Running Lately

Hello! Are you here for the running talk? Good! Because that’s what I’ve got on tap for today. I always have so many ideas for blog posts, but then I feel like starting a post is overwhelming, so I don’t do it…maybe the answer is shorter, less edited posts?

Last time I checked in, running was going so-so. I was able to start up fairly quickly postpartum (after about 4 weeks) and while I didn’t feel great (it was July/August and hot AF), I didn’t feel terrible either. I was pleasantly surprised with an 8:00 pace 5k just 7 weeks after labor/delivery. As August marched on, I was able to build up to 7 miles and I thought maybe I could be in the double digits by early fall and maybeeee run a half-marathon. I knew it wouldn’t be a PR, but I thought training for a longer race might be a good goal (plus I had a automatic entry in to a local half that I deferred from last year). Ah well, that didn’t happen.

I had to have some minor surgery which necessitated a bit over a week off, smack dab in the middle of September (when I was supposed to be doing those double digit runs I talked about…) and then we had a bunch of travel which was fun, but meant I really only had time for 3-ish miles most days. Also, once Teddy was about 3-months old, I started working more. I’m only working part-time (15 hours a week-ish), but I only have babysitting help a few hours a week, so between taking care of the babe, working a few hours a day, and trying to keep the house in semi-presentable shape (hah), it doesn’t leave much time for serious training. If I really, really wanted to, could I wake up extra early and run 6 miles instead of 3 or 4? Probably. But I also really need sleep! Teddy is a little over 4-months old and while he’s a pretty good sleeper, some days are better than others! These days he’s sleeping from about 7/8pm until 5/6am, with a few (unpredictable) naps throughout the day.

Most weeks I kind of just go with the flow when it comes to running. I’ve been aiming for 5 days of running per week and 1 strength training workout (even if it’s only 15-20 minutes…or just raking leaves). Some weeks I fit it all in, some weeks I don’t. Most weekdays I can manage a 3-mile run, but much more than that is kinda tough. And on the weekends I’ve been trying to do a longer run (5-7 miles). I haven’t been doing much in terms of speed work, but I did run a timed mile on the local high school track. Just barely sub-7:00! That was about a month ago, so I should probably try this again soon.

Timed Mile

I’ve run a few races in the past month, which has been fun and kind of surprising. After a very erratic running schedule for the month of September, I wasn’t sure what to expect for a 5k time. I lined up at a local race on Saturday, October 8th and surprised myself with a 22:15 finish (7:10 pace, I think). It’s been a long time since I posted anything close to that fast (especially for 3 miles in a row), so I was pretty pumped. The next weekend, I ran a 10k in 48:06 (7:44 pace), which was also pretty surprising as I hadn’t run over 4 miles in over a month. And then this past weekend, I ran a 5k in 21:57 (7:04), which was maybe only a minute slower than I had been racing 5ks pre-baby. I’m pretty pleased with these times although to be honest, I’m not sure I quite deserve them, if that makes sense. Maybe it’s postpartum hormones or something? I thought I read something once that likened pregnancy to blood-doping? Anyway, the plan moving forward is just to keep doing what I can and hopefully run a half-marathon in the spring. When or where that race will be is TBD.

Greenwich Fire Department 5k goblin gallop

Things I’m loving lately

Lisa recently wrote a post about the Privilege of Being a Stay at Home Mom and it really spoke to me. I feel like sometimes I’m in this weird middle ground, privileged to be able to stay home with Teddy, but still figuring out a way to work part-time from home. With his inconsistent nap schedules, it is not easy! More than once in the past few weeks I’ve had conference calls that have been interrupted by a crying babe. I’m not really sure what the future holds, but for now this set-up is working for our family.

I have been loving podcasts lately! My favorites are all the usual NPR shows (Planet Money, Hidden Brain, Invisibilia), plus the shows produced by New Mommy Media. I have been listening to the shows since I found out I was pregnant (starting with Preggie Pals) and did some work for them back in the spring. Right now I’m loving their Boob Group episodes, a podcast for breastfeeding/pumping moms. I also really like Lindsey Hein’s podcast, I’ll Have Another. It’s nice for a walk, run, folding laundry, etc.

