Tuesdays on the Run – First Full Week Back

Happy Tuesday! Last week was my first full week back after maternity leave, which meant I was up EARLY getting in some runs. I still managed to get in two stroller runs on the weekend.

Here’s a bit how the week looked:

Some highlights:

My TWO stroller runs – the one on Sunday was with the whole family (B pushed LM) and the one on Saturday was just me and FW. AND both of those runs were under 10 min/mile pace, my fastest stroller runs yet!

AND the wildlife seen this week. One day I saw FIVE skunks, the other day I saw one skunk and a deer.

Some questions for you:

  • What kind of wildlife have you seen on your runs?
  • Have you / your dog /etc. ever been sprayed by a skunk?

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

Tuesdays on the Run – Even Numbers

Happy Tuesday/pseudo Monday! I love short weeks, and even though today feels like a Monday, it’s time for a Tuesdays on the Run post. This week started out pretty bare – I was in New York and New Jersey through Tuesday on vacation, and we didn’t get in any runs. We got in plenty of walking around and steps from dancing, too, at my cousin’s wedding!

So, when I got back Wednesday, I had to get out. And somehow managed to get in runs every other day of the week.

Here’s how the week looked:

Some highlights:

My furthest run since LM was born was Friday! And I also saw a skunk that morning.

Every run this week was an “even” number. Ok, they all were .5 but I never am that exact- I usually do distances like .33 or .41 and doesn’t bother me. But this week it was all pretty even!

Some questions for you:

  • What wildlife have you seen running?
  • Do you run “even” distances; do odd decimals bother you?

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

Tuesdays on the Run: Sick Week

Well, just as last week was a GREAT week for running, this week was not so great. It ended alright, but I started off the week with a cold that – combined with 2 kids and little sleep – knocked me out!

Often times, I’ll try to power through a run when I’m sick. This week, however, all I wanted to do was sleep! I finally felt a little better Wednesday, but LM woke up at 2:30 a.m. (after also being up at midnight with me) and just wouldn’t go back to sleep until nearly 7 a.m. (and FW got up at 6:30). I decided that running on 2.5 hours of sleep and being sick wasn’t the best idea, and thus the low mileage this week.

It wasn’t all bad this week, though – I got to do my first race since LM was born! Having only been cleared to run for a little over 4 weeks, I had no real time goals in mind and just wanted to run the whole time. I’m proud to say not only did I run the entire time, but it was my fastest run in ages!

Me and my cheering squad at the race

Some questions for you:

  • Do you prefer running at night or morning?
  • Have you done a nighttime race?

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

Tuesdays on the Run – HOT Out There

Happy Tuesday! This week started out as another HOT one, but once again, I got in a few walk/runs, walks and one run! Wish me luck as I hopefully get approval from my doctor this week to resume regular running now that it’s been six weeks since LM was born.

Here’s a bit how the week looked:

Monday: 3.9 mi walk/run on the treadmill

Tuesday: 3.65 mi walk/run on the treadmill

Wednesday: 2.5 miles run with FW in the stroller outside! It was the first time I’ve run with FW in the stroller in several months – B typically pushed FW while I was pregnant with LM. It was 4th of July and we all were home, and it was fun to get outside with him. Plus, now that he’s older, I think he may have even enjoyed the ride!

I was pretty proud of my pace considering this is the longest I’ve run at once (in terms of walk/run breaks) and I was pushing a stroller … AND it was hot!

Wish me luck as I go see the dr this week and hopefully some more runs to come!

Some questions for you:

  • Did you do a 4th of July run or race?
  • Did it cool down near you this week?

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

Training Tuesday: Guess Who’s Back?

You guys. Guess who’s back?! Back again!!

Okay, now this song is in my head …

I digress.

Anyway, I’m excited to share that I’ve been cleared to run again! That’s right, I’m six weeks postpartum and I’m back running. I had a REALLY strong week running-wise because my parents were in town and were able to watch FW in the mornings while I ran. Now that they’re gone it’s going to be harder to get in runs on weekdays, but I’m happy with whatever mileage I can accrue on weekends and of course on some long walks.

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How did the week go?

Sunday, B went out with FW and left me at home to spend the morning however I wanted. It was hot, but I got in 4.4 miles (including a few stops along the way). It was my first run outside in forever.

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Tuesday morning, B and I somehow got up a little early and he suggested I go for a run with the extra time we had. I didn’t hesitate and got in 3.35 miles.

The same thing happened Thursday, and I was able to get in 3.8.

With my parents in town Friday and Saturday, I ran again- 4.3 and 5 miles respectively!

This made my weekly total: nearly 21 miles!

I don’t expect to have such a high week again anytime soon – and I’m not training for anything at the moment – but I am looking forward to getting back into shape and running more. Who knows – I may just have to get an infant jogging stroller so FW and I can run together! (and not like this …)

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Some questions for you:

What’s the longest you’ve taken a break from running or other exercise – and why?

Any tips for working out or running with a newborn? How do you fit it in, plus breastfeeding and the lack of sleep?