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Mileage Monday

I went into this week thinking that I’d significantly drop down in mileage just because I’m feeling heavier and my hip has been bugging me, but I ended up running 68 miles for the week anyway. I don’t even really know how it happens. But alas, I have no doubt that my body and baby will force me to drop the miles and when it does, I’ll comply but until then, I’m going to see how much I can do without breaking! Here’s how it all went down:

Monday– Well, first I ran 5 miles in the early morning, outside, super slow, while listening to a podcast. And then Andrew and I dropped Callum off at his parents’ house for half an hour while we ran 3 miles together and I think he was surprised at how slow I was going! I had a stitch in my side–I’m not sure if it’s ligaments stretching or what, but it hurt! It sorted itself out after a mile or two, but then we were pretty much done. I also did my strength work today too, which felt good, although holy hell, I felt really pregnant today. Like, REALLY.

Tuesday– I ran a slow, VERY slow 8 miles early, VERY early this morning and then a speedier 5 miles on the treadmill in the afternoon before the kids came home from school!

Wednesday– So, another double which means another early morning suuuuper slow run (6 miles on the treadmill this time, because my SI joint is fuckered) and then after physio (where my guy mobilized my SI joint for me) I ran a speedier 4 miles in the afternoon.

Thursday– An easy and cool 6 miles this morning pushing Callum in the stroller and then a slow 4 miler with Andrew this evening after Callum went to bed. I had my SI joint mobilized yesterday at physio but it feels like it might be out again. My hips are a bit sore. Maybe this is the beginning of the end!

Friday– I ran an 8 miler on the treadmill this morning at 9:13 min/mile pace while listening to a podcast. My hip is still a little sore, but it’s okay. Then I ran 3 miles with Andrew at night, and I’m really surprised by how good I felt last night and tonight! It’s weird!

Saturday– I did 3 slow miles on the treadmill and then 3 slow miles outside!

Sunday– Callum and I woke up at 5:45, I tried for about an hour to get him to go back to sleep but to no avail, so I handed him to Andrew at around 6:15 and went for a 7 mile run outside at a 10 min/mile pace. When I got home, Andrew was heading out the door and took Callum with him so I drank some water, ate Callum’s pancake and ran a fast 3 miles at a 7:45 min/mile pace. It felt good to pick it up a little.

I only did 2 days of strength work and only arms because my hips have been sore. My left SI joint is a bit inflamed but I only really feel it right after I come back from a run. Sometimes I will sit on an ice pack and that really helps. After about an hour, everything feels ship shape again.

Do you guys ever run or exercise in public wearing just a sports bra (and shorts, or whatever, obviously)?

I can count on one hand how many times I’ve gone for a run in public in a sports bra, but I did it on Sunday for the second, faster run. I was super insecure at first but then I got comfortable after about 10 minutes. It’s weird because I don’t have body issues and don’t normally feel self conscious! I’m not entirely sure what my issue is.

Do you notice that a bit of weight gain/loss affects your running much? How?


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  • Helly June 25, 2017, 1:12 pm

    I can count on one finger the times I’ve gone for a run in a sports bra. I’m exactly like you in that I’m not insecure about my body or have any issues about it, I just don’t know why I don’t. Lol!

    Omg, after NYC and Phoenix I devoured everything in sight and gained 10 pounds. It was crazy how I totally felt it when I started training for this cycle! I’m minus 5 of them now and am working on the rest. I can feel the difference when I’m at race weight.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 25, 2017, 2:27 pm

      Yeah, 10lb makes a difference to me too although when I went down too much then the benefits went down again. It’s such a delicate balance!

      I’m going to run completely naked next time.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile June 25, 2017, 4:09 pm

    I don’t think Ive ever run in just a sports bra. It’s not that Id be opposed to it, I guess I just don’t know if it would be that much cooler. I do wonder if my form would be better because when I strength train in just a sports bra Im better about engaging my core!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 25, 2017, 8:32 pm

      Yeah, TOTALLY true. Good point!!! GREAT point!

  • Amy Lauren June 25, 2017, 5:13 pm

    I saw on social media that Saturday was run in a sports bra day or hashtag something sports bra. I have never run in a sports bra with no shirt/tank. I did take mine off for a pic once because a bunch of the ladies I do track with run in just sports bras so we took a sports bra pic then I put my shirt on and proceeded to do the workout.

    If I ever run in just a sports bra it will be because I want to, not because other bloggers are or for “awareness”. It’s not a body thing, although I did spare Charleston of my pasty midsection. When I am running or stop for water, I like to wipe my face with the bottom of my shirt and I can’t do that if I am running sports bra only. Purely practical :).

    Great running this week and hooray for so many miles but I’m glad your SI joint is doing better! Good call to see someone about it! I feel like body issues are never good to play around with but especially when pregnant.

    • Helly June 25, 2017, 6:48 pm

      One hundred percent agree with you about the sports bra thing.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 25, 2017, 8:32 pm

      Yes, I 100% agree too! Although I’m a bit grosser than you are–I blow my nose into my shirt. It’s allergy season, and I had to blow my nose into the air today when I was in just my sports bra and it ended up all over my chin. Running in just my sports bra felt more like an emotional exercise more than anything. I was quite curious to see how I’d behave in one. I noticed that I ran faster than I normally would have had I been wearing a shirt!

