august workout wrap-up

I can't believe it's the last day of August! Fall is just around the corner, and that's truly my favorite season to run. The air is cooler, the trees become beautiful, and running outside is downright pleasant. It's still super hot here though, so I'm grateful I've been able to accomplish anything this past month in terms of running. I used to do monthly running wrap-ups before I got pregnant with Porter, and I'd like to transition it to "workout wrap-ups" instead, since I'm doing a lot of swimming, too. 

I started working out at about 4 weeks postpartum with the okay from my OB since I had a remarkably easy recovery. I was still feeling pretty weak and wobbly, but I got out there and I started with light runs about a mile long. August was supposed to be my big push month for running, but I ended up hurting my calf. I was in the middle of my longest postpartum run - 3 miles - when I felt my calf lock and then pull sharply. I could barely walk.

I had to give it about a week off, then I started back up again right at one-mile runs. I'm sticking around two to two and a half miles right now, and I'm just going to stay at that point until I get comfortable. 

In terms of swimming, it was a landmark month for me in August! I finally got back in the pool. I don't think I've been in the water since Spencer was about 7 months old. As someone who competed for 17 years in the sport, I find it really difficult to motivate myself in a pool unless I'm training for something. So, getting a race in the books was a huge help, and now I have my sight set on my next race - Swim Miami 10k in May. It's a long way away, but I think it will give me adequate time to train, especially through Ryan's deployment.

Needless to say, it was a pretty good jumping off point for me this month in terms of working out. I have a long way to go, and I have a bunch of weight I hope to lose through healthy diet, using Weight Watchers again and working out. But, all things considered, I'm pretty pleased. I look forward to making even more progress in September because I truly believe one of our biggest needs as parents is to set a good example for athleticism and hard work for our children.

August Stats:
Number of Runs - 8
Average Distance - 2 miles
Fastest Running Pace - 9:26
Number of Run Races - 0
Number of Swims - 6
Average Swim Distance - 2,000 meters
Number of Swim Races - 1 (6th Overall, 1st of Women, 1st in Age Group)


  1. So impressed with all your post-baby workouts! Congratutions on finishing your swim race!

    Kourtney @

  2. Get it, girl! You got in some good workouts this month (especially with the swimming). Keep it up! :)

  3. you go! i wish i could swim enough to do laps (i can only swim just enough so that i don't drown!).

  4. You're awesome!!! I need your motivation. Ever since I had Caleb, I've been so exhausted. What's your secret?! Lol. I miss running and being fit.

    1. I've just found it's a cyclical thing that I have to pre-empt! If I don't work out, I feel super rundown and blah. If I do work out, I feel energized, and that lasts the whole day. I think it's so important, especially as a mama, to make sure you focus on your own fitness for your own health :)

  5. Congrats on the runs and swims this month! I'm glad to hear you had a good recovery postpartum. I hope for the same thing, but we'll see when it comes.

  6. You go girl!! It's been raining for a week straight and I'm totally missing my runs like crazy!

  7. that's awesome you had a good recovery, but ouch to your calf!! i don't have kids but i agree about setting a good example. my mum never exercised and kind of looks down on it (i love her but.. you know lol) and same with KC's mom. for our kids, we don't want exercise to be taboo or whatever. we want it to be a part of our lives, like eating or brushing teeth lol

  8. I used to swim competitively for many years as well and I don't know how to swim unless someone is telling me what to do...! But argh, sucks about your calf, but I'm glad you were able to get out running again fairly quickly!!