Week 1: Hanson’s Marathon Training

Well week 1 of marathon training is in the books! I officially started my 18 week training program for the Houston Marathon in January (side note: how nuts is it that in 18 weeks it will be January?!). I am following the beginner program from the Hansons Marathon Method Book. The advanced seemed to start too quickly and just have too much mileage over the entire 18 weeks, I just felt like I would be asking to fail. I like how the beginners program kind of eases you into running 6 days a week and bumping up the mileage. I tweaked the first few weeks a bit since I have been running a little bit and I wanted to start the first week with a whole week of running. Here is what the week looked like running wise!

Monday – 4 miles easy — it was a WONDERFUL morning to run, it was in the 60s which felt amazing. Nothing to note in particular about this run besides the weather.

Tuesday — Off day! It was funny to have an off day 2 days in but for the majority of the program Tuesdays will be my off day so I went with it.

Wednesday — 4 miles easy. Hot. Humid. Texas when is fall coming?!?! I followed this up with a strength session in the afternoon.

Thursday — more of the same. 4 miles easy. Sadly, my legs felt a little tired on this run probably because I haven’t been running that many days a week lately.

Friday — 3 miles easy — another hot and humid morning waaaaaaaaa. Seriously summer has lasted long enough. I followed this up with a strength session in the afternoon as well.

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Saturday – Tour Des Fleurs 10K with mom and pushing the little one — all 3 generations running together! This was seriously a HOT and HUMID morning, I’m not sure that it has been that hot/humid/lack of wind all summer. My mom and I ran this together (and Mackenzie in the bob) and were definitely happy that we were not racing this. We started a little too far back so had to do some weaving and off-roading to get up to where we were running at our pace.

Sunday — Off day from running. I spent nearly the entire day studying for the 3 tests I have this week but managed to fit in a little over 20 minutes of JasYoga just before going to bed. Better than nothing right?! I like how she has short yoga sessions designed for runners available to stream.

How was your week of training??

Is it fall yet where you are? — I seriously cannot WAIT for real fall weather to be here.

Must Haves When Running with a Baby!

Happy Anniversary Babe! I figured this was an appropriate post for our anniversary since this is something we love to do as a family! I also have another post regarding running after baby that may be interesting to new moms as well!

My husband and I always knew we would want to run with our little one once he/she was born. We thought it would be fun running as a family but it is more fun and not as difficult pushing the stroller as we both thought it would be. We have been running with our little one for about a year now so I figured I would make a list of our “must haves.”

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Running with Mackenzie on Pre’s Trials

  1. The Bob Revolution Flex Stroller – I feel like a running stroller is obvious but we absolutely LOVE our running stroller. It is so easy to fold up and put in the car and it makes for a very smooth run. The roads in Dallas aren’t exactly smooth and Mackenzie seems to enjoy her ride. We actually travel with this stroller to most of our destinations since we will want to run most everywhere we are.
  2. The Bob Weather Shield – This shield was a lifesaver over the winter! When it is cold and/or windy this shield protects the little one from the elements and eases our guilt when bringing her in the cold to go run! It also protects against rain.
  3. Bear Suit – This isn’t the exact one we have, we have one that is more like a puffer jacket but she wore this all fall/winter when it was chilly out. It is nice because we can put layers on under it or just the suit on itself.
  4. A phone or radio! I love listening to music when I run and I think the baby likes hearing it too! I just put my phone in the cupholder but a radio or bluetooth speaker could work too! When running with my husband one of us used to put our phones in the stroller with her with white noise playing to make her fall asleep. I do want a bluetooth speaker to stick in the cup holder if anyone has any suggestions on that.
  5. A small diaper bag with a diaper and wipes in it – since you are pushing a stroller it is easy to bring along supplies for the baby. I have a small diaper clutch that I keep in our stroller with $10 and a couple diapers and wipes in it. ::knock on wood:: We have never had to use it but you never know when you’ll need a diaper!
  6. Toys! We hook a couple toys onto the Bob for her to play with. We also always run with her favorite bunny 🙂
  7. Snacks! We always bring a couple packs of Baby Mum Mums with us – if she gets cranky the last mile or two she will cheer up with a snack (she is her mother’s daughter). We also always have a snack cup and a milk cup with us.
  8. Water bottle for mama! It is important to stay hydrated especially when breastfeeding so I always make sure to bring water with me

Do any of you have any must haves to share with me? Mackenzie has “run” up to 11 miles so far! We haven’t gone any further with her yet but I’m sure when I start logging longer runs during marathon training we will.

