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.
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?