#MarathonMom Preggo Week 26 Mileage Breakdown
It’s Monday. And I’m blogging.
I know, right?
Anyway, so let’s chat a bit about how many miles this pregnant mom is running.
Mileage breakdown. Literally, I’m breaking down.
97 days (give or take…) to go until baby Ruby makes her grand entrance…According to What to Expect I now have an eggplant (good. I like eggplant. covered in parmesan.) in my uterus weighing in at roughly 2 lbs and about 14 inches long from head to toe…I definitely feel those two pounds making a few jabs and foot pedals!
What does this make my miles look like these days? Well, not like much. If you follow me on Strava then you’ve witnessed my slow descent and occasional grumble…
I’ve been averaging about 20ish miles the past few weeks…Month six has not been so kind to me. Part of this due to my big ‘ol pregnant body, the kid’s new soccer schedule/games (some require a bit of travel, like 45 minutes – 1 hour one way), and also juggling new client’s schedules. Oh, you thought I made my own schedule because I own my own business and work primarily from home? That’s a nice thought. 😉
Here’s how the miles have broken down over the past 26 weeks so far:
trimester one I was able to run 40-45 weekly and thought I’d even create a half-marathon training plan for myself. Ha, that was a cute idea, wasn’t it? (as you may have noticed I did not end up running the Rock’n’Roll Virginia Beach Half Worst.Rock’n’Blogger.Ever*.). Then, real-life hit…
trimester two hit with 40-30, then month six came and knocked me off my feet! Which is weird. I feel like I’m a little backward because most folks seem to think that the first trimester is the hardest to run due to morning sickness and fatigue but I actually found my first trimester and early second to be my best. My running just went downhill from there. My mileage did not increase in trimester two. That could also be due to the heat this summer. Running in summer is hard outside and even harder when your pregnant body is struggling to breathe and pump blood.
trimester three will officially arrive in about 13 days. Although, I swear I’m already feeling its effects. ha! Curious to see how long I’ll keep running. An interesting little fact here: only 31% of competitive runners continued to run in their third trimesters. I’m betting I’m no unicorn here.
My biggest month six complaints (which if you follow me on Strava or Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen me whine a time or two already. ha!):
- Some constipation (a handful of days that were just miserable. NOW I understand why when folks are super cranky they often get asked if they’re constipated. TMI? Yeah. Probably. Just keepin’ it real.). Running and copious amounts of water do help but, there were a few days where NOTHING gave me relief.
- Loosening ligaments. Especially in my ankles. It caused me to stop running for three straight days. Since I’d rather not injure myself I cut back. Pregnant women are more susceptible to injuries due to loosening ligaments. Thanks, relaxin. Doesn’t mean You have to stop for good just means you may need to slow down, change your route to a softer surface and lower the miles.
- The multiple bathroom pitstops. Ugh.
- Poor sleep. I’ve woken up STARVING or needing to use the lou on more than one occasion. And then, there’s the whole trouble falling asleep.
- Clumsiness has taken over.
- Some occasional round ligament discomfort.
On the positive side: the biggest takeaway I’ve had from this second trimester is this:
“Give yourself some grace. Don’t hold yourself to a certain standard. Get started, see how it feels, and go from there.” -Lindsey Hein, a mother of three in Indianapolis
I’ve found the more I simply just go and see how I feel the better the run feels. I’ve watched Instagram runners and other bloggers continue to run ‘tempos’, ‘speedwork’ and ‘long-run’ workouts at this stage in pregnancy but, for me? I’m content to just run slowly whenever my body allows. And some days I simply don’t feel like it at all. And that’s okay!!!
Then, reading this quote from this article here gave me so much comfort in knowing that not all is lost:
“If you do half of what you were doing before, you’re probably going to end up at the same level of fitness when it’s all over.”
Speaking of comfort I actually experienced a comfortable (relatively speaking) 5 miler this morning. Took baby “R” out for a stroll in our St. Jude Hero shirt! This training shirt has always been a bit too large but it fits now! #PregnancyWin
I’ve also decided to cut back to the half-marathon distance for the Nashville race instead of running the full marathon next April. Could I run the full roughly four months postpartum? Sure. But, do I want to? There’s really no need to rush progress post-baby. The St. Jude Fundraiser is still happening though! If you’d like to give little Ruby and I a headstart on our St. Jude fundraiser you can do so here.
I do have my eye on the prize for the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL December 2018. That will be my “A” goal race for the year. I’ll also be using this journal to document a new training season! 2017 sure has been exciting (new baby on the way, business, David’s soccer!) and 2018 I’m sure will prove even more exciting!
How many miles a week do you generally average, pregnant or not?
Do you have any major races planned for 2018 yet?
Or how far ahead do you normally plan?
*Due to my husband’s new job (no PTO-paid time off-off the bat we were simply unable to afford the time or cash to go) and also, running in the heat may not have been in baby’s best interest at the coast. This makes me sad. However, I did run Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Nashville and Raleigh and both were epic experiences! I’ve also decided that Rock’n’Blog will not be in my future simply due to the cost it takes to attend the races. I am given complimentary race entries but the cost of travel, room, and board far outweighs the benefit. That and I’ve been horrible at social media this year! #BlameItOnTheBaby
25 Sep 2017 / runpinkjess / 5
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