#MarathonMom Week 11 Virginia Beach Training Begins!
*Disclaimer: This blog is intended to inspire, motivate and encourage women from all runs (or walks) of life. If you find yourself pregnant and wanting to run please consult your doctor! What I am able to do throughout my pregnancy may not be what’s best for your baby and your body. Every pregnancy is different. I’ve been a marathoner for 5 years (This November marks my first!) and got the green light from my doctor. And please, don’t ever feel ‘guilty’ or less-than if you are unable to run or exercise the way you’d like to. Sometimes bed rest is necessary. This makes you no less stronger of a woman. xo
Welcome to the new edition of “#MarathonMonday” turned #MarathonMom! Except this mommy will now be training for only 13.1 miles not 26.2! While I did run a marathon at 5 weeks preggo it’s def not advisable. I can still comfortably run 14 miles on the weekends still with needing a little extra rest and recovery. And by little extra I mean like a whole twenty-four hours of laying around and eating. It kind of reminded me of that first ever 20 miler I ran back in the day. #humbled To be clear when I say “training” for a half-marathon I mean making sure I get some miles in with the occasional pick-up effort. Every run will be based 100% on effort. Not time or pace. THIS kinda excites me. ZERO pressure. Except that of a baby sitting on my bladder. 😉 Come race day I’ll be right at 24 weeks along which means I’ll be over half-way through and we may know what the gender is! I know this can be a hot debate about finding out what the gender is or if I should let it be a surprise but finding out half-way through is a surprise to me. 🙂 And I can’t wait to announce baby names!
I devised a twelve-week plan (well I goofed and included ‘race week’ so it’s kinda really a 13 week plan. but who’s counting? obviously not me. ha) for #RnRVB (register here with code: RNB15 for $15 off!!) because I know that for me personally I am more inclined to stick with training and fitness if I have a game plan written down on paper. It doesn’t mean that I’ll follow it to a T and things will go perfectly. But, it does mean I have some preparation. And it gives me something exciting to look forward to. Training has always had a way of keeping my eyes off my physical appearance and more focused on what my body is capable of. And boy, do I need that reminder daily currently…
The only “goal” I have for Virginia Beach is to finish smiling, strong, happy and healthy. Last year I was excited to finish 7th female overall. It will be interesting starting closer to the middle of the pack instead of the front this year. While I’m choosing a different event next year (Dec 2018) for my winter marathon (Rocket City Marathon) I’m so glad to be running a Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon while five months pregnant because RnR really rolls out the red carpet with the aid stations!! I’m convinced that’s the only reason I survived Nashville late April. They had plenty of fluids every other mile.
So what have my miles looked like during the first trimester? I’ll start at week five:
My ‘pregnancy’ weeks technically start on Sundays due to baby’s estimated due date (December 31st!) but I’ve always been on a Monday training schedule so I’m sticking with Monday’s dates. anyway…
The week’s leading up to week four were bag of mixed awesome and really crappy runs.
Week Four: 04/24: 44.9 (included Rock n Roll Nashville Marathon 3:28 pr)
Week Five 05/01: 27.23 thought I was just super tired just from the marathon…
Week Six 05/08: 39.62 increasing miles, feeling good! We are pregnant!!!
Week Seven 05/15: 42.81 ran some “speedwork” Feeling great!
Week Eight 05/22: 30.12 “raced” a 5k (20:40 White Squirrel local race) and took much longer to recovery so skipped my Sunday run
Week Nine 05/29: 44.88 feeling good and ready to run longer! But, also fatigued and moody…
Week Ten 06/05: 45.9 including a 14 miler ‘long run’ that took all my energy! Overall felt super but def tired more quickly…
I’m averaging about 40 miles per week so far. I’d kinda like to maintain this average as long as I’m able and feeling well. But, ultimately baby is in charge and at the end of the day baby’s health trumps desire to run all the miles for the next 6 months!
