Day 9: How to knock 30 seconds off your PB PB

3 Jun

PB PB? No, it’s not a typo, it stands for post-baby personal best…and I would love to be able to share the secret, as soon as I figure it out (sorry to be a tease).

On Friday, I went for a run. It was late afternoon, the husband had just returned from 3 days away and I was able to leave the baby at home. I cranked up my ‘old-school motivation’ playlist on the iPod (who doesn’t find MJ’s ‘Beat It’ great to move to) and off I set on my usual route. I usually run for time rather than a particular distance and no one was more surprised than me to find that I had to run an extra 30 seconds when I got back to my starting spot.

I really need to start taking actual photos but you get the idea

I figured it was a fluke but felt pretty chuffed about it none-the-less. Today, I went for another run and this time it was a family affair. I pushed the stroller, hubby got pulled by the dog and then we swapped at the turn-around point. Not only did I keep the new pace, I went slightly faster.

I have no idea what happened but after reading what I have just written, there are a few variables that require further investigation:

a) running with a stroller vs just plain running

b) running with a partner vs running alone

c) listening to my iPod while running vs none.

So my task this week will be to uncover what (if anything) hinders and helps my running. Do you have any tips that help you get in your running groove or variables that affect it?

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