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Mileage Monday

After finding out last week that despite me measuring small, the baby is in fact big, and after seeing my OBGYN who gave me the go ahead to keep running, I set out with a vengeance and managed 60 miles in the bank for my 34th week of pregnancy!

Monday– I start out so slow on the treadmill now. I put it to 3.5 mph just to get my legs moving, then up to 4mph and just walk for a quarter of a mile and then slowly ease into running. It takes my body a LONG time to warm-up but by the time these 7 miles were over, I felt like I could go forever!

Tuesday– I woke up early and ran 4 miles on the treadmill (my first mile was 10:58 min/mile pace!!!) and then when Callum woke up I pushed him in the stroller for a slow 4 miles. I was SO GRUMPY and irritable that I ended up running 4 hard miles (8:30 min/miles… ha ha!) on the treadmill in the afternoon to get my angst out. It worked!

Wednesday– Such a great run, although we did it under the direct sunlight in 26 degree Celcius heat. Whew! We averaged just under an 8:30 min/mile pace.

Thursday– Oh man, this run was ugly. Callum got me up at 5:45 this morning so I had time to eat and drink water before meeting Lora to run at 10am, which is good. But I usually have to do at least 2 poos before I run and I had only done 1, so I knew I’d have to poo again during our run somewhere. I made it to the bathroom with seconds (and millimetres) to spare, thankfully, but it was not a comfortable sitch. Once I went though, I felt like a new woman and the 3 miles back to the car felt amazing. Lora kept going as she was doing an 18 mile run, and I wanted 8 miles so I ran a mile out and back to bring it to 8 for the day.

Friday– I can’t really sleep past 6, so I got up, got dressed and headed to the gym treadmill for 4 miles (if I stay home on the treadmill then Callum wakes up and finds me). Then I threw a new top on, drove to Starbucks and ran 4 miles from there. I got changed, had a coffee and their raspberry lemon loaf (my new obsession) and did Andrew’s mail-outs for August AND September because I know I’ll be too busy with a newborn to do them then!

Saturday– I had started the week with the goal of hitting 50 miles for the week but as I got closer I realized I could in fact hit 60, so in order to do so, I had to run 8 miles a day this weekend. This morning’s run felt a little sluggish, but I got it done! 8 miles at about a 9:45 min/mile pace.

Sunday– Getting out the door for this one was ugly. I slogged through a groggy 8 miles at about a 10 min/mile pace (at LEAST) with 3 bathroom stops. But, hey—I got ‘er done!

I didn’t do ANY strength work this week because I was getting wrist pain and I do NOT want to have a newborn and be in too much pain to handle all the hands-on tasks it takes to care for him! Even doing my hip exercises put too much pressure on my wrists because I’d be holding myself up with my hands.

Have you guys ever had carpal tunnel syndrome?

When you run with other people, do you end up running faster or slower than you would if you were running alone?

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  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 30, 2017, 12:04 pm

    That’s pretty impressive for this late in the pg! I’m struggling to get my runs done this week–idk if it’s RA or the weather or what. I was really grumpy on Friday and even yesterday. The best thing happened tho, I was ALoNE for most of the afternoon and evening yesterday. It was heavenly. No TV and no talking. Just me and the pup…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 30, 2017, 2:23 pm

      Oh, I’d slap a granny for alone time like that. I’m glad you got some, and I hope it helped your grumpiness.

  • Tami Griffiths July 30, 2017, 1:09 pm

    Awesome job girlfriend!!! I have heard of a lot of carpal tunnel with pregnancy! Never dealt myself… but I gave birth twice at 34 weeks, those little turkeys escaped to early!! Keep that one in there and keep on running! I love these posts!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 30, 2017, 2:23 pm

      Ohhhhh 34 weeks, eh? Did you ever find out why? Or is it a mystery? I’m curious!

  • Amy Lauren July 30, 2017, 5:07 pm

    Great job with the miles this past week! I am glad the baby is measuring well too.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 30, 2017, 8:04 pm

      Thanks Amy!!!

  • Gretchen July 31, 2017, 5:43 am

    Usually when I’m running with a group, I tend to go with people slower than me. I’m always self-conscious about slowing down a group, so I would rather take it easy than feel like I’m ruining someone’s workout. This weekend when my friend from DC visited and I ran with her, it kind of shifted my mindset. She’s a much faster runner than me, but I could keep up with her long run pace no problem. I think sometimes I short change myself and don’t believe that I can hit paces, but with another person pushing me I realized I can be better. Now I want to find a faster group to run with and see how well I can do!!

    (oh, and great job this week!! sorry this comment was all me, me, me)

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 31, 2017, 10:28 am

      YES! You are SO RIGHT! I know what you mean when you say having people who are faster than us push us. Even when Lora and I run together, I run faster than I would have if I had run alone. Unless I’ve got a specific speed work workout on tap then ya, I mean I’ll do it, but typically if I’m going out for a long slow run I’ll be much faster with Lora, and same with her. Kinda cool! You should totally find a speedier group to run with! You’d surprise yourself.

  • Ana July 31, 2017, 6:14 am

    I am so happy that you are able to run all the miles that make you happy!

    Baby is almost here!

    I have a funny keyboard because I’m always typing it’s supposed to help with the wrist pain. Can’t afford writs pain in my line of work!

    I love running with groups, it gives me more accountability for my speed. Alone, I will likely go slower.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 31, 2017, 10:26 am

      I can see how the peer pressure would make you run faster. It’s good to push ourselves a bit like that sometimes.

  • Marina @ Happy Healing July 31, 2017, 7:21 am

    Wow, awesome job! This is so impressive.

    When I run with other people I usually run slower than if I’m running alone. I tend to focus on other things and end up slowing down a bit 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 31, 2017, 10:26 am

      Yeah, that makes sense. It all depends on who I’m running with, I guess, and what juicy things we have to talk about!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe July 31, 2017, 8:56 am

    A 5 mile run for me is all I can handle. I am pretty well and done after that. The thought of what you are doing is boggling my mind.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 31, 2017, 10:25 am

      Oh it boggles my mind too. I feel like a freak of nature.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 2, 2017, 10:06 am

    Slog is an accurate description for all of my runs.

    You are kicking ass and taking names.

  • San August 2, 2017, 3:26 pm

    Still pounding out those miles… it’s so impressive that you run every day!!

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