Salty’s Post-Partum Running Updates – 5 Weeks

A hunky husband and some pumped breast milk = My ticket to more runs outside!

Yes, the photograph on the left is cute – daddy giving baby her first ever bottle. However, it signifies way more than adorable baby/daddy firsts. Baby’s first bottle means mommy’s freedom to run outside! It also means I have to pump, which like just about any mother can attest, is rather unpleasant, but it’s well worth it to be able to leave the house guilt-free. And today I did just that!

Last week I capped it off with 6.52 miles in an hour. This week I wanted to run at least seventy minutes, so I threw on my winter best and headed out while my husband cared for baby and my big kids were at grandma’s. I want to ensure I am not overdoing it for a while, so I won’t be wearing a watch outside, which would tempt me to push the pace (or horribly depress me). I picked my favorite eight mile route from home and clipped away. I felt pretty great the whole run, just a tad tired over the last two miles, which is to be expected.

I used that ticket to tour my favorite route. Simply gorgeous!

The other goal I had this week was to run 5 days. Up until now I had only run 4 days in a week for a while. I was a little nervous I wouldn’t be able to meet this goal since after the New Year I was on my own with the kids for the first time. However, I found that squeezing in a run was really helpful for me to get through the day. It gave me something to strive for, a little me time and a break from the kid chaos. I hopped on the mill during nap time and was only once boned by kids waking up early, but even then they were somewhat cooperative and I still managed to get in 5 miles that day. ย So this week was definitely a huge victory.

As for the not as good stuff, I am still having issues with stress incontinence (peeing) on some runs. It’s not ever run, but especially when I go out in the cold I have a hard time not peeing my pants even when I pee immediately before leaving or even stopping mid-run to pee. It’s annoying, but I know it will get better. It already is better than it was. At first I had problems on every run, and now it’s very occasional when running on the treadmill. I’ll just keep doing my kegels and hoping time takes care of that one like it did after the other two pregnancies.

The other thing is that between running, holding the baby all the time and not devoting as much time to core as I should, my back hurts every now and then. It’s always in different spots and often running helps it, but it’s another thing I need to keep my eye on.

As for my body, I am taking a break from weighing and photographing myself this week. I feel like I’m exactly the same as the last two weeks so what’s the point. I also don’t feel like staring at it or facing the scale right now. I promise I’ll update that stuff next week.

Mon: 6 miles outside! No watch.

Tue: off.

Wed: 5.5 on the treadmill during nap time (avg. 9:08 pace)

Thu: 6 miles on the treadmill during nap time. (avg. 9:06 pace)

Fri: 5 miles on the treadmill. Supposed to be during nap time, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. Glad to get in 5! (avg. 9:02 pace)

Sat: off

Sun: 8 miles outside. No watch.

Total: 30.5!

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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