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home June 25, 2017, 5:23 pm

    I used to run in a sports bra, back in the day but at age 54, there’s no way in hell anyone wants to see that! Especially not me. Hey, but more power to anyone who can pull it off.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 25, 2017, 8:33 pm

      Pull off your sports bra? 😉

      I’m a comedian. Oh, but that made me think… taking sports bras off and putting them on when our skin is damp has got to be the WORST thing ever. I’m always surprised that my rotator cuff doesn’t rip right off my shoulder blades.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run June 25, 2017, 5:27 pm

    I’m glad you’re still feeling good and doing your thang! I always run in a sports bra + shorts in the summer.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 25, 2017, 8:35 pm

      Thanks Megan! Yeah–you rock the sports bras runs! I love it! I actually would say I love it even if you told me you only run in snowsuits. Because I just like it when people are happy. I don’t care what people wear! I know you don’t either.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe June 26, 2017, 4:25 am

    I’ve run without a shirt before (and it was quite liberating, actually!). right now I’m a little self conscious about my body so I’m not sure if I would. Wow, can’t believe I just admitted that….

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 26, 2017, 6:44 am

      Your body has gone through a LOT. I completely understand!

  • Ana June 26, 2017, 10:39 am

    I am running with an extra 4-5 pounds… I don’t know where the weight came from, but I feel them… I just don’t see where it is on my body. I feel them because I am getting tired faster.

    And even with the extra weight, I run on sports bras often. I have a flabby belly, with stretch marks all over, and on my back… my son told me he thought I was turning into a tiger… the breeze feels so good on my naked belly, too good to be self conscious.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 26, 2017, 5:32 pm

      YAAAAAS. I LOVE THIS. I love that it feels good, and I love that your son thinks you look like a tiger! I love calling stretch marks tiger stripes!!!! WOOHOOOO!!!! I have some good meaty ones on my hips; I can sink my index finger into the middle of one of them–they’re so big. A reminder of my ever-expanding body=heart/love for my babies. xoxo

  • Gretchen June 26, 2017, 11:07 am

    Definitely not a sports bra runner. I don’t really get it to be honest and don’t feel comfortable at all without a shirt on! It’s not that I’m ashamed or embarrassed for my stomach to be out or others to see it, I’m just a very modest person I guess? (I also don’t wear super low cut, tight, short, or belly-baring outfits when I go out either!). Plus, to be honest (and not to sound full of myself) but I get honks or comments if I’m wearing regular running clothes, so I just don’t want to open myself up to any additional attention. There are creeps out there! I’m proud of you for doing it though, and it sounds like something you needed to do for yourself. Go girl!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 26, 2017, 5:30 pm

      Yeah it’s weird because I’m coming to the conclusion that I’m a modest person too! WHICH IS FKN HILARIOUS!!! Because aren’t modest people usually quiet, polite, and reserved? Actually, I’ve got great manners. For some reason, as crude and obnoxious as I am, my manners are on point. My parents definitely brought me up with manners. I dunno. I really don’t. I just… don’t like doing things that I don’t want to do and I already do enough shit that I hate doing, so why would I take my shirt off if I don’t want to? What else am I going to use to blow my nose?!?!

  • Ana June 26, 2017, 11:50 am

    As I was coming back to lunch I thought of this… I think pregnant women are the epitome of beauty and radiance, so I love that you are running only on your sports bra! Go shine your beauty on us, mere mortals, who are not making humans!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 26, 2017, 5:27 pm

      It felt quite liberating! I doubt that I’ll make a habit of it but it certainly felt like a good mental exercise for me! You’re so sweet, Ana. xoxo

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes June 26, 2017, 7:51 pm

    I’ve never run in a sports bra – I think I’d feel so much sweatier, because I always appreciate how much my tanks or shirt wick the sweat off my back. Plus, I’d burn like crazy in just a sports bra! I burn so easily.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 26, 2017, 8:10 pm

      YES! The fabric from my clothes help absorb the slime! Toooootally.

  • Felicia June 27, 2017, 3:13 pm

    I’m pretty sure my torso has never seen direct sunlight; not only have I never worn just a sports bra on top while running, but I’ve never even worn a bikini — even in a dressing room! I don’t think I have body issues and I don’t judge anyone else who wears just the sports bra or a bikini, but I just don’t have a desire to do it. I am a prude at heart ;p

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 27, 2017, 5:56 pm

      I get it! It’s funny how the way we dress isn’t a reflection of our personalities. I think as teenagers, we tried to express our “true selves” through the way we dressed and stuff but I wonder if we weren’t REALLY showing who we were, but rather compensating for something. OOOOOOHHH DEEP THOUGHTS BY SUZY ON A TUESDAY.

      Anyway. I’m not a prude…I am very much NOT a prude. But I don’t show a lot of skin, and I don’t NOT show it because I’m being prudish. I’m not showing it because I don’t want to.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 28, 2017, 9:07 am

    I rarely ever do anything in a sports bra and shorts outside. Not that I wouldn’t lounge that way indoors and not that I’m self conscious about my body (although maybe a little bit right now because baby weight…still…whatever). I just think my boobs are too big and really don’t want people staring when I’m running if that makes sense. Also right now, they are popping out of my sports bras (at the sides even) because I refuse to buy new ones for my milking days.

    Keep on running momma!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 11:12 am

      Yeah, it’s frustrating to have to keep buying bras in different sizes. I HATE spending money on stuff like that. I totally know what you mean.

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