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Faster running after baby

Today I broke my previous PR by 3 minutes (3:17). Before I had our daughter, my fastest time was 3:24 and now I broke that 4 times (out of the six marathons I ran since I had her). I am happy about it, obviously, but wonder if it is related to having had the baby? Anybody else experience that?
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Boston Marathon 2009 at 25 weeks pregnant in 4:29



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Re: Faster running after baby

  • Congratulations! That is an amazing time!
    I'm much faster since having kids.?I?took?about?30?minutes?off?my?half?marathon?PR?:)?I'm a little smaller than I was pre-kids, and have increased my mileage and added a little speed work (still not much, once a week, if that)?I?think?pushing?that?double?stroller,?has?helped?a?ton.?
    But?besides?these?things,?I?do?just?feel?stronger?since?having?kids.?
    I?can't?quantify?it?or?prove?it, but I feel it!
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  • Congrats!

    I'm also much faster post-baby. Years ago I feel like I read something that said after having a baby, a woman's body realizes it doesn't need to "reserve" anything, or hold you in check, so you are physically able to push harder and faster. I can't remember where that was, but the RW "Complete Book of Women's Running" comes to mind. I'll see if I can dig it up.

     

  • I haven't attempted a full marathon since DD was born, so I can't speculate there. I have taken over 3 minutes of my best 1/2 PR and my 5 and10K times are pretty much in line with what they were before DD.

    Considering I'm running about half as much as I used to, I'm content with that. We moved to a very hilly neighborhood just before DD was born, unlike anywhere else I've ever lived. Plus, I push the jogging stroller on a large majority of my runs. In my case, I think that's had more influence on my race times than pregnancy itself.

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  • So I don't have a baby. But I helped train a woman who was coming back to running post baby..and I did some research on this. I can't remember if it was Paula Radcliffe or someone else--but one thing that was a common theme was that many elite runners said that yes--there was a possible link between pregnancy and speed--however, there were also a lot..LOT of costs..taking what amounted to months off from running and hard training was detrimental. Yes, even though many of them were back to "running" very soon after their children were born (word is Kara Goucher ran 35 min just days after her son was born) they weren't truly training. So there is (as I am sure many of you can testify) a lag time between pre and post birth in which you are essentially "coming back." It's like an injury. A person who does not have a baby doesn't have to work through that.

     

    Another cost was that they had to now balance a new little life with their training. I know that even Dathan Ritzenheim has had to deal with this--and he's a dad. Being fatigued from heavy training, and then being fatigued from being a parent is of course doubly difficult.

    A lot of the comments came across as, "I would have been faster if I hadn't have had my child." 

     

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    So I don't have a baby. But I helped train a woman who was coming back to running post baby..and I did some research on this. I can't remember if it was Paula Radcliffe or someone else--but one thing that was a common theme was that many elite runners said that yes--there was a possible link between pregnancy and speed--however, there were also a lot..LOT of costs..taking what amounted to months off from running and hard training was detrimental. Yes, even though many of them were back to "running" very soon after their children were born (word is Kara Goucher ran 35 min just days after her son was born) they weren't truly training. So there is (as I am sure many of you can testify) a lag time between pre and post birth in which you are essentially "coming back." It's like an injury. A person who does not have a baby doesn't have to work through that.

     

    Another cost was that they had to now balance a new little life with their training. I know that even Dathan Ritzenheim has had to deal with this--and he's a dad. Being fatigued from heavy training, and then being fatigued from being a parent is of course doubly difficult.

    A lot of the comments came across as, "I would have been faster if I hadn't have had my child." 


    That's what I would have expected - that taking months off of hard running would take its toll. I only took a week off running (ran the day before birth and a week after again). But of course I wasn't running hard the last few weeks, or the first few weeks after. I've heard people say that they would have been faster or were faster before having a baby, that's why I am surprised why I am faster now. I wonder if there is any physiological reason for it, and it's interesting to see others have the same experience.
    36 marathons since 2002, 6 Boston marathons, PR 3:17 Silicon Valley 2010

    Boston Marathon 2009 at 25 weeks pregnant in 4:29



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  • I've found that...

    1) pushing a stroller while you run is a seriously fast way to increase your speed and endurance. I don't run w/ one often, but when i do, I feel like speedy gonzalez on my next few runs w/o it.

    2) part of it is a time management thing...esp when training. I feel like I'm only allotted x amount of time w/o my kids, so I run harder to get more miles in. Does that make sense?

    All that being said, I'm not fast by any means...and took a long break from running after I had my 1st kid and didn't start again until my 2nd was 6 weeks old. But, I am faster now and run much farther.

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    I've found that...

    1) pushing a stroller while you run is a seriously fast way to increase your speed and endurance. I don't run w/ one often, but when i do, I feel like speedy gonzalez on my next few runs w/o it.

    2) part of it is a time management thing...esp when training. I feel like I'm only allotted x amount of time w/o my kids, so I run harder to get more miles in. Does that make sense?

    All that being said, I'm not fast by any means...and took a long break from running after I had my 1st kid and didn't start again until my 2nd was 6 weeks old. But, I am faster now and run much farther.

     all of this! 

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  • i took a whopping 1 minute off my half marathon time.

    not much, but i guess technically i am faster.

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    5k: 18:32; 5k with stroller: 20:32; Half Mary: 1:32:40; Oly tri: 2:28:52; sprint tri (750meter swim): 1:11:49

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  • I have a friend who's baby is almost a yr old now, shes been doing I think 2 races a month and seem to be PRing a bunch.  She was on Cross Country in college and track as well.  And shes in the air force national guard, but I donno, if this whole faster after baby thing is true...then I can't wait to get knocked up! :)
  • It took me a while to be faster (4 months) but now yes, I am definitely faster.
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