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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.



Postpartum Plans.

Throughout the course of my pregnancy, I didn’t really talk much about my plans for getting back into shape afterwards.  This is mostly because, similar to my no-plan birth plan, I didn’t really have a plan.

I wanted my first days and weeks with Cullen to be about nothing but motherhood, recovery, and soaking up every minute of this precious face. 

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I didn’t want to be staring at training schedules, taking measurements, or setting myself up for disappointment with unrealistic expectations.  Not knowing what my labor and delivery would bring, I knew that my return to fitness would be very dependent on how things went in the hospital.

I’m not going to go into gory details about the specifics of my recovery here, but my understanding (from childbirth classes) is that most moms end up with 2 to 3 stitches on average.  I left the hospital with fifteen.  Ouch.

I am feeling better and better each day, although still very sore and slow.  I’m taking my recovery seriously and listening to my midwives’ advice.  I don’t want to jump back into activity too quickly and end up causing a prolonged recovery, and I certainly don’t want to do anything that will inhibit me from taking care of Cullen as best as possible. 

Now with all the said, what about when I AM ready to get moving again?  In the back of my mind, I have had one far-reaching goal – to run the Flying Pig Marathon in May 2012. 

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I have run this marathon three times before (2008, 2009, and 2010) and it’s my favorite race of all-time.  In order to train properly, I know I will need to have rebuilt a running base of at least 6 comfortable miles by January.  Now that my recovery may take a bit longer than expected, I’m not sure if that’s realistic or not.  I still have the goal in mind, but I’m also considering taking my time and training for a half-marathon this spring or summer instead. 

It’s not only a matter of what I’m capable of physically, but also how much time I want to spend dedicating to distance training.  Marathon training is no joke, and if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right.  Cullen is only 11 days old right now, but already I can’t imagine spending three and four hour stretches of time away from him for long runs every weekend.

I’m hoping that our BOB jogging stroller will help out in that arena.  He’s too young to run with right now (while his neck is still so floppy), but we should be able to take him running once he’s a bit bigger and stronger. 

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Even though I’m going to take my time and ease back into running, I’m definitely feeling the itch to get back into my running shoes as soon as it feels right.  Between recovering from my car accident, and then not running during pregnancy, it has been almost a full year since I’ve done any real running.   I’m excited to see how this new body responds once I get started again!

Outside of running, I’m also really excited to get back into the weight room.  I did a lot of weight lifting during my pregnancy, and I think it made a huge difference in how good I felt, and how quickly my body is bouncing back. 

Pregnant weight lifting was entirely different than what I’ve done before, and required that I only push myself to the point that my muscles felt fatigued.  The exercises I could do were very limited due to my giant belly and inability to twist or stretch in certain ways.  I’m really looking forward to getting back to my old lifting routine, and working my muscles til I feel like I’m going to drop.

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One of the reasons I joined the gym that I belong to here is that they have childcare service available for Cullen starting when he’s three months old.  I hope to get back into the gym long before that, so hopefully he and Casey can do some boy bonding while mom hits the gym in the next few weeks. 

For now, I’m working back up to taking long walks, and I’m hoping to take the stroller and the pups out this evening while the sun is still shining here in Seattle.  Here’s hoping that with each passing week, I’ll be moving faster and farther. 

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Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count     at 7:45 am

Best of luck with getting back in shape. Cullen is still just too cute!

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Sara@BakingandWine     at 7:49 am

Damn! You are a beast! I had no stitches and I could barely walk for a week. But you were definitely in better shap pre-pregnancy and during than I was. Working on that now though :)

You have a lot of ammunition for future guilt trips though, bahaha. “I labored for 55 hours and had to get 15 stitches and now you don’t want to be seen in public with me!?” “Aw gee mom…”

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Emma     at 8:06 am

I also had 15 stitches postpartum.
My friend set up a slow Cooker in the bathroom with a warm, liquid salve and washcloths. Each time I went in there I held the warm salve to the area to speed up healing. It felt wonderful and soothing.
No one ever warned me about this (and I hope it doesn’t happen to you) but sex after that kind of tear can be excruciating. A year later it’s still kind of uncomfortable for me. Perineum massage is the only thing that even slightly helped.
I wish you a speedy recovery.

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Jen     at 4:12 pm

emily – i really love your “go with it” attitude and i know that you will be feeling amazing and back to pre-baby in no time…marathon or no marathon. i think it’s great that you focused on maintaining strength training during pregnancy and that will pay off huge for you! we are so on the same page about women and lifting! ;)

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Allison @ Happy Tales     at 7:39 pm

Oh YAY the flying pig!!! It was my first marathon EVER this past spring, and I loved it! I still can’t thank you enough for the great tips you gave me for it, too (seriously loved that Elvis!). I am hoping to run it again in 2012. Just did my second full marathon the other weekend — Loved it all the same. I bet you’re so excited to hit the pavement again!

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