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Mileage Monday

I hammered out 65 big ones this week, and did strength work twice. I can really feel my loose pregnant hips. It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try! Okay, so pretend a truck is pulling a trailer, right? Except rather than have the trailer up close to the hitch, it’s let out by an extra 5 feet of rope or chain and just kinda fishtailing behind the truck. It doesn’t hurt at all when I run, but I can sense that if I were to say, hop down off a curb, or twist my torso to pick up something heavy, my SI joint would slip. So each step I take is intentional and light, if that makes sense. I keep my body linear and if I have to shoulder check to cross a road, I stop, turn around to check, and then run across when it’s clear rather than twist my body while my legs go straight.

Here’s what my week looked like:

Monday– I pushed Callum in the stroller for a VERY hilly 4 miles. When we got back, I gave him my phone to play on while I finished up my run with 3 miles on the treadmill. My body wants more, but I’m trying to be more balanced and healthy and not so damn obsessive. I think I’ll crank the tunes and do 200 squats instead.

Tuesday– So great! Our weather is the absolute shits, but Lora and I ran 11 miles through it anyway. I drove Katie out to Lora’s and while she hung out with the boys, Lora and I ran and then picked up a pizza and some snacks for dinner.

Wednesday– Callum napped for an hour today and I hit the treadmill for a 10 min warmup, with 8 minutes at 8.5 mph with 4 min recovery (7.5 mph), then 6 minutes hard with 3 min recovery, then 4 min hard with 2 min recovery, then 2 min hard with 1 min recovery and then I finished it off to make it 7 miles total. It felt good to work a little harder than normal.

Thursday– I started out with 4 miles on the treadmill and then finished the run with a super hilly 4 miler with the stroller. Ooof.

Friday– I ran a suuuuper slow 7 miles early on the treadmill and then I ran hard with the stroller for 3 miles later on.

Saturday– I did this run later in the day and while it was slower (8:45 min/miles for 10 miles), I didn’t have to stop for any potty breaks, and the rain cleared up just before I headed out and I even had some sun come through! I did strength work and a tonne of squats.

Sunday– The sun came out just in time for Lora and I to run a very windy 12-13 miler. We kept an average 8:23 pace which surprised me, actually, because the wind was so strong that at times it felt like we were running on the spot. I think I pulled my right quad a bit doing all the squats yesterday as I felt it on this run, but it’s just sore–not injured.

Have you ever pulled a trailer? Backed one up?

Squats are supposed to target the glutes but all I ever feel during and after doing squats is my quads! Why? Anyone else?

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  • Tami Griffiths April 2, 2017, 5:23 pm

    Yes to the quads!! Grrrrr…. I know I need to do them for strength, but I panic at the same time cause I don’t want them to be sore for my run… a vicious circle… and no I haven’t backed up a trailer, but I almost always back in to park! It’s way easier for me!! Nice mileage girl, your amazing!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 7:36 am

      I was telling Lora this yesterday and we both agreed that doing strength work is just not worth it if it interferes with our precious running! Ha ha! I mean, that’s why we do strength work in the first place, so that we don’t get injured by running.

  • Amy Lauren April 2, 2017, 6:24 pm

    I almost never feel my glutes in squats unless I do them with my legs wider. The best exercises for glutes, for me, were glute bridges. Do them with a padded bar on your hips or either a plate in the gym… wowsers. Deadlifts can work the glutes a little too.

    Looks like a great week of mileage and strength training! Still super impressive for you to be doing that while preggers too!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 7:35 am

      Ohhhhh yes! Glute bridges!!!! I don’t have a padded bar or a plate so I’ll find something heavy around home to use. Thanks Amy!

  • Kelly April 2, 2017, 8:58 pm

    Too scared to back up with a trailer. Or even drive forward with one.

    WHAT is the deal with squats hitting quads? I’m the same. I want to firm up the behind, but squats just ain’t gonna do it for me! BUT…sumo squats? those definitely work my glutes more.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 7:34 am

      Yeah! I kept hearing about all these people attributing their glute strength to squats! So I tried it, and my quads were sore. Then I tried it again, sore quads. And again, pulled a quad muscle. F that!

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile April 3, 2017, 1:52 am

    One way that I have been doing squats is with a big stability ball behind me and against the wall. I start with my knees slightly bent, and then as I squat down the ball moves with me. I feel like it helps me to keep good form and I end up feeling it mostly in my glutes but also in my quads. Maybe you can try holding wall squats? I feel those in my glutes too.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 7:31 am

      Ahhh yes, you’re right! I never thought of that. Very true. I’ll try those next time.

