Awhile back I mentioned that I started working with a “new” coach (really, my former high school coach) through a program set up at a local running store. The program is for half and full marathon training, and is set up so that you meet at least two times per week (one speed day and one long run) with the option to tag along on a few other days of the week as well. My coach sends me workouts every week and then I report back.
Reality: I made ONE workout, a speed workout that I did pushing the double stroller. And I didn’t even finish the workout. Natalie was hungry and I wasn’t going to let her cry so I could do one more interval. The rest of the workouts and long runs I have done on my own. No, this isn’t my preference, but running isn’t my #1 priority right now.
At first, I tried to do the tempo runs, but I only successfully completed two of them. After some trial and error, I decided to just focus on this —> get out the door and start running. This has turned out to be a GREAT plan for the weekdays- there is very little stress trying to squeeze in workouts or travel to a place with a flat route so I can safely do a tempo run. I still report back to my coach and love having someone to check up on me and keep me accountable. It is reeeally easy to lose motivation when you have two little ones to take care of all day.
So here’s a little rundown of what I’ve done with my training post-baby. I’ve actually had a LOT of people ask me about this- when did I start running, how much, etc. so I figured I would share what I’ve done. (Keep in mind, I have been running for awhile and ran through most of my pregnancy. Everyone is different, and it’s important to listen to your body and build back gradually. I’ve had two different doctors who both cleared me to run very soon after delivery, but make sure to check with your doc first!)
Week of 7/6- 2 miles walking- a brisk, hilly walk on Friday (1 week post-partum)
Week of 7/13- 4 miles total- one 2 mile walk, one 2 mile run
Week of 7/20- 11 miles total- one 2 mile walk, 9 miles running (3 runs, 3 miles each)
Week of 7/27- 12 miles running (3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles)
Week of 8/3- 17 miles (2 walking, 15 running w/ 2x2k speed workout, long run 5 miles)
Week of 8/10- 17 miles (4 mile tempo, 4 mile hill workout, 5 mile long run)
Week of 8/17- 23 miles (6 mile long run at 8:18 pace without stroller- felt great!)
Week of 8/24- 9 miles (bad running week, on vacation, 6 mile long run)
Week of 8/31- 21 miles (6.5 mile long run w/ double stroller at 9:38 pace)
Week of 9/7- 22 miles (5k in 21:44, no long run)
Week of 9/14- 23 miles (trail race, 9 mile long run w/ stroller at 9:38 pace)
Week of 9/21- 26 miles (5k in 20:30, no long run)
Week of 9/28- 23 miles (10 mile long run at 7:53 pace without stroller)
And so, by the skin of my teeth, I think I managed to prepare myself to cross the finish line of my half marathon this Sunday. I’m looking at this race as more of a training effort, but I do have a race plan. I haven’t run many half marathons (my last one was in 2011) and have never really been in a place to actually race one, but am hoping that trend will change in the next year. I’m really looking forward to training for Boston this spring, and am planning to share more details of my training along the way!
Lastly, I wanted to share some sad news: One of my Oiselle teammates, Jen Kunze, passed away hiking in Banff (in Calgary) last week. Her husband was injured as well, but he survived. Jen was a passionate and adventurous runner who loved to race with her husband. If they weren’t racing they were off exploring the mountains. Jen’s family has set up a memorial fund that will go towards deserving cross country runners from Jen’s high school to help with their college expenses.
A group of my teammates will be running the RNR Vancouver Half Marathon on October 25th in honor of Jen. You can dedicate your run to Jen using the hashtag #milesforJenK on Twitter or Instagram.
You can also find more information here: Jen Kunze Memorial Fund