October 22nd, 2014

Maplewood 5k

On Sunday I ran my second post-baby 5k.  I’m technically in half marathon training now for the Trenton half (just 3 weeks away, eek!) but my long run paces have been struggling and I wanted to throw in another 5k to teach myself to pick up the pace.

I had 14 total on the schedule, so I ran 3.5 to the race and lined up for the 5k.

Overall, I felt good.  My goal going into this race was to beat my 5k from two weeks ago (21:58) as I knew I had more in me.  I did beat it, but not by as much as I hoped.  The wind and a few inclines held me back more than I expected, but I’m happy with my effort and progress is progress, right?

No one was there to take pictures this time so all I have for you are a few selfies and a Garmin photo!

Maplewood 5k

Mile one started with a slight downhill before leveling out and I held myself back, knowing that going out too fast was one of the problems of the last 5k.  I might have held back a little too much- mile one was 6:54 (I was aiming for 6:45 overall pace).

Mile two was rough.  There were a few uphill stretches and I could not hold onto the pace.  The wind was also strong on Sunday- I know, excuses, excuses! Mile two was my slowest- 7:13.

By the final stretch, the course had flattened out and I was able to pick up the pace and hold it to the finish.  The third mile was my fastest, which was encouraging, at 6:41.

Fastest post baby mile so far

Fastest post baby mile so far

After a final sprint my finish time was 21:34 (24 seconds faster than my last one).  And because it was another tiny, local race I was the second female.  However, I didn’t get to hang around to see if I won anything since I wanted to get my remaining miles in and head home before it was time to feed baby J again.

So I ran the 3.5 miles home and checked in with everyone.  The baby was still napping so I ran my final 4 miles on the treadmill and pushed the pace (about 7:40 average) to squeeze them all in before she needed to eat!

Maplewood 5k 14 miles total

14 miles done… my longest postpartum run so far!!

The other fun piece about this race was that it was the first local one I decided to sponsor, so it was fun to pick up my bib and packet and see my name on the shirt.  :)

Maplewood 5k sponsor

I am still in this strange place with running where I’m pleased with my progress but disappointed that I’m still pretty far from pre-pregnancy paces.

The baby will be three months old in a week, so I know it’s still early.  I’m grateful that my body felt strong through the 14 miles and that my husband can watch the girls and support my running! The pace will eventually return, right?!

Did you race over the weekend? How did you do?

Have you ever couched a race in the middle of a long run?


October 20th, 2014

Dressing for Fall

We had an unusually warm September but it’s starting to feel like fall now and I love it!

I tend to overdress on the first cold morning, and then settle into a more appropriate layering.  The first 30 or 40 degree morning feels bitter cold!! But by January, those are the warm days.

I asked on Facebook when you switch to capris and long-sleeved shirts for fall, and most of you responded with 40′s, with a few people saying 30′s or 50′s.  It can vary based on your individual cold tolerance and layering preferences, but here is a general guide:


How to dress for fall running

I had the opportunity to order a few things from Target® so I went for a few more fall pieces… here’s what I chose:

Performance tee- great for layering! I love the purple and the fit is perfect.

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Full zip cardio jacket-  This can be worn alone or layered over a tee for a cooler day.  It’s so comfortable- I could easily wear this around town as well! I love when running gear can double as casual wear.

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I love capris for fall running. I chose the compression leggings for extra recovery and support.  Because they are so fitted, I went up a size and got a medium which was perfect. Putting on these capris motivates me to get out the door and move!

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It’s much harder to skip a workout if I’m dressed for it. Do you find that too? I’m suddenly inspired and ready to make it happen.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

When do you break out cooler weather running gear?

Have you picked up anything new for fall to keep you motivated?



October 19th, 2014

Workouts this week + meal planning

Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

This morning I’m off for my rematch 5k. I’m looking forward to the chance to push myself again, even if I’m not back in racing shape yet. I found a local race so I can run over and back for my warm up and cool down and I’m [...]

October 17th, 2014

#FitblogNYC Tweet and Meet

Did you see the tweets and excitement yesterday around Fitness Magazine’s Bloger Meet and Tweet?

I didn’t make it last year and wasn’t sure how it would work this year with a 2 month old at home, but my husband agreed to watch her and sent me out the door. It was my first all [...]

October 15th, 2014

Some amazing news!

Gah! I have been chomping at the bit to share some updates with you all, and I finally have the green light to do so.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to be part of the Stonyfield team (along with 7 other running, blogging moms) to run the Boston marathon! Um, yes!!

I’ve been [...]

October 13th, 2014

Ready for a rematch

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend. We’re back from time with family and a little more sleep deprived than usual but it was so worth it. I love seeing my sister as a mom and meeting our new nephew. I also got to meet my cousin’s new baby… the babies are multiplying!


October 12th, 2014

Workouts this week and meal planning

Hello from PA!

This was our first overnight trip with the baby and she did great! She stuck to her regular schedule and slept well. My 4yo, however, always has trouble settling down at night when we travel and wakes up extra early and the trend continued. When will she ever grow out of that?! [...]

October 10th, 2014

What I'm Loving Lately

How is it Friday already? This week flew by for me. We’re heading to visit my family this weekend and finally get to meet my nephew who was born 8 weeks before baby J! I can’t wait to get those two cousins together.

To keep things fun for Friday, here are a few things I’m [...]

October 8th, 2014

Reset Results + WIAW

Hi friends,

How’s your week going? Baby J caught her first cold so she’s been a little sniffly and congested, but it hasn’t dampened her spirits. I knew it wouldn’t be long with a big sister coming home from preschool full of germs every day!

I realized yesterday that I never gave a recap of [...]

October 6th, 2014

5 Dynamic Stretches (and when to use them)

Do you stretch before or after a run? Or not at all? There has been a lot of mixed information about stretching.

Is it helpful? Harmful?

Should it be done before running? After? And what kinds?

A 2012 meta-analysis of over 100 studies concluded that static stretching before exercise reduces strength by 5 percent and [...]

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