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Mileage Monday

Well? So, you know what? I hit 76 miles this week. I was going for 80 but I called Sunday’s 15 miler quits at 11 miles. I was really happy with my middle 7 tempo splits and I wanted to end on a good note rather than risk anything by pushing too hard just to hit an OCD number. See? When it really comes down to it, I can make the right decision. But only, and if only, it really comes down to it.

I am so proud of myself and I am so thankful for my ability to run this much and this well while being this pregnant, but I also want to be careful and respectful and not come across as a complete asshole. I hope you guys know that I am so aware of the fact that this little fantasy running planet I’m currently on can be obliterated at any moment, and I am simply riding this out for as long as possible. I sure as hell am not going to be cocky about it, but I also am so FRIGGING PUMPED that I’m able to do all this right now. And yeah! I’m proud of myself! Here’s how the week went down:

Monday– Lora and I took advantage of the holiday Monday and met up for a 12.7 mile run. We ran this route a lot faster than we did 2 days ago, except I had to take 3 pee breaks this time. The first one, I squatted behind a cement block next to the freeway and as I was going, a guy came around the corner of his property pushing a lawnmower so I jumped up and peed all over my pants. It was so gross. I need one of those running skirts so I can just squat anywhere and pee.

Tuesday– Wow, what a run. Yesterday’s was fantasmical, and today’s was…well…sufferage. I took a tonne of walk breaks. My legs felt heavy, my belly felt heavy, my cardio was shot, my muscles were sore from doing the new strength exercises, and I had to take two pee breaks, all within a 10 mile run. To top it all off, it started to thunder and lightening at the turn-around point which was quickly followed by pelting hail. THAT was fun.

Wednesday– Well, I really wanted to see if I could run ONE mile at sub-3 hour marathon race pace (6:50), so I warmed up for 3 miles, and then hammered one out at 6:49, and then cooled down. Andrew and I ran 4 miles together in the evening at a good clip of 8 min/miles.

Thursday– Hell yeah! Okay so I ran 5 early super slow miles this morning on the treadmill and then later on, got Callum all ready to go for 5 stroller miles but it started thundering and hailing and I didn’t feel like dealing with THAT again so I hit the treadmill while Callum ate his stroller snacks on the couch and watched his downloaded Netflix shows. Ha! And then, because the sun came out and I had bees in my bonnet, I took off for 5 miles tonight after Callum went to bed. It was GLORIOUS. I FLEW. I ran so fast. Then Katie and I went out for about a mile walk together which was so nice. 15 total running miles for the day!

Friday– Okay so, I split up my run this morning into one 4 mile treadmill run and then one 4 mile stroller run. Then because this is the last sunny day for as long as the forecast tells, Andrew and I headed out for a sunset 4 miler together once Callum went to bed!

Saturday– Callum ended up in bed with us so I didn’t sleep in much. Since I was lying awake at 6 anyway, I decided to just go for a run. I ran the slowest 5 miles of my life, which counts as a rest day in my books. Then I came home and popped some cinnamon buns in the oven for the kids, had my coffee, two mandarin oranges and a tonne of raspberries.

Sunday– Well, I wanted 15 because then I could say I ran 80 miles this week but I got to 11 and figured that being 21 weeks pregnant was reason enough to not be a complete neurotic freak. I’m tickled pink with the middle 7 tempo miles though, ran consecutively, no breaks: 7:03, 7:16, 7:15, 7:16, 7:09, 7:12, 7:04. My goal was to keep it in and around 7:15s, but it was actually pretty tough to hold back.

Do you ever struggle with wanting to be really proud of yourself but then not wanting to be obnoxious? Do you worry that if you express your gratefulness that you’re somehow jinxing yourself? DO YOU EVER WISH YOUR BRAIN WOULD JUST FUCK RIGHT OFF?

What would you rather have for breakfast: cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing, or an omelette?

Chocolate and peanut butter or chocolate and strawberries?

Can you tell I’m hungry right now? What did you eat last?


