Weekly Run Down: Virtual 5K and 10K Training

I know that it’s October and fall officially began a few weeks ago, but WOW, it has been warm. It has been in the upper 70s all week, and while I’m not eager for winter to be here, I don’t mind the warm weather when I’m not running! 

Luckily, I’ve been able to get outside when it’s not too hot and I had another good-ish week of running. Why the -ish? Well, I’m still nowhere close to where I have been or was before pregnancy (or even where I was at this point postpartum after my first kid), but I’m so happy to be out there! I’m grateful to be (so far) injury free, able to run during the day when I want and enjoy daylight (since I’m on maternity leave), and I even got in a virtual 5K this week AND a 6 miler that made me confident enough to run the Cleveland Marathon 10K in a few weeks.

Here’s what the full week looked like:

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September Runs Done

So looong September and hello October! With the entry of October our weather has gotten cooler, and I do LOVE fall running so I’m not mad about it! 

I was cleared to start running again, postpartum, in September. With this news, my total mileage for the month was 88.87 miles.

I’m pleased with that number! Yes, it’s a really odd number and if I had realized it, I may not have taken the last day of the month off and instead run 1.13 miles, but it perfectly sums up my running. 

In other running news, I ran 6 miles without stopping this week! This was a huge accomplishment for me, and I now feel confident enough that I can run the Cleveland Marathon 10K. 

Here’s how my running looked this week:

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Weekly Run Down + Cleveland Marathon Giveaway Winner

Now that we’re officially less than one month away from the Cleveland Marathon events, it’s time for me to buckle down with my “training.” I need to decide what event to race and it all comes down to – how in shape will I be in one month? 

As you may know, I had a baby less than 2 months ago, so I’m not at my prime running shape right now. I got cleared to start running again just 2 weeks ago, so I don’t think I’ll be ready to run a full or half marathon in a month, sadly. But I’m excited to run/walk the 5k or 10k and be back at the in-person event!

You may have seen I did a giveaway for free entry on Instagram — the winner was just announced. Congrats to @carijeanne!

If you didn’t win – there’s no need to fret. You register here and use my discount code: MELCCLESAVE10 for 10% off.

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In the meantime, here’s how my running looked this week:

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2021 Cleveland Marathon Giveaway

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we’re now nearly one month away from the Cleveland Marathon events! The race weekend is scheduled for October 23-24, and includes several events, including a half marathon, full marathon, 5k and 10k. 

If you’re interested in signing up or the race, I have good news. Not only can you register here (and use my discount code: MELCCLESAVE10 for 10% off) but you can also enter my giveaway on Instagram! AND I’m accepting extra entries here – simply comment here (especially if you’re not on the gram, this is the entry for you!) about what race you want to run if you win, and I’ll add you to the random mix. 

I’ve run the challenge series every year since it started, before kids, with kids, pregnant, etc. sometimes running the 10k, sometimes the half, and it really is a race that has a special place in my heart.

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And if you’re still reading, here are a few of my favorite memories from the past Cleveland Marathon events.

In 2016, I ran the race 8ish months pregnant with FW. It started sleeting during the event (I did the 10K), but my friend (and running buddy) Erica was at the finish waiting for me with this amazing sign!

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In 2017, I had a new spectator to watch me run – FW!I did the half marathon. 

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In 2018, I was super pregnant – i.e., the race was the week of my due date! I ran/walked the 5k and 10k. B even “ran” with me for the 5k, carrying FW on his back!

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In 2019, I finally made it to the starting line for a photo with the other marathon ambassadors! The race was a hot one, but I had decided just to run the race my own pace and have fun, stopping at every water stop.  FB_IMG_1558312569984

I had a great time volunteering at the race expo with my other fellow mother runners, and one of them even inspired me to start a running streak, which I did in 2020-2021 (I ran for 420ish days straight).43876

Another thing I’ve loved about running the race has been meeting some great new friends. One of these great people is (another) Melissa C! We’re both hosting giveaways together, so be sure to check out hers too. 

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I can’t wait to see what this year’s race holds and hope to make some more great memories! And don’t forget to enter my giveaway and if you don’t win, register with 10% off discount code: MELCCLESAVE10.

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Questions for you:

  • When is your next in-person race?
  • If you want to enter the giveaway – which race would you run?

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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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. 

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!”  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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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 🙂

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