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Mileage Monday

Well, I learned a few things this week. I learned that getting up early and getting my run done feels really, really good. I also learned that sometimes it backfires because my getting up early can sometimes trigger Callum’s early wake-up so not only is my run screwed but so is my sleep and so is Callum’s sleep.

I also learned that my almost-13 mile route outside is getting too long for me at this stage of pregnancy. If I had water out there then I’d be fine but then my bathroom breaks would increase and I’m already stopping for potty breaks every mile! I had Braxton Hicks for way too long after that run (I’m still having them, as I’m writing this Sunday afternoon).

Despite a few setbacks, I had a really great week. I hit 70 miles for the week and I completed 3 days of strength work. For my 28th week of pregnancy, I’d say that’s nothing short of a miracle.

Monday– I took Callum out for 3 miles in the stroller and because Andrew was home early, he let me go on my own for 5 miles while he watched Callum.

Tuesday– I knew that if I wanted to get any sort of mileage in today that I’d have to wake up at 6 and get at least some done, so I put it on my Instagram story for accountability and it worked! I ran 7 slow miles this morning and then 3 medium-paced miles this afternoon on the treadmill.

Wednesday– I can’t even believe it! I woke up at 6, had my coffee, changed into my running clothes and started a slow jog on the treadmill while I waited for Callum to wake up. He didn’t wake up until after my 10 mile run was done! I ran the first 5 miles at a 10 min/mile pace and the last 5 miles at a 9 min/mile pace. I was also able to fit some strength work in as well. It felt SO GOOD to get it done early on in the day!

Thursday– So once again, I woke up at 6 and started running on the treadmill and managed to squeeze in 10 miles before the day really got started. It feels really good to get it done and over with, although I do feel antsy toward the afternoon/evening.

Friday– Well, the day started out a little rough. I got up at 5:45 to get my run done but Callum woke up with me so I had to take him out in the stroller for a 5 mile run, otherwise he’d wake the whole house up. We were both pretty grumpy after that just because he needs a couple more hours of sleep than he got and because I didn’t get to have that alone time that I sacrificed my sleep for! Once I got my attitude sorted out a bit, I decided to take Callum to the park and run him ragged so that I could bring him back home and give him a rest while I ran out some angst on the treadmill.

I warmed up for 3 miles and then hit my goal marathon race pace (6:49 min/mile) for a mile. Recovered for .5 mi then did the speed again for .5 mi, recovered, and then did one more .5 interval, with a 1 mile cool-down. I felt like the queen of the universe after that and the sun came out to match my good mood!

Saturday– I wanted to balance yesterday’s harder run with a slower one today so I took the first 5 miles slow at 10 min/mile pace and then picked it up to 8:30 min/mile pace for the last 3 miles.

Sunday– This route is actually 12.7 miles but I walked so much that I feel better about cancelling out the .7. Also, that would take me to 71 miles for the week and you guys KNOW I’m not about to do that. This run felt okay but I had way too many bathroom breaks and it got annoying. Plus I’ve been having Braxton Hicks like crazy ever since I stopped, so I’m thinking that this is probably the last time I’ll run this route this pregnancy. I can do longer runs on the treadmill when I’m near water and a toilet.

Are you guys dealing with hay fever right now? Itchy eyes and sneezing? How do you deal?

What’s your favourite electrolyte drink?

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  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home June 11, 2017, 4:49 pm

    All I’m seeing lately in clinic is allergy related stuff. Runny nose. Watery eyes. Asthma. Rashes. It’s bad this year!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 11, 2017, 4:56 pm

      Dang. It sucks.

  • Una June 11, 2017, 8:10 pm

    I’m the Allergy Queen. Thankfully, it’s slowed down a bit for me. I have a prescription for super extra strength Reactine, which I take when things get bad (I try not to, though, because it makes me super groggy), and I typically pop a regular extra strength Reactine daily or every other day during allergy season.

    Pregnancy sucked because I just had to suffer through the symptoms!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 9:44 am

      Yes. Not taking medication is the worst part about being pregnant. Totally blows.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile June 12, 2017, 1:49 am

    My allergies have been bad for months (usually they just last a few weeks). I can handle the sneezing and itchy eyes, but other years it turns into actually being sick so this isn’t too bad. Although one of my eyes has been twitching like crazy and my eye dr. thinks its because my eyes are dry. It’s pretty annoying.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 9:27 am

      Oh that is NOT COOL. I can’t stand twitchy eye muscles. That’s so annoying!!!!

