March 4, 2018

weekly training summary 2/26-3/4

Hooray for my first full week of postpartum running! I know I just wrote a February recap like three days ago but I'd like to get in the habit of recapping my weekly training on the blog, for accountability mostly, even if it's just for myself. I keep a more detailed record of my workouts in my training journal, still with pen and paper, because I'm old school and will never not prefer paper training logs. 

February 26- March 4

Monday- 2.48 miles, 9:34 average pace
Tuesday- GHUTV barre
Wednesday- 3.1 miles, 9:35 average pace
Thursday- core and free weights
Friday- off
Saturday- off
Sunday- 2.76, 9:24 average pace

- Weekly total: 8.34 miles -
- March miles: 2.76 miles -

Goals for the coming week

It's supposed to be cold and snowy this week so I'm going to have to be flexible and creative with the timing of any runs. I'm a freeze baby and will likely get a day pass to the community center to run on a treadmill, if I can figure out who can take the girls!

- Run 3x for a total of 10 miles
- Minimum 20 minutes cross-training on non-running days
- Aim for a gallon of water a day

March 1, 2018

february running recap

I ran 8 miles in February! Not all at once, of course, but spread between the four times I got outdoors.

Yesterday I rounded out the month with a 5k, 3.1 miles of dodging puddles and ice, enjoying the 40 degree temps we were having. I feel decently okay today, which is reassuring that I'll be able to survive a 15k  in mid-April that Gina talked me into.

But I'm not sure I know how to do this postpartum running thing.

I wasn't even thinking about running at this point postpartum with Ulla. Physically I don't think I would have been able to. I don't really remember when I started running but I think it was closer to 5 months (per this post), slogging out 10:20 miles.  My return was so slow and inconsistent that I wouldn't even call it training. It was just... running. When I felt like it. There was a brief ramp-up to Grandma's Half, just so I could survive it, but then things fizzled again through that summer. And then I spent 14 weeks actually training so I could run a 10k PR in January.

I did my best to stay active during my pregnancy with Olive, and I think that's paid off.  In the two runs I've gone on this week, a 9:35 pace seems to be what my body has deemed 'easy', which feels like a good starting point. And I haven't been neglecting my core or upper body, and I was surprised to find that I can do push-ups from my toes again!

So now I'm looking at my training calendar for March, trying to figure out how to successfully ramp up my miles while maintaining my milk supply, and not get injured. And I'm trying to be realistic about my goals for the rest of the year, but I'm thinking about a half marathon PR in the fall. Is that possible? Am I crazy?

Seriously, tell me. 

February 14, 2018

my first postpartum run

Today I ran 1.15 miles in 13 minutes. There was some walking involved.

It took me longer to get dressed and get out the door than it did to run, especially since Ulla decided she couldn't bear to be left at home. Two blankets and two warmed rice socks later, we were out the door. Oh, and the dog came.

No rest for the wicked. (Even when we're going running to get a break from a toddler and a newborn.)

I couldn't have imagined running at this stage postpartum after Ulla. I don't even think I thought about exercise for months. But I'm happy to be back out there. It felt like I thought it would, a little awkward and clumsy, but easier than running with a big belly.


PS- Happy Valentine's Day!