My goal is to run a sub-3 hour marathon at the Phoenix marathon in Arizona at the end of February. I’m planning on following an 18 week-long plan from Advanced Marathoning. The book has a few plans to choose from, and while I would normally pick one for someone running 70-85 miles per week, this time I’m either going to go with the up to 55 miles per week plan, or the 55-70 miles per week plan, just because I won’t have as much time to run with a newborn!
The week of October 23rd will be my first week of official training from the book, but I’m obviously going to have to work up to the workouts demanded of me for that week. For instance, the next week the plan has me running 16 miles (no problem!) with 8 of them at GMP (goal marathon pace: 6:50 min/miles) HOLY SCHNIKES!!! If you guys don’t know, I’m aiming to run ONE mile at that pace per week during this pregnancy and it’s getting tougher and tougher, especially in the third trimester.
While Andrew and I drove into Vancouver on Monday, I geeked out with my dayplanner and jotted down the dates where I’d need to start building my speed back up. So far I’ve scheduled myself to run 1 mile at GMP during the week of September 4th–the week that the baby is due. HA! Except I usually have my babies early, so hopefully I’ll be a couple of weeks postpartum by then! If you’re curious about my postpartum running after I had Callum, you can find the post here.
Now, here are all my disclaimers:
- I’ve been running long distance for 20 years, so this type of running is not normal and not right for everyone! I write this all out for you guys as inspiration for your own running journeys, and I want to help in any way that I can, so please feel free to ask me questions. Email me, leave comments, hunt me down on Instagram!
- This is my fifth baby and so I am familiar with pregnancy and childbirth and the demands they take on my body.
- I also know that pregnancy and childbirth, just like any aspect of life, can take a significant turn with no warning, no preparation, and no mercy. I am taking in each day and each mile with gratitude, but I am also looking forward to the future with positive expectation!
When will I find the time to run once the baby is here? GOOD QUESTION.
I have no idea. Ha ha! I pretty much just take each day as it comes and fit in my mileage when I can, after my priorities (my family, our home) have been addressed. I have a Chariot stroller from when I had Jake 17 years ago! But it doesn’t fit an infant, so we purchased a BOB stroller off of Craigslist and our infant car seat easily snaps into place so I can push the baby in that while Callum is in preschool, or once Callum is in bed. I can also push Callum in the Chariot while Andrew is with the baby.
I’m not sure I’ll ever buy a double stroller. I had one when Jake and Freddy were little and I spent the majority of my run breaking up fights.
Freddy was all propped up in that thing with towels and blankets. We got away with a lot more shit 15years ago than we’d ever get away with today!
I also have a treadmill, so I assume I’ll spend a lot of time on that bloody thing, especially since I’ll be training hard right through the winter. I’m so glad I have it, though! It’s a lifesaver!
I’m really excited about this! I love my sport SO MUCH, you guys! It doesn’t matter if you’re an Olympian that can run marathons in 2:30, or a 45 min 5K runner trying to overcome addiction. It feels so good to be passionate about something we love to do, that’s our own, you know? My family knows they’re first, and they also know that I love my sport. One doesn’t have to exist without the other.
If you’re a runner, why do you run?
What’s your passion(s)?
What are your goals, and how do you manage the negative voices and the Land of What If?
What types of things did your parents get away with when you were a baby?
I don’t even think we had car seats back then! My parents brought me back from the hospital while holding me in their arms in the car! Or maybe they put me in a cardboard box or something, like a new cat from the pet store.