38 Weeks Pregnant, Racing, Running and Updates
I feel like I need to blog. It’s almost been a month since I’ve last typed anything here…I’ve updated–haphazardly admittedly–the QOTW (quote of the week–found on the right-hand corner of the blog when viewing from the ‘web’ version.) on the front page but other than that my desire to type, share or post has been zilch. Blame it on the pregnancy hormones or whatever. My priorities have also shifted tremendously.
We are expecting a new baby in two weeks.
The nursery is now complete, hospital bags are packed and I kind of feel like I’m in survival mode! So, I’ve been busy just a totally diffrent kind of busy. I’ve also been not-so-busy with feeling the occasional nap. I won’t lie. I’ve also entered the ‘official maternity leave’ from my business. I had begun to scale back late October, then really just needed to put things on pause now. And I’m glad I did. I’ve kept clients updated via email and such. Some women can work straight up until their due date (which is awesome. Yay you rockstars!) I, however, feel like my brain is complete mush and that if I were to continue I’d be giving everyone less than what they deserve. Another big factor has been the fact that I’ve been experiencing some intense Braxton Hicks contractions (which I feel like the past week it’s been more like prodromal labor) hasn’t helped my desire to continue work either…However, I have managed to get all the business’s end of year tax prep ready. So there’s that!
Onwards to running and more exciting things…
This whole being pregnant for this what feels like an entire year thing has brought some fun and frustration in the running department of life. I originally had planned for this year to be my ‘competitive year’ in racing and building my Pink Payne Fit empire. Don’t worry, I already have plans lined up for 2018 to make sure a surprise baby doesn’t happen. 😉 Although this little one wasn’t necessarily a surprise. We knew one or two more were on the agenda just letting life flow naturally.
Little Ruby and I ran:
1 marathon — Nashville Rock n Roll 3:26:36 7:53 min/mile (5 weeks pregnant)
White Squirrel 20:38 — 6:39 min/mile (9 weeks pregnant)
Firecracker 22:00 — 6:58 min/mile (14 weeks pregnant)
Flight of the Vampire 25:56 — 8:27 min/mile (31 weeks pregnant)
Reindeer Run 29:22 — 9:12 min/mile (36 weeks pregnant)
You can obviously see the slowdown as the belly grew and grew… I chose not to continue to race anything more than 5ks for fun because mentally my competitive side just couldn’t handle the decline in fitness in a race setting. For me personally enjoying the holiday 5ks brought me more joy than trying to ‘race’. It also gave me a chance to really focus on my personal #TeamRunPink! All my ladies had such a successful year and I couldn’t be any more proud!
I would also love to sit here and type all about how wonderful and joyous this has all been…But, in all honesty, I have struggled with my runner’s identity. I miss being competitive and motivated. My lack of motivation has been the biggest pregnancy shock I would say. I am so grateful for the honesty expressed by other women out there like Nicole over at Fitness Fatale. Her post, It’s OK to not love being pregnant, pretty much sums up a good bit of how I feel. As a mom, you are already at risk from day one for feeling guilty 99% of the time for the choices you make, the feelings you feel and any and all other things that come with motherhood territory. Someone will almost always have a strong opinion about you and your choices and feelings.
I love this little girl already. No doubt! But, I think I will love her much, much more outside of my body.
Oh, yeah. Back to running.
Last week and the week before that I ran precisely 0 miles. I was super sick and then we had snowmageddon. The forecaster said we expect 1-3 inches, maybe. We ended up with over a foot at our home!! The treadmill is still out of commission. I looked at it like this, God’s way of telling me to relax.
So I’ve been walking some now at 38 weeks preggo:
The last time I ran was December 2nd at our local Reindeer Run 5k. Ruby and I managed to sneak out with a bronze medal in my age division. It was the slowest 5k (including from my first 5k) ever. I was just so proud to be out there waddling along! At this point times and distances truly don’t matter. Sure, I see other preggos rocking their runs late in their 3rd trimesters but for me, if it’s not bringing me joy then why do it? I see no need if I have zero desire. I just knew after that 5k that I was done for the time being. It’s been a while since I’ve let my body have a good long rest. And I mean more than just a few days or a week of rest. Like a true season of rest. I have however been doing lots of squats and a pregnancy workout from this book I won from Jess at Blonde Ponytail Fitness:
I had been doing my own training plan that I’ve created up for the past few weeks then decided to follow a few workouts in this book. Only because like I stated in the first paragraph my brain is mush and can no longer process thoughts well. Sometimes it’s just easier to follow a pre-made plan. Check it off. I’m familiar with most of the moves and it’s not too challenging at all. Plus, the tips in the rest of the book are really helpful. She writes with such humor. Makes it an easy book to read through quickly! You’ll find more real talk here than in What to Expect. Although that’s a great book too. And you know what? We runners aren’t so great at keeping up with strength training so this may be a very good thing.
Oh, and on a not baby related note you may already know if you follow me on Instagram I’ll be back as a NUUN Legacy Ambassador in 2018! Legacy, which basically means I’ve been around the NUUN lifestyle for quite a while. NUUN is the only brand I’ve stuck with throughout the years and they just keep getting better. Honored to be apart of #TeamNUUN for the third year! I use NUUN as my electrolyte beverage, now long run fuel since they’ve introduced NUUN Performance, and occasionally a daily vitamin drink.
What’s next year going to look like? It’s honestly anyone’s guess. So I’ve made some loose plans…
I plan on resuming personal training the first week of March. I’d like at least 6-8 weeks to get in the groove of nursing and what not. Of course, I have a few details to finalize but I’ll get there. I also plan on bringing KickYo, $5 evening workouts and the infamous Run Pink to the 5k Bootcamp back in spring and summer! These were all a hit last year and I’m excited to offer these again.
As I mentioned in my Marathon Mom 17 week update (which I don’t think I’ve done an official bump update on the blog in a few months??) I do plan on racing the Rocket City Marathon in December 2018 and have already chatted with the coach. And you know, I’m such a nerd I already have my racing binder started for the year.
So far the races I’m ‘officially’ registered for in 2018 (not pre-registering for too many because you just don’t know what life will bring with a newborn. But, registering for at least one or two helps with my emotional state. Addicted to running much??):
- Day Break 10 miler Columbia, SC (race was only $10!) 04/14/2018
- Nashville Half-Marathon TN 04/28/2018 (*I opted for the half instead of the full. Decided that my body didn’t need to push for a full that quickly. Could I? Sure. Do I want to? No. I’d rather save a full marathon effort for when I can race it.)
While my marathon in Nashville was a two minute PR, that wasn’t the time I had trained for…something about getting knocked up knocked the pace off course. 😉 That’s okay.I feel this timeline gives my body, our family and business time to get into the groove of a ‘new normal’. Because, like I’ve come to accept, I’ll never be ‘her’ again. But an even better version of myself. While my marathon in Nashville was a two minute PR, that wasn’t the time I had trained for…something about getting knocked up knocked the pace off course. 😉 That’s okay.
Jess 2.0 for 2018.
18 Dec 2017 / runpinkjess / 3
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