Marathon Training New Mommy Style

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Nine seems to be the theme of the week...

Nine was my long run on Sunday. My plan was to run the first 5 with the BOB and then circle around home to drop off Henry and finish the last 4 miles solo. We didn't get started until after 7 PM, and it took Steve a little coaxing to get me out the door - I was tired and knew that nine miles would take me close to 2 hours given my current slow pace. Henry was having his evening crabbies, as usual, but he passed out cold in the stroller before I could even make it 2 blocks. He was so passed out and content that I actually contemplated trying to take him the whole way, but my sore groin muscles were screaming by 3 miles, and I knew it would be stupid to do all 9 with the stroller. The BOB is SUPER easy to push and doesn't really feel like I'm adding another 40-50 pounds to my run, but I know it alters my stride a little, and I'm trying to avoid injury since I'm already pushing the milage uppage 10% rule. I tacked on an extra mile to make my "with stroller" run portion 6 miles to give Steve a few more minutes at home and then ran the last 3 by myself. By the end, I was pooped but felt OK except for the groin issues. I'm aiming for 11 as my long run this week. I've still got my eyes on the Oct 2 marathon. I also squeezed in a 5 mile run Tuesday (with the stroller) and 2 runs yesterday - 4.4 miles and 3.6 miles. Henry had his 2 month checkup, which meant shots and an extra sad, crabby baby. Between Steve's long run in the morning and my runs in the afternoon and evening, he logged around 18 miles in the stroller for the day. Man does he love that thing! He either sleeps in it or is very awake and content, so Steve and I both try to take him whenever we can to give the other one a break.

His "I'm looking around but am content" face

Nine is the number of weeks pospartum I'll be in 2 days. I am still surprised how long it takes to heal after giving birth. I got the all clear to go swimming at my MD visit last week, and I did get in a 1 miler. It was slow but actually felt pretty good. I'm hoping to get in a few more swims before our pool closes for maintenence in two weeks. I've been toying with hopping on my bike for a couple of weeks now. My lady parts are still healing up, but I do want to at least try a short ride. Biking is about to get WAY more exciting around here, too. Big Evotri announcement coming soon!

Nine is the number of ounces Henry gained over the 9 days between his doctor visits. He's now up to 11 pounds 6 oz - right in the 50% for weight, though he's quite below average for height - that's my chubby baby! We took him in last week to discuss starting reflux medication for him. Feedings were getting pretty traumatic, and although it has helped a little, it wasn't a magic bullet. We really didn't think it would be. Henry's doctor agreed that he fits the definition of colic to a T. We're going to keep the reflux medication for now. Since he's also having some other concerning GI symptoms, I'm also going to try going dairy free for a week or two to see if it helps. Dairy and soy tend to be the most likely offenders, but if that doesn't work, we'll have to keep trying to pin down the culprit.

Nine is also the number of pounds I have to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy non-super fit weight. I was down to 139 when I got pregnant, but my usual wt is closer to 143. My goal is to be below 150 before going back to work in just over 3 weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Finally, here is a two month picture of Henry, just a couple of days short of nine weeks:

Happy little guy on his changing table, courtesy of Steve :)


MCM Mama

Great job on getting the mileage in.

I had to go dairy free for both of my boys. It takes a few weeks for the milk to get out of your system and his and for his intestines to heal, so try it for at least three weeks. Also, read labels carefully. One of my sons was super sensitive to ANY dairy in ANYTHING. My other one was fine as long as I didn't drink or eat dairy products. It's best to go completely clean for a while if you can.

Good luck! It made a huge difference in my older child's personality and digestive issues.


Way to go on getting the nine miles in!

He's adorable! I hope the reflux meds work!


Sending happy tummy vibes Henry's way!

You are doing AWESOME. Just keep listening to your body and please promise me you'll be extra careful these first few weeks...I just want to make sure your lady parts don't get injured so I can swimbikerun with you LOTS in April. :) Okay, I'll stop sounding like a Mom now. hee hee


Reflux meds might not be a magic bullet, but it seems like the BOB is. How wonderful that Henry is comforted by something that you and Steve both *want* to do! I remain awed and inspired by your return to running. And remember with Henry that "this too shall pass" - everything does with the little ones, it is just a matter of *when*! That's not to downplay what you are going through. I suspected colic for 3 weeks. I cannot even imagine going through it for 9+. Hoping the dairy free diet helps!


Ew reflux that sucks! We had to have a fundoplication done on our son at 3 months old since his reflux was so bad it was drowning him. Hopefully meds and switch of formula gets it done!


Great job with the running Sarah. I think you are doing things right... keep it all within moderation and do what feels good. I love that you run with Henry and that he enjoys it so much! Win win for both of you!


Nice job on the nine miles!

One: I'm NOT judging, just curious. TWO: We're due in Nov (we spoke at the LTF tri)

I'm curious about how your strap Henry into the BOB? My friends (who don't race) have 'warned' my husband and I that we won't be able to run with baby until 6 months? Obviously you guys, is there anything special you're doing when you run with him to keep him safe?



Hi Anna - thanks for refreshing my memory about Lifetime. A lot of places say not to put the baby alone in the stroller until 6 months when they have much better head control. I have also seen the "no car seat adaptors while running until 6 months" suggestion. From my understanding, it's because the stroller becomes more top heavy with the car seat on top. We definitely choose trails that are smooth, but I've never felt like the stroller was unbalanced. We also tuck burp rags on either side of his head to help avoid his head bouncing all over. Good luck with the little one!


Thanks Pharmie!

Jennifer P

Ditto Sara: it's easy to feel like a rockstar when you start back at it. Please take it easy!

I also had lots of groin problems when I started running again, much of it due to extra weight and my core being shot. It was frustrating because the rest of me felt fantastic.

Hoping the ouchy tummy is fixed soon.