Barley’s Postpartum Training Log Week 16

This was one of those weeks where really just had to take things one day at a time. I’ve been feeling a bit tired, which I’m well aware is kind of expected being a newer mom, working, running again and generally trying to be superwoman. I think I was also a bit tired from the 5k last weekend too, recovery time definitely changes as life changes too. I did get some bloodwork done and had a chat with my OBGYN, my iron is a little low so we are going to start there and see what happens.

I kept my running relaxed all week and replaced some miles with walking miles to enjoy the family time but also shake out the legs a little bit. By the end of the week I was feeling a bit better in some aspects so I think it was best move not to do any speed workouts and keep the strength work backed off. It wasn’t the original plan, but it was for the best.

I did make my long run a little more effort than a standard easy run by doing a progression but it still wasn’t anything crazy. 11.2 miles was my longest postpartum run to date though ( by .2) so that was fun! My legs felt a bit more sluggish than I had hoped since I took it easy this week but I know I should have done some strides during the week which would have helped. Oh well- still a good week all around!

I’m really not sure how Hannah is already 16 weeks old/ I am 16 weeks postpartum. I’ve been running again for 9 weeks now then….which has flown by. I’m slowly feeling a bit more like myself and less like Bambi trying to walk- but I’m enjoying the rebuilding process a lot. I’m really embracing this loose training/casual running thing right now.

Monday: 3.1 recovery stroller miles (9:46 avg) + 20 Minutes Core/PT/Loop Bands
Tuesday: 2.6 mile evening family walk
Wednesday:ย 2.6 mile evening family walk
Thursday: 4.1 Nighttime recovery miles (9:34 avg) + 15 minutes core/PT/Loop Bands
Friday: 4.2 Afternoon easy miles (8:55 avg)
Saturday: 4.5 Stroller miles (9:22 avg) + 2 mile family walk in the evening
Sunday: 11.2 mile long progression run (9:21 down to 7:36 pace for an 8:36 avg) on rolling hill route
Week Totals: 27.1 miles run, 7.2 miles walked, 35 minutes fitness
Beers Drank:ย Sam Adams Boston Lager, Blue Toad Hard Cider

Goals for coming week: Get a little closer to 30 miles as I have been hovering in the same range for a few weeks now I think I can do a small boost but I’m not overly concerned if it doesn’t happen. 3 x core/PT/Loop band sessions- anything less and I notice a difference so I need to be good about making it happen (seriously, it’s like 10 minutes….very little excuses not to make it happen)

And because I know you only read these for Hannah pictures…..The best running partner!

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. This is a great video to start (I love James Dunne, his youtube videos for exercises are great!)—>

      My usual routine is forward walk 20 steps, backwards walk 20 steps, 15 steps to the right, 15 to the left. Then I usually do the stationary routine that he starts with in that video where you move one leg to the side, then the back etc. I also do glute bridges/pelvic tilts with the band right above my knees, Clamshells with the band, and squats as well.