Training while pregnant
So what have I scheduled for myself this week? I give to you the most basic training plan there ever was. Every three weeks my cutbacks will be even more cutback than what I usually do. Also, I won’t be doing a “total mileage” thing on Mondays because I don’t want to set myself up for feeling like a failure. Realistically there may be weeks where I’m just not feeling good. And that’s OK.
Week Eleven (13 weeks until VB half)
- Monday Easy 6 (mission accomplished this morning!) + strength training + lots of pull-ups trying to keep my upper body strength rocking!
- Tuesday Easy run with 400m repeats at hard effort, ample recovery time in-between
- Wednesday Easy 6 + strength training
- Thursday Easy 7 (hopefully hitting the trails!)
- Friday Easy 4-6 (give myself some grace)
- Saturday ‘long run’ 8
- Sunday total rest
While all this looks great and I’m currently feeling even keel at this moment last week was very challenging for my emotional state. While I’m not experiencing too many “symptoms” I am most definitely going through fatigue, especially hitting hard around 2 pm. And I kind of had a meltdown over this fact…I am used to always being on-the-go, moving and shaking, rocking and rolling and then, to be suddenly thrown on my butt hurts. It’s very difficult for me to accept this season in my life. For the active athlete it can cause feelings of insecurities and thoughts like (and yes, even those who planned for and desired a baby):
“Will I ever be fast again?”
“Gosh, I’m so slow.” “I’m such a slacker…” “What if I stay in this hole forever??” “Am I creating new lazy habits?” “I’m just not motivated.” “I’m losing all the fitness I’ve worked so hard to gain!” “My abs of steel are turning into abs of mush…” “I feel so unattractive.” “My husband must think I’m so gross.” “I’ll never be able to pull my business back up now that I’ve let so much slack off.” “I haven’t cooked in two weeks. My family will starve and think I’m a horrible mother/wife.” “All I can see are stretch marks, flabby skin and fine-lines.” “I’m the biggest fitness hypocrite there is.”
“All I want to do is cry.”
Then, insert guilt for feeling this way and thinking theses thoughts.
If you follow me on Instagram then you already had a glimpse into my meltdown. I keep it real 100% of the time whether or not social media likes it because I know that there will undoubtedly be that one woman who needs to know she’s not along in her feelings and thoughts. This is one of the biggest reasons I still run. The sport keeps me grounded. Frees my spirit. Reminds me just how far along I have come.
And that I can do hard things. Like learn to love the change in my body. And I will say that about 85% of the time I do feel wonderful and am very excited about this pregnancy journey. I’m in a totally new phase of life now and it is beautiful.
Baby: According to What to Expect baby is the size of a lime now! With fingers and toes…aw! Her/his little home (aka the womb in my belly) can now be felt in the far lower abdomen. I’ve read some women say they can feel baby move at this point but I don’t think so. I think it’s just gas. ha!
Symptoms: afternoon/evening fatigue, moody, finding myself very sensitive to words…, getting hungrier…like, I snacked at 2 am once already!
Weight: holding steady around 109.8 (2+ pounds gained –pre-pregnancy hovered around 107–ps-I’m super short!! 5’0″) It will occasionally fluctuate up to 111 if I’m extremely bloated. I’ve pretty much fixed that by increasing my hydration levels. I’m already doing so much better than pregnancy #1. Trying my best not to replicate the 50 (or was it 60? I can’t rem) pounds weight gain….
Cravings: Food Matter’s Chicken wraps!! And all things carbs. But, that’s nothing new to me. Just a new kinda marathon training. 😉 Grilled cheese sandwiches are life. I’m tackling this issue just like I did with marathon cravings: eat 3-5 servings of greens a day and make sure my fruits and veggies come first. Plus, 3-4 Liters of water daily depending on activity level
Do you have any runner’s body insecurities? Training for any specific races?
12 Jun 2017 / runpinkjess / 5
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