Monday, January 16, 2017

Week of January 9 - 15


Wednesday: Yoga video (15 min) + yoga video (15 min) (making up for day 8)

Thursday: Yoga video (20 min) + yoga video (15 min) (making up for day 6)

Sunday: Yoga video (20 min) + bike trainer 10 min (est 2 miles) + yoga video (15 min) (making up for day 10)

Average daily steps: 5,883

An odd week - we got about 8 inches of snow! It started falling Tuesday afternoon, and I've stayed home since. Abe's gone out a couple times (in afternoons when temps have hovered around freezing and roads starting to thaw; though it's still freezing over at night with lows closer to 20). But I am not at all comfortable driving on hard packed snow (on the side roads, though freeways are fairly clear), with wet that keeps thawing and refreezing every day, leaving ice likely hidden in the shadows. I can work reasonably efficiently from home, so it's not worth the risk to me.

Somehow being home translated into not having time to exercise... I'm not even sure how that works, but I think it's mostly feeling obligated to help with the baby if I'm in the house (and enjoying baby snuggles while I can!), so balancing that with getting enough work hours in was challenging enough, much less fitting in much of anything else. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Week of January 2 - 8


Monday: Yoga video (10 min) + Run/walk 1.75 miles (17:04 pace, 34*, 3 pm, 119 bpm)

The temp for this run was right around freezing, with light snowflakes falling occasionally, and there was wind and I'm sure the wind chill must have created a feels like temperature in the mid-20s or so. I was not dressed in enough layers for it! Might have been sufficient if I'd been running the whole thing, but not for walking. 

My running portions (only 60 second intervals) were mostly faster than I anticipated! They ranged from 12:06 to 14:45. 

Tuesday: Yoga video (10 min)

Wednesday: Yoga video (15 min) + 30 Day Shred level 1 (20 min)

Thursday: Yoga video + Run/walk 1.75 miles (17:27 pace, 30*, 4:30 pm, 124 bpm)

Even colder! But I added an extra layer on all parts, so felt somewhat more prepared in that aspect. Definitely would have been comfortable if I'd been running the whole time. 

Still 60 second intervals of actual running, ranging from 11:29 to 14:30.

Saturday: Yoga video

Total running: 3.5 miles
Average daily steps: 7,748

I finally started remembering to take off my fitbit when I'm going to be bouncing the baby, so my step count it reasonably accurate. This was also my first week back at work, so it was definitely a little challenging to get in actual steps (and wouldn't have had as many fake bouncing steps either). 

If you look at these often, you might see more detail about the runs than usual (temp, time of day, heart rate, notes). I'm trying out the No Meat Athlete 2017 monthly challenges, and the January challenge is to journalize each run. I religiously track mileage and pace, and have almost my entire running career, but not necessarily anything more than that. The idea here is that there are plenty of things that might impact your running (diet, sleep, weather, etc) and if you're not tracking those then you won't be able to see patterns that you could address to improve your running. (I've added the weather - but suffice it to say that my diet is currently "breastfeeding" and my sleep is currently "new baby".)

I started with just adding such info to running workouts, and eventually realized it's probably not a bad idea to think about it for all workouts. So I might start doing that. 

The two runs I did (first after just one other postpartum run at 4 weeks) were intended to be the start of doing Couch to 5k to ease back into it. I got a referral a while back for a physical therapist for my pelvic floor issues, and I wanted to wait until I saw her to restart running, but I also really wanted to start running again in January. I had an appointment in December, but it got postponed because of snow. So I hadn't seen her by this week, and decided to try a couple runs anyway. I had some concerns about how it was going, so after these two put it off until I finally had my appointment the subsequent week. She asked me to put off running again for two weeks, but then I should be able to get back to it (gradually - she definitely approves of using something like C25k with intervals to build back up). 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Week of Dec 26 - Jan 1


Monday: 30 Day Shred level 3 (20 min)

TuesdayYoga video (10 min) + swim 700 yards

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday30 Day Shred level 3 (20 min)

Friday: Yoga video + before poses (10 min)

Saturday: Rest day

Sunday: Yoga video (12 min)

Average daily steps: 9,393

Starting Sunday (the 1st) I started a yoga challenge for the month of January, so I should be managing to fit in at least a short yoga video every day, regardless of what else is possible. Which might not be much, since I'm going back to work on the 3rd! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Year of Running 2016

See also Year of Running: 2015201420132012. Joining Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC for this year's linkup!

