Now that I'm 25 weeks pregnant, running has been getting . . . EASIER. I bet you thought I was going to write more difficult. I thought I'd be writing that, too. I'm not taking anything for advantage -- especially with all the new symptoms I'm experiencing otherwise -- but here's what I mean.
- First, I've been taking it easier since the 20-week mark. My new approach is to run mostly every-other-day. There are exceptions, of course, but I go between 3 and 5 miles every other day and it feels far less demanding. The other days, I walk, do prenatal yoga, or plan to head to the pool. (I just haven't gotten there yet -- need to find more time in the day!)
- This brings my weekly (running) mileage to between 12 and 15 miles. A far cry from last year's marathon training . . . when that would be a conservative estimate of my long run for the week. Still, I know keeping my legs used to the sensation of running as long as possible will help me in the figurative long run.
- My pace is still slower, but for whatever reason, I feel like I can breathe better. My heart rate isn't racing. I attribute the change to the slightly lower temps, my slower speed, and just getting used to my new body.
- My center of gravity is different. I can tell it has made some difference in my form. But thankfully I haven't had any IT-band flare-ups or other aches and pains to complain about. However, I do need to stretch after each run. This is new for me. If I don't, my legs feel it way more the next day.
- On Tuesday evening, I had my first 4+ mile run where I didn't feel like my bladder might explode! I've mentioned it before, but my need to pee has been SUPER uncomfortable. I'm wondering if she was just in a different part of my tummy at that time. I hope she enjoys hanging out there. It was incredible. I felt like my old self!
- I'm not planning on doing any races for the rest of my pregnancy. Right now I know I could do 5Ks or 10Ks . . . but I feel like there's no reason to. I'm just happy to be plodding along. I also choose to save money this way -- you know, to put in Pequeña's piggy bank.
Speaking of investments, I did recently indulge in a few new pieces of running gear (above). I bought a pair of shorts at Target in a size bigger than normal. I also started wearing my microfiber preggo tanks (also from Target) versus my tighter-fitting pre-preggo shirts. I CAN'T STAND tight clothing right now. Neither can Pequeña.
I'm not sure yet if I'll buy a pregnancy running belt. Does anyone have experience with them?
Right now, I feel like I'm not bouncing around too much. But I did read that my belly might start growing my 1/2 an inch per week soon. So, I could see support being in issue in the near future. I'd love your experience with the belt if you have something to share.
That's about it. I will say that I'm experiencing a bit of sadness this month. Usually I'd be ramping up my mileage for marathon season. My long runs would be nearly 20 miles. I don't love the marathon race, but those long runs . . . I DO love. They give me time to think. Time to being outside. Time to revel in the changing of the seasons (autumn is my FAVORITE -- leaves are already starting to fall!).
Hopefully I'll be back at it next year with our new training partner. This year, it's all about her. And my "marathon" is delivery day.
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