More Postpartum Base Building

More Postpartum Base Building

Like many other runners, my spring race (originally scheduled for the first Saturday in April) was postponed. It is the biggest spring race in Northwest Indiana, with over 600 participants, so postponement makes sense. I’m not upset, because flattening the curve of the spread of COV-19 is exponentially more important than a race.

I do plan on doing a time trial the first week of April, along with many of my athletes who have had cancelled races. My training focus will shift also back to building endurance and strength, as well as adapting to running with the jogging stroller soon. 

I did scale back slightly this week based on my body’s feedback. I had my biggest week of training since before pregnancy last week. My body felt it at the start of this week, especially around my C-section scar. I adjusted the intensity of my plan accordingly, especially in regards to faster workouts. Most of my runs this week were easy runs with moderate mileage. 

More Postpartum Base Building

Monday: 5 miles easy

Five miles is the ideal distance for a Monday morning. It’s enough to get in a good run, while also allowing more time for work on a busy day. 

Tuesday: 7 mile progression run

Progression runs are one of my current favorite treadmill workouts. I can incorporate some faster running without too much intensity. I kept the pace in the low 9’s for most of this run, and then finished off the final 12 minutes at an 8:00/mile pace. 

Wednesday: Strength training

I am improving on my push-ups! With each session, I can complete a few before losing my form. 

Thursday: 8 mile easy run

I did not have time for a double digit run, but I fit in as many miles as I could before Isla woke up. I alternated between a 6.6 and 7.0 mph pace and included some minor inclines and declines. 

Friday: 4 mile easy run & strength training

I enjoy these combo workouts of a short easy run and strength training. I ran four very easy miles on the treadmill and then followed up with another week of ReCore@ exercises. 

Saturday: 4.3 mile easy run

We had family in town, so Ryan and I were able to enjoy a run together. We took Ollie with us and kept a comfortable pace. 

Sunday: Rest Day

We enjoyed another long walk in beautiful spring weather! 

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7 Responses

  1. It is disappointing that all of our races have been cancelled. We just have to keep training and keep moving forward. Thanks for linking up with us and let’s keep supporting each other

  2. Great week for you! I’ve had one event postponed, and got the first cancellation this morning for a race (which I was expecting). I agree…halting the spread of this is much more important than a race. Take care!

  3. Great week for you! I’ve had one event postponed, and got the first cancellation this morning for a race (which I was expecting). I agree…halting the spread of this is much more important than a race. Take care!

  4. good week Laura! and good that you listen to your body but that’s nothing new for you! everything here has been cancelled and so many things have shut down. I am struggling with all of it but hope to have some sort of at-home schedule that can make me feel a bit more “normal” again.

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