Baby and Races Update

Happy New Year, over a month in! If blogging is a resolution, then I have already fallen off the bandwagon. But I’m hoping to pick it up more regularly since I love this outlet.

So much has happened in the past 12 months- too many details to divulge, but the most important update is that I had a baby in July! Baby Grant is now almost 7 months old, so we are beyond the fourth (even fifth?) trimester and on to enjoying life with a hastily developing little boy.

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At this point, Grant is mostly sleeping through the night, making new noises, expressions, and movements by day (and thus keeping his parents laughing every day). He’s fascinated with the world- sometimes making me wish I was a little less jaded myself. I count my blessings every day and can’t imagine life without my little man.

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I went back to work a couple of months ago, and it has been a continuous adjustment. I am working on a post with my lessons learned- and those I am still working out- as a working mom. But overall, I am glad that I went back and gave it a try. It was not an easy decision, but ultimately I wasn’t ready to give up on my career that I have built! I recognize that not everyone has the choice- certainly not in previous years- and do not take it for granted. The key thing is that my work place has been a flexible, welcoming environment for me, and that’s made the transition much easier.

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As far as running-I am also still trying to figure out the logistics of keeping up my goals while balancing family and work. I had been training for the Houston half in January, but had to cancel plans last minute because baby was under the weather. Being a new parent is all about being flexible, am I right?! I was disappointed but there are other races! In fact, I have added a local half (Hyannis) to my calendar with some friends and can’t wait to get back out there!

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My post-baby training cycle for Houston and now Hyannis (and a spring/summer marathon) has been decent. I’ve learned a lot about getting back into running after a baby (for another post!).

Bottom line– it’s amazing what your body can do, and you WILL get back into shape, but it does take time. I thought that my body would have “remembered” the pre-pregnancy fitness, but coming back was like starting from zero, or below zero. My legs, core, butt, arms, everything had to re-learn how to run as if I had never had run before. At least that’s what I felt like. Part of that may have to do with me not running through pregnancy, but I do think that giving myself plenty of time to slowly build up has been a key part of this cycle.

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Here’s the postpartum plan I generally followed starting this fall while working with my favorite coaches:

  • Build up from walking ~5 days a week to 4-5 days of running with 1-2 days of cross training (walking, elliptical, spin) and a rest day
  • Conversational paces for most runs, built up to adding in 2X workouts/week
  • Long runs building from 8 miles to 15 miles. This was made so much easier by running with my new neighborhood crew of motherrunners!!
  • Strength training (core & glute exercises) on the calendar for 2X week, but I basically managed this once a week. Someday I will get better at strength training!
  • Lots of attention on stretching before and after runs. Foam rolling at least twice a day in the morning and evening.

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Now I am navigating wintery paths (unlike the pretty scenes of the esplanade this fall!) and have turned to the treadmill more frequently, which I have learned to not hate. It really helps me get in those runs!

Have a great run today!

What are you currently training for? Hyannis half and a marathon in June! I want to run allll the races after taking the past year off while being pregnant!

What’s your favorite podcast? I am looking for some new ones as I increase the miles Check out Run Farther & Faster podcast on your next run!

Thanks for following!! Check back with you soon!

 

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15 thoughts on “Baby and Races Update

  1. Being a mother runner definitely changes your approach to just about everything. I have a new found appreciation for the treadmill, because it allows me to get some running in when the baby allows it. Races will come. I have found that I have less desire to race now that I have children but I still make time for certain ones, and I am a stronger racer than ever now.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective on running now! I agree regarding races- I feel like I only want to choose a handful that reeeally excite me because they better be worth the time away. I just got a treadmill as well and LOVE it! Not only for winter running, but it’s so convenient with a little one. Can’t wait to keep following your running journey and thank you for the note!

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  2. Congratulations! You’ll be surprised at how quickly your running fitness comes back and how pregnancy has changed you as a runner. I set PBs at every distance after having a baby, even though I was training significantly less. (I even managed a 15-minute marathon PB on a training schedule of only 2-3 runs per week!)

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    1. That’s soo good to hear!!! What to attribute to your amazing post-baby fitness?! I am so excited to set some reach goals and hopefully work towards them and it’s great to hear others’ stories!!

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