Women’s Running: Post-Pregnancy Running Thoughts

Running through Pregnancy - Part 1

This post was originally posted as part of Women’s Running Blogger Series. You can find it here.  I wanted to share it here as well because I think it’s such an important (and potentially controversial) topic. And, to be honest, my views on it have changed considerably over the past couple of years. If you asked me even a year ago, I would have had a totally different opinion on the subject. I’ve written quite a number of postpartum running posts that deal with my return to running and training and I don’t want those to be the only side that gets shared. —————————– Last week, Women’s Running posted a question on twitter: Mom Runners – how long did you wait after the birth of your child to start running again? My husband and I have recently discussed when we might try for a 3rd child. Postpartum running, as well as all things related to pregnancy, have been at the forefront of my mind. My first two pregnancies were fairly smooth and complication-free. I was able to run until the last couple of days (Note: I didn’t run for 4-5 weeks during the middle of my 2nd pregnancy due to some lower back Continue Reading →

Speed Work Post-Baby

Embrace the Pain

Confession: the last time I did speedwork outside was years ago (like 3 or 4).  When I was in Iraq, it was impossible for me to find an area on the base where I could run without worrying about hummvees, tanks, or even indirect fire, so I began to do my speedwork on the treadmill.  I guess when you are left with no choice, you learn to love the only option you have.  I have stuck with the treadmill for the past few years. After Saturday’s 6 mile progression run, I realized I needed to suck it up and start doing the speedwork outside.  While the treadmill can give me a great workout, I find that I push myself much harder when I am outside. There isn’t a local track that I can go to so I will be doing my repeats on an area close to my home that has just under a mile of flat pavement (the last .1 or so is a bit of an uphill).  It’s definitely not ideal – I have to keep an eye out for traffic since I’m going through a bunch of intersections, but it could definitely be worse.  Trying to be optimistic Continue Reading →

Race for Recovery – the numbers

Becky in front of a damaged home on Staten Island

I decided to break the Race for Recovery down by the numbers – I’ve seen this method used several times recently in blog posts and really love the style! Don’t forget to check out photos of all the runners who participated! I just want to say THANK YOU one last time to everyone who supported this virtual race – the generous companies that donated, the companies who helped promote the race, and all of the runners who donated and raced.  I’m still amazed at how much money was raised and how many giving people participated!  Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! 10,895 – dollars raised 2,627 – dollar value of prizes  1,350 – dollars raised by grand prize winner Chris M 725.4 – miles run  357 – people donated 272 – runners participated 157 – results entered – FULL list of participant finish times can be found here -> Race Results 112 – runners completed 5k 88 – pictures of participants – the FULL album can be found here -> http://facebook.com/pages/nycrunningmama read more

Remembering How to Run Uncomfortably

First real "race" postpartum

I am slowly starting to feel more and more like myself when I run.  I’m not at my pre-pregnancy shape or pace (and don’t expect to be there for some time), but I feel stronger each day I run. Since my son was born (almost 2 months ago!!!), I have tried to take it one day at a time and not push myself too much physically.  Although I started running almost immediately, I didn’t want to overdo it with mileage or speed.  Over the last 7+ weeks I have focused on: Very slowly increasing my long runs (up to 12 miles) Decreasing my pace on my easy runs Decreasing days off in between run days (I’m back to running 5-6 days/week) I occasionally would pick up the pace for a mile or so but decided to hold off on doing any sort of speedwork until I felt I ready.  I made the decision this past weekend that I was ready – partially because I feel great running, partially because I’m back to getting a good night’s sleep (Ryan sleeps 6-8 hours at a stretch now) and partially because I have my first “race” on the calendar for this year. I didn’t Continue Reading →

Sandy + Double Digits are BACK!

Last Mile split (actually was 7:37)

Good Morning, friends!  This post is going to be short and I likely won’t be blogging for a few days due to Hurricane Sandy. These are the evacuation zones for my hometown, Staten Island.  There is currently a mandatory evacuation in place for residents living in zone A.  We are just outside zone A (the red on the map).  My older sister and her family are in zone C (currently not required to evacuate) but my mom falls right in the middle of zone A.  So her and my sister spent last night at our home. While the wind and rain pose a severe threat to Staten Island, we are most concerned with the water surge from the Raritan Bay.  We are bracing and expecting the worst – we spent most of the weekend preparing our home and shopping for essentials. I will keep everyone as updated as I can, but are anticipating power outages that can last for extended periods of time, so access to a computer and internet may not be feasible. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is in the path of this storm – especially those that are in her direct path (the models currently Continue Reading →

The Long Road Ahead

This past weekend was my first post-baby race.  As I already stated, it wasn’t an all-out race for me – but truth be told, I did push myself.  My lungs were burning and legs were hurting at various points during the 6.2 miles. My pace for those short miles was slower than the pace I’ve run marathons in. I’m certainly not complaining about where I am at physically right now.  At 5 weeks postpartum  I know that I am blessed to have had a fairly uncomplicated pregnancy (with the exception of gestational diabetes and posterior pelvic pain) and an easy labor and delivery.  Both of those allowed me to return to running very soon after my son was born and I know a lot of females are not as lucky. But it’s been extremely humbling so far.  My body seems to have forgotten what certain paces feel like.  I’m a big fan of not running with a Garmin all the time and have gotten pretty good with judging my pace based on perceived effort.  But right now, I have no clue what pace my body is moving at. I think (and feel like) I’m running a certain pace and then Continue Reading →

Running Post-Partum: How Soon is Too Soon?

postpartum running

Please take a moment and vote for me to be on the cover of Runner’s World! I would LOVE your vote!  Are you on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook? Let’s connect!  ——————- I ran 5 days after the birth of my first son – an easy 1 mile run on the treadmill and then slowly increased the mileage over the next few weeks.  By the time he was 5-6 weeks old, I was comfortably running 30-40 miles/week which included long runs of ~10 miles and some speed workouts. I have roughly the same plan this time around.  I ran 2 miles last Tuesday (6 days postpartum) and 4 miles on Saturday (10 days postpartum). While most of the feedback I have gotten has been extremely positive, I have received some pushback and questions from friends / family / readers about my quick return to running. But how soon is too soon?   From my research, discussions with other females, doctor’s guidance, and previous experience, I can tell you that there is certainly not a black and white answer for this question. read more

How did you do in 2011?

Photo Credit - visitfortwayne.com

With only a few days left in 2011, it’s normal to reflect upon the past 12 months – smile with the good, hope to learn from the bad, and decide upon some goals for the upcoming year. After reading [and loving!] a similar post from Miss Zippy, a fellow blogger and FitFluential Ambassador, I decided to share these questions [and my answers] with all of you. Best race experience? NYC Marathon! I participated in the 5 Borough Challenge with 4 other runners. We got to start the marathon an hour before the rest of the field, and run the course on empty streets.  The best part was having my son and husband standing at the finish line waiting for me to run through the tape – I’m not sure any future racing experiences will ever top that! Best run? A one-mile run five days after my son was born. It felt SO good to run with considerably less weight (~20 pounds) than on my previous run (one day prior to his birth).  I felt like I was flying! Best new piece of gear? Saucony Run Vibe beanie - keeps my whole head warm on early morning winter runs. Best piece of running advice you received? If you aren’t in pain Continue Reading →