Kale ice cubes. I had some kale from the farmers market that needed to be used up, so I blended it with a cup or so of water in the vitamix and made ice cubes. I figure these will be good for smoothies when we don’t have fresh greens on hand.  kale ice cubes

The whole wheat voonder bread from Earth Sky Time Community Farm. This is a local farm/bakery/commune?? (unsure about that last one…) that makes the best bread I have ever eaten. I realize this is pointless unless you live near Manchester, VT but if you’re ever in the area, GET SOME. And then make a grilled cheese.

earth sky time bread grilled cheese

Question for fellow running mamas….do you have a running stroller? And if so, do you think it’s worth it? I am contemplating asking Santa (Brian) for a dedicated running stroller for Christmas, but they are awfully $$$ and I want to make sure I use it enough. We already have the UppaBaby Vista for every day use, so that will likely remain our primary stroller.

  • Sonia C

    I have a running stroller that I never use. I think usage will depend on whether or not you want to have your baby with you when you run as well as your baby’s temperament. I don’t like to worry about whether or not my baby is too warm, too cold, hungry, fussy, etc. Running has always been for myself, and I like the time alone.

  • Allie

    I have a BOB and it’s amazing. My babe falls asleep reliably every run for up to an hour so it really helps us fit in a run during nap time or after work. I count thst time as one of her naps for the day.

  • Second that comment about being able to find running strollers used … I feel like it’s like a treadmill/elliptical, where people buy with best intentions and then move on! That said, I did “buy” (aka use my REI dividend for) the Burley Solstice and I really like it. When Iris wasn’t napping in her crib (like…from months 6-10 🙄) it was great to take her out for a run instead. It also makes scheduling runs a lot easier for me — like they don’t HAVE to be my baby-free time.

  • Thanks for the blog post shout out and your sweet comment, Megan. <3

  • hannepa

    For me, running was just about the only me-time that I had, so I didn’t want to buy a running stroller. Where I live, we are lucky enough to get a year of parental leave (talk about privileged! Though we all do pay the taxes that make it possible), which is fantastic, but it also means that I was around my daughter ALL day, EVERY day. For an introvert who needs her alone time, it was definitely preferable to run alone, without having to thinking about anybody else. Also, my daughter absolutely hated her stroller for her first six months – she screamed when I tried to put her in it, and she only slept when i nursed her or when I carried her. Any of those solutions would have been slightly impractical during a run 😉

  • Lindsey Hein

    Hey!! Thank you so much for the I’ll Have Another podcast shout out! I love hosting it and am always so encouraged when I see people post that they are enjoying it. Thank you for the love and thank you so much for listening. 🙂 – Lindsey

  • Laura Sprtel

    I have a BOB revolution and love it! It’s even great just to take walks. I have a Britax stroller for everyday use, but the BOB is much better for walks. My son (now 13 months) loves to ride in the BOB for runs or walks.

    Also, you are really an inspiration. I haven’t had much time to run since having my son (like I said…13 months!), and I also work part-time and stay home part time. It’s nice to read your posts and follow your IG to get inspired to do more.

    I’m going to check out those podcasts too!

  • runnerskitchen

    Thank you for the stroller rec! I can’t wait to finally get out on some non-snow covered roads and run with him. Fingers crossed for a mild winter…

  • runnerskitchen

    All good points! Sometimes my run is the only time I get alone. I definitely don’t think I’ll be doing all of my miles with a stroller – still gotta get that break, ya know?

  • runnerskitchen

    Used is such a great idea! Especially if I don’t know if I (or Teddy…) will like it.

  • runnerskitchen

    That’s the dream! He naps, I run. 🙂

  • runnerskitchen

    All good points! Sometimes it’s good away to get away from the baby and focus on something else for a bit.