Seacoast Half Marathon Training: A Week of Milestones

July 19, 2017

It’s easy to take running for granted when everything is going well. When things are naturally clicking, four or six miles don’t sound like a big deal, recovery runs actually feel easy and running is what we look forward to when other parts of life create stress. But what about when we’re required to step away from running for a while?

Building back after time away from running is a humbling thing. For me, postpartum running has been anything but easy, however, I am still finding joy in the small victories. Last week’s training was full of tiny triumphs, including my highest mileage week so far, my longest postpartum run and my first little bout of speed work for Seacoast Half Marathon training.

Here’s what last week’s training looked like:

  • Monday: Ran 5 miles at 5:45 a.m. + 20 minutes of strengthening exercises
  • Tuesday: Did 30 minutes of upper body strength training with Mr. rUnladylike in the evening followed by a chat with the Brooks Running footwear and apparel teams about some of the new products for fall. I’m actually wearing the latest Brooks Pick-up Tank and 5-inch Chaser Shorts in this photo which I LOVE. I have this tank in five different colors (and was even able to wear it when I was pregnant because it stretched with me). For shorts, I typically choose lengths that are shorter than 5 inches, but the length on these is perfect.
  • Wednesday: Ran 4 miles on the treadmill after Baby rUnladylike went to bed with 6 x 1-minute hard with three minutes easy between each during the middle miles. I did have to walk a little during a few of the recovery intervals. Foam rolled post-run.
  • Thursday: 1-hour barre cardio class at 6 a.m. that alternates full-body strength training with cardio intervals
  • Friday: Ran 7 miles at 5:45 a.m. with a group that was rather humbling. You can read more about that here. This was my longest run since Baby rUnladylike was born, and it wasn’t easy.
  • Saturday: REST
  • Sunday: Ran 5.5 miles at recovery pace (but it didn’t feel easy!)

Total Running Mileage: 21.5

Here’s what Baby rUnladylike thought of my workouts. In case you need a translator: “Bravo, Mom!”

How did your week of training go last week? What goal race are you training for?

Comments

Lorna
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I recently discovered your blog and wanted to say thank you! It couldn’t have come at a better time. I am just starting to run again after becoming a mommy myself – and back to back foot injuries – so it feels like a long road ahead. Thanks for the information and inspiration! : )

rUnladylike
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Hi Lorna! I’m so glad you found me and thanks so much for reading! Big congrats on your baby. I hope your foot is on the mend and that you will keep me posted on your journey. Hugs!

Josh
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I immediately noticed the framed pic on the wall. Seriously, it was the very first thing I saw. Do you plan on running it again one of these years? Please let me know if you ever get up to the national office. I’d love to meet up for a run. You can even push Devin if you want 🙂

rUnladylike
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I’ve run Chicago twice and will definitely run it again some day. It was my first and eighth marathon and also my current PR. Chicago holds so much history for me of why I started long distance running. I may be in Chicago in early September and will let you know as it gets closer and plans are confirmed. It would be AMAZING to meet up and run! I wish we had gotten a chance to connect in Team Momentum back in 2014!!!! You guys are a constant motivation! xo

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