A Morning Run…


Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment on my last running post. It was so encouraging and inspiring to hear all your running stories. I got a few questions that I am hoping to address in this post. Training has started slow. With some crappy weather last week I didn’t get out all that much. Hoping for a better start this week into the next.

A few of you asked to see my running calendar. What I normally do is look around the internet for a bunch and then sort of combine them all into one that works best for me. I am not someone who can train 5-6 days a week. I just don’t have the time. I know realistically I can maybe do 4 runs a week. I made my calendar look pretty similar to this Hal Higdon Intermediate II training schedule (except I dropped the Saturday run) and then added the training for a 10k to get up to the 10 mile start week. I think when making a running schedule you have to be realistic in your goals. Really consider how much time you have so you don’t always feel defeated by not getting it done. I mean you do have to put in the time, but I don’t think you need to be running every day of the week.

Another person asked if I was still breastfeeding Finley with the training. This isn’t going to be a breastfeeding post but yes, I am still exclusively bfing her and plan on continuing to do so. I do have a goal of loosing some weight but consuming enough calories to still provide food for her is my top priority. I am looking forward to continuing to eat lots of healthy food and good protein in things like greek yogurt, whole grains, beans, dark greens and nuts (with some ice cream on the side of course). I have gotten in a good routine of feeding her when she gets up and then getting everyone ready and out the door for a run right after that. That way its the most comfortable for running- if you know what I mean…

I am loving our new BOB Revolution Duallie. Unless I am running uphill I hardly know I am pushing 2 kids. Fresh air does us all good in the morning…








  1. So great Jen! Good for you! Excited for this challenge you’re undertaking. It’s inspiring me to take more tangible steps towards my fitness goals πŸ™‚

  2. Good for you!

    It makes me sad that so many women have the misunderstanding that exercising is “bad” for breastfeeding. As long as you do as you say (which is consume enough to produce enough) it’s totally okay! I’m glad you’re taking care of yourself and your babies!

  3. Good luck with training!

    xo Jennifer


  4. Awesome job!!! I am one of those people who simply hates to run pushing a jogging stroller…:-( It completely throws my breathing off, etc.etc….I have tried and tried to do it but it always ends in a nice long walk..instead of a jog. Good luck with your training!! πŸ™‚

  5. I took our double BOB out for the first time this weekend – that stroller and the single BOB are the best money I’ve spent since becoming a mom. Best way to start the morning!

  6. This is so encouraging to read! I’ve been trying to start jogging with the Bob since the weather has been warming up. The hardest part is those first couple weeks of establishing a routine and training your body to exercise again, but I can’t wait to get over that hurdle. And high five to you for getting out there so soon after the new baby (and while still BF! Phew!). Also, eat lentils! Awesome source of protein and so much other goodness. Sprouted Kitchen has a lovely recipe for lentil meatballs if you want to give it a try.
    Best of luck to you, mama!

  7. Great job, Jen! I am running my first half marathon in June so I find your posts really interesting and very inspiring/motivating. The longest I’ve ever run up to now is just over 7 1/2 miles, so getting to 13.1 is going to be interesting. I’m terrified but excited!

  8. I love these running posts, I’m toying with the idea of training for a half marathon and reading about other peoples’ training is so helpful! It is also awesome to hear someone say that you don’t have to run everyday, just what works for you. So proud of you for doing this!

  9. Amanda B. •

    Is it okay to run with an infant that small? Our BOB said 8 months.

  10. Running with two kids? I admire you. I don’t even run with my own body weight! lol. And I totally understand about clearing out the boobs before you run. Whenever I make it to my workout class (rare occurrence) I either wake up my son or hook up my pump JUST so I can actually jump or bounce without additional pain.


  11. Amazing! I will come long at this when I can’t be bothered running and it will motivate me. I only have two dogs, not two babies to worry about.

