Salty’s Postpartum Running Update – Week 16

Baby's three-month portrait.
Baby’s three-month portrait.

Baby is getting so big. I feel kind of weird still considering myself in the postpartum period with this giant rolly baby bouncing in her bounceroo already! But I definitely am. I still have a long way to go to get back in shape. It seems to take longer with each pregnancy, but seeing as this is the last one, I can be patient!

As for my running, I’ve been thinking a lot about when I can fit it all in. I’m planning to start training-training soon and with three it’s going to be harder than it was with two. But it’s still possible. This is the post where I tell you how to fit it in. It’s not easy when sleep deprived and pulled in a million directions. But I get it in. Here’s how.  

1. Prioritize. And when I say prioritize, I mean you need to make your running and your physical and mental health non-negotiable. Of course, that doesn’t mean you run when nursing a feverish kid or instead of taking her to the ER when she needs stitches. There will be days for any one when they can’t get the run in, but it’s especially true for mothers. But when I say non-negotiable, I mean that mom is getting it done and everyone else needs to get on board with the plan. For me, running is my me-time, my social time, my relaxation time and my exercise. I am a better mom with it and both my husband and I agree that it’s important.

2. Give time to get time. Even if your partner is onboard with the importance of running in your life, there will come a time when he or she resents it (more on that soon!) This, again, is always true, but it’s particularly true with parents who are always and I mean always short on time to get anything done.  Your partner probably has other interests besides the kids, work, the house, etc. So make whatever time your partner needs a priority too. Offer to take the kids out for a while so whatever that is can happen. Be supportive and accommodating of your partner’s needs and you and your running will be supported and accommodated in return.

3. Plan ahead. Weeks go so fast with kids. It is nuts. If you don’t have a plan to get it all in you won’t. I look at my training for the week and immediately talk to my husband to plan any runs that I can’t do with the kids around. I will do whatever I can to do as many of my miles while he’s at work or doing his own thing, but that’s not always possible. I also hire a babysitter for the summer for once a week so I can hit the track and my husband can spend guilt-free time in his garden. It’s a win-win!

4. If you can afford it, get a treadmill, a jogging stroller or join a gym with child care. I am so lucky to have all three. The trade-off is that I rarely get real haircuts, new clothes or non-running shoes and I hardly go out with girlfriends outside of running. But it’s so worth it. I always have my treadmill to fall back on. WORST case, I can run after the kids go to bed in my basement no matter what the weather or time of day. With the stroller, I am guaranteed at least one or two outside runs in decent weather and my kids get to experience it with me (more on this too, sometime soon!) The gym is also great. I joined our local Y which has a ton of kids programs. We’re they’re all the time for the kids and they know the caretakers in the kiddie watch area well. They also play with a lot of the same kids when we go. This is great, because if I need to, I can drop them off to play while I get a good run in. Plus, sometimes it’s easier to get a workout in with other people around than stuck in the basement! They have a blast and I do too.

Please share your tips for getting it in! I’d love to hear them!!

As for the ol’ bod, I’m down a pound to 144! I think I’d be down two pounds if I didn’t hardly eat on Wednesday because of dental work only to go crazy on the chocolate covered pretzels I bought for my husband the next day. UGH! I should know better than to get him chocolate, because I always end up eating it!

Sorry it's a little blurry. Getting a perfect photo for this is not a priority. Good enough will do :)
Sorry it’s a little blurry. Getting a perfect photo for this is not a priority. Good enough will do better here, than my training log 🙂

Mon: 7 easy on the mill (avg 8:42)

Tue: 8 easy on the mill (avg 8:44)

Wed: 8.27. Met with a friend outside with no stroller! (avg. 7:49)

Thu: off

Fri: 7 easy on the mill with 6 x :30 pick-ups @ 6:30 pace (avg. 8:27)

Sat: 8 easy on my own at the park  (avg. 8:29)

Sun: 12 kind of with the group (avg. 7:55)

Total: 50.27

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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. Great tips. I’m a few years from having kids but it’s nice to have this information and know that it is possible to balance running with kids. Makes it much less of a scary concept.

  2. I love that picture – it just cracks me up. Great job on the mileage and progress on the weight loss. I am focusing on weight loss too right now as my half marathon is only a month away, but I don’t have a baby for an excuse. 🙂

    I like your tips – particularly #2. My husband and I really respect each other’s interests (mine being running/racing; his being a rock and roll star playing late night gigs), so we make sure we accommodate each other. This means we have to put absolutely everything we do on our Outlook calendars (not kidding). It has prevented any sort of resentment and we are really happy that each of us has a passion and follows it.