I am officially at 20 weeks in my pregnancy, halfway there! In other news, I have been researching belly support bands for running and have ordered one of those QALO rings to start wearing. My fingers have been swelling a little more and it is getting more difficult to take off my rings! I am also starting to definitely show more. There is a visible bump. I am still fighting the good fight with my pants, but may have to wave the white flag soon! Running is getting slower, but I’m keeping at it. It makes me feel normal with all of these changes going on, and continues to keep my stress down! Here is to another week!
7/23 – This was one of those nasty days at work. Things got really hectic at the end and I dealt with some interesting situations. I was glad just to be home at the end of the day. My husband made dinner and it was nice to unwind from the day with him.
7/24 – I went on a walk today after work, about 2.6 miles around the neighborhood. It was a fairly pleasant evening and I was able to get some pre-course work for a continuing education class I have coming up next weekend. Today was a better today than yesterday.
7/25 – Today, I went on a running “adventure” with my running buddy, Danielle. We started nice and early before it could get too warm. About 1.5 miles into our run, I realize that I had dropped my car key somewhere along the trail. Oh boy. So, we turned around and did a slow jog, scanning the trail for my key as we went along. Of course, the key was right where I started! It fell off about 5 feet away from my car! Whew! That was lucky! So we resumed our run for a little longer. I ran 5 miles, and with walking and key hunting jogging speed, we averaged a 11:50 min/mi pace. After my run, I went in to the Rec Center to work on my strengthening exercises. Lots of lower body work and some hip strengthening and posture exercises. I hate lunges with a fiery passion, but I have been pretty good about staying consistent with them. I will continue to do this until I can no longer do so… same with running. I hope that is not anytime soon!
7/26 – No exercise for me today after another long day at work. My husband got our new outdoor chairs set up, so we enjoyed a nice evening sitting outside by our new firepit. It was a nice evening and so relaxing to be outside!
7/27 – Early morning run prior to work. 3 miles ran at 10:53 min/mi pace with walk breaks. My bladder is feeling abused. Today, we also had our 20 week ultrasound! We got to see our baby girl up close and personal again. We were told that her heart is “textbook.” I told the US tech that she has been running with me, so we are both working on our cardiovascular systems! She looked great, and it definitely made my husband and me more eager to see her!
7/28 – Today, I watched my husband participate in a soccer tournament. This is a tournament put on by one of my friends in honor of her brother and father, who lost their lives in an attempt to fly around the world in order to raise money for schools in Pakistan. The tournament raises money for a scholarship fund in memory of her brother. It is a great cause, and I have played in it every year except this year! It was a warm morning, so I was a little tired after all of the games. I had to lay down and rest :)
7/29 – Since I rested yesterday, I got up a little earlier than I usually do on Sunday and ran before church. I decided to see how far I could run/walk in 40 minutes. Made it 3.7 miles at 10:52 min/mi pace. The temperature was fairly pleasant, too! The first mile is usually the worst for me anyway, but today, it definitely feels like I was running through peanut butter with cement blocks tied to my legs during that first mile. I’m probably getting to the point where I will have to start taking walk breaks more frequently with shorter running intervals. I’m still a little stubborn, but I’m starting to get to the point where I am enjoying the walk breaks a little more!
Made it halfway through the pregnancy and still running. When my belly support belt comes in, I will have to let you all know about my adventures with that! Have a great week, Salty Readers!