One of my high school girlfriends sent this quote to me yesterday…I love it and feel that it fits so well to my current situation! Thanks, Cindy!!! xoxo
Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had very specific goals and races associated with 2012. Below is my original racing schedule with my time goals associated for each:
Original 2012 Racing Calendar:
Mar 4 – Forest Ave Mile (sub-5:45)
May 6 – NJ Marathon (sub-3:10)
May 19 – Brooklyn Half-Marathon (sub-1:30)
Aug 11 – NYC Ironman (sub-12:00)
Nov 4 – NYC Marathon (sub-3:10)
Nov 17 – JFK 50-miler (*tentative)
I’ve been asked by many friends and family what races I will be doing during this pregnancy. As I had with baby #1, I have decided to limit my race distance to half marathons. I felt that about two hours on my legs was enough for my body. I learned that if I ran much further than 15 or 16 miles, I needed a lot more time to recover. During pregnancy, I prefer doing shorter races and not having to take any time off, then doing a marathon, being exhausted for a week or more, and not being able to run for long stretches of time to recover.
So with that said, the NJ Marathon and NYC Ironman will be cancelled. Thankfully, the NJ Marathon offers a deferral program so I will be running it in 2013 at no additional cost! Unfortunately, the more expensive NYC Ironman only offers a partial refund service (I will receive $150 back – but the cost was $895!!) – UGHHH!
New “Racing” Calendar:
May 19 – Brooklyn Half-Marathon (21 wks)
May 28 – Staten Island Advance Memorial Day Run (4 miles) (23 wks)
Jun 9 - NYRR Mini 10k (24 wks)
Jul 4 – Arielle Newman / Pepper Martin Run (5 miles) (28 wks)
Jul 14 – The Ladder 5k (29 wks)
Aug 18 – Blazing Hot Trail Run (5 or 10k) (34 wks)
Sep 15 – Fitness Mind, Body, & Soul Games (4 miler) (38 wks)
- With the exception of the Brooklyn Half-Marathon, all of my planned races will be 10k or shorter. Even though I continued running upwards of 9-10 miles (on my “long” day) until I was about 34 weeks along during my first pregnancy, I feel more comfortable keeping the race distances shorter. I still hope to get in those long runs, but it will be on my terms – when my body feels right, when the baby is in a good position, when the weather is ideal, when I’ve gotten a good night’s sleep, etc. I learned that there are too many outside variables when I was pregnant that could quickly shorten a planned run.
- There are no time goals associated with the new schedule. I don’t make time goals for myself during pregnancy. I sign up for races (when I’m pregnant) – not to run a certain time – but to enjoy myself, the camaraderie of other runners, and to give me something to plan for and look forward to.
- I have seven races on the calendar, but am realistically hoping I can run 5 of them. Most of them are local, smaller races and offer same-day registration, so I can wait until race morning to make the call based on how I am feeling.
- My husband will be running the Brooklyn Half with me – just as he had done with the SI Half during my last pregnancy. I am not comfortable running that distance alone and he helped keep my speed in check (telling me to slow down if I started to get competitive and wanted to pick up the pace). He will likely run several of the other races – depending on the distance, how I’m feeling, and if we have a family member to watch our son!! I also plan to run the Mini-10k with several of my FitFluential ladies!!
Are you running any of these races!?! Let me know – I’d love a running partner or buddy for them!!
Did you make a racing schedule when you were pregnant? Did you keep to it?