  • Allie Capo-Burdick April 3, 2017, 3:28 am

    LOL – that is the perfect explanation of loose pregnancy hips and running! I love how you just GET IT DONE no matter the situation. I need to be more “free” when it comes to my workouts and just take what I can get, when I can get it!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 7:30 am

      I like how you call my OCD and desperate need for control being “free.” I definitely need you in my life.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe April 3, 2017, 4:00 am

    I’ve never pulled a trailer, but my mom is the master boat-trailer-puller, probably because she has been pregnant. Maybe that should be the new test for licensure in that area…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 7:30 am

      HA HA! I’m not sure that would fly. Can you imagine?!?

  • Corry April 3, 2017, 5:29 am

    When doing sqats, legs closer together works the legs more and further apart, toes turned slightly out, works the glutes more. Also, at the top of your squat, squeeze your butt cheeks together every time.
    My SI joints went wonky on me when I slipped on ice while pregnant. I ended up having to do massage therapy the rest of my pregnancy, and that’s not the fun enjoyable kind of massage. They still bother me a lot.
    I’ve pulled and backed up a trailer. The backing up is very hard and takes me lots of tries.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 7:29 am

      My legs are pretty far apart but I’ll try that butt squeeze. SI joints are sketch, ESPECIALLY when preggers. Dang.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run April 3, 2017, 5:56 am

    For some reason, I have been able to engage my glutes more with kettlebell swings. I mean, it’s still a squat but my glutes are soooooo sore after. Could you try doing those?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 7:27 am

      I probably won’t do them for a while because I don’t want to risk injuring my quads but when I do, yeah, I’ll give the kettleball a try!

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home April 3, 2017, 6:02 am

    How are you even running that much? And pulling a trailer? You are amazing.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 7:26 am

      Oh, I’ve never pulled a real trailer. Only my hips.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes April 3, 2017, 9:48 am

    You are amazing. It’s so awesome to see how you can keep running healthily throughout pregnancy!
    I use a resistance band around my thighs (just above the knee) to help with activating my glutes during squats – that way my knees don’t buckle one way or another and I don’t overcompensate with my quads. And then I squeeze my glutes tight as I come out of the squat! I’ll second Megan’s suggestion of KB swings as well. Those are butt burners.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 3, 2017, 12:29 pm

      Thank you! Yes I’ve been seeing people doing squats with a resistance band and I wondered why and now I know! Makes sense to me.

  • Jenny April 4, 2017, 6:41 am

    Also when you do squats, make sure your legs are a little farther than hip distance apart, toes turned out and that your butt goes down a little lower than your knees. That’s supposed to engage your glutes, but to be honest my glutes never end up sore from them. Maybe glutes just don’t get sore like quads do???

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 4, 2017, 7:49 am

      I think I’m just going to rage-quit squats. Ha ha!

  • San April 4, 2017, 11:35 am

    You’re amazing, logging so many miles every week.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 4, 2017, 12:34 pm

      Thank you, my friend! xo

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 4, 2017, 1:10 pm

    I love how taking it easy involves two hundred squats. How about reading a book instead? Blows kiss.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 4, 2017, 7:10 pm

      That’s a really good point, Sensible Meghan. Why do you have to be so balanced and right all the time? Dammit.

      • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 5, 2017, 7:08 am

        It’s easy to be balanced when it’s directed at someone other than yourself. 🙂

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 5, 2017, 1:29 pm

          Ha ha so true, so true.

  • Ana April 4, 2017, 4:23 pm

    Im the same here… I feel the soreness in my legs, barely on my butt on squats.

    You are this beutiuful running Mama Godess !! I love it !

    I backed up a small uhaul truck a few times. I learned how to drive on a pick up, so it felt normal.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 4, 2017, 7:08 pm

      I feeeeeel like a running goddess!

  • Brittney April 5, 2017, 8:15 am

    Your mileage while pregnant really impresses me! I ran throughout my pregnancy and realize it’s not easy but needed for that mental clarity. What kind of treadmill do you have? I’m on the lookout for one as I have a three month old who doesn’t allow me to go to the gym anymore!

    Brittney

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 5, 2017, 1:26 pm

      Hey Brittney! Good for you for keeping up the running through pregnancy. I’m glad you were able to and I totally know what you mean about doing it for mental health. I’m right there with you! Well, maybe you wouldn’t want to be completely lumped in with me… I’m a bit nuts.

      Okay so, my friend Jen recommended the Bodyguard treadmill and I picked one up off of Craiglist about 3 years ago and it’s been a workhorse. Bodyguards don’t have a lot of frills and features, which IDGAF about anyway–I just need it to have a solidly built motor and smooth belt ride for all my miles. Keep me posted! I often peruse Craigslist just to see if anyone’s selling a Bodyguard treadmill just in case I need a backup. I’m serious. I love them.

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