Salty’s Post-Partum Running Update – 4 Weeks

Eating like a champ as evidenced by her cheeks (Shut up! I was talking about the baby!)

Four weeks post-partum and things are going great! Baby is doing wonderfully. She’s stillย eating and sleeping like a champ. She wakes me up briefly to nurse at 3:30 and then again around 6:30. Cinnamon was in town and my husband was off from work so I’ve been able to sleep in and nap most days, so I don’t feel sleep deprived at all. ย That will change soon, but that’s ok – it comes with the territory.

As for running …

Running is going great! By the end of the week I did an hour running with no breaks. I’m slow and definitely out of shape, but for 4 weeks post-partum I’ll take it! To be running at all is great in my book. I would normally be super excited and plotting my comeback, but I’ve decided to get go ahead with the ablation (medical procedure to correct my heart condition, supraventricular tachycardia). This will sideline me for 2-3 weeks. I hate to have another bump in my comeback road, but since I’ve been having episodes again and because when is there ever a “good” time for this kind of stuff, I decided that sooner is better than later. In fact, I call today to discuss scheduling – eek!

As for the ol’ bod, well, not much new there. I’m holding steady at 147, about 15ish lbs. over pre-pregnancy weight and 20 over my “racing weight” or whatever you want to call it. Since I’m nursing, I refuse to diet. I always eat pretty healthy (save for my grandma’s Christmas cookies and the giant chocolate santas I ate last week – shhh!) and I obviously exercise. If I just live my life the weight will come off. Twenty pounds sounds like a lot, but it will be off pretty quickly once I can get back to 50+ mile weeks. I can kill myself to speed up the process by a couple of weeks or relax and let nature take it’s course. I’ll choose option B!

I’m getting comfortable with this side posing.
I need to work on my front view cheese-cakin’.










Here’s what I was able to do during my 4th week post-baby:

Sun: 5 averaging 10:03 including walk breaks

Mon: off

Tue: 4.15 with Cinnamon! One photo-op break.

Wed: 5 snowy miles. No breaks!

Thu: off

Fri: 5 on the treadmill averaging 9:33. No breaks.

Sat: off

Sun: 6.52 averaging 9:12! Need for breaks is officially over!

Total: 25.67 (8 days)

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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  1. Holy speedy comeback, Salty! Way to go!

    Question for you: were all other factors equal (conditioning, weight, sleeping baby, etc.), would you say this quick of a comeback would have been possible after you first pregnancy? I found that I easily bounced back after #2, to the point of finding myself able to run dangerously well for what I knew my fitness level to be. However, #1 Rocked My World. I came back, and I came back stronger and faster than before, but it took time, and I initially made the mistake of too much too soon. I distinctly remember thinking that 6-week number they throw around was for normal people, not athletes, until I ran about 3 steps at 5 weeks. I did have a pretty traumatic first delivery, so I don’t know how common my experience is.

    Either way, for anyone reading in (or anxiously anticipating) the hormonal haze of new motherhood: distance and speed will come back in their own time…enjoy the journey!

    1. This is a great point. Definitely not. While I had a relatively quick comeback after my first pregnancy, I’m about 2 weeks ahead this time. I also had a difficult delivery – a third degree tear definitely made recovery a slower process. I also didn’t run as much or as far into the pregnancy as I did this time. Lastly, I gained a little less weight this time which also helps. I felt the best after delivering my third than the others by a lot for whatever reason. I was up and walking around the day I delivered when I could barely walk two or three days after delivering the other two. Every person and every pregnancy is different. This is a relatively fast recovery for a runner, I’d say. I am constantly reviewing how I feel to make sure I’m not overdoing it. But I ran a 30 mile week at 35 weeks pregnant, so I think a 30 mile week at 5 weeks post-partum is reasonably aggressive.