7 Weeks Postpartum and Getting Back into Running

Well, it’s been 7+ weeks since LM was born and last week I got the official okay to start running again from my doctor. And let me tell you something – it has been hard. For some reason, this time around it is much harder to get back into running than it was after I had FW. I’m trying not to compare myself to last time, but I can’t help but feel a little discouraged that I’m not getting in the mileage or times I was with him.

That being said, I had the most miles this week than I’ve had in a while. That’s thanks to getting in some treadmill walk/runs while LM sleeps in the morning (and after FW goes to school) M-W, and then a family run on Saturday! Here’s how the week looked:

The 3.33 miler on Saturday kicked my butt! It was hot (but not as hot as it had been).

I pushed FW while B pushed LM and he took a pic of the three of us afterwards. 

I did stop to walk twice, but made it up one of our hills without walking.

LM was ready for her first run ūüôā

I hope that this week is just as good and I’m able to get in some more runs. It’s going to be a busy one – we have B’s sister’s wedding on Friday and Thursday is the rehearsal and my parents are coming into town again, so I don’t know how much free time I’ll have for runs. It’s hard enough as it is with 2 kids now, so we’ll see!

Some questions for you:

  • How many days a week do you typically run?
  • Parents with multiple kids – did you find your recovery after each kid different?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

 

Tuesdays on the Run: Not a Lotta Running

There was not a lot of running going on this week. Why? 2 reasons:

  1. Weather
  2. Sickness

Toward the end of the week it turned SUPER cold and wind and even snowy, and frankly, this nearly 29 week pregnant momma wasn’t in the mood for cold and slippery sidewalks.

And, I was recovering from being sick. From having a cold and sinus infection that plagued me with pretty bad headaches. FINALLY my headaches are gone, though – after almost a week of having them, I think my sinus infection is one.

Here is my weekly mileage:

That being said, I did get in one measly outdoor run this week (as you can see above – the 3.3 mi outside), in addition to quite a few walks on the treadmill where it was warm and not slippery.

We had a snow storm and cold weather come through Thursday night, so it looks like I may be inside again for a few more days. Ugh. Hoping spring and some warmer temps come soon!

Some questions for you:

  • Did you get snow and cold again this week?
  • When was the last time you had a sinus infection?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

Tuesdays on the Run: Three Days Outside!

We had a crazy week here weather-wise. It started out SUPER cold – like negative degrees. But then turned “warm” (20s-30s) and then actually warm (upper 50s!). And then cold and icy/snowy again.

That being said, due to the warm weather, I was able to get outside and run off the treadmill for the first time in 2018, which was GREAT. So here was this week’s mileage:

Some of the highlights:

The crazy weather for sure! Take a look at the weather and upcoming weather. Ick!

Being able to run in shorts/capris was definitely a highlight. One day I had a short-sleeved shirt on! And though it ended up pouring towards the end of my run and I was soaked, it was SO MUCH BETTER than being icy or slipper or frigid!

As you can see by the above forecast- it looks like I’m going to be back indoors for a few more days again as the cold and ice has returned. Oh well- hre’s to hoping that it warms up again and I am back outside running again soon!

  • Did it warm up near you? Or were you able to be outside?
  • What’s the coldest you like to run in?

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Tuesdays on the Run: 2017 Year in Running in Review

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I can’t believe the holidays are over; it’s my favorite time of year.  But as we head into the New Year, it’s time to look back and reflect on 2017.

As I look back a the year in running, if I had to give myself a grade, I’d give myself a B+. It wasn’t my best year in terms of mileage quantity – I’ve run more miles in years past, but I still ran more this year than last year.  Some of the highlights, number wise (NOTE that these numbers should go up still, as is does not include any mileage that I run between now and the end of the year):

  • Total mileage for 2017: 1,111+ miles
  • Average weekly mileage: 22 miles
  • Most popular day for a run: Tuesday (I ran 46 Tuesdays this year)
  • Least popular day for a run: Friday (I only ran 28 Fridays)
  • Average number of days run/week: 5

Some visual highlights from 2017:

I started the year out finding that I had been selected as a Skirt Sports Ambassador and even ran a race (The Chili 5K in Cleveland) with some of my fellow local ambassadors!

I also found out that I was selected as a Sparkly Soul Ambassador! I love their headbands – they are the only ones that don’t fall off my slippery head/hair.

I trained for and ran the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K/Half Marathon Series in May. I ran it with Mary and FW and B cheered me on!  I was close to a PR, too – finishing at .

