Saturday, May 31, 2014

Pregnancy training log week 28

Monday:50 min run. Hot, many walk breaks. Felt horrible. Maybe went 5 miles if lucky.
Tuesday: 65 min total (35min run, 25 min elliptical with intervals of 3,2,1 x2) I tried running pick ups on the treadmill yesterday and it was just too much for my pelvic floor. Opted to use the elliptical from now on when doing any pregnancy intervals.
Wednesday:60 min run (jog, shuffle, whatever you call this. I have a flight phase and I'm sweating, good enough for me.)
Thursday: 70 min total (50 min running + 20 min elliptical w/ pregnancy intervals like Tuesday)
Friday: 60 min elliptical (tired today, didn't even attempt running, worked hard on the elliptical instead)
Saturday: 60 min running + 5 min elliptical. Felt good today, no ligament pain.
Sunday: 30 min run

This entire week I was in Florida for NCAA Track and Field Nationals 1st Round (East Region Prelims) so I ran everyday on a hotel treadmill. I had really no excuse for not getting my workouts in, I had plenty of time and plenty of sleep. I'm sure I stood out like a sore thumb...a very pregnant looking female shuffling along at a 9 min mile pace, sweating bullets and darting out every 20 min for a potty break. Though I look like I may go into labor any second, I still have a little less than 12 weeks to go until the little one makes its appearance (less than 9 weeks until we are full term). I'm not sure how I can be any more prepared. If he decides to come early (like full term early, of course) we will all be ready.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Welcome back third trimester!

I've been so tired in the evening and early mornings that I thought it might be a good idea to split my workout in half (half in the am and half in the pm) to see if it helped my energy levels throughout the day. For about two days I think I felt pretty good...then my body realized what I was doing.

M- 20 min progression run/ 38 min run
T- 35 min run/ 30 min bike w/ pick ups
W-35 min run/ 25 min run
TH- 30min run am/30 min run pm
Friday- Off. The double running was a failed experiment and I woke up so tired Friday morning that I promised myself no physical activity all day. 
Saturday - 10 miles @ 8:30 pace. No walk breaks. Pelvis muscles are going to ache tomorrow. Took a two hour nap to recover.
Sunday - 5 miles recovery, did power walk a good portion of the first two to warm up my lower half. I can actually walk pretty fast, 13:30 per mile! Soon I will be walking faster than I can run...

I still ended up with nearly 40 miles this week! I didn't realize I was still running that much. I'm in my third trimester now and I've gained about 18 pounds, probably 5 pounds up from last time. I'm eating better, running twice as much, and I don't look "fluffy" so my theory is that my body is retaining muscle, unlike last time where I lost a lot of it. Every time I take a step I'm carrying around about an extra twenty pounds so my body is working much harder. 

After our family vacation to Jacksonville, Florida for the first round of NCAAs, I promised myself I would allow more cross training on my schedule. I plan to buy a summer gym pass and use the elliptical when my pelvic floor is just shot. I figure that would help me keep my sanity these next 12 weeks as my family eagerly awaits the arrival of our new son/brother! My are so excited...fingers crossed there are no complications from here until the finish line.

Nursery is painted!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Pregnancy Training Log Week 26-27

Monday: 51 min run (mostly waddling here, I suffered, getting ligament pain like last time, had to take a lot of walking breaks, this loop normally only takes 45 minutes)

Tuesday: 55 min total, ran with Kelly for the first 32 minutes of her warmup. Her warmup was almost too fast for me, I was pretty much done by the time we parted ways. Had to take a break before continuing on. Started to feel very pregnant.

Wednesday: 58 min waddle/jog. Worse ligament pain than Monday! Same loop + 7 minutes on Monday's time...and Monday was 6 minutes slower than usual! Think I'm going to need to break down and buy a support belt!

Thursday: 50 min w/ 3x3min pickups. Less discomfort and much better weather. Did this mini session after traveling to Kentucky with family to watch the SEC Outdoor Meet. My pickups may not be faster than my easy run pace when not pregnant but at least I'm out there and attempting to move forward.

