Training Tuesday: Pregnancy Running Ramblings

I’m SO thrilled to finally be sharing with you some of my updates as I run through my pregnancy. The past few weeks, I’ve been keeping it hush hush and haven’t been able to share with you as openly as possible as I would’ve liked about my training as an ambassador for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon,

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January total miles: 98.13 miles (so close to 100!)

And my recent weekly miles:

Week of 1/31: 26.78 miles total (includes running and walking)

Sunday: 4.5 miles – it was 55 degrees so I couldn’t help but get outside to run.

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capris in February. Wish it were still this warm!

Monday: 7.25 miles – got in a 6.25 mile run and then 1 mile walk cool down. Did stop a few times and do some weights in between miles.

Tuesday: 2.25 miles

Wednesday: 6.5 miles

Thursday: 1 mile before getting in an hour elliptical workout.

Friday: 2 miles – wasn’t feeling it so I hopped off after 2 miles and hit the elliptical for 48 minutes.

Saturday: 3.28 miles – OUTSIDE running! I haven’t run outside since, sadly, but it felt so good to be outside. AND this was my fastest run in FOREVER.

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Week of 2/7:  27.75 miles (includes running and walking)

Sunday: no run – spent the day traveling to and from a wake, but I did get in a longish walk because it was 50 degrees out!

Monday: 7.5 miles – probably the best I felt all week! The First 2-3 miles were rough, but I stopped and walked .75 miles and then felt good enough to do 3.5 more.

Tuesday: 6.25 miles – a run and walk on the treadmill along with some weights and kettle bells.

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Wednesday: 2.25 miles – a shortish run before 48 minutes on the elliptical.

Thursday: 6.25 miles – ran 5.25 and walked 1 while watching Amazon videos.

Friday: 5.5 miles

Saturday: 0  – SUPER cold outside and spent the day hanging out with my parents, who were in town from NY! (weekend summary photos  = here)

Running while pregnant – thoughts at 6 months/how I’m feeling*:

*if you don’t care about pregnancy running OR don’t want TMI, stop reading 🙂

I’m sad not to be running the half marathon this year as I’ve done for several years before. But, my doctor (and some running friends) have advised me that it’s not the best idea for me to run 13.1 miles at 30something weeks. I’m not an elite runner. I don’t have the body (especially now!) of a runner. I get it – it already is somewhat uncomfortable to run. That being said, it’s still disappointing and I miss having my training schedule and long runs in there as well.

I’m a lot slower than I was a few months ago. I could bang out a few miles in the 8-something pace if I tried, and was getting faster thanks to speed workouts. I could do a long run (10 miles) at 9:07 pace semi-easily. Now, I can barely break 10 minute miles, especially on the treadmill. It’s harder to breathe, my bladder aches and I have to stop a few times to catch my breathe. My resting heart rate is more than 10 beats/minute higher (thanks to my FitBit, I know this!) and I’m out of breath walking up stairs sometimes.

Not that it’s all bad – I’m feeling glad that I’m still running! Some days are easier than others. Some days are a lot HARDER than others. But I have to remember to be grateful that I’m still running and remind myself that I’m running for two. Or whatever that means 🙂

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Some questions for you:

  • Moms or moms-to-be – did you run throughout your pregnancy? Any tips? How long did you run until?
  • Locals – have you signed up for the CLE Marathon series yet?
  • Anyone – what’s your next race?
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One thought on “Training Tuesday: Pregnancy Running Ramblings

  1. welp i’m clearly behind on your blog and had no idea you were pregnant — ahh! congrats!! hope you’re feeling well and that running continues to be something you can enjoy safely!

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