At six months postpartum, mileage feels better than intensity. I feel like I’m responding better with frequent, predominantly aerobic runs, so I decided to increase my training load by trying six days of running right now. All of my runs this week were 30-60 minutes in length and I ran 31 miles total, which felt very good.
I also decided to add an extra day of running based on stress of everything. We have been extremely fortunate so far in the situation, yet there is so much anxiety around the pandemic. Running provides a release for the anxiety to make it more manageable.
Monday: 5 mile treadmill run
I tried a new iFit course, one along a mountain course in Sedona. A majority of the course was either downhill (-2-3%) or uphill (2-8%). I let my stride open up with faster running on the downhills and kept uphill pace comfortable. My average pace was 8:41/mile, with 365 feet of elevation gain.
Tuesday: Strength training & 6 mile stroller run
My strength workout was actually two, back-to-back. I’m working on editing some at-home strength workout for my athletes and I filmed two before Isla woke up. Once Isla was up and fed, I took her out on a 6 mile stroller run. We saw a few other runners and walkers and were cautious to keep distance as we passed.
Wednesday: Rest day
I planned on running outdoors with the stroller, but a dense fog hung over for all of the morning. My afternoon was busy with work, so Wednesday became a rest day by default.
Thursday: 7.3 mile stroller run
I took Isla out earlier in the morning. We do not live in a crowded area by any means, but I am trying to avoid running when more walkers may be out. We enjoyed just over an hour of running and passed only a handful of people. I was surprised at the pace I was able to maintain – an 8:44/mile with the stroller! Living in a flat area certainly makes for easier stroller running.
Friday: 4 mile treadmill run & strength training
This was just a light and easy treadmill run, done at a comfortable pace of 9:06/mile. I started a new set of ReCore2 exercises, which are becoming progressively more challenging.
Saturday: 55 minute progression run
Since I am focused on building up mileage and frequency, I am keeping intensity lower right now. Instead of doing a hard workout, I did an aerobic progression run. The first 40 minutes were easy, and then I ramped up the pace to aerobic threshold (8:00/mile, cutting down to 7:30/mile for the final few minutes).
Sunday: 3 mile recovery run
I opted to run on the treadmill again, due to 30 mph winds with 45 mph gusts. I maintained a very light pace – a 9:30/mile.
How was your week in running?
How have your workouts changed with the pandemic?
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