Barley’s Postpartum Training Log Weeks 8 & 9

Week 8 Monday 6/19- First Day Back to work! 3.2 miles run (9:47 avg.)
Tuesday 6/20- Rest
Wednesday 6/21- 1.5 mile walk
Thursday 6/22- 3.2 miles run (9:46 avg.)
Friday 6/23-
Saturday 6/24- 2 mile treadmill run (10:00 avg.) + 25 minutes strength circuit & PT
Sunday 6/25- 4.3 mile run (9:20 avg)
Totals: 12.7 miles run, 25 minutes fitness, 1.5 miles walked

Week 8 was my first week back at work so really a whirlwind. I was pretty overwhelmed on Monday, and the run really helped me. It was hard to be away from Hannah all day and then come home and be away another half hour,

but I think it was important at the same time. Overall it was a pretty good first week back at work, and back at running. Wednesday was the only real hiccup, where I generally felt off physically and emotionally (postpartum hormones, holy cow).

Sunday’s “long” run of 4+ miles was the longest since….OCTOBER 22. Yes, my nerdy self has the ability to look things up like that. Honestly, it was so good! I felt relaxed and smooth, and I definitely could have kept going. I think my “roots before branches” way of easing back into things has really helped. Walking a ton over maternity leave as well as working on strength/stretching before even attempting to run. I’m proud of that. I still have a lot of work to do but I’m happy and excited for it!


Week 9
Monday 6/26- 15 minutes PT Exercises, Loop Bands & Core
Tuesday 6/27- Saucony #RunYourWorld Event! 1.7 mile group run(10:53 avg) + 20 min fitness workout
Wednesday 6/28- 4 mile run after work (9:36 avg.)
Thursday 6/29- 2.7 mile evening family walk
Friday 6/30- 3 mile evening family walk
Saturday 7/1- 4 mile stroller run (9:20 avg) + 15 min core/PT/Loop Bands + 2.7 mile evening walk
Sunday 7/2- 6 mile stroller run (9:15 avg) + 10 min PT/Loop Bands
Totals: 15.7 miles run, 8.4 miles walked, 60 minutes fitness

Beers Drank: Three Heads Brewing Strawberry Fields Lager, Leinie’s Summer Shandy

My second week as a working mom and a runner again- I felt really good about it all this week. I think some postpartum stuff is settling a bit for me which definitely helps. Between walking and running I did something every day- I LOVE our family stroller walks and something we are taking advantage of as much as we can. It doesn’t hurt that Hannah loves the stroller and it helps her chill!

Tuesday I went to the kickoff event for the Saucony Run Your World Tour, a few friends met me there and it was a fantastic “mom night out” for me! Running, beer, friends, and a good time all around.  On Thursday we had Hannah’s 2 month checkup, and shots. BOO. But, we did also get the A-OK to run with her in the stroller in her car seat. I cannot use my running stroller yet since her car seat doesn’t fit in it but we have the City MIni GT as our regular stroller and it doesn’t work too bad as a running stroller in the mean time. Saturday we went for our first stroller run together, and it made me really happy!! Sunday I took her out again thinking I would only do half of my “long” run with her but she fell asleep and made it through all 6 miles!

So far so good! 🙂

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. Go you! How were your first weeks back at work? 8 weeks is a brief maternity leave, but it’s a long work break, and it can be a little crazy as you juggle baby and work and pumping and all that stuff!

    1. Yes it was definitely a long time in terms of work. It was very overwhelming the first few days coming back and realizing how much I missed and needed to be done. But, slowly wading through it all and the pump breaks during the day actually help me step away from the piles of work- so that is good!

  2. Welcome back! Your approach looks great – easing back into things and balancing it with other activities. Keep up the great work (including mommy-ing).