Do you like pushing the stroller when you run??

How far is the furthest that you have run with your little one?

Any must have products you would like to add to this list?

10 Tips for Running after Baby

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Baby and Mommy’s first run! Look at those running shoes

I had baby Mackenzie about 9 months ago and have had a few people ask me how I got back into running and have seen some posts on Facebook in running groups I’m in asking the same thing! I figured I could write what worked for me and maybe help out some ladies after having their babies!

First of all – I didn’t have any crazy difficulties with labor and delivery and was cleared to resume running by my doctor at my 6 week appointment. Definitely consult your own doctor on when you should begin running again. I also ran until 32 or 33 weeks (can’t remember the exact date of my last run).

My tips for starting to run after having a baby!

  1. Start EASY – my first few runs were run 1 minute, walk 3 minutes for 24-32 minutes.
  2. SLEEP IS KING. If I had the choice between sleeping and running, I picked sleep. My baby was a terrible sleeper in the first few months and I was barely getting more that 4-6 hours of sleep (not all at one time) per night. Don’t beat yourself up because you missed a run – your body is still recovering and you are taking care of a baby!
  3. For the baby – nurse or feed the baby right before running. This will ensure that the baby won’t get hungry while out running and will make sure mom is more comfortable! Also dress the baby appropriately for the weather – since I started running again in the Texas summer, the baby would wear a onesie and nothing else. We also would put one of our phones in the stroller with her favorite noise playing to encourage her to sleep while we were running.

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    Dressed and ready to get in some miles in the hot Texas sun!

  4. When doing those first few runs at a pace so slow you think you may be able to walk faster relish in them! I clearly remember my first few runs because I told myself I would be able to look back on those runs in a couple months and see how far I had come.
  5. Set small goals and get excited when you achieve them! The first time I ran a mile without stopping you would have thought I just finished a 10 mile run I was so excited.
  6. Invest in new sports bras if needed! This was definitely something I needed! While I love all my Oiselle running gear the bras definitely weren’t supportive enough for me.
  7. Find buddies that will go slow with you! Both my mom and my husband were willing to take it slow with me which made my runs more fun!
  8. Sign up for races! I signed up for a 10K 3.5 months after having the baby and another 10K about 6 weeks later – it was fun to see the progression in speed! I took almost 2 minutes off per mile in 6 weeks :-). I also signed up for a half marathon 6.5 months after the baby was born which was the perfect amount of time for me to build back up to running 13 miles.

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    Baby and Mommy’s first run! Look at those running shoes

  9. Join a training group! After running my first half marathon after having the baby, I joined the Lukes Locker Half Marathon training program. It was just what I needed to work on getting my speed back! It has been fun running with a group again and getting my legs moving at a faster pace again. I definitely still have work to do but I am definitely feeling like my old self again.
  10. Finally my last tip is to BE KIND TO YOURSELF! Don’t beat yourself up for missing a run or running slow or being a few pounds heavier than you used to be. You are still a runner and if you want you will get back to where you used to be with some hard work! Just enjoy the miles and the process. Enjoy sharing your love of fitness with your little one and maybe you will pass the running bug onto the next generation

What other tips do you mamas have to share?

Feel free to comment with any questions you have! By taking it easy and slowly ramping up I have been running (fingers crossed) injury free for almost 8 months now and am really enjoying the process! I actually get excited for most of my runs and just feel blessed to get to go out there and run. Today I did intervals in the wind while pushing the stroller and loved almost every minute of it. I already have a post ready to go on must haves for running with baby!

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Love my new little running buddy!