This was the furthest week of running I have had since I was 37 weeks pregnant. Wow, my body has changed a lot since then! I almost hit 21 miles for my first attempt at training for Boston, but obviously my body wasn't ready. Now, I'm feeling stronger than ever in terms of imbalances that have been causing injuries, and I feel like I can finally trust my body again. I'm still not at the point where I 100% trust it. I still get nervous any time I have even the slightest ache or pain in my calf... but, I'm getting there. I'm working on it. I'm healing both physically and emotionally.
This was a particularly challenging week as my husband was gone the entire time. In a way I'm grateful that my mileage is still so low, because I am still working out some of the kinks training with the two littles and without much help. Here's what the week looked like:
Monday: 60 Minutes of Biking: Martin Luther King Day, so I was home. My husband was home in the morning but I couldn't get my shit together to get on the bike trainer before he left. Instead I took the opportunity to get some groceries and spend a few moments without my children as I was going to be getting plenty of time with them without help. I needed some last minute me time and didn't want to spend it on the bike (if I had a run scheduled I would have gone running, but the trainer is the same to me with or without kids around.... boring) The girls were so awesome I was able to do it in the common room without having to wait for them to go to bed.
Tuesday: Morning Treadmill Miles-30 minutes, 3.5 miles 8:26/mi: I had trouble sleeping. I got a little lucky that Raea didn't wake up early today. I set up facetime on the computer in my room and facetimed my phone that was in the garage with me in case Raea got up while I was on the treadmill. I set up a little breakfast for her at the desk with the computer. I worried so much about her waking up and coming into my room and myself and my husband not being there. This worrying kept me up at night but I just powered through and did the run. Fortunately she stayed sleeping and I even got to stretch after. I think night time runs are easier when Matt is away... I could maybe wake up to do my drills.
Wednesday: Night Run. I ran 40 minutes, 4.6 8:29/mi: instead of the 30 prescribed I did extra because I was supposed to get to 20 miles this week and feared if I didn't do a little more I would be tacking on more to my "longer" run at the end of the week and I just didn't want to have to do that. I have a cross training day scheduled for Thursday so now is the time to add distance so I can get a full recovery. We also had a snow day so I shoveled earlier and was trapped inside most of the day with kids... so even the treadmill felt freeing.
Thursday: Another 1 hour on the bike: I listened to a podcast while I did this and it went by relatively quick. I had a full night of working out though because I had drills scheduled for this night (I do them every other night and it takes 30-40 minutes)... and doing these two things back to back is exhausting, but worth it.
Friday: A run Outside! 45 minutes, 5.6 miles 7:58/mi Very thankful for my Mother in Law who let me get out for my run, and even made dinner. It made it much easier to get the girls in bed and relax for the first time all week.
Saturday: Off. I focused on rest a lot today. I'm feeling really run down. The girls aren't sleeping well this week between Raea being up early and Maebel teething.... I had drills to do and that is pretty much it. Bed by 9pm (unheard of for me!)
Sunday: 7.5 miles 8:11/mi This was the furthest run I have done since..... Hold on let me check....
Since June 9th. On June 9th I was 34(?) weeks pregnant and I ran an 8 miler in sub 9 minute pace that day. I also had a 1 hour run a bit more recently on July 16th, but I was running above 10:00/mi so it was 6ish miles. I don't even want to do the math to figure out how many days it has been since I have done either of those... but just know it has been a very long time and this felt damn good! My mom took the girls for an hour and I ran half of this with my friends Cat and Pat. It was a relatively hilly run, but not too challenging. I'm just relieved to check this week off. Moving to the next one.
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Welcome to my blog! I blogged my entire pregnancy in 2017 and I had high hopes for where I could take my running after baby number 2, but my body had other plans. At some point I got too discouraged to write and recently realized that it is essential for my personal growth and development to keep putting feelings into coherent(ish) thoughts. I still hope to run sub 2:45 in the marathon one day, but for now I’m trying to focus on the process and I’m learning to enjoy it. You can come along for the ride, apologies in advance for grammatical incorrectness!