This Runner's Trials

NYCM training: week 1

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One week of marathon training down, 15 to go!

I like counting down to a marathon way more than counting down until the end of pregnancy because the end date is set in stone. If this was a week 25 pregnancy update, I’d have anywhere from 12- 17 weeks left if I carried to term. So marathon training for the planning win!

Here’s how week 1 was supposed to look:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
4mi easy + lifting; 2mi stroller Spin 5mi tempo w/ 3 at 8:05 Spin 9mi 3mi stroller + spin OFF

And here’s how it really went down:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
4.25mi at 8:36 pace; 2.25mi w/Hadley at 9:16 pace 45min spin 5mi tempo w/ 3 at 8:03 pace + lifting 45min spin 9mi at 9:09 pace 3.25mi at 8:27 pace + spin OFF

I felt great this week! And, umm, I should – it was only the first week of training! I feel really motivated by my workouts and haven’t dreaded any yet. I was pleasantly surprised by my tempo pace, too. It was definitely tough, but manageable. Now let’s hope I can keep saying that for 15 more weeks…


Some notes from week 1:

I moved my Monday lifting session to Wednesday because I was still sore from my strength workout on Saturday. I’ll likely do the same this week. Charlotte and Fort Mill friends – the Saturday morning class I’ve been taking at Pushpointe at 10am is killer. This past week was my last week taking it for awhile because I have plans/ will be traveling the next few weeks, and then long runs move to Saturday. I’ll be back after marathon training, though. I cannot recommend this class enough!

My tempo run was on the treadmill, and I’ll likely do the next few 800m repeat runs and tempo workouts there, too. I like doing this in the beginning of training so my legs “learn” a pace. Besides, it’s ridiculously humid out and I don’t want to get discouraged from not hitting target paces so early on in training.

Wyatt didn’t join me on the planned Saturday stroller run because it was raining, so it turned into an “easy” run.

Bring on week 2!


Month 3 postpartum

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Hadley is 3 months old!

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I’m shocked too, baby girl.


I’m going to combine our updates from here on out. There’s not much I have to add to what’s been happening with her:

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  • Sleep: She’s still sleeping very well overnight. She goes down around 8 p.m., wakes up around 5:00 a.m. to nurse (or I wake her up before I work out because she won’t take a bottle anymore), falls back to sleep and wakes up for the day between 7:30- 8 a.m. Naps are a different story, but 3 months means we’re halfway to being able to sleep train -- yay!
  • Breastfeeding: My boob injury healed at 7 weeks, and within the past few weeks, Hadley has started nursing off the injured side as much as the uninjured side. I no longer have to hold her like a football which is great because she’s almost 15 lbs. I’m happy breastfeeding is going well, but I’m really frustrated that she won’t take a bottle.
  • Mom of two: No new updates here. I wish I could say things get easier every day, but that would be a lie. There are always new – and old – challenges. Wyatt has warmed up to her and constantly wants to play with her, which is tricky because he’s a rowdy 2.5 year old. Bath time is still my least favorite time of day – Hadley just screams in her swing, and Wyatt cries in the tub because she’s screaming.


This is the best shot we got of the three of us. Of course she’s staring at my boob.

Postpartum weight loss:

I lost 5 lbs. this month and am 4 lbs. away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Breastfeeding hunger has definitely attacked this month, so I’m not sure how in the world I’m still losing weight, but I’ll take it.

3mos post hadley

I still don’t feel too great about my body. Which is ridiculous because I’ve shed 32 lbs. But I’m just being honest. I feel lighter running which is great, but I’m very aware of my larger-than-normal belly when I’m bending down playing with Wyatt. Also, I’m no where near fitting into any of my clothes yet, which is frustrating but also what I expected. I know that my hips, thighs, booty, and belly will shrink in time, so I’m trying to be patient and cut myself some slack. Nine months on, nine months off, right?

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Return to running:

Running is not going as well as it did after Wyatt because I was much faster then. Sigh. But I’ve been doing more cross-training this time around so maybe I’m in better shape? Let’s go with that.

Here are my stats from month 3:

  • Longest run – 8.25 miles
  • Fastest run – 4mi race in 30:30 (7:33 pace)
  • Fastest mile – 7:20 (during the race)
  • Fastest stroller run – 3.1 miles at 8:28 pace (with Wyatt)

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I’m trying to be OK with being a little slower this time around. My goal is to get to the start line of NYCM uninjured, and in order to do that I need to focus on endurance over speed. I’ll attack the half marathon again sometime next year, and get my speed back then… hopefully.

Overall, things are going well and I’m happy. I can’t wait to see what month four with my sweet girl brings!



NYCM pre-training: Week 4 – am I ready to train for a marathon?

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When I registered for NYCM back in March, I was super pregnant – and super desperate to run hard again. The last time I ran all out was a turkey trot in November 2012. After that, it was time to take it easy to focus on my fertility again – and my eventual pregnancy with Hadley.

By the time I had my daughter, it had been nearly 1.5 years since I ran my heart out. That’s a really, really long time for a runner. So, I didn’t really think twice before registering for NYCM.


But the more I thought about it, the more I thought I was crazy for trying to do a marathon – a distance I have never run well – only 6.5 months after having a baby. Would I really be ready to train when she was only 3 months old? Would I be able to devote time for so much exercise with two kids? Would I want to?

Well, here I am. NYCM marathon training starts today, and the race is 16 weeks away. I can confidently say that I’ve never been more motivated to train hard for a marathon. It has been a long time since I had a training plan running my life, and I’ve honestly missed it. I can’t wait for that omg-that-felt-amazing feeling I’ll get after my speed workouts. I can’t wait to experience the doubt before long runs, the pain during them, and the on-top-of-the-world feeling afterwards. I can’t wait to analyze my training and set a goal for the race. I’m so excited for all of it.

I’m mentally ready, and I’m getting there physically, too. I think the few months postpartum are the ideal time (for me) to train for a marathon. I love being able to push myself hard again – getting faster every day is a huge motivator – plus it’s nice to have a goal. Believe me, it is not easy getting my booty out of bed at 5:00 a.m. six mornings per week to work out. But it’s only for 16 more weeks. I want to run a marathon well so badly, so this seems like such a small sacrifice right now. Bring it on, NYCM.

Here’s this past week’s workouts:

  • M: 5mi at 9:06 pace
  • Tu: 45 min spin class + 2.25mi at 9:08 pace with Wyatt in the stroller
  • W: 4mi treadmill intervals at 8:12 pace + 20 minutes lifting
  • Th: 45 min spin class
  • F: 8.25mi at 9:15 pace
  • S: 3.1mi at 8:28 pace with Wyatt in the stroller + 30 min spinning/ 30 minute lifting combo class
  • S: OFF


Thanks so much for all of your feedback on my training plan. I really appreciate it! I have a feeling I’ll sit out some of those spinning classes as training progresses, but I think it’s a good guideline for now. I’ll share weekly training updates and my thoughts on the plan as I get further into it. Knowing me, I’ll probably tweak it 100 more times!

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