Friday: 10 min run and 50 min elliptical. Watched Suits while working out in the hotel Gym. Tried hard to avoid my reflection in the mirror.

Saturday: about 55 min of running on hotel treadmill and 10 min elliptical. Felt slow but at least it was running. Saw a scale in the gym, weighed myself....depressed for a few hours after that.

Sunday: 45 min w/ 4x pickups of 3-4 minutes. Faster run today and little discomfort. Guessing the treadmill is much easier on the bump.

Running is getting hard now that I'm heading into the final trimester. I'm getting big and slow and more emotional. I'm trying to find ways to think positively about my body, but I look twice a pregnant as I was with Maddy around this same time. Hopefully Things can stay really busy at work for the next few months so I can stop counting weeks and start "taking it all in." 13~ more to go.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Gum Tree 10K recap at 6 months pregnant

15 min w/u
Gum Tree 10k in: 44:40 (7:12 pace) *6 months pregnant*, 1st in Age Group
(1 short walk break)
no cool down

It would break my heart if I didn't run the Gum Tree 10K in 2014. I have ran this race nearly every year since 2007, finishing anywhere from 2nd to 9th, and being that its one of the largest races in the state, stacked with elites, and only 1 hour from Starkville. I have never run particularly fast at Gum Tree (37:10) thought I have always enjoyed the race, course, and post-race celebration. I teared up at the thought of missing it this year.
6 month baby bump w/ my Gum Tree race #
A week or so before I ran the Columbus half I got an email from the Gum Tree elite coordinator basically saying, "We know you are pregnant but we 'll waive your entry anyway." Also, my husband was turning 40 a few days before the race, so we had planned all year to run it at the same time. He was not in the shape he had wanted to be (are we ever), but he was in good enough shape that he thought he may have a shot at the Masters win. I eventually signed us both up and "encouraged" him to do it. (Side note: My husband did win the Masters division, which I was confident he would. He ended up earning himself $400 for the effort, and turned around and purchased me the Garmin 220 for Mother's Day- Awesome husband award!)

I have slowed down a great deal in the last 4 weeks due to fatigue and the largeness factor. This baby is also growing very quickly and putting more pressure on my lungs and pelvis, making running much more difficult. I figured that once I reached 6 months I would really begin to slow down, and that running Gum Tree would be my last official race as a pregnant women (Although, once I was finished I contemplated finding a 5k in the next month if it wasn't too hot).
6 month glamour shot (special thanks to Instagram)
My "goal" was somewhere around 7:15-7:35 pace unless I started to feel horrible or like I was working to hard. I really wasn't sure- I had completed some tempos and a some "pregnancy intervals" at just under 7:00 min pace, but the sun was blaring and I didn't really know what to expect once the gun went off.

My first mile was somewhere around 6:55 and I was surprised how good I felt, and at no point during the first 3 miles did I ever feel like I couldn't hold a conversation. To make the time go by I waved at aid stations and talked to the people around me. I heard, "Hey, that girls pregnant!" about a dozen or so times. I even had a few people tell me, "Awesome job, girl." I hope while I was out there that I made some people realize that pregnant women don't need to hibernate for 9 months, and that exercise, when done to a healthy level, is encouraged during most low-risk pregnancies.

It was about mile 4 that I started to feel a little bit like I was working to hard, so I actually slowed down to a walk to let me heart rate get back to normal. After about 30 seconds I was able to begin running again and ran conservatively until about 150 to go when I let out my best pregnancy sprint-waddle to break 45 minutes.

Some people were rather impressed that I was able to maintain 7:12 pace without much trouble at all- others we sure I actually raced it. Its hard to make someone understand the athlete I was just before I got pregnant (I ran a 2:49 marathon days before I got pregnant -6:27 pace for 26.2 miles) which really wasn't that long ago, especially since I trained pretty normal until the nausea started, and I've been running nearly 50 miles a week throughout. But, when I put myself out there I know there will always be people that will judge my actions, especially living in Mississippi. I'm hoping for that every one person that judged me, someone else was a little bit encouraged. And, who knows, maybe I'll see a few more pregnant ladies at the races next year.

Waddle on my friends!