Manic Monday Training Recap – 10/15/18

Manic Monday

Training For Zack’s Place Turkey Trot 5k – Week Two
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 10/08/18: 2 Easy Miles | 2 Miles at 11:13 Pace
I’m trying not to do too much too soon, so keeping one of my easy runs nice and short seems like a great idea for now.

Tuesday 10/09/18: Core & Arms | Rest
It was a gorgeous day, so we did lots of stuff around the house, but no workouts for me. Oops!

Wednesday 10/10/18: Postnatal Yoga & Tempo Run | 1 up, 1 fast, 1 down
Vera was up nursing every 1.5 hours, so we stayed in bed super late and I missed my yoga class. But after making an appointment with our pediatrician and a hefty dose of caffeine, I went out to run. I was under fueled and overtired but I got it done.

Thursday 10/11/18: Core & Booty | Rest
I developed a bad sore throat overnight, and Vera had another rough night, so I took a full rest day.

Friday 10/12/18: 3 Easy Miles | Rest
Sore throat + baby up between 2:30 and 4:30 = rest day.

Saturday 10/13/18: Rest| Rest
We attended our friends Peter and Lizzie’s wedding, leaving Vera with some friends. It was nice to have a baby-free day for only the second time since she was born!

Sunday 10/14/18: 4 Miles | Rest
I woke up with a full blown head cold, and sat around most of the day with the babe.

Weekly Miles: 5
2018 Miles: 
52

This week was completely thrown off by multiple factors: a fussy baby, a head cold, and, TMI alert: a milk blister on my left nipple. Yeah, that’s a thing, and it’s exactly as painful and shitty as it sounds.

I saw my midwife today and got some “Triple Nipple” ointment for my blister, but my head is still full of junk, so I’ve already missed the first run of this week. I’m planning to rest tomorrow as well, and pick up with an interval run for “Workout Wednesday” if I’m feeling better. Being sick and having a small baby to care for is no joke. Thank god Ben is home on paternity leave, otherwise I’d be in a lot worse shape.

 

Friday Free-For-All – 10/12/18

Friday Free-For-All

I am now the proud owner of a treadmill! I put a call out on my local Front Porch Forum, and actually received a ton of offers of used treadmills. Not only did I find one in good shape, the seller delivered it straight to our house, yay! While I fully intend for most of my runs to be out on the rail trail, the days are about to get a lot darker, colder, and snowier, so having a treadmill means that I will be able to keep up with running this winter.

We have a leak in our roof. Joy. We’ve had a few really rainy days lately, and on one particularly rainy day I noticed a dripping sound in our laundry room. I looked up and saw a hole in the sheet rock, dripping water. Blerg. Gonna have to get that fixed before winter.

Postpartum hair loss has kicked in. Double joy. For those who don’t know, it’s pretty normal for a woman to start losing clumps of hair around three months postpartum. Pregnancy hormones cause you not to shed hair as you normally would, and once your hormones return to normal, all of the hair you should have shed during pregnancy all starts to come out at once. It’s alarming, and gross, and just another part of that oh-so-magical pregnancy journey.

Homeowners, have you ever had a leaky roof?

 

Training For My First Post-Baby Race

So. Training for the Zack’s Place Turkey Trot 5k has officially kicked off. As usual, I’m using a bastardized Hal Higdon plan. According to The Plan, I’m to run four days a week, maxing out with long runs of five miles.

I have a long and complicated history with training plans. Mostly, I don’t really follow them all that closely. Which is weird for someone as generally Type A as I am. But for whatever reason, I have a hard time sticking to a training plan. I generally do about 80% of the scheduled runs and then wing it race day. Training is already off to an inauspicious start; I only did two of four scheduled runs my first week.

I’m trying really hard to be smart this time. Stick to the plan. Stretch. Foam roll. Keep easy runs easy. I have absolutely zero illusions about hitting some kind of PR on race day, but it would be nice to actually race on race day. To push myself and see what this post-baby body is capable of. But I need to get to the starting line healthy first.

Now that I have a baby to care for, and as the days become darker and colder, it will be even more challenging to stick to a training plan. Thankfully, I have a few things working in my favor. One: Ben started his six week paternity leave on Monday. Because Vera was born over the summer, he didn’t take his leave. Now, we’ll have another six weeks together as a family, meaning I’ll hopefully be able to get more sleep and have more time for running. Two: I now have a treadmill. Hooray for Front Porch Forum! Weather and darkness will no longer be a limiting factor in my ability to get a run done. And I can even potentially sneak in runs while Vera naps.

I think my biggest challenge in sticking to a training plan will be lack of sleep. Vera is still not sleeping through the night. Nowhere even close, in fact. It’s rough. Most days I’m too exhausted to want to do much, let alone go out and run speed intervals. I’m hoping that over the next few weeks, sleep will improve. We’re planning to call our pediatrician this week to see if she can give us some tips, cause both Ben and I are reaching the ends of our tolerance.

So yeah. Long story short, being a mother runner is hard, but I think I can stick with it.

Manic Monday Training Recap – 10/08/18

Manic Monday

Training For Zack’s Place Turkey Trot 5k – Week One
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 10/01/18: 3 Easy Miles | Rest
Vera and I had a busy day running errands and then Ben had to work late, so I wasn’t able to get a run in.

Tuesday 10/02/18: Core & Arms | 15 Minute Postnatal Pilates & TIU Bikini Arms
I had hoped to make up Monday’s run but it poured rain all day, so I contented myself with some living room strength work instead.

