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?

Training Tuesday: End of January

Happy Groundhog Day! I’m really hoping we get spring sooner, because I’ve been really missing my outdoor warm weather and non icy runs. As you know, as an ambassador for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, I’m sharing my training with you and even a race giveaway in a few weeks! (If you haven’t registered yet–>you can do so here).

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Again, I haven’t created my training program yet, but I’m still trying to keep up the base miles and again these weeks I’ve had to run inside quite a bit. This week was a decent week running wise – compared to last week when I got basically no miles (but had a great time in Mexico City!) as you can see:

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Weekly miles:

Week of 1/17: 3.35 miles total

Yes, a wayyyyy less than stellar week, mileage wise. However – B and I were in Mexico City and walking around a TON. The first day we got 30,000+ steps! We did make it out for one run on my birthday (woohoo) and despite the altitude, it was fun 🙂 AND wearing shorts and short sleeves in January is always nice!

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Week of 1/24: 27.03 miles (includes running and walking)

S: no run – spent the day traveling

M: 6.5 (did the Runs for Cookies Virtual 5k on the treadmill and added on a few extra miles running and walking)

T: 4 (wasn’t feeling it today. walk/jogged on the treadmill)

W: 2.5 (55 min elliptical workout and then ended with a short run)

Th: 5 (5 slow treadmill miles – I stopped 3 times to do weights and then kept running. followed by 12 min on the elliptical)

F: 4.25 (4-ish miles and then 17 min on the elliptical)

S: 4.78 (Warm enough to run outside again!)

 

 

Weekly highlights:

The Runs for Cookies Virtual 5k kept me motivated with an actual planned run that day. Maybe I should put together a training plan so I have something to follow?

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I got new shoes! I love the bright color and hope that I can get many good miles in them.

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I ran outside! B and I ran to brunch on Saturday and the weather was in the 40s when we finished our run – it was SO nice!

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Despite being in the 50s-60s over the weekend(yay!) it was SO  cold some mornings. And that got me thinking – what’s too cold? I’ve run in the teens and below – maybe I just need to get used to it again?

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weather on my walk to work in the morning – thus it was much colder when i woke up!

Some questions for you:

  • What’s “cold weather” running to you and what’s too cold? 40s? 30s? teens?
  • For the locals – any races I should sign up for soon?
  • How do you stay motivated on the treadmill?

Training Tuesday: First Two Weeks of Jan

It’s mid-January – you know what that means?

No, not that it’s almost time to celebrate my birthday (well, it is … hint hint!) – but that it’s marathon training season for so many! While I’m not training for a full marathon this year, I am getting ready to train for the Rite Aid Cleveland race series, which means I’m building some base miles to get ready for when training begins.

Once again, I’m excited to be an ambassador for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Which means I’ll be sharing my training with you and even a race giveaway (if you haven’t registered yet–>you can do so here).

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I haven’t started seriously training yet, or created my training program, but I’m building up the miles, getting reacquainted with the treadmill again (ugh! winter) and getting excited for spring. Here’s some of the highlights of my running so far:

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YAY! I’m keeping track of miles this year.

Weekly miles:

Week of 1/1: 4.3 miles total

Okay, there were only two days in the week – Friday and Saturday. I ran 4.3 miles on New Years Day and that was it!

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first run of 2016

Week of 1/8: 29.35 miles total (includes running and walking)

S: 4.6 (some snowy outdoor miles!)

M: 5

T: 4.6 (running on the treadmill and then 20 minutes on the  elliptical)

W: 6.2 (treadmill 10k)

Th: 4.7 (running and walking on the treadmill)

F: .25 (warmup run before the elliptical)

S: 4 (Cleveland Marathon Kickoff Run!! Last outdoor run in a while)

 

 

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Before the Kickoff Run – a photo opp with some of my Marathon Ambassadors!

 

Week of 1/15: 29.6 miles total (includes running and walking)

S: 3.1 (treadmill 5k, then the elliptical and some weights/kettlebells)

M: 6.3

T: 6.2 (4.5 miles running, rest was walking warm up and cool down)

W: 2.25 (2.25 miles running plus 48 min on the elliptical)

Th: 6.25 (5 miles running inside and 1.25 miles walking)

F: 0 (50 minutes on the elliptical)

S: 5.5 miles (3.5 miles running inside plus 2 miles walking on the treadmill)

 

And that’s it so far! I’m pretty proud of all the miles I’ve already got in this year. This week is going to be a little slow – I’m on vacation – but looking forward to keeping up miles and sharing training with you this year!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any races coming up?
  • What’s your favorite marathon/half marathon?