Barley’s Postpartum Training Log Week 18

I’ve been really happy with my return to running, and even weeks like this leave me feeling confident. It was the most mileage I’ve run in 11 months, but I still had 3 total rest days (though that wasn’t really planned). Nice to see the boost, but be able to run more miles at a time again allowing me some more flexibility throughout the week.

My goal for this week was to put some effort in on hills, throw in some more strides, and be really good about loop bands/PT exercises. I succeeded at the first two but definitely not the third. Win some ya lose some, right?

I have thought about what I want out of the fall, and part of that is general endurance and strength for running…a good base. When I run around my neighborhood I’m lucky if I crack 30-50 feet of elevation gain for the run. While it isn’t always feasible to run elsewhere, I did get out to a local hilly park twice this week which was helpful. Plus I knew I’d get some rollers on my long run at our cabin on the weekend. Part of this hilly desire is because I’m running a hilly half in 2 weeks and part is simply because hills make a stronger runner. I don’t always MAKE the time to do my strength work because of other priorities- but hills allow me to build strength and get miles in at the same time. Tuesday was miles, hills AND stroller…a great run all around. I finished the week with 1234 ft of elevation gain (per Strava)….which I know is peanuts for some, but made me happy to see progress! I also have a history of running better on hills than super flat, so I’d like to get back to that level of fitness.

It was a busy week with work, Hannah’s 4 month checkup, and preparing for a long weekend away. I tried super hard to prepare myself for it all, but was still left pretty flustered Friday afternoon trying to get everything ready. By the time we made the 3 hour drive I was feeling much better about it all- and was just super ready for a few days away. Labor day weekend/Birthday weekend….and little did I know…something else too.

My sister and I did our long run together Saturday, she is training for a marathon and I wanted to get some good time on feet in. My plan was 14 and hers was 16 so we compromised at 15 since I was feeling good enough to go another mile. Longest postpartum run yet! We relaxed most of the rest of the day until we went to take family pictures….which is when I got a huge surprise. Needless to say the rest of the evening was spent celebrating our engagement with champagne, a good meal and family time. Later in the evening Brian and I along with my sister and her husband went into town and had drinks out to celebrate engagement and my 30th Birthday…hence the longer than usual list of “Beers Drank”.

Monday: Rest (just didn’t feel like it…)
Tuesday: 3.5 Hilly Stroller miles(9:45 avg) + 10 minutes Loop Bands
Wednesday: 5.6 Easy Miles (8:34 avg) + 4 x strides
Thursday: 6 Hilly effort miles (7:46 avg) + 6 x strides
Friday: Rest (work/packing/driving)
Saturday: 15 mile long run with my sister! (9:03 avg)
Sunday: Rest
Week Totals: 30.5 miles run, 10 minutes fitness (womp womp)
Beers Drank: Ommegang Witte, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Leine’s Summer Shandy, Two Roads Bergamonster, Dogfish Head Namaste White

Not a beer, but something we drank to celebrate :)

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. Congrats on the engagement, the hills, and the longest PP run! Something I found to be fun when getting back into things after having both of my kids was doing some XC races. It was nice because it was something different, mixed in some speed and strength, and you can’t get too hung up on times because no XC course is the same. That last part was helpful from the standpoint of not comparing current self to former self. Plus, it was served as a nice transition into doing more serious structured racing several months later. Good luck with the upcoming half!

    1. Thank you!! Oohhh I like that idea about XC races! I have been tossing around random goals in the mix for what I want for the fall, I definitely think I’m going to jump in a few shorter races just to work on getting back into the routine again, and I enjoy racing so that helps. But I like the idea of XC even trail stuff because it’s so relative like you said!