Best race experience

The Twilight 5k. It was a really well done race, and I think I performed the best out of any of my pregnant races! 

Best run

From a general health standpoint it was a bad idea, but from a pure running standpoint, the one run I did at a month postpartum felt amazing! It was incredibly slow - virtually walking pace - but I only walked for literally just a few steps, which was much more consistent than I thought I'd be capable of, and it felt so good to breathe hard and feel the adrenaline of running again after 12 weeks off from it.

Best new piece of running gear

I'm not sure I actually bought anything for running this year beyond replacing shoes and trying out a pregnancy belt, since I spent basically the whole year pregnant or postpartum. But for Christmas I asked for and received wireless headphones. I haven't gotten to try them out on a run yet, but I'm excited about them!

Best running advice you received

While pregnant, take it easy. I also had some input to not run at all, but I'm glad  I didn't listen to that - for retaining general fitness and bolstering my mental health, I needed to keep it up for as long as I could. But I had to be easy on myself in order to keep it up - pace slowed and walking breaks became more frequent. Running at all was better than nothing, even if not up to my usual standards.

Most inspirational runner

My friend Karey. We met at a local 5k, and if I'm remembering correctly, ran the same races for our first half (Hippie Chick in 2012) and full marathons (Portland 2013). She's been training hard, setting new PRs, and made some intense goals for herself, joining both Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs. 

Favorite pictures from a run or race

From the Twilight 5k, at 31 weeks pregnant.

Photo from the race's facebook page

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat

The Oregon Trail Game 5k. Though the novelty aspect plus the hilly course mean it's not a PR race, so not one I'd necessarily want to do over and over, I would like to do it at least once while not pregnant, and see how fast I can do the running part balanced with the game.  

If you could sum up your year in a couple words


This year's races

Race for the Roses 5k
Bloomsday 12k (walk)
Portland Parks Fernhill Park 5k
Twilight 5k
Oregon Trail Game 5k

Eat Pray Run DC Year of Running 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Five: Similarities of Running & Parenting

Linking up today with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for Friday Five 2.0

Lately, I've obviously been spending more time cuddling my baby than running (or other kinds of exercise). And yet, I've found some significant things that impact life in the same ways with either focus.

1. You're forced to be a morning person. Whether it's fitting in your long run before it gets hot on a summer weekend, or getting your baby on a routine that results in a wake up time around 6:00 am, you're likely to end up getting up significantly earlier than you'd prefer.

2. You spend money on crap you don't need. "Running is cheap, all you need is a pair of running shoes" they said. Until you buy a Garmin, reflective gear, and try out every kind of hydration system. "Breastfeeding is free", they said. Until you need to pump (though fortunately insurance pays for that part) and you look into hands-free options, try out a suction pump, and buy a car adapter. There are actually a lot of tools that are kind of fun to try! 

3. Poop and boogers are common - necessary, even - topics of conversation. Also, your threshold for bodily fluids left on clothing is pretty high.

4. When something goes wrong, you desperately scour the internet for solutions. Whether you're feeling a twinge in your achilles, or trying to get your baby to sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time, there are plenty of opinions available to tell you you to do the opposite of what you're currently doing, and then the opposite of that when it doesn't work. 

5. It's not always enjoyable in the moment, but overall it is rewarding and you'll love that you did it. It may not feel great when you're woken up at 4 am for the third time that night, or slogging through mile 19 of a marathon training run. But the smile you'll wake up to (at 6 am) and the rush when you cross the finish line will make it all worth while! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Week of December 19 - 25


Monday30 Day Shred level 2 (20 min)

Tuesday: Yoga video (10 min)

Wednesday: Unplanned rest day

Thursday30 Day Shred level 2 (20 min)

Friday: Rest day

SaturdayYoga video (10 min)

Sunday: Rest day

Average daily steps: 9,625

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Week of December 12 - 18


Monday: Swim 600 yards

Tuesday30 Day Shred level 1 (20 min)

Wednesday: Bike trainer 20 min (est 4 miles)

Thursday: 30 Day Shred level 2 (20 min)

Friday: Bike trainer 20 min (est 4 miles) + yoga video - core (10 min)

Saturday: Rest day

Sunday: Unplanned rest day

Total swimming: 600 yards
Total biking: 8 miles
Average daily steps: 10,371
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