Salty’s Postpartum Running Update – Week 7

Totally worth losing a bazillion brain cells and gaining lots of extra pounds.

It took me just 7 weeks to realize I’ve been unnecessarily adding a dash in the word ‘postpartum.’ Mommy brain at it’s finest, folks! That’s definitely something any woman, runner or nonrunner, can look forward to after a baby – a sudden decrease in brain cells accompanied by bizarre spelling errors, forgetfulness and other incredibly embarrassing duh-moments.

But now I know and even better Week 7 was a good one running-wise. (Is that dash supposed to be there?)I’m up to 6 days of running and logged a total of 36.5 miles. 4 runs were on the treadmill and all but one averaged under 9:00 pace. I still feel like I’m a good 60-90 seconds/mile slower than a similar in-shape effort, but for less than 2 months postpartum I’ll take it. The baby has been a bit more demanding of me though. I think she interrupted every treadmill run this week. I try to expect interruptions so it doesn’t annoy or frustrate me too much and that seems to help get through it.

Over the weekend I had two great runs. I ran alone on sunny Saturday in a short sleeve shirt! I did a little over 9 miles from my house to the park and back. On Sunday I finally met the beautiful Coriander for a group trail run. I got to talk with her a little bit and also got to catch up with a couple of guys I haven’t seen in a long time. Even better, I felt great on the trails and enjoyed all the hills and beautiful scenery (and great company!)

Things are trending very well with my running. This trend will be interrupted, hopefully briefly, when I go in for the cardiac ablation to cure my heart condition, suprventricular tachycardia (SVT). (You can read all about it here.) I am scheduled to have the procedure done in a week and a half. If all goes smoothly I should be back up and running in 2-3 weeks and the doctor assures me it shouldn’t have any long term impact on my running performance. I’m still scared, but it’s what I need to do to stop the episodes.

As for my body, even though I knew it would be this way, I feel frustrated that my weight has not budged at all. I feel like my old self and am dismayed when I try on clothes or look in the mirror. The blubby layer all over is just not cool. Iย know it’s temporary and will start disappearing soon enough. But even knowing this, I find it hard to cope with. Keeping it real here!

Added a little silly flair to this week’s photo of the same 147 pound body.

Mon: off

Tue:6 averaging 8:49

Wed: 6 averaging 8:39 on the treadmill. Best feeling run in a long time!

Thu: 3.38 in 30:00 on the treadmill.

Fri: 5 averaging 8:52 on the treadmill.

Sat: 9.22 on the roads from home to the park around and back. No watch.

Sun: 7 on the trails with Coriander!

Total: 36.5!

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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