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.
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