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Tuesday Happenings: 5 Mile Runs + Pool Time AND Thoughts on My Longest Run Postpartum

Tuesday Happenings: 5 Mile Runs + Pool Time AND Thoughts on My Longest Run Postpartum

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Hey guys and happy Wednesday! I have a few Tuesday items to share with you and then I want to chat with you all about my longest run postpartum! Sound good?


Yesterday morning started off with a bright and early five mile run. There are days I have great runs (Mondays was amazing) and there are some days that I don’t. Yesterday was one of those days. I felt tired and wanted to stop, but I knew it was my mind playing tricks on me. So, I powered through and finally fell into my running groove and knocked out five miles.

Once I got back home, I made Landon breakfast, sent him off to work and fed Benaiah his breakfast.

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Oh and I refueled with my favorite smoothie. Frozen banana + designer protein powder + cocoa powder + almond milk + a little bit of honey + ice. It totally hit the spot after a hot and humid run (85% humidity!) and I guzzled it down quickly!

After breakfast, Benaiah and I watered our herbs and shortly after he went down for his morning nap!

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Benaiah slept about an hour and a half, which left me plenty of time to shower, spend time with Jesus, and put in a little time with work.

Once Benaiah was up, it was time to go to the pool!

We spent about an hour at the pool and I think I may have loved it as much as Benaiah did. We ended up walking about a mile there and back to the pool, so by the time we got back home, we were hungry!!

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Landon and I devoured these delicious salads (mixed organic greens + shredded carrot + 2 hard boiled eggs + FETA + quinoa + sunflower seeds.) and topped lunch off with strawberries, kiwi, and iced coffee.

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Benaiah enjoyed his banana and tried kiwi for the first time! Verdict: He is a fan!

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After Landon headed back to work and Benaiah played in the kitchen, I took advantage of the distracted Niah and prepared dinner. Landon and I are big fans of Mexican food, which means Taco Tuesday is a thing around here. I whipped up a batch of ground beef taco meat for Landon and lentil tacos for myself. (I eat beef, but ground beef is not my favvv).

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Just another shot, because they are so pretty!

After I was done prepping dinner, Benaiah and I played and snuggled before I put him down for his afternoon nap. Once he went down, I finally changed into some dry clothes and finished up some blog related work!

Landon and I had an early dinner of tacos and brown rice, because I had a women’s ministry event to get to!

My friend Rachel and I drove together and enjoyed a night of ministry and fellowship with friends!

Once got home, I went to bed and called it a night!

Tuesday = success!


So, Friday I ran nine miles, which is the longest run I have run postpartum. It is also the longest I have run in about three years (how crazy is that!?)

Since Friday’s run was such a monumental run, I thought I would take a moment and write about some thoughts I had during and about the run, if only for my own personal reflection.

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Friday’s run started of bright dark and early at 4:45 am. I seriously have a great group of people to run with a bunch of them moved our run up from 5:25 to 4:45 to help me get my miles in. Who does that?!

We met at 4:40ish, chatted for a few minutes and we were off. The first four miles flew by and I didn’t even realize we had run as far as we had. Once we ran the four miles @ an 8:20ish pace, we looped back around to the Starbucks to pick up other runners who were joining us at 5:25. Isn’t running such a community sport?

We stopped for maybe a minute, picked up the runners, and ran another four miles. I felt strong through the whole run, but towards seven miles I started to feel that familiar heavy leg feeling. I opted to stop once or twice and stretch my calves for a moment or two before rejoining the group. Although I was feeling a little fatigued around miles seven, I knew I could push through and that is what I did. I truly believe running is 80% a mental sport. We finished our run at Starbucks and I then realized I had only a half mile before I had officially ran the furthest run postpartum yet. Obviously, the endorphins carried me through the last half mile and I finished feeling strong, not too sore, and super happy!

The rest of the day, my legs felt a little sore, but nothing too bad. I foam rolled, stretched, and iced, and before I knew it, my legs not only felt okay, they felt good!

A Few Things I Learned Through this Run:

  1. Sweet potatoes worked well as a pre-long run dinner. I ate a bunch of roasted sweet potato wedges + grilled chicken and it seemed to work really well with my stomach. I am going to try this out again for my next long run and see what happens!
  2. A few animal crackers works well before heading out the door. If I am running a short distance, I won’t normally eat anything before a run, but if I am running around an hour or more, I will eat a few carbs to give me an extra boost! This run, I grabbed a few animal crackers and loved the quick pick up from them, without the heaviness! I will definitely be using those again!
  3. I ran in my Enigma’s and loved how my feet felt! I really enjoyed running in my Mizuno Engima’s so I will probably use those again, next run!
  4. Lastly, I tried not to worry too much about pace and just tried to soak in the joy of running long. This is always a struggle for me (I want to run every run fast!) but with this long run, I tried to focus on enjoying the run, the conversations, and just going at a comfortable conversational pace- and I think my legs thanked me for that. 😉

 

And on that note, I have a few miles to conquer! Talk to you all tomorrow!

Questions of the Day

  1. What is your favorite pre-run snack? Do you eat anything before?
  2. Do you have a typical night before the race dinner?
  3. What are your Wednesday plans?