Postpartum Running – Week 2

This was my second week of running after GM was born, and it’s going alright! I’m trying not to get discouraged by how slow I am (for me) and how my body can’t run for too long (again, for me). Instead, I’m trying to rejoice in the fact that I’m back running and feeling good for the most part!

After last week’s first few runs, I was SORE. My shins hurt, my back hurt, and even my abs (or lack thereof) hurt! But a few days in, I started to feel relatively normal again and less sore as each day went on. My back is still hurting after running, but I’m hoping that as things get back to normal with my body, that will go away soon, too.

A few highlights from this week:

  • I got in my longest postpartum run – 4 miles!

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  • I finished logging miles in my Saucony Kinvaras. I’m at 400+ miles so far and I can tell I’m done with them. What shoes should I get next?

Here’s what this week entailed:

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Back to Running!

This week was exciting — on Friday, I got the all-clear from my doctor to resume running again!

At six weeks postpartum, I’ll be honest with you – I don’t feel 100% like myself. Unlike with my two other kids, I’m not feeling back to normal right now. But getting the OK to run, made me SO excited and I can’t wait to get back into shape!

With that development, here’s what this week entailed:

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Nut-Free Granola Bars

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my firstborn starts kindergarten THIS YEAR. I could (and should) write a full post on how fast time flies, how I’m not ready for him to go to real school (during a pandemic nonetheless) and also how amazing he is. So instead, I’m taking out my anxiety and emotions by baking and making sure we’re prepared and ready to start! One of the ways we are doing this is by making sure we have snacks, since FW has a morning snack he must bring every day. Snacks (and all foods) must be tree nut free, so that leaves out so many of our usual go-tos, like PB&J, or energy bites. Luckily, I found a recipe for granola bars that FW (and the rest of the family) enjoys, so this is going to be part of our new rotation.

If you’re seeking a snack recipe for school (or home) that has no tree nuts or peanuts (read: no almonds, etc.), then you must try this!

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Peanut Butter Lovers Blondies

We had a few rainy days in Cleveland last week, and B was busy, which meant that I was trying to find ways to entertain 3 (!) kids inside our house. One of the things that we all love to do – well, except for GM, but we’ll find out about that soon enough! – is bake. And luckily, I’d been dreaming up these bars for a while, so when we had one rainy day and I asked the kids if they wanted to bake (and they said yes!), I knew exactly what we’d make.

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Especially when there’s not TOO much chocolate involved. Which is probably why I love Reese’s peanut butter cups and pieces. Thus, this recipe.

This recipe uses my standard blondie recipe, plus a few additional add-ins to make it perfect for peanut butter lovers! If you wanted to use a peanut butter cookie base, you could make this EXTRA peanut buttery! But this is perfect if you want a chocolate chip cookie with some added peanut butter candy.

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2-3 Weeks Postpartum Workouts

As you may have seen, we have a NEW addition to our family! GM was born three weeks ago, and our family is adjusting, adapting, and we are so smitten with him.Β 

There are so many ways we’ve had to adjust, and one of the few ways that I have personally had to adapt recently has been with my workouts. After giving birth, you are unable to really work out for 6 weeks. Your body is healing, and even before you’re clear to workout, you’re exhausted! But if you know me, you know that I have a hard time sitting still. In fact, on a call with a friend to catch up earlier this week, she said to me, “You must be going crazy not running!”Β  And my response was, “Not really – I’m so tired all the time!” And it’s true – being home every day with a newborn (who is waking up every 1.5-2 hours at night) and 2 kids ages 3 and 5 is tiring! But I’m still getting in some activity each day. Here’s a look at what this past week looked like, at about 2-3 weeks postpartum:

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Introducing GM (and his birth story)

Reader Advisory:

The following may be TMIΒ  for the average reader who comes here to hear about my race training and workouts. It is a post about our newest arrival – GM! Before having kids, the thought of reading a birth story was strange to me. I didn’t understand why people shared them and what the point of documenting them was. But I’m so glad I captured LM’s (here), and I’m happy to share GM’s too. So, if you aren’t interested, please feel free to stop reading now πŸ™‚Β 

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What 38-Week Pregnant Workouts Look Like For Me

Just keep moving! Just keep moving!

That’s been my motto these days. On the days that I get up and get in an hour or so of walking/running in the morning, I feel so much better. No swelling (at least so far), better mood (as usual) and more energy overall. So, even on the days I’m tired and feeling too big to move, I’m trying to get out there.

This week included something besides running, which is not common — some brief kettlebells workouts AND a swim! It was 80+ degrees one morning, and being able to float in a pool was amazing. (See, it was “feels like 80” at 6 a.m…so it got much hotter)

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37 Weeks Pregnant and Trying To Keep Up

Three. More. Weeks.

Three more weeks!

If this baby comes on time, we have three more weeks until its arrival. We have three weeks to get the room ready, three weeks to get mentally prepared (which I never am) and three weeks to keep on running/walking.

I’ll be the first to admit that this week was ROUGH. There were a few run/walks that I did where the baby was either on my bladder or felt like it was on my pelvis and trying to come out (TMI?). But I’m still getting out there, still enjoying my early morning workouts and alone time, and still moving!

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Celebrating My Five Year Old and Running

My oldest turned FIVE this week. FIVE! I’m not ready to have a five-year-old, as it sounds SO much older than four. But before you ask – how does this relate to running – I’ll let you know. For his birthday, he wanted to wake up early and “go for a run with Mommy.” So, that’s how we started his day! With a 2 mile run/walk πŸ™‚

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Turtles, Herons, Deer, Oh My!

For those of you following along, I’m still run/walking! It’s really mostly a walk these days, but I’m happy to be getting in these kinds of miles at 35 weeks pregnant. And maybe it’s because I’m doing 70% of walking, but I also have been noticing much more wildlife on my runs, which I’ve been enjoying so much.

For example, this week I saw deer, blue herons, turtles, and more. Here are some pics:

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