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?