  12. Mónica •

    What do I think it’s great and a lot to cheer me kick a little time to work out the truth that when I have more time on weekends are so here I will try with all my might. I think it’s great that you continue breastfeeding your child and eat healthy. These very pretty fuchsia you feel great. Kisses and happy Wednesday morning last Friday.

  13. Congrats and good luck with the training and run. I completely agree that you don’t have to run every day. I know I am a better Mom and person in general when I have completed a morning run! And now that we are all following along that’s extra motivation for you right? I remember when my husband first took our daughter out in the running stroller I made him promise to wear the wrist strap on the downhills, like he was going to let her go careening down a hill and into a ditch! I wonder if I will be the same the second time around?

  14. Hello,
    love your blog and congrats on the baby!
    I just had my third baby four weeks ago. I see your little one is in the stroller not in a car seat. Can you tell me what you have her strapped in? I ask because I just got a single bob but can’t get the car seat adaptor and am in need of some serious walking!
    It would be a great help!

  15. I also love the Bob Revolution Duallie! Isn’t it amazing? Been walking my two in the neighborhood a lot…can hardly wait to get the ok to run again from the doc!

  16. What a rockstar mom!! I am training for a 10k too, but I don’t have two kids to tow along! I’m really impressed. Good luck. The first few weeks are always the hardest, but it’s totally worth it.

  17. Alainna •

    You are amazing, pushing two kids while training for a marathon! The cupcake hat Finley is wearing is so cute. Is it just me or was Rowan wearing that in a video you have of her blowing bubbles as a baby? How fun to be able to make more memories with something so sweet, but not of course as sweet as your girls!

  18. Girl, you are a superhero! I love these pictures. Your girls are going to look at these when they are older and be so proud of their beautiful, active mom.

  19. LOVED our double BOB stroller! Unfortunately, my girls only lasted about 20 minutes before stuff started flying out (sippy cups, snack containers, etc… ) Oh well… i can’t blame them, they wanted to be out running with me πŸ™‚

    Funny, i was worried about exercising while breastfeeding too. But it was more about the compression of the sports bra because i didn’t want anything to restrict the amount of milk i was producing. Was definitely a lot more laid-back about that with my 2nd daughter.

  20. Glad your finding the time to train!! I ran my first half marathon while exclusively breastfeeding my 6 month old! It meant lots of ice cream on the side πŸ™‚

    Good luck!

  21. Jen, I recently heard that running/jogging while breastfeeding can tear a milk duct and/or cause plugged milk ducts. And since I read you’re still EBFing, I thought it might be something to look into. I hear of SO many women who run while BFing, so it could be an old wives tale… I kind of feel silly mentioning it. On the flip side, I feel compelled to after all the boobie traps I encountered. So many plugged ducts, mastitis, thrush and yeast… oh my…
    Anyway, good for you for staying healthy and BFing. You’re a super mom for making the time and knowing your limits. πŸ™‚

  22. Okay, I’m a weirdo and decided to google it. I found this interesting link with some info that was pretty insightful, at least to me. http://www.runnerstrials.com/2012/04/11/the-breast-feeding-runner/ Obviously, you’re a smart woman and have surely done your research. Sometimes I think things are common knowledge and then it’s not to someone, you know? And sometimes people talk to me like I would know fact/info x-y-z and it turns out to be new info. I’m such an advocate for breastfeeding because a.) it’s best for mom and baby b.) I struggled a lot in the first few months with my little one and continued to encounter boobie traps for the first year of nursing with my little one. There were so many things I didn’t know and I found it frustrating that I thought it would come really naturally to me and my baby took 6 weeks to gain a solid and consistent latch and the set back was a tiny little mouth, everyone commented on my baby’s tiny mouth, ha. Anyway, we’re still going strong at 27 months of breastfeeding and I can’t help myself when it comes to sharing bf info. πŸ™‚ I hope you don’t mind.

  23. I like those cozy wrappy things you have on your little ladies – where did you get them?

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