Monday was nothing special. It was the usual recovery day and weights.
Tuesday I decided to run my 2 miler outside and try to beat the thunderstorm that was looming in the distance. I thought I had plenty of time to go out and back before the storm reached our house. I got to my turn around point and got a good view of the storm. The dark clouds were looming closer now and were moving quickly towards our community. I booked it to finish my second mile. I’m not sure how fast I ran it but it definitely was quicker than normal considering my first mile was clocked at about 9:30 and my overall average pace for the entire run was 8:45. I managed to make it to the gym before the rain came down. However, after I finished some time on the elliptical, the storm was hitting us full force. The downpour was so bad my husband came and got me. I never drive to our community gym and am baffled at our neighbors that do (it’s literally 0.10 mile from all the homes in the community so yeah, I judge them for not just walking there). However, today was an exception. In the 3 seconds it took me to get to the car I was drenched. I was so glad I finished my run before it hit!
Wednesday I was feeling good and it really reflected during my run. I kind of felt like my usual running self. I didn’t feel any pain when I started. I didn’t feel sluggish like I have been when I first start running. The only issue I had was a BH contraction I got during the last mile. It went away quickly, though, and was able to finish strong.
Thursday I was feeling a bit run down so I took my 2 miler a bit slower. I think 2 days of faster-than-usual paces may have caught up to me this day. It wasn’t a good day pace-wise but I didn’t feel horrible during the run. I finished up in the gym on the elliptical, my trade off for the lesser mileage. I’m learning a lot about how much my body dictates how my run will go during this pregnancy. This day was a great example.
Friday was an easy day and I wanted more than anything to back out of my gym workout once my run was complete. I just was not feeling well this day and was exhausted from the long morning I had. I completed my uneventful recovery mile and sucked it up and went to the gym after I was done. I’m glad I did because after my run I actually felt great. I finished all the weightlifting I had planned with no issues.
Saturday I got up bright and early for my “long” run. I wasn’t sure how this would go since last week it went horribly.
I was happy when I woke up well rested and energized to run. I was actually looking forward to the run. I was a little sad to see it was raining. Usually, I avoid running in the rain because my shoes’ soles aren’t waterproof (honeycomb rubber soles). My socks get soaked and I hate the feeling of squishing along. Still, it was so nice temperature-wise outside and I really didn’t want to run 4 miles on the treadmill. I was aching for the change of scenery so I decided to just go for it and run outside. The rain stayed light and I really enjoyed the entire run. I was happy to see I ran quicker than my sluggish 10:00+ pace last week. I felt great throughout the run as well. I’d love to say I felt like I could run one more mile afterwards but I really couldn’t. I can feel the strain and fatigue setting in towards the end of the 4th mile. It’s a bummer I physically can’t handle more because of soreness/fatigue. My heart really wants to keep going!
Sunday I went out for 3 miles and fully expected to be fatigued when I ran. It’s been the trend for the past few weeks after my longer runs. I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up once again feeling energized and ready to go. The weather was just beautiful when I got out. The rain the day before really cleaned up the air. I didn’t run nearly as fast as my 3 miler earlier in the week but still a lot quicker than I was expecting.
I’m really pleased with how far I’m running at this point. I’ve mentioned it several times but I wasn’t running by this point during my last pregnancy. I could barely do a mile then without pain. Now, here I am running and feeling awesome while doing it. I think I’m going to make it to delivery day still running! Granted, I may be down to 1 mile with a break somewhere in that length but it’ll still be running! I’m really excited about that =).