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!
After we got home, I got in a fun track workout yesterday afternoon. (Yes, after not being able to do track workouts for 9+ months I still get excited about them! We’ll see how long that lasts.)
Baby J is now 2 and a half months old, and I am starting to feel like I’m getting stronger. I forgot how long it takes to rebuild distance and speed! I’m trying to be cautious and build back slowly, and so far my body has been responding well.
In terms of mileage, I built back up to about 30 miles per week so far with the longest “long” run a 12 miler a week ago. I added intensity about 4 weeks ago once a week with short interval bursts, then a few 400s, then 800s.
Yesterday I did 5 x 800 at the track and felt so much stronger than last week and was consistently 4-5 seconds faster as well. (Splits: 3:19, 3:22, 3:22, 3:17, 3:19)
There’s a local 5k on Sunday and I decided to sign up which is unlike me- I usually have my races picked in advance and stick to my training plan. But I’m ready for a re-match with the 5k after the one I ran two weeks ago. I’m still nowhere near pr shape but it’s a nice way to gauge my fitness gains.
After that, it’s time to get ready for the Trenton Half Marathon in November. My long runs are a lot harder than the speed sessions. I’m planning to start incorporating more tempo runs and 1-2 long runs over 13 miles in training to help improve my endurance.
Overall, I’m both encouraged and discouraged with postpartum running, which I guess is to be expected. It takes time but little by little I’m getting back to my old running self!
Do you sign up for races at the last minute or plan them out in advance?
Have you ever had to build back your running fitness slowly (from pregnancy, injury, or time off)?