Weekly Run Down: Longest Postpartum Week

Running is my stress therapy. It helps soothe my anxiety. It makes me sane. 

So it should come as no surprise to me that my first full week back of work was also my highest postpartum mileage week. At least I have a coping mechanism?

The week included a mix of outdoor and (mostly) indoor runs. I became familiar with my treadmill again, and was so grateful to have it when it was very dark, cold and snow/rain was coming down!

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Weekly Run Down: Time Change

I’m one of those people who likes “fall back.” I’m an early riser, and I don’t mind it being light in the mornings. I like the fact that my body thinks it’s later than it is, which makes a 4:30 a.m. wakeup alarm that much easier. And I don’t mind it getting dark at night. I have 3 kids, and we don’t spend much time outside after 7:30 p.m. anyway!

So, the time change helped me this week. It wasn’t quite light when I went for runs in the early mornings, but it was nice to feel almost rested in the mornings when I woke up — or at least as rested as one can be with a 3-month-old nursing baby.

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Weekly Run Down: BuhBYE October

WHERE DID OCTOBER GO? 

Excuse the all caps, but I have no idea how we’re suddenly a week into November. I’m not ready for that. I’m not ready for winter running (brr!) and ready for another year to be over (what happened to 2021?). But yet here we are, again, and about to start a new month. 

Luckily for me, October was a mild month. We even had some warm days that felt like summer again, which I loved. I did my first race this year, the Cleveland Marathon 10K. I had one fall (whoops) and may have hurt a groin muscle (pain is mostly gone now hopefully). And I got in nearly 100 miles of running, which isn’t bad for my first full month of being cleared to run again after baby #3.

And now, November is here! Here’s how my first week looked. 

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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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Weekly Running Update: Power Outage

We survived nearly a week without power! Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but we survived FIVE days with no power and it really wasn’t that bad.One of the worst parts? How DARK the mornings were when I went out for runs. Luckily the power outage was centered around my neighborhood, so as soon as I got a few blocks away, I could see again. But man, it was so dark out on my street for those mornings that I was scared I was going to trip on something (including some debris from the storm). But, my anxiety was at an all-time high this week, and I needed those runs to help soothe my mind.Some highlights from the week:We started the week off with a race! There was a local 5k that we had signed up for and decided to push the kids in their strollers. The race was only 1 mile away from our house, so they also didn’t have power. They also had to change the course due to all the trees down. But, it was great to get out of the house with the kids in the midst of the power outage on the weekend. I’m also pretty proud of how I did. My first mile split was 10:00 minutes but as soon as I got away from the crowd, I was able to push FW pretty fast (for me).Saturday, our family spent the day in Hocking Hills and went for a few hikes with some friends. We hiked Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave and I was able to meet my step goal that way.Isn’t this a gorgeous place to hike?I guess the power returning is another BIG highlight as well, but I don’t have any pictures of that.Some questions for you:

  • Do you have streetlights near you when you run?
  • How long have you been without power before?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Weekly Running Update: Sick Kids and Crazy Storms

We had an eventful week last week.

Sunday night brought the stomach flu to our house – FW was up throwing at night and spent Monday home sick from school. B got sick on Wednesday, but thankfully so far LM and I got spared. I was still able to get in a run most days, but took Monday off as we were up most of the night with the sick kiddo and I was also afraid to be out running while he was sick.

sick day

Then Friday night, our neighborhood got hit by a crazy storm –  a microburst is what they’re calling it (similar to a tornado but part of a thunderstorm). We were out when it happened and barely made it home – each street we drove down had tree after tree down in the street, power lines down and even some wires AND trees on fire. It was crazy. Needless to say, Saturday I did not get in a run. We were without power and the streets were filled with downed power lines, smashed cars, debris, etc. I spent the day trying to help clean up and figure out what we had to do next to get our home back in order.

tree down on side of my driveway, power line on the otherside

there was some damage to one of our cars during the storm — but nothing like this!

Even with all of that, it was a good week mileage wise. This week we are without internet and power for some time, so blogging may be minimal, but I’m going to keep trying to run in the mornings. Hopefully power goes back on soon so the streets are brighter!

Some questions for you:

  • How do you fit in runs when you’re sick or taking care of sick family members?
  • Have you ever run in a crazy storm?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Weekly Running Update: Uneven Mileage

Do you try to run an evenish number of miles when you run?

I mean, if you get to 3.42 miles, do you keep going to get to 3.5? Or if you’re at 2.14 do you run to 2.2 or even 2.25 or 2.5?

I don’t (as you can see) at all. It doesn’t bother me to run 3.52 miles or anything like that. In fact, this week I almost hit 30 miles, but because I don’t run even numbers, I jusssst missed it. Here’s how the week turned out:

Some highlights from the week include:

Sunday I got in another bagel run with FW. We took the stroller out for a run to the bagel shop, picked up some fresh bagels and then ran back. It actually rained the whole time, but FW was a good sport.

I actually got in 2 stroller runs last week – because school was closed on Monday, we were home with the kids and I took FW out Sunday and Monday.

Okay, this is a non-running related highlight, but I also saw Mindy Kaling speak last week! She was a keynote at Content Marketing World and I was fangirling the entire time.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you run even numbers?
  • Have you ever seen a celebrity speak?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Weekly Running Update: 33 Miles

This week was another great week in terms of running and mileage. I somehow ended up with 33+ miles and I’m pretty happy with it.

The mornings have been getting cooler, too – it’s been in the upper sixties and lower seventies when I go out, and that makes for a pretty pleasant run. Can the weather stay this way all year? I’m not ready for fall/winter yet!

Here’s a look at the weekly mileage:

Some highlights from the week include:

Sunday I got in a bagel run with FW. We took the stroller out for a run to the bagel shop, which is just 2ish miles or so away. We picked up some fresh bagels and then ran back.

There were some pretty skies this week and the clouds were photoworthy. One morning I finished as the sun was rising and caught this sunrise.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you run before the sun comes up?
  • What’s your favorite kind of bagel?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Weekly Running Recap: Back from Vacation

Well, I’m back from Chicago and back from vacation and back in the grind. Which means, back to my normal everyday workouts. Here is a look at my mileage this week:

Some highlights from the week include:

I actually did something other than running! When I was still in Chicago, I did a circuit training workout with my friend Melgar. We did a mileish warmup on the treadmill, and then did a full-body Nike+ workout at the hotel gym. We looked ridiculous but it was so fun to do something other than run AND it was fun to get in a workout with friends.

Saturday I got in a short stroller run/walk to a playground for a picnic with FW and LM. No running photos from that, but instead, pics at the park.

Some questions for you:

  • How many days do you do something other than run?
  • How often do you workout with friends?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.