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  • Jen April 23, 2017, 4:46 pm

    Eggs. Over easy, lots of hollandaise sauce. With roasted potato type hash browns. And some kind of sausage. Oh my word I’m so hungry right now

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 24, 2017, 8:46 am

      I had read your comment right after I stuffed myself full of steak, potatoes, sourdough bread and cheese butter and yet I STILL drooled a little. YUM.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home April 23, 2017, 5:10 pm

    I should be grateful that I’m still running (even slowly). Trying not to be resentful that I’m fucked.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 24, 2017, 8:46 am

      You’re staying strong in the struggle to stay positive. I respect you for both honouring your true feelings and focusing on the good parts. You’re a strong woman to be able to do both of those things.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe April 24, 2017, 4:08 am

    I’m so happy with my body right now. SO freaking happy. But I don’t want to talk about it because I don’t need the peanut gallery. I gave it a little shout out this weekend, but really? I want to give it a few pats on the back.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 24, 2017, 8:45 am

      Give it a swat on the bottom for me too, okay?

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile April 24, 2017, 5:20 am

    “Do you worry that if you express your gratefulness that you’re somehow jinxing yourself?” ALL THE TIME. I don’t even want to acknowledge that my foot feels good for 5 minutes because I think it will suddenly start hurting again.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 24, 2017, 8:44 am

      Ha ha! I BET. I totally get it. Don’t disturb the monster, right? Tippy-toe, tippy-toe.

  • Amy Lauren April 24, 2017, 6:46 am

    I’m eating now… it’s a Cinnamon Roll FitJoy protein bar. I like these bars but don’t like actual cinnamon rolls. Crazy huh?

    Congrats on another week of great running. I’m personally surprised you can run so much through pregnancy but honestly, you had a strong base of running and have been running for years, running through other pregnancies, etc. Plus it sounds like you’re “listening to your body” and running by feel and willing to stop if you can’t run. People will always be judgy but really, it is your life and it’s only doing good things for you and baby.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 24, 2017, 8:44 am

      You know what? So far, I have only had one person criticize my running during pregnancy and she did it in a really educated and respectful way. She’s also a runner (close to a 3 hour marathoner) and a mom of four kids, so I definitely appreciated her input! Nobody has been rude or demeaning, and I don’t expect anyone to be. Humans are a lot more decent than we like to give them credit for.

  • Ana April 24, 2017, 8:44 am

    I heard this tip on the Another Mother Runner podcast, for peeing while running. She said she just sits on a rock, or on whatever she can while running, and without pulling her pants down, she just goes. She said that she changes her clothes after her run, and that by the time she is done with her run, she smells so bad that a little pee doesn’t make a difference.

    I think Megan has more wisdom on the peeing on the run, she is the expert on that subject!

    Be proud and brag! You are amazing and deserve to be bragging about all your running!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 24, 2017, 8:48 am

      She pees right through her clothes? That’s incredible. I heard of women doing that on the bike during Ironman and stuff like that, but not running. Hey, I am not judging, because I’d do the same thing too if it came down to peeing my pants while running or not running at all. EASY ANSWER. I’d pee all over dem pants!

  • Desiree @ A Girl's Best Friend April 24, 2017, 11:12 am

    I prefer an omlete and chocolate with strawberries.
    Also, the last thing that I ate was chicken. Just chicken. No sides, no toppings, nothing, just chicken. I want to pretend I’m always this “healthy” but really I was just late to work and that was the first thing I saw in the fridge.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 24, 2017, 3:35 pm

      Hey, whatever works. I tend to have zero patience when it comes to food prep so I have no problem with just grabbing whatever is there and stuffing it down the hatch.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes April 24, 2017, 12:02 pm

    Is it bad that I want both the cinnamon rolls and the omelet? I have a weak spot for cinnamon rolls but without some protein and veggies to balance it out, it’s way too much sweet for me. You should brag – you are absolutely crushing it at running right now!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 24, 2017, 3:31 pm

      Thanks Laura! I’d eat both too but I’d eat the omelette first and then finish it off with the cinnamon bun.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 25, 2017, 7:05 am

    Am omelette always. With a side of mimosa for my sweet boozy side.

    I say rock on with yo bad self. If you can do it, go for it baby, pun intended.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 25, 2017, 12:34 pm

      Oooooh, a mimosa balances out the protein and veggies quite nicely!

  • Jenny April 29, 2017, 7:25 am

    So here’s my new way to pee on the run- keep standing, spread your legs a little, squat a little, and just pull your shorts aside. If someone sees you they will be able to see that you’re peeing, but at least you won’t have your shorts pulled down. You might take the risk of splattering your shoes a bit or getting a few drops on your shorts, but you’ll get better at it the more you do it. I definitely think you should try this, you’ll like it!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 29, 2017, 7:50 am

      I’m definitely going to try this. FOR SURE. Thanks Jenny!!

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