Wednesday 10/03/18: Postnatal Yoga & 4 x 400 | 4 x 400
My lactation consultant came for a visit due to some supply issues I’ve been having, so I didn’t make it to yoga. This was my first “hard” run since Vera and it felt good but, well, hard.

Thursday 10/04/18: Core & Booty | Rest
Vera just isn’t sleeping well right now, and the exhaustion was real. I was basically in survival mode.

Friday 10/05/18: 3 Easy Miles | Rest
I had plans Friday night AND Ben worked late, so no run for me.

Saturday 10/06/18: 3.5 Miles | Rest
Another rough night with Vera meant I was too tired to do anything other than get through our plans for the day.

Sunday 10/07/18: Core & Legs | 3.5 Miles
We had a decent night of sleep, so I dragged myself out for my longest post-baby run without walk breaks. It was kind of a slog, but I’m glad I got it done.

Weekly Miles: 6.5
2018 Miles:
 49

Well. Training for my first post-baby race is off to an inauspicious start. I only did two of four scheduled runs, didn’t make it to yoga, and only did one day of strength work. Still though, two runs is better than no runs. And if nothing else, I know I can at least cover the distance at my race without walking.

 

 

Manic Monday Training Recap – 10/01/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery – 09/24/18 – 09/30/18

Monday 09/24/28: Rest
Continuing the trend from last week’s recap, today was a rest day. Between another rough night with Vera and being out of the house for a huge chunk of the day due to baby yoga, I didn’t manage a workout, and I’m totally cool with it.

Tuesday 09/25/18: Postnatal Core + Tone It Up Bikini Arms
It was a chilly, dreary day, so rather than running, I did some strength work. It’s humbling to realize how much strength I’ve lost this year, but I’m committed to getting back at it.

Wednesday 09/26/18: 75 Minute Postnatal Yoga Class
My yoga studio opened a new location that’s about 20 minutes closer to where we live, so I’m PSYCHED. My lower back has been incredibly sore lately so it felt wonderful to get a good stretch in.

Thursday 09/27/18: Rest
No excuses, just didn’t get it done.

Friday 09/28/18: Rest
See Thursday.

Saturday 09/29/18: 5k Run
2:1 run/walk intervals. Perfect running weather. Happy runner.

Sunday 09/30/18: Rest
We had a busy day of visiting Grammie, grocery shopping, and wandering around the Underhill Harvest Market.

Not the week I had hoped for, but it is what it is. This week is supposed to be week one of training for the Turkey Trot 5k, and I’m a little anxious. Training plans and I generally don’t work out that well, and now that I have a baby I suspect they’ll work even less well. Still, all I can do is try.

 

Friday Free-For-All – 09/28/18

Friday Free-For-All

We ordered hardwood flooring! Our living room and both bedrooms currently have old, ugly, stained carpet. We were originally going to wait a year or two, but we decided we couldn’t live with the carpets anymore, especially with a baby who will be crawling before we know it. We got a great deal on some red oak, and we will be installing it sometime in October. I can’t wait!

I changed out my nose stud for a ring. I wanted to get a ring to start with, but the place I went for the piercing does studs standard, so I had to wait six weeks for the piercing to heal. I got a nice little rose gold-plated ring on Etsy to match my ear piercing, and I’m very happy!

Baby yoga is so much fun! Our class on Mondays is truly delightful. We sing, we move, and we learn massage techniques to help with gassy, fussy babies. I also met another new mom who lives in my town and we exchanged contact info, so I’m hopeful for future play dates. I’m just sad the class series is only six weeks long.

What’s one home improvement project you’re dying to tackle?

Manic Monday Training Recap – 09/24/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery – Week of 09/17/18 – 09/23/18

Monday 09/17/18: Rest
I had hoped to run when Ben got home, but we ended up having dinner with my in-laws instead. They’re about to head off on a month-long trip to Italy, so it was nice to spend some time with them.

Tuesday 09/18/18: 75 minute postnatal yoga class
Once again, Vera was a rock star and let me get most of a workout in without fussing.

Wednesday 09/19/18: 5k run/walk
I was able to sneak in a quick 5k after Ben got home from work. I knew I had a limited amount of time because he wanted to go visit his Grammie, so I picked up the pace a bit from what I’ve been doing. It felt challenging but oh so good to push it a little.

Thursday 09/20/18: Rest
We had a rough night with Vera (thank you, three month growth spurt), and it was all I could do to get through the day.

Friday 09/21/18: Rest
Another rough night = another rest day

Saturday 09/22/18: 5k run/walk
Using 2:1 intervals, this was my fastest post-baby 5k yet. Running more than a minute at a time feels challenging, but I love it!

Sunday 09/23/18: Rest
Vera has really been giving us a run for our money, and after yet another rough night, I couldn’t force myself to do anything other than necessary tasks.

Unfortunately this week didn’t really go the way I wanted it to, but that’s life with an infant. I’m just grateful for what I was able to do.

Going forward in my postpartum fitness journey, I really want to make sure that I’m balancing cardio, strength, and mobility. I once worked with a trainer who said that fitness is like a stool, and cardio, strength, and mobility are the three legs. If you focus on any one area more than the others, you don’t have a very good seat. My intention is to do postpartum core work every day, and a short, focused strength workout each day that I’m not running. And of course, stretching and rolling regularly. But as I said above, life with an infant is challenging and unpredictable, so we’ll see how it goes.