Parsley’s Training Log – Two-Three Weeks Postpartum

imageAfter taking 2 weeks completely off to recover and do nothing except nest in baby mode, I was ready to start running again.  I started at 2 weeks with both my other children, and looked forward to starting the process of slowly getting back into shape.  I’ll emphasize that my main goal at this point is just to fit in what I can, taking things slow and building back gradually to avoid overdoing it or ending up with an injury down the road.

Saturday: 2 mile loop.  Felt surprisingly good! Although my stomach isn’t close to back to normal, it’s getting there, and it didn’t feel too jiggly while running!  Although having boobs was the worst part of the run!

Sunday: 2 mile loop w/ baby in stroller

Monday: 3 miles Reservoir Park.  This run made me realize how incredibly weak my core is.  It felt hard to lift my legs on the uneven surface, and even though I was running slow, felt very weak and like I had no power.

Friday: 2 mile loop.

Decided I need to make a dedicated effort to do core/strength work.  I never fixed my diastasis recti from last pregnancy, so can only imagine how bad it is now.  I’ll do what I can now, and when I go in for my 6 week checkup, will ask about getting to a PT.

Tuesday: 1 mile run/walk w/ my 4 y/o while pushing the double stroller to/from the playground.  At the playground, did 30+ minutes of core/strength exercises, like lunges, planks, dips, etc.

Wednesday: Amazingly sore from my strength exercises yesterday!  Not surprising since I haven’t done anything except run over the last 10 months, and even took time off from that. Ran 30 minutes on the treadmill at 10 minute pace.

Thursday: 30 minutes on a hilly loop.

Saturday: 4 miles pushing baby in stroller, 10 minutes of light core/strength work (finally getting over my soreness from Tuesday!

I have fun trying to sprint, enjoy long runs in the mountains, and everything in between. Former competitive runner (3 x marathon OTQ & trail marathon national champion) currently working through a lingering injury. I write about trying to stay competitive while raising young kids and moving into a new post-competitive stage.

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  1. Ok, so this has always been a bit of a mystery to me – are you allowed to run with a young baby, using the infant carseat attachment, with the jogging stroller? Obviously the bucket car seat provides head support when you’re walking around, but I was never sure about actually running, so I didn’t. And it was nice, at the time, to just be outdoors on my own without a baby attached to me!

    In other news I just ran with my son in the Bob for the first time in a couple of months (he went through a restless phase where he didn’t want to sit in the stroller at all, but yesterday I asked if he wanted to go running outside with mommy and he said ‘yup’). Man…kid got heavy!