Monday was the usual recovery run day. I ran on the treadmill since it’s been helping with mitigating the pelvic stiffness I get sometimes post run. Nothing major afterwards other than 30 minutes of weight work. I definitely cherish easy days like this because it’s becoming tougher to get a full breath lately. The baby is definitely pushing up on my lungs now.
Tuesday I was having some serious Braxon-Hicks contraction throughout the day and my back was killing me. Sciatic pain has been an issue lately in general. I don’t know quite yet what’s been aggravating it (other than the growing midsection) since some days I don’t have issues with it. However, on days it is a problem, I have to take it easy because running becomes tearfully painful. I managed 2 miles with only slight discomfort in my back and called it a day.
Wednesday I was feeling so much better. The weather was pretty terrible outside. The thunderstorms that had been threatening to occur the past few days finally happened. I don’t mind running in the rain too much but I don’t like slogging through heavy rainfall. That coupled with lightning, it was obviously the smartest move to run indoors. I managed the 4 miles well on the machine and actually felt pretty good throughout it. I did have one short BH contraction during my last mile but it let up pretty quickly and I didn’t experience any more of them.
Thursday I had this incredible burst of energy. I decided to seize the moment and go out for the scheduled 3 miles rather than swapping it for Friday’s recovery run, something I typically do on appointment days. My pace pretty much reflected how good I felt as it was a bit quicker than I’ve been hitting lately.
Friday I ran my recovery mile and did some weight work. I’m was glad to see that I was able to increase my leg press by 10 lbs. Unfortunately, this new weight level may be short lived since I noticed that my stomach is starting to get in the way when I use the machine. It’s funny how the belly can get in the way of things and I don’t notice until I try to do something.
Saturday I was feeling amazing and the weather was just perfect. It was sunny for once. It truly pumped me up for my 4-miler. I went out and enjoyed every step. I didn’t have one ache or pain. I even felt great enough to push myself a little more than I usually do. I actually achieved negative splits on this run and even got a nice 8:15 mile in there. I kind of felt like my old, slightly quicker self again. It definitely made my day =).
Sunday I was supposed to do the 6 miles I usually do. However, my husband had to go into work in the morning. I usually do my longest run of the week in the morning because I like to just get it done while I still have the energy. Lately as the day wears on I find my that energy decreases. It has a lot to do with the aches and pains of pregnancy getting to me. My fatigue has gotten worse as well. For today, I decided I would go for my run during my daughter’s nap. By noon, though, I decided I would run 2 miles and spend some time swimming. My pelvis was feeling particularly bad and kept popping painfully. The run wasn’t the most pleasant but I didn’t feel any pain. The swim felt amazing, though. I did start to feel the pelvic pain towards the end of my swim workout but I think that had a lot to do with the fact that my form was starting to crap out since I was starting to fatigue. I definitely was glad I went with swimming. I don’t think I could have made it through the 6 miles.
It’s been kind of hard to accept how slow I’m becoming. I find myself disappointed when I see my paces lately. I think it’s because I worked so hard trying to get under 8 min/mile paces during the latter half of 2014. I was finally getting there and making some huge strides when my pregnancy finally caught up with me. I get fearful that I won’t be able to get there again. However, I realize that I’ve done it twice already so surely I can do it again. I just have to be willing to work just as hard again after my baby is born.
It’s become quite obvious that fatigue is starting to set in quicker now. I don’t know what this will mean for the coming weeks, but I do know that as long as I don’t start getting severe pain from SPD I’ll keep planning to run. It may be just 1 mile for that day but it’ll still be a mile. I feel great compared to my last pregnancy so I’m not too worried about this happening anytime soon. Fingers are definitely crossed =).