Race Week(s)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Happy Wednesday everyone!

For the first time in 2.5 weeks, I didn't have a spinach feta omelet this morning! No, I haven't turned my back on spinach and feta yet…I just ran out. Instead I made this tasty omelet delight…

Eggs, Cheddar, Black Beans, Greek Yogurt

And here is a picture of Boston and Harper, because you haven't seen one in a while…

It's almost mid May, which means my back to back racing weekends are coming up. I was scheduled to run this weekend in a Duathlon, then next weekend in a 5k on Saturday and a 2.1 mile race on Sunday, for charity.

Unfortunately next Sunday's race was cancelled. Boo. The guy who was in charge of hosting the race just bailed on a charity event, at the last minute. Who does that???

There's another race I may pick up for Sunday, but I'm going to wait and feel it out. My family will be here for the weekend to celebrate my brothers graduation and my birthday…so I want to keep the options open. Mostly because they will already be spending Saturday morning cheering on the sidelines…and I don't get to see them all the time.

Last month, when I was baller enough to still be running 7:40's while almost 5 months pregnant, I was definitely slower than my normal pace…but I was still able to hang with the big kids. I planned to try to maintain as much of that pace as I could, for this race, without killing myself. With this being my first human growth, I've had to take it a day at a time. I never know what to expect each week, or how things are going to change.

This baby girl has had a growth spurt over the past month, and I can feel it in my runs!
This weekend I know that I will be much slower…and I'm okay with that. I'm just thankful to be able to maintain the mileage I have and to still feel so good while out there on the pavement. I've been steadily maintaining about 20 miles per week.

The first difference I started to notice was that I can feel the weight now. I've put on 10 pounds over the past 5.5 months of pregnancy, which is normal. I should be anywhere between 10 and 15. Those 10 extra pounds have made a world of difference in my pace. It takes a lot more to power me forward, and when I move, it's not as easy to glide across the pavement, as it used to be.

The weight on my legs has also increased. I don't feel it much during my runs, but afterwards I have residual soreness that I have to work out with a foam roller or with the stick roller. Otherwise it just hangs out and gets all tight.

I still feel great while running, which is the most important thing. If I can, I plan to run all the way up until the end of my pregnancy. Even if I'm running a half a mile at a time that last month. As long as it feels good, I'll still be running. And if it doesn't, then I'll do whatever physical activity I can, that does. Little baby Aria seems like she's enjoying the runs, so I hope she can hang on for another 18 or so weeks.

Yes, I do still get a lot of mixed reviews on my level of activity…especially on running.
Some people say super cool things that make me feel like some sort of bad ass. And there are others that give disapproving glares and tell me that I'm going to shake my baby to death. But you know what, people are going to have opinions about what you do, pregnant or not. Last year while training for Ironman I was met with plenty of disapproving people who told me things like our bodies aren't made for that much exercise and that I was going to severely hurt myself.

If my healthy athletic lifestyle makes you uncomfortable, that's your business. Like I always tell the kids I work with…When people say mean or judgmental things to you, it's actually a reflection on them and their insecurities, and has nothing to do with you.

I happen think my determination and commitment are some of my best qualities. :)

Have a freaking fantastic day everyone! I think I'll head out for my run now. Aria is ready to rock.

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