Salty’s Postpartum Running Update – 8 Weeks

Trivia! Two out of three Salty kids are redheads.

At 8 weeks, the baby is starting to get into a sleeping schedule. She’s been taking longer naps and has longer wakeful periods. She also has been consistently going to bed at the same time each for a couple of weeks now. ย With a consistent, predictable sleep pattern I’ll be able to get more running in! I don’t expect it to be set for another few weeks, but we’re getting there.

In other news, I learned two valuable postpartum lesson this week.

The first lesson is to make sure pregnancy and birth did now throw your body’s alignment out of whack. When I’ve been running I have felt “off” and have been suffering all kinds of annoying aches and pains. Almost all of these were on one side of my body. I went to see my chiropractor/ART practitioner who discovered my pelvis was way out of alignment. My left side was almost an inch shorter than my right, so my right was doing all the work! This is very common after pregnancy and birth. So, postpartum ladies, go check your alignment if things don’t feel right when you’re back up and running! Since my adjustment I feel a million times better. The pain and discomfort I was feeling was holding me back and now I can run a little faster and farther.

The second lesson is to do 10 whopping minutes of kegels per day! I had my postpartum check-up and discussed the bladder leaking during running thing. My midwife said I can get it under control by doing kegels, but I had to do 10:00 per day! I am lucky if I do 2:00 and that’s on the days I remember to do them. So, I heretofore swear I will try to do 10:00 of kegels per day so I can stop smelling homeless after my runs!

And speaking of the midwife appointment, I weighed in at 150. That’s with all my winter clothes on and such, so I’m guessing I’m holding steady in the weight department. It wasn’t disheartening at all that the nurse had to move up to the 150 lb. sliding thing on the scale or anything. Ugh. I suppose I should take some comfort in the fact that she thought I was somewhere in the 130’s. The weight is getting old. It is. But so is whining about it.

8 weeks and the weight is not budging.

Before I leave today, I should let you know that I will be taking a break from running for a while. This week I go in for the cardiac ablation to correct my heart condition, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). I expect I won’t run for about 2-3 weeks after and it will take some time after that to get back into the swing of things. I hope to be able to start training by the end of March if all goes well. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I am! I worry something will go wrong and ruin my ability to train at a high level, but I have been assured by several different doctors that this is a very safe procedure and the risks of complications are very low. All doctors expect me to be back to normal within weeks of the procedure. Here’s hoping!

Mon: off

Tue: 6.25 on the tm averaging 8:42

Wed: 6.25 on the tm averaging 8:41

Thu: 6 on the treadmill averaging 8:28

Fri: 4.5 on the treadmill averaging 8:3

Sat: 8ish averaging 8:45ish on the hilly roads around my house with Pepper and her boyfriend!

Sun: 9 hilly miles solo with no watch.

Total: 40!!!!

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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. Good luck this week with your procedure. We’ll all be thinking of you.

    And don’t be so hard on yourself with the weight. You had a child. A miniature adult. You’ll get there!

  2. Oh I am so happy To hear running is going well after only 8 weeks. I do think my right side is working much harder than my left side. I will hit my local ART guy after she gets here. I can’t believe she is already 8 weeks old and good luck with your surgery.

  3. 10 minutes of kegels? Wow. I’m doing some right now- only 9:30 to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck with your surgery and recovery!