  • Allie Capo-Burdick June 12, 2017, 3:24 am

    My allergies are as out of control as your epic runs my friend!! I love how much fitness you have maintained at this stage. It’s seriously so motivating. Keep it up :-)))

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 9:27 am

      Thanks Allie! Man, I hope your allergies settle down soon. I remember they tend to peak around Father’s Day and then go down from there.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe June 12, 2017, 4:59 am

    Surprisingly, my allergies are (knock wood) keeping themselves under control. And I’m not taking any medicine for them, even though I just spend $40 on another bottle of the pills, but haven’t started taking them. Waste of money…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 9:26 am

      I feel like my allergies are walking a tightrope. I’m crossing my fingers because I can’t take anything for it right now!

  • Amy Lauren June 12, 2017, 5:43 am

    I think running that many miles at all uninjured, but especially when pregnant, is like a miracle but I’m still totally impressed. It is really okay to cut out the 13 milers at this point… ;).

    No hay fever here, but on Wednesday I ran a race that was near a paper mill and had some trouble breathing. I’ve never been tested for any allergies and don’t want to go through that to find out (it’s not THAT bad) but I think the paper mill may have had something to do with it…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 9:23 am

      Ooooh, that’s a bit unnerving to have your breathing affected like that!

  • Helly on the Run June 12, 2017, 9:27 am

    I’m lucky in that I don’t get hit too hard with allergies but my poor Ben….he’s so miserable 🙁

    I’ll drink a Rock n Refuel chocolate milk after my runs but I’m not really good about taking electrolyte drinks during…I have friends who like Nuun. I’ve tried Tailwind. My coach uses GenUcan which interests me.

    • Helly on the Run June 12, 2017, 9:28 am

      I think you might like the GenUcan one because you take it before you run and then don’t have to worry about it anymore. Right up your ally since you don’t drink anything! 🙂

      • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 10:21 am

        Oh, I’ve heard a lot about GenUCan. I wonder where I order it from? I haven’t seen it much up here in Canada.

  • Ana June 12, 2017, 1:25 pm

    Does Callum fight going in the stroller? does he go back to sleep on the stroller? and how do you find bump free areas for running? …. wait, I’m forgetting you don’t leave in PA! the state of our sidewalks is deplorable!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 9:21 pm

      Callum loves going in the stroller! It’s all he’s ever known, and I try to pack snacks for him, and I run past the fire station and point out the buses and dump trucks and all sorts of fun stuff. He’s quite cozy in there. I do find that I can’t run longer than 5 miles with him in there or he will fall asleep and I do NOT want that!!! Otherwise he will totally screw up bedtime.

      Our sidewalks are great and we have a lot of asphalt bike lanes. The trail that I like going to is a bit too rocky for the stroller, so I can’t really take him along there. Plus, there’s bears.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes June 12, 2017, 1:30 pm

    Have you had to change your strength training throughout pregnancy? You are my hero for strength training that much and running all those miles, especially when pregnant.
    My allergies were awful when I lived in the Midwest, especially in St. Louis and Dayton. Once we moved out here, they stopping being bad – I only take allergy medicine during a few weeks in May. But then I get hit especially hard with them whenever I go back East…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 9:19 pm

      Ohhh interesting. I always imagined that the PNW would be the worst for allergies but that’s just me being ignorant.

      Yeah, I don’t do planks or push-ups because I get coning with my core because of the separation of my ab muscles. I engage my core during my strength work though, AND when I’m running. I am very intentional about it, which helps my deep core and my pelvic floor, no doubt. I’m on my fifth full pregnancy and I have yet to pee my pants when I sneeze. I must be doing something right even though I can’t do crunches and planks!

  • San June 12, 2017, 2:04 pm

    I am so, so thankful I don’t have to deal with allergies… I would be a mess.
    I like Nuun a lot to replenish. I also do drink (watered down) Gatorade.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 9:16 pm

      Yes, Nuun is good. I’ve watered-down Gatorade many times as well! It works!

  • Ange // Cowgirl Runs June 12, 2017, 2:47 pm

    I had allergies three years ago, and now they seem to have gone away. Who knows why, but I’ll take it!
    I’m a nuun fan when it comes to electrolytes. Vega is good as well, but nuun is my jam.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2017, 9:16 pm

      Allergies seem to be hormonal. I never got them until I started having kids and then pregnancy makes them worse… except this pregnancy seems to be a bit better than usual! Which is weird. It’s all up and down.
      Yes, I like Nuun too.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 14, 2017, 5:34 am

    Poor Callum. Poor you. Ave has been waking up at 5:45 to 6 on the regular and it’s brutal. Doesn’t matter what time she goes to bed either.

    On the other hand, you rocked the runs, the good kind, not the back door business.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 14, 2017, 8:25 am

      Jake was like that too! He woke up at 5am every day no matter how late we kept him up the night before. He still to this day wakes up hours before everyone else… and he’s almost 17! All his buddies sleep until noon and he’s been up for hours already.

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