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:

Sunday: 3.53 miles

Monday: 1.47 miles + 2+ mile hike with the family on our day off

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Tuesday: 2.3 miles

Wednesday: 3.5 miles

Thursday: 2.27 miles

Friday:  4.07 miles

Saturday2.53 miles run + 1.76 mi speed walk with stroller

TOTAL: 24.92 miles run

And my kids have been loving running around the block with me – it’s been great to get in some steps with them, too!

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Questions for you:

  • For those of you who have come back to run after an injury, pregnancy, etc… any tips on how I can get faster? It feels like I’m speeding, but I’m not!
  • What’s your favorite season for running?

Linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

5 thoughts on “Postpartum Running – Week 2

  1. Congrats on getting back to running! For me it just took time. I waited almost 9 weeks to even start running at all again, because I had a c-section. One idea is to do run-walk intervals so you can try running a little faster during the run parts so your body can get used to it. I’m sure it will all come together as time goes on!

  2. Looks like you’re streaking again 😉 Both of my injuries (that left me sidelined for an extended period) had me easing back, very conservatively, to running. I had to do run/walk intervals and kept the distance very short for a couple months. For me, that conservative approach really served me well…both times I came back with better finish times (when I did have races) and overall easier times hitting “faster” paces. I bet your pace will improve as your body continues to recover.

  3. I didn;t run until my kids were older. I think you are great! Our bodies are different after kids and we are older. Give yourself some patience and it will happen naturally!

  4. I think you should give yourself more credit and more time. Your body is still reclaiming itself — your paces will come back soon enough. 😉

    Your littles are so cute!

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