Happy Friday! It took me longer than I hoped to get this recap from last week out but I did it! This recap covers my first full week back at work and I was surprised by how quickly I got used to our new routine. By the end of the week, things almost felt normal and I grew a lot more optimistic about my ability to fit in training, working full time and spending time with Siena and Mike. Of course, I know that some weeks will go better than others (and this week started out rough actually!), but I’m feeling better by the day about my decision to go back to work.
Monday – Rest day. We got back from my Grandma’s on Easter late so I didn’t get up to workout. I like to have at least one rest day a week so I was fine using it for Monday.
Tuesday- Rest day. I had set out my clothes to do a morning run, but Monday night was Siena’s worst night of sleep since she was infant. We were up pretty much every hour and she was having a really hard time falling back asleep. She seemed to be in pain, so we thought maybe she was getting her first teeth but there’s still no sign of a tooth! I think I slept a total of 3 hours. It was a rough day at work that day!
Wednesday – My company recently started offering a free 60 minute vinyasa yoga class every other Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. The class was wonderful and more challenging than I expected. The teacher was good at giving modifications for both easier postures and more difficult ones, and I did all of the more advanced variations.
Thursday – Finally, a run! Asia came over before work (she recently moved back to Encinitas) and we ran 4 miles. I wasn’t sure how much time I’d need before our run so I was up a little early and did a good warm-up including some planks. When we started running at 6 a.m., we didn’t even need a headlamp which was a relief. I felt great and had runner’s high afterward!
Friday – Another pre-work run with a friend. Allison came over and we ran 4.3 miles on a similar route to Thursday’s run. I felt good and really wanted to run even farther but decided to end on a good note and leave myself more time to get to work.
Saturday – I headed out solo for a 10 mile long run. I felt pretty good and kept the pace easy. I listened to the end of the latest Ask Lauren Fleshman podcast from Running on Om and it made the miles tick by.
- Total Miles: 21.4
- Total Strength/Yoga: 1 Hour
This week started out rough with the lack of sleep but by the end of the week I felt SO much better. It helped that suddenly Siena started sleeping through the night (8 p.m.-7 a.m.) without waking so I’ve been getting some solid, uninterrupted hours of sleep lately! It really makes a huge difference.
I’m really trying not to focus on comparing myself to other new mom runners and to my old self. It’s hard at times because I don’t really feel like I’ve made a lot of progress running wise, but it was my choice to focus on strength training with P90X over running. I think my body is going to thank me for the solid base I created when I’m in peak marathon training later this year. We all have our own paths and this is the one I chose for myself this year. I’m doing my best and learning to accept that I may never train at the volume and maybe even speed I did before, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t make progress as a runner and as an athlete. It’s up to me to prioritize running and if I’ve chosen to put other things first, I can’t be upset if I’m not as fast as I would like to be.
How was your week?