I’m signed up for a “mountain adventure race” that is taking place in less than a month. I put that in quotes because there is no mountain in my town. There is an escarpment that we call a mountain. I thought I should clear this up, lest anyone think that I’m training to run up a legitimate peak.
Keeping active is one of the things I’ve tried hard to do during C’s infancy so far. It’s good for both of us. I think it’s important to model a healthy lifestyle. I want to be able to keep up with Pete once I actually get my own bike (one of Pete’s may have to move out to make room.) And C really likes being around other babies at mom-and-baby fitness classes. It’s a win-win-win.
I started going to postnatal fitness classes at the YMCA when C was seven weeks old. At first, I took it easy and only went once a week. I went for lots of walks with her in those first few months though, because the weather was absolutely glorious until mid-December.
In January I added a second postnatal class to our schedule, and this one was more of a boot camp. C loves these classes, because she gets to hang out with other babies and watch moms jump around and do endless burpees and generally suffer a lot. Babies like that sort of thing.
I became friends with some pretty active and athletic new moms who encouraged me to sign up for this race. And I’ve had a lot of fun training with them.
Here is a photo of our group training to get ourselves over a 6’ wall (among other obstacles). The YMCA staff have been great and have set up obstacles for us to train on. They’re super fantastic.
All in all, I’ve had a great time training for this race. The actual race may kill me, but the training has been fun. But as I’ve gotten stronger I’ve started to wonder: how will I be able to keep fit once I start working again?
I said in my first post that I was hoping to get some tips from readers. Right now, I’m able to exercise because I bring C with me to the gym during the day. But once I go back to work, I won’t be able to do that.
Here’s what I want to know from parents who work. How do you find time to exercise?