B and I have done some stroller runs with FW. B tends to use the stroller more when we run together or in races, but it has been great to be able to get outside and run with him, too! (and yes, he sometimes falls asleep, which is also a plus)

I JUST found out that I’m now also a 2018 Nuun Ambassador! I can’t wait to stock up on some of my favorites to keep me hydrated as I continue to run this winter.

And speaking of winter, I’ve already broken out the Yaktrax and run in the snow. This is a big deal for me – I hate winter and winter running as well, so I’m pretty proud that I was able to get out there a few times when we had some snow. I stayed inside most of last winter, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep up going outside sometimes this winter as well.

B and I moved. While this isn’t necessarily a running highlight, I now have many new running paths! I miss downtown living and running in downtown CLE, but there are so many beautiful places for me to explore.

Here’s to hoping that 2018 is another good year of running! Some questions for you:

  • How would you grade your 2017 year of running?
  • Any tips for getting through winter running?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia‚Äôs Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

Tuesdays on the Run: Slow Week

This post will be somewhat short because I’m TIRED. B was out of town for part of the week so I was a single parent (and unable to run in the mornings while FW was sleeping), then FW was sick (he slept for about 2 hours Wednesday night), which means that I’m recovering from a tiring week. Work is the busiest it has been for me in some time, so add that to the mix and well, I’m tired and unfortunately haven’t run as much as usual.

Total for this week: 3 runs, 13ish miles total

  • Tuesday: 4.56 miles
  • Wednesday: 4.56 miles
  • Friday: 4.68 miles

Some of the highlights:

I tried out a completely different route Wednesday morning – and funnily enough, it was exactly the same mileage as when I went out on a different route on Tuesday!

And then Friday, I was able to go for a run in the middle of the day and try out another new route. This time I went on a path near a nearby lake and it was GORGEOUS. I stopped a few times to take pictures, and felt really really lucky that I live close enough to be able to run on these paths.

I’m hoping that I get used to this cold weather we are having …. I’ve been having a really hard time getting out and running in the cold and staying warm this year for some reason.

  • How cold is too cold for you to run?
  • What’s keeping you busy this time of year?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

Tuesdays on the Run: Sick Week

This post will be somewhat sort because I’m sick. I’m getting over a flu-like cold and therefore this week included not so many runs, unless you count running after a 15-month-old. Even that was short-lived, as I tried to spend at least some of my free time napping.

Total for this week: 3 runs, 13ish miles total

  • Tuesday: 5 miles
  • Wednesday: 4.68 miles
  • Thursday: 4.15 miles

Some of the highlights:

I did get in 3 runs before the plague hit. I slept in Thursday and Friday and opted to just go for a long walk on Saturday.  I actually started to run a little with the stroller on Saturday morning, but had too much coughing/throat hurting (I had to breathe with my mouth open) that I decided that walking was a better fit.

selfie with FW during the walk

view from my walk on Saturday

Here’s to hoping that I kick this cold soon and am back and running again!

  • Do you run when sick?¬†Typically, yes. As¬†long as it’s just a cold! But this one has got me down for the count.¬†
  • Any tips for getting better fast?

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Slowly Getting Back To Running

For those of you that have been following along, I haven’t been running as much as I usually do. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (@koskim), you’ve likely noticed fewer running posts and stories.

I’ve been having issues with my piriformis. It started the week after Fourth of July with a tightness in my lower back/glutes and I thought that maybe going for a run on it would help loosen it up. Instead, that day it hurt to walk. A lot. And since then, I’ve been hobbling around and limping, not quite sure how to get better.

Thanks to the Internet, a coworker and my brother-in-law who is a doctor, I self diagnosed myself with piriformis syndrome and took it upon myself to STRETCH, REST, massage, foam roll and take some NSAIDs.  Oh, and of course Рnot run.

This is how I feel stretching …. I’M SO inflexible!:

It has been a long few weeks. The first week I did nothing at all. I have to admit, I was grumpy and not in the best of moods.

The next week I started slowly doing other things – walking a little more and the elliptical.

The next week – I started running again! And by running, I mean no more than one mile and stretching before and after.

And then this week, I did a few more runs and they were longer! Sunday I did 2.54 miles and Thursday I did 3.25 miles! I admit it wasn’t 100% pain free. It wasn’t fast (even though I was out of breath!). But it felt amazing to be outside again and running.

I wouldn’t say I’m back. Not yet – it will be a longer road to recovery than I thought. BUT I’m getting there.

So, here’s to hoping that I’m on the road to recovery and will be back to my running self soon.

Some questions for you:

  • Has anyone else suffered piriformis issues? Any tips?
  • When you don’t run or exercise does it affect your mental state/mood?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.