Weekly Workouts: Eight Weeks Postpartum

Weekly Workouts: Eight Weeks Postpartum

I am being conservative with my return to running. This was my third week of running after recovering from a C-section. I still kept in run/walk interval – progressively lengthening the run interval – and increased to four days of running. It’s amazing how fewer miles feels like more work now than when I was eight months pregnant. 

Monday: 3.2 miles run/walk & ReCore

For this run, I increased my run intervals to 3 x 8 minutes run with 1 minute walk. After finishing the run intervals, I increased the incline a bit and did a short treadmill hike to cool down. 

Weekly Workouts: Eight Weeks Postpartum

We have a Pack and Play set up in the gym, so Ryan and I strength trained together while Isla hung out. I did the third week of ReCore, which was definitely more challenging than previous weeks. 

Tuesday: 3 miles run/walk

I wanted to bump up to four days of running this week. Since Isla slept well, I took advantage of that and ran on a consecutive day for the first time in months. I ran 10 minutes run, 1 minute walk, 10 minutes run, 1 minute walk, and 5 minutes run. It was so cold and snowy outside that I did not even mind being on the treadmill. 

Wednesday: ReCore

Isla didn’t sleep well (for her), which meant I only got 5.5 hours straight of sleep. I was really glad that I got my run done on Tuesday! I went on a short walk with her and the dogs (it probably took longer to bundle everyone up!) and I did my week 3 ReCore exercises. 

Thursday: 3 miles run/walk

Another full night of sleep and another good run! I ran 2 x 12 minutes run at a 9:05-9:15/mile pace with a 1-minute walk in between, plus a few minutes of warm up and cool down walking to reach 3 miles. 

Friday: Rest day

Isla’s extra fussiness ended up being due to a minor ear infection. Needless to say, after a poor night of sleep, caring for a fussy baby, and then going to the pediatrician, I had no interest in strength training.

Saturday: 3.4 mile run/walk & ReCore

I got out for a mid-morning run, which felt amazing after several days indoors due to the snow and cold. I ran 15 minutes, walked for 1 minute, and then ran 15 more minutes. My average pace was an 8:49 – I’m much faster, even at the same easy effort, outdoors than I am on the treadmill. After the run, I did ReCore. 

Weekly Workouts: Eight Weeks Postpartum

Sunday: Rest day

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5 Responses

  1. good week Laura! sorry to hear that Isla has/had an ear infection! I can imagine it felt good to get outside after running inside a few times last week. I’m so not a treadmill runner so I really don’t know if I’m faster or the same outside, but I imagine I am faster too!

  2. Sounds like your recovery is going really well. You are smart to do the intervals to get your running endurance back. Those have saved me a few times post injury. Thanks for linking up and have a great week

  3. You’re doing a great job coming back to running and balancing it with the demands of having an infant. It’s tough and flexibility is the key. I love the run/walk intervals for my long runs–I don’t think I’m going to drop them after all..

    I run way slower on the TM. I wonder why that is?

  4. I’m one of those folks who is faster on the TM. Mentally TM running is tougher, so maybe I’m just motivated to get through the runs faster, but there’s also something about it that’s physically easier for me. Sometimes I feel like road running and TM running are two entirely different sports.

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