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Postpartum Plans To Sub-3

My goal is to run a sub-3 hour marathon at the Phoenix marathon in Arizona at the end of February. I’m planning on following an 18 week-long plan from Advanced Marathoning. The book has a few plans to choose from, and while I would normally pick one for someone running 70-85 miles per week, this time I’m either going to go with the up to 55 miles per week plan, or the 55-70 miles per week plan, just because I won’t have as much time to run with a newborn!

The week of October 23rd will be my first week of official training from the book, but I’m obviously going to have to work up to the workouts demanded of me for that week. For instance, the next week the plan has me running 16 miles (no problem!) with 8 of them at GMP (goal marathon pace: 6:50 min/miles) HOLY SCHNIKES!!! If you guys don’t know, I’m aiming to run ONE mile at that pace per week during this pregnancy and it’s getting tougher and tougher, especially in the third trimester.

While Andrew and I drove into Vancouver on Monday, I geeked out with my dayplanner and jotted down the dates where I’d need to start building my speed back up. So far I’ve scheduled myself to run 1 mile at GMP during the week of September 4th–the week that the baby is due. HA! Except I usually have my babies early, so hopefully I’ll be a couple of weeks postpartum by then! If you’re curious about my postpartum running after I had Callum, you can find the post here.

Now, here are all my disclaimers:

  1. I’ve been running long distance for 20 years, so this type of running is not normal and not right for everyone! I write this all out for you guys as inspiration for your own running journeys, and I want to help in any way that I can, so please feel free to ask me questions. Email me, leave comments, hunt me down on Instagram!
  2. This is my fifth baby and so I am familiar with pregnancy and childbirth and the demands they take on my body.
  3. I also know that pregnancy and childbirth, just like any aspect of life, can take a significant turn with no warning, no preparation, and no mercy. I am taking in each day and each mile with gratitude, but I am also looking forward to the future with positive expectation!

When will I find the time to run once the baby is here? GOOD QUESTION.

I have no idea. Ha ha! I pretty much just take each day as it comes and fit in my mileage when I can, after my priorities (my family, our home) have been addressed. I have a Chariot stroller from when I had Jake 17 years ago! But it doesn’t fit an infant, so we purchased a BOB stroller off of Craigslist and our infant car seat easily snaps into place so I can push the baby in that while Callum is in preschool, or once Callum is in bed. I can also push Callum in the Chariot while Andrew is with the baby.

I’m not sure I’ll ever buy a double stroller. I had one when Jake and Freddy were little and I spent the majority of my run breaking up fights.

Freddy was all propped up in that thing with towels and blankets. We got away with a lot more shit 15years ago than we’d ever get away with today!

I also have a treadmill, so I assume I’ll spend a lot of time on that bloody thing, especially since I’ll be training hard right through the winter. I’m so glad I have it, though! It’s a lifesaver!

I’m really excited about this! I love my sport SO MUCH, you guys! It doesn’t matter if you’re an Olympian that can run marathons in 2:30, or a 45 min 5K runner trying to overcome addiction. It feels so good to be passionate about something we love to do, that’s our own, you know? My family knows they’re first, and they also know that I love my sport. One doesn’t have to exist without the other.

If you’re a runner, why do you run?

What’s your passion(s)?

What are your goals, and how do you manage the negative voices and the Land of What If?

What types of things did your parents get away with when you were a baby?

I don’t even think we had car seats back then! My parents brought me back from the hospital while holding me in their arms in the car! Or maybe they put me in a cardboard box or something, like a new cat from the pet store.

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  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles June 22, 2017, 9:37 am

    You are my running hero! I know you will find a way to get the training in and do great. Even now, with 4 kids and one a toddler, you’ve made it work. So what’s a baby in the mix? At least maybe they sleep in the stroller Ha. Xoxox

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 22, 2017, 11:35 am

      Okay, YES! Right? SEE?!?! So true. What’s another baby in the mix? HA HA HA. Famous last words. God help me.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe June 22, 2017, 2:27 pm

    Right now, naps, chocolate, carbs, and walks with my dog are my passions. I am going to get start running again as of this week, though 😀 I won’t get to do much, but I’m so happy to have any miles. I “can’t wait” to see how slow I will be.
    But in all seriousness, right now my passion is my family. Whatever it takes, I will do.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 22, 2017, 2:50 pm

      Ahhhh–you’ll bounce back faster than you think!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes June 22, 2017, 3:11 pm

    Your baby is due on my birthday! Oh that would be so exciting if Baby Has the Runs and I share birthdays! 😀 I also can’t wait to see you crush it at your postpartum marathon goals – your running has been simply amazing throughout your pregnancy and there’s no doubt you’ll only improve.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 22, 2017, 3:13 pm

      I SO hope you’re right. I know I can’t hit the paces I want right now which is why I’m doing my best to keep my mileage up as much as possible. It’s such a tightrope, you know? Pushing fitness just enough to keep the motor running but not enough to get injured. That would be so fun to have a baby on your birthday! I really hope he doesn’t have the runs though. LOL

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run June 22, 2017, 4:20 pm

    I love planning and writing things out on a calendar. I know for sure you will make time for running. I feel like every woman should get an hour a day TO HERSELF. I’m sure Andrew can handle it and you can handle things for him when he needs his alone time too. When we were kids it was not a rule that you had to wear a helmet while riding bike. Well what do ya know, when I was 14, I crashed while riding my bike to the video store (hahaha) and got knocked out and rode to the hospital in an ambulance!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 22, 2017, 8:15 pm

      I carve out alone time like it’s sacred. BECAUSE IT IS. I’d die without it. DIEEEEEEE.

      I miss the video store! I’m such a visual person that I find it way easier to pick out a movie in a physical visual space rather than on a screen or in a list.

      You must have been so scared riding in an ambulance. I’m glad you’re okay… I’ve heard some pretty nasty stories about kids hitting their heads while riding bikes/skateboards etc.

  • Helly June 22, 2017, 7:06 pm

    I love all of this and I love you and I love that you’re going for your sub 3 here in Phoenix. I’m just so in love right now!!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 22, 2017, 8:13 pm


  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile June 23, 2017, 2:31 am

    This is so exciting! Im sure you will be able to make time for your training runs, even if most of them are on the treadmill. That will make your outdoor runs that much more enjoyable!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 23, 2017, 7:01 am

      Very true! Perspective is everything.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home June 23, 2017, 4:37 am

    I cannot wait to see you crush this goal! I mean heck, you are already crushing any expectations of what pregnancy is like!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 23, 2017, 7:01 am

      I hope so! I’m really looking forward to running hard again.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 23, 2017, 7:25 am

    You amaze me. That is all.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 23, 2017, 9:53 am

      Hey, all I’ve done so far is write down a training plan! The tough part is actually DOING it.

  • Ana June 23, 2017, 8:04 pm

    I can’t wait to see you managing everything like a total mom boss !!

    We got away with so many things growing up ! Even after we moved to the USA. My dad used to drive all 8 of us in 1 small sedan.

  • Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com July 18, 2017, 10:56 am

    I know I’m WAY behind in commenting, BUT I just love this. I can feel your passion and love for running and I feel the same way. Reading this gave me a high and excitement for running when I get pregnant. Gah! Running is so amazing… as are YOU!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 18, 2017, 3:14 pm

      AYYYEEEEEEEEEE! SO EXCITING! I love it when people get jacked up for fun stuff. When you get preggers, I’m gonna be your biggest fan.

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