Barley’s Postpartum Training Log Week 14

I’ve been going into each week with some small goals and a loose plan for running and working out. It helps me stay motivated and have a semi-plan of attack but also not feel super tied down if/when things get jumbled around. Life as a working mom with a 3 month old and some other personal things happening….yeah things get jumbled around. I still pieced together a pretty good week though and happy with another week of feeling a bit more like myself.

The week started with two recovery days so I could ease into things as I was feeling a bit tired from hot 10 miler on Sunday (followed by working that night). Lack of proper hydration and recovery from that run on Sunday definitely was that kick in the butt reminder I needed to NOT do stupid things. By Wednesday I was ready to resume normal again but was in an annoyed and frustrated mood. I got out later than planned, our lab followed me for the first part of the run (not on leash) before I realized and had to turn around and bring her home. Then the side streets in the neighborhood were bustling with cars because of the Wednesday night concert in the park by our house….so I called the run after 2 miles. It was dark, I had Hannah in the stroller and cars weren’t helping so I figured it was best to go home and just chill.

Thursday evening we needed to go to Brian’s parents and I planned on running when we got there while he took care of things and well…it was down pouring when we arrived so I waved my white flag and knew I would have plenty of time on the weekend for running.

Friday came and we were getting ready for a weekend away at our cabin in the 1000 Islands. I was able to take a half day of work which really gave me a little time to get things done in the afternoon before taking off on the 3 hour drive. I decided to treadmill my workout due to weather, and time. I ran a 10 minute warm-up, and then did 3 x 5 minutes at 7:30, 7:13 and 6:58 pace (2:30 easy in between). I finished with 3 x 1 minutes at 6:00 pace with 1 minute recovery and then cooled down until I hit 5 miles. I was happy with the workout and the 5 minute pace blocks required effort but wasn’t killing myself which made me optimistic.

We spent the weekend in the islands, which happens to be one of my favorite places in the world to run. Saturday morning I ran with my mom which makes me incredibly happy. I have to mention that she ran a TWENTY FIVE minute half marathon PR a few weeks ago at the SanFran half marathon and it was her second half ever! She’s trying to maintain running a few times a week now even without a race and man…it’s just so much fun to share with her! I cannot wait until she moves home at the end of the year so we can do this more often.

Sunday was the day for “my” run…I always do at least one Tibbets Point Lighthouse run every time I am up there. Its my favorite place. It’s 7 miles from the cabin so I didn’t want to go there and back as 14 miles would have been a big jump. So I ran into town for a little extra mileage and then up to lighthouse and had Brian pick me up. I ran a progressive run from 9:00 down to 7:40ish for the last 2 miles and finished feeling good. I was happy with the effort and the distance, keeping my heart rate in control. I didn’t pay attention to HR the last few miles and just let my stride open up into the wind as I made the 2 mile trek along the water to the point. Great way to end a good weekend and decent week of running as well. We drove home that afternoon/evening and I got in my loop band work while waiting for Hannah’s bottle to heat up. Parenting = multitasking.

Monday 7/31: Rest
Tuesday 8/1: 3.5 Late evening recovery miles (9:57 avg) + 20 minutes Core/PT/Loop bands
Wednesday 8/2: 2 Late evening Stroller miles (9:58 avg)
Thursday 8/3: Rest
Friday 8/4: 5 Treadmill miles(8:03 avg)  w/3×5 minutes (7:30, 7:13, 6:58 paces) & 3 x 1 minute (6:00 pace)
Saturday 8/5:  4.75 morning miles with my mom! (10:22 avg) + 15 minutes core/PT/Loop Bands
Sunday 8/6:  11 mile long progression run + 10 minutes Core/PT/Loop bands
Totals: 26.2 miles run, 45 minutes fitness
Beers Drank: Sam Adams Hefeweizen, Sam Adams Tropid of Yuzu, Sam Adams Berliner Weisse, Downeast Cider

(We bought a Sam Adams craft pack for the trip- I wasn’t a big fan of the Tropic of Yuzu or Berliner Weisse, but the Hefe was good- it also had the traditional Boston Lager and Summer ale in the pack which you cannot go wrong with)

Goals for the coming week: 25-30 miles, 3-4 core/PT/Loop Band sessions, also…not die during my first postpartum race! I have run the Bergen 5k/USATF Niagara 5k Championship race for 7 or 8 years now without missing it- so works out it will be my first time pinning on a bib since the half I did when I was 6 weeks pregnant with Hannah! I don’t have a time goal but I’d like to run hard effort and see what  I can do to use this as a “time trial”. I think it will be a good test to see where I am at to help make any fall running/racing goals.

A new mom and Upstate, NY resident who loves the marathon, a good beer, and all of the numbers/nerdy things. I write about my journey to a sub-3:00 marathon, training tweaks for improvement, and finding that "running/life balance" unicorn. On tap Next: Maneuvering through motherhood and postpartum running!

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    1. Thank you Ashley! I’ve always tried pretty hard to not get too caught up in weight/number, as a numbers nerd this was one stat I tried not to care about. With that said, I think focusing on habits and not numbers has really helped me. Going for walks a few times a week (mentally and physically so helpful- plus family time as we will do it together), and making an effort to be consistent with exercising a few times a week. Also, healthy food habits much like I would as if I was in training. I drink beer and I eat snacks but 80-85% of the time I’m making sure my meals are healthy, balanced and provide value as well as tasting good(I don’t cut calories especially right now since i am still requiring an extra ~500 calories a day for breastfeeding/pumping). If I’m working out regularly, eating relatively healthy…the weight tends to fall into place on it’s own. I know that is a generalization and also it’s not always that easy….but I think that is honestly the best/first place to start.

      1. Thank you so much for your reply! I feel like there are so many different ways to lose weight (count calories, whole30, low carb, etc) but they’ve all been so extreme and I don’t want to affect milk supply or not have energy for runs and workouts. So it’s been a struggle, but I love the approach you’ve taken and I appreciate your advice!!