Last week was another enjoyable, productive week of running. I ran my highest mileage week since September 2018, with 35 miles total!
I skipped the previous week’s workout recap due to Easter. I took a cutback week that week, with only five days and 28 miles of running. After that, I was ready to increase mileage.
Right now, I am focusing on improving my aerobic capacity and running economy. It is the appropriate balance for me. In these postpartum months, I find that my body responds better to more volume at an easier intensity. It will be a while before I feel ready to tackle the workouts I once did. I hope to continue to increase my mileage over the next several weeks.
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 7 mile run with surges
In order to improve my running economy, I included 30-second surges at roughly mile race pace (8.8 mph, or 6:49 based on my recent 10K time trial). I defaulted to the treadmill; it did not even occur to me to wake up early to run outside, even though it is much lighter out now! The surges felt good and passed the time quickly on the treadmill.
Wednesday: 5 mile hilly treadmill run & strength training
A late spring snow prevented a jogging stroller run, so I picked a hilly treadmill course on iFit. This one ranged from -3% decline to 8% incline, with minimal flat sections. I really enjoy these hilly treadmill runs.
After my run, I did a short strength session.
Thursday: 6.1 mile stroller run
A chilly morning meant fewer people were out! I ran with Isla in the jogging stroller. We had recently replaced the jogging stroller tires after a couple of flats and I felt fast pushing the stroller, so we finished with the final mile in 8:02.
When we read baby books, several touted the benefits of outdoor naps for babies. Isla naps in her crib at home, but she loves napping in the jogging stroller. I usually wake her up early and let her finish her sleep in the stroller. The fresh air is so relaxing for her! Even on cold morning, she seems comfortable. I bundle her up in a fleece sleep and play, her Columbia bunting (one of the best pieces of baby clothing for Midwest winters), and a blanket.
Friday: 4 mile easy run
We awoke to more snow, which removed the option of running with the jogging stroller. I had a busy day of work, so I decided to run during Isla’s morning wake window. I plopped her in the Baby Bjorn travel crib and ran four miles on the treadmill. She spent most of the time rocking on her hands and knees and playing with her toys – no fussing at all.
Saturday: 10 mile long run
This run felt so good! I settled into a comfortable, steady effort early on and the miles ticked by with ease. I maintained a steady pace in the high 8:20s to low 8:40s, and then finished with a 8:05 mile. The weather was blissfully chilly and I enjoyed empty pathways to myself.
Sunday: 3 mile recovery run
Ryan ran with Ollie and I ran with Isla in the stroller. We picked a wide path and a quiet road to run on, which allowed us to run side by side. We kept a very light pace in the 9:30s.
The weather was absolutely beautiful. We spend the afternoon outside, using a heat gun to shape laser-cut PPE for local healthcare workers. I used the heat gun to soften the ear protectors, while Ryan shaped them to comfortably fit around the back of the head. I am very proud of Ryan’s involvement in this project, which was started by a friend of ours who is a professor of engineering at our local university/alma mater.
How was your week in running?
Did you get snow last week?
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