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Mileage Monday

I’m super excited to be able to run so soon after having Jesse! I have a lot of people messaging me and freaking out about it though, so I have to keep underlining the fact that recovery after a fifth baby is very, very, VERY different than recovery after a first or a second, or even a third! Or fourth! Especially if that recovery is after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. Also, I had a solid foundation of fitness going into this pregnancy (I averaged 60-90 mile weeks) and I kept up my running (50-80 mile weeks) until the day I delivered him. These factors play a HUUUGE part in how quick I was able to return to running.

I’m really excited to start training for the Phoenix marathon in February! It doesn’t officially start until the week of October 22nd (I’m following an Advanced Marathoning plan) but I need to work on building up my mileage and speed so that I am able to actually jump into the training plan for a sub-3 hour marathon.

Once I realized that I was able to run this week and that my body is handling it all really well, I made it my goal to run one mile at goal marathon race pace (6:50 min/miles) before the week was up. I squeezed it in on Sunday, and was pleasantly surprised at how good I felt, so I added on another mile… and a half (2.5 miles at goal race pace).

I want to save some good stuff for my two week postpartum running update, so I’ll stop here and just get into the week’s runs. I was able to run 52 miles for the week, and this is what it looked like:

Monday– I ran 2 miles yesterday and felt great so I thought I’d run 5 miles today. First mile at 9:13 pace, miles 2-4 at 8:34 pace and the last mile at 8 min/mile pace.

Tuesday– THIS FELT AMAZING. 6 mile progression run: One mile up at 9:13 pace, one mile at 8:34 pace, 2 miles at 8 min/mile pace, 1 mile at 7:30 min/mile pace, one mile cool down at 9:13 min/mile pace.

Wednesday– 2 mile warmup at 9:13 pace, then 2 min hard (7 min/mile pace) 2 min easy (9 min/mile pace) x 10, and then finished the run with an easy pace to make 9 miles total.

Thursday– 1 mile warmup at 9:13 pace, 1 mile at 8:34 pace, 2 miles at 8 pace, 0.75 miles at 7:30 pace, 0.25 miles at 7 pace, and a 9 min/mile cool down to make 7 miles total. Once again it felt really, really, REALLY damn good.

Friday– 8 treadmill miles at 8 min/mile pace

Saturday– 10 treadmill miles at 8:34 min/mile pace

Sunday– Well, I had it written down my day planner that I was to run one mile at goal marathon race pace (6:50) this week, so I thought I’d try and squeeze it in! I was able to run 2.5 miles at 6:49 pace! SUPER HAPPY about this, although I have a long way to go! I did a 2.5 mile warm-up (outside!) the 2.5 tempo miles, and then a 2 mile cool down (outside again! woohoo!) to make 7 total miles.

Did you guys have forest fire smoke last week?

We did. AGAIN. It was soooo awful.

Are you being affected by the hurricane(s)? How do you manage it? I am super ignorant about hurricanes!

What are you guys training for? Or if you don’t have a goal race right now, what are you focusing on?


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  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile September 10, 2017, 12:44 pm

    I seriously cant believe how seamlessly you went from running 60 miles a week, had a kid, and jumped right back into it. Amazing!
    We aren’t directly affected by the hurricane but its sounds awful. My in-laws house and boat is in an area that will be highly impacted, but there isn’t much they can do but hope for the best. As long as people are safe, that’s what matters.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 11, 2017, 9:47 am

      True. And it seemed (???) to have turned out less catastrophic than they had anticipated.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home September 10, 2017, 12:48 pm

    I’m glad that jumping right back into running has worked out for you! Wow!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 11, 2017, 9:47 am

      I am craaayyyyyzeeeee!

  • Helly September 10, 2017, 1:13 pm

    You are not human.

    I’m so excited for you to being doing Phoenix!! I’ve moved that to my new “goal” race as my training for St. George was derailed. I can’t wait to see you again!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 11, 2017, 9:46 am

      Whaaaat happened to your St George training? I kept checking your blog every day looking for an update but thought you had just got busy and didn’t post. Message me on FB or something! I wanna know!

  • Amy Lauren September 10, 2017, 7:12 pm

    Your mileage is super impressive for anyone, but especially just having a kid last week! I was on babywatch but thinking you’d run right up until your due date if you didn’t run that day but then you did!

    One of my friends lives in Phoenix now, he just moved there… so I’m excited that you will be running a race there! I have visited once but I had a stress fracture and couldn’t walk around and see much. Wish I could go back and see more, but it seems like a nice city.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 11, 2017, 9:46 am

      It’s a super clean city but to be honest, the allure is in the heat. We get SO SICK of the grey rain up here! It’s nice to escape.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe September 11, 2017, 4:55 am

    Fuck me. You are superhuman.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 11, 2017, 9:45 am

      Time for a cape. Or a pleather catsuit.

  • Gretchen September 11, 2017, 6:44 am

    Ohh did you announce before that you were doing the Phoenix marathon? That’s so exciting!! You know..they have direct flights from Pittsburgh 😉

    We don’t get forest fires, or really any kind of natural disasters. Combination of being in a hilly area and not too close to the water is good I guess. Very lucky to live here! Stay safe!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 11, 2017, 9:45 am

      Oh, maybe I hadn’t announced it yet! Whoops! YES COME JOIN US!!!

  • Ana September 11, 2017, 8:26 am

    Didn’t miss a single beat!! way to you Wonder Woman!!

    Roger’s family lives in Miami, and they are all ok. It has been a very stressful few days of waiting for the hurricane to arrive, I don’t think Roger was sleeping those days.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 11, 2017, 9:44 am

      Oh I can imagine it would be SO STRESSFUL. I’m glad Roger’s family is okay, and hopefully he can de-stress and catch up on some sleep.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets September 11, 2017, 8:48 am

    I started swimming laps. It’s my equivalent to your running. It’s magical, and I’m loving it.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 11, 2017, 9:44 am

      I swam a bit during my pregnancy with Callum and although I hated it at first, I grew to really love it! SO GREAT that you found something magical. We all need a bit of magic to keep us going.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes September 11, 2017, 1:07 pm

    You are amazing. I am so glad your running is coming back so well! 2.5 miles at a goal pace one week postpartum is really promising for Phoenix!
    We had ash all over our cars this week and haze – it wasn’t as bad air quality as earlier this month, but it was still awful. I hope Jesse was okay with all that smoke!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 11, 2017, 2:36 pm

      I wanted to bring him for a stroller run SO BAD but I couldn’t do it. He was also a bit jaundice and being in sunlight is supposed to break down the bilirubin but we couldn’t even GET to the sunlight through all that smoke. SO GROSS. Super happy with the weather now, though! I hope it’s cleared up for you guys too!!!

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