Barley’s Postpartum Training Log Week 20 & 21

This time you get a twofer for this post, two weeks for the price of one! Though, they do blend together pretty well as the first was race week and the second was recovery from said race.

Week of 9/11-9/17

RACE WEEK! I’ve been excited for a while about getting into my first half marathon postpartum. Yes I was excited for Bergen 5k which was my first postpartum race back in August, but being a distance lover- this was going to be more of a test for me and I loved that. It was a low key week just getting some base miles in with strides to keep turnover rolling and legs fresh.

Wednesday was just a long day of work, then last minute dinner with my Dad and Sister, so I didn’t get out to run until after 8 and I had my workout to do. Not a bad thing, just makes for a long one and legs were definitely dragging a bit. I probably should have cut the workout a little shorter since it was so late but it all worked out. I did 5 x k repeats (around Tempo pace) and then finished with 4×200. I got home and showered, snuggled Hannah, pumped and crashed. I was still feeling a bit wonky Thursday so I kept it short stroller miles and opted to take Friday off.

Saturday morning’s pre- race shakeout was a run with one of my good friends, I had Hannah in the stroller and her daughter rode her bike with us. It was a great way to get the legs moving but relax and chat as to not stress about the race. Finished the run with 5 strides.

Sunday was race day, and I did about a mile long warm-up and then it was go time. The short recap is that I started too fast (I was running by effort and not pace), and I knew it but I decided to go with it anyways. I was excited to be racing, I was excited to be doing “my thing” again, and even if I crashed and burned it would be a good experience. I didn’t crash and burn per say but I definitely slowed on the back half of the course. I still enjoyed myself though, and didn’t really get down on myself about it- more than anything it felt good to be working hard and remembering what to do when things get tough in the later stages of a race. I finished 7th female and in 1:33.

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4.8 Evening miles (9:03 avg) + 5 x strides
Wednesday: 8 late evening miles w/ 5 x 1k @ T, 4×200
Thursday: 3.1 stroller miles (9:20 avg)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 4 Stroller miles (9:12 avg) + 5 x strides
Sunday: ย 1 ish mile warm-up + Rochester Half Marathon 1:33:34 (7:09 avg)
Week Totals: 34.6 miles run
Beers Drank: Cold Pressed Coffee Pumking

Week of 9/18-9/24

I initially planned on taking at least Monday off and maybe doing a short recovery yog on Tuesday, but it turned into me taking Monday-Wednesday off for recovery. My fitness is not build up enough yet obviously and I needed a little more time. Oddly my legs felt great even on Monday regardless of the race and hilly terrain. But I simply felt tired. Hannah was awesome about sleeping good the night before the race but she did have me up a few times Sunday night after the race. Navigating this mom life thing one day at a time, I’ll never turn down her snuggles but yes I kind of would have liked a little more sleep post race. Oh well! I was happy to take a few days off and felt infinitely better by the time I got around to running Thursday evening.

My mileage ended up being shorter than planned since I took extra rest days but I’m okay with that. I think it’s better to have a lower mileage than planned during recovery week than higher, it’s worth it for peace of mind knowing I didn’t overdo it. Especially coming back after extended time off, more miles or adding workouts/race that first week seems like more risk than reward. I finished the week feeling really good so ready to start building up again for a fun fall.

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 4.4 evening recovery miles (9:28 avg) + 20 minutes core/PT/Loop Bands
Friday: 7 afternoon miles (8:34 avg) + 15 minutes core/PT/Loop Bands + 2.8 miles of walking in evening
Saturday: 8 Stroller miles (8:43 avg) {longest stroller run yet!}
Sunday: Early AM 3.1 miles run (8:55 avg) + 20 miles biking (bike sherpa for sisters long run)
Week Totals: 22.5 miles run, 2.8 miles walked, 20 miles bike, 35 minutes fitness
Beers Drank: None? (I had some moonshine and some sangria though…)

Next few weeks are no set goals or plans really so just looking forward to consistently running and getting some workouts in. I have a few races penciled in, some I may run and some I’m planning on spectating and cheering (Let me know anyone who is running Wineglass, I’m planning on being around mile 9 with Hannah and then at the finish!).

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. Congratulations on an awesome time for your first postpartum half! You look so strong and motivated in that pic too. Do not blame you to take extra rest and recovery just in case- especially since it was your longest run/race in so long. You just never can be too careful after a half, it takes more out of you than people realize sometimes even if it’s not a full.

    I have been doing loop/band/pt core stuff 3x a week for my “strength training” and wow… definitely feeling it in my glutes. BTW I am sending this post to a friend who is running Wineglass and new to your area, I sent her your blog too.

    1. Thanks Amy Lauren! I love that you can feel the PT/Loop band stuff working- it’s so funny that a tiny little piece of rubber can do so much!

      Thanks for sharing with your friend! Good luck to her at Wineglass- It’s such a great race to run or spectate (having done either or multiple times!)