Just like non-pregnant running, there are good and bad days of running while you are pregnant – especially when you enter the third trimester. It seems the further along I get, the more often the runs are uncomfortable and not entirely what I would call enjoyable. But, there is still the occasional day of running where I almost forget I’m pregnant and want to run until my body can’t go any further.
I never know when these runs will make an appearance. I’ve had mornings where I wake up feeling great only to find that 30 seconds into the run, my leg goes numb or the baby decides to get into an awkward position and the run is inevitably cut short.
You quickly learn to not really expect anything each day you walk out the door to run. I don’t have plans of running “x” miles anymore. I always hope for a good 5-6 miles, but am totally okay with returning after 3-4 if my body doesn’t feel like it’s up to more.
These good runs seem to happen about once every week (or less) lately. But this past week, I had THREE fantastic days…and as a result logged the highest number of miles since the start of May when I was 20 weeks pregnant!!!
Wednesday: 6 mile ~55 min (9:09 pace) Fantastic hot and humid run. I ran 3 miles out and back and had an almost 2 min negative split on the return trip (Note: as I’ve stated in previous posts, I don’t run with my Garmin while I’m pregnant b/c pace is NOT important to me; the only way I know my estimated pace is b/c I run specific routes and can figure out my pace based on the total amount of time I am running.)
Friday: 7 miles ~ 66 min (9:25 pace) After not waking up to my alarm, I headed out much later than I was hoping. I felt so good that it killed me to come home after 7, but I was already taking advantage of my husband agreeing to go into work a bit late.
Sunday: 10 miles ~96 min (9:36 pace) Headed out around 8:30am for what I hoped would be a long-ish run. The weather could not have been more perfect. It was one of those runs where you never want to stop running – you feel good, the weather is awesome, and you are enjoying a true runner’s high. When I reached 6 miles, the idea of doing 10 popped into my head and I decided to give it a try. Although I knew I would be tired for the rest of the day but since it was the weekend, I had my husband around to share some of the parenting duties!
Today is a definite rest day for me. Although I’m not sore, I feel a bit lethargic today (kind of like after a hard race or really long run). But I’m NOT complaining at all – I miss the feeling of being tired from a good, hard run!
Did you race this weekend? Run Long?
Runner’s World is hosting a Half Marathon Festival the weekend of Oct 19-21 in Bethlehem, PA. There are numerous races to choose from over the course of the weekend – Half, 10k, or 5k – plus free races for kids! And there will be seminars and other events where participants can meet RW editors and running legends (Bart Yasso, Shalane Flanagan).
For all the information on this weekend, please visit: http://www.runnersworld.com/rwhalf/
I have been given a discount code (Blogger32) which will save you 10% off your registration costs – regardless of how many races you choose to sign up for (you can do the hat-trick and run all three races!).
Feel Free to share this code with anyone you know who might be interested!! Thank you!