the end of the day so when my husband gets home I have him watch the girls while I do a quick pre-dinner workout. I end up running at a decent clip to the train station. I planned for 10 sets like last week but 10 turned into 20, and 20 turned into 30. I considered 50 but managed to rip myself away while I was still sensible. I did 3 minutes of bar hangs and 30 pushups with my bum up in the air to round the workout off.

Day 2: It was a gorgeous day so we took advantage and walked the 6k to Science World with the stroller. I jogged a bit on the downhills and was feeling pretty darn good. As a bonus, Ama loves the double stroller bus. At least for now.

Day 3: I have a CPR class this morning. First time away from the baby. It does get easier with the second. I decide to run there… it’s only just over 4k. But the fact that it’s all uphill makes up for it a bit. I manage a 6 minute kilometre pace. Nothing to write home about – but that’s a decent easy run pace. Plus, I feel fine indeed.

Day 4: I head out for coffee with our running group. Both children are snatched from my arms and I have some nice social time with two hands. I plan to walk back with Ama in the rear pack and the baby in the front wrap but I don’t quite get the wrap right. I don’t make it very far before my husband picks me up after he gets off work.

Day 5: My husband spends the day skiing in the mountains and then comes back to get us for the evening. Baby’s first snowshoe! We don’t go very far before I remember that I haven’t fed her. We do only about an hour in total including the time our 3-year-old was walking – in the deepest snow possible, of course. But I enjoy the familiar lung burn of hill climbing. I also get in an arm workout before we head up and since my husband watches the baby and the older one is napping, I get to do 30 minutes of pull-ups, push-ups and weights uninterrupted! I am also surprised by how easily I can do band pull-ups and chin-ups. I guess last time I did them I had a huge belly to lug up.

Day 6: I spend the day in the passport office and taking the train to and from (and to and from again since I forgot my older daughter’s birth certificate). It’s a good walk but I still feel like I have some energy to burn. I do a quick 20-minute stair session after dropping the girls off and before teaching my bootcamp. I only get half the snow cleared from the walkway… but in this case is the optimist’s view that it’s half empty?

Day 7: We go for a hike around Burnaby Lake today. At just over 10k, I can run it in about 40 minutes. It takes us two-and-a-half hours. It has been snowing an unusual amount in Vancouver (so that’s what happens to all that rain when it’s below zero!) and it has covered the trail in half-a-foot of slush. Plus, I am carrying a ten-pound baby in the front and a 30-pound toddler in the back. Still, it’s great to get out and everyone is still in a fine mood when we get back to the car. Just a little hungry… lunch tastes so much better that way.

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