Video: How I feel about running 13.1 miles 16 weeks postpartum this weekend

So you wanna run a destination half marathon 16 weeks after giving birth?

Sounds like a great idea to get back in shape but be prepared for a few obstacles.

Flying with an almost 4 month old has been keeping me up at night. I’m about to embark on my first work trip since having Tommy and to say I’m anxious is an understatement. Race day looks like it’s going to be a wet one but the majority of my stress is over my son’s sleeping habits and feedings.

I am an optimistic person so let me start with the good:

I am traveling to Pittsburgh, a city I’ve never been to and heard only great things! I love to travel and haven’t flown since October. It’s also not a long flight which is ideal for baby’s first trip.

The half marathon is my favorite distance. It’s not too far that training takes over your life but far enough that you do have to train for it!

I’ve gotten to work with GNC during my “4th Trimester” which has been a blessing. Without a compensated maternity leave due to being my own boss and piling hospital bills, these months could have been super stressful. This race is the grand finale of our partnership.

My mom is coming with Tommy and I to Pittsburgh! Nick left this morning for a wedding in wine country that I’m missing so I recruited my mother to be Tommy’s nanny while I’m doing work related activities. We haven’t gone away together or shared a hotel room since my brother’s wedding 10 years ago.

What I’m nervous about:

I’ve only been able to run two times a week for my training. One of those days has been a long run but hasn’t exceeded 8.5 miles. I’ve run 8 miles maybe 6 or 7 times, but timing wise, I could never get my act together early enough to fit in the extra miles.

In the beginning, I had to pump before leaving the house. This took time I could have used for extra mileage. I no longer do that because my supply has regulated itself and I time my training with Tommy’s feeding schedule. I go right after he eats and get back before he is hungry again.

I am SUPER NERVOUS about race day though. The race starts at 7 AM. Tommy has woken up at 6 AM this entire week. Soooo… I’m hoping to get up, get dressed, feed him, pump the remaining for my mom to have on hand, get ready and leave the hotel which is close to the starting line by 6:40. Doable?

What if Tommy wakes up every hour starting at 3 AM which he has done twice this week.

In my new video today, I share all my fears (flying) and excitement for this coming Sunday… it also doesn’t help that it’s going to rain on Sunday!

In this video, my favorite products like GNC SuperFoods Ultra Mega® Green Prenatal and Vega® Sport Performance Protein – Vanilla are featured.

Find out more about what supplements are best for you and other sports nutrition questions like how much protein you really need at the GNC Learning Center.

You can also learn more about my journey to 13.1 here.

In Pittsburgh for marathon weekend? I’ll be at the Expo on Saturday. Here are the details below. I’d love to meet you guys and if you can’t make it, let me know some places to check out in town!

Expo Appearance Details:
Date: Saturday, 4/30
Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center (1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15222) at the GNC Booth
Timing:
Recipe Demo, 11am-12pm
Spin The Wheel 2:30-3:30pm

This post is sponsored by GNC, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Video: How I feel about running 13.1 miles 16 weeks postpartum this weekend

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3 Comments

  • Jennifer
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    You’re gonna do great! I have the same worries you do about my half on the 15th. It is SO difficult to get the timing down just right and I’ve learned that nothing will go as planned so prepare for everything! Also I’m anxious to see how the flight goes for you. We are gonna be flying in July so I hope you do a “what to bring” video for moms flying with infants. Sorry to hear about T’s sleep schedule. Have you transitioned to the crib? We are doing that this weekend with our 15 week old. I’m preparing for major sleep regression for us all. Good lick!!

  • Sara
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    I’m running Pittsburgh too! If you’re staying downtown/close to start line, 6:40 is totally doable!! Especially if you don’t have to gear check or pee and you can do both before you leave. Start area is usually really organized and non-crazy to get to (and if you do have to pee I’ve never had to wait long and I’ve done PGH three times. It’s a pretty flat course, you’ll be great! Just went to the expo today so I won’t see you but good luck!

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