Here is a fun fact for Salty Readers. Indiana is not full of just a bunch of corn fields. In fact, there are several more states that produce more corn than Indiana. What we do have … is a lot of soy beans. We are (at my last check) number one in soy bean production in the country. Thus, the headline photo is just a glimpse of what I often see out on my runs. Soy beans. We also happen to be number two in ice cream production, so there’s that! This has been an interesting week weather-wise. We saw a big temperature drop from the mid-90’s to the mid-60’s as a high. I am thankful for these lower temperatures, especially as I grow larger and produce more heat.
9/3 – Happy Labor Day! I was fortunate to have the day off work. I decided to sleep in just a little bit and rest my tired body! It was so hot out even early in the morning. I decided to go for a walk vs. run in the heat. I walked a little over 3 miles, feeling glad I held off on running for today.
9/4 – I worked a little longer today since I did not have to work yesterday. I came home and relaxed, decided to take it easy. My husband and I have been watching The Good Place, and have been getting a good laugh out of that!
9/5 – Today, I ran with my running buddy, Danielle, early in the morning. We ran walked 4 miles at 11:42 min/mile pace. It was still warm even that early! I am looking forward to this weekend’s cooldown! After running, I did some strength training at the Rec Center. I did some lunges, reverse lunges, squats, deadlifts, bent over rows, hammer curls, triceps presses, clamshells, side planks, and stretching. I’m trying to keep these muscles relatively toned and ready for all of the lifting and bending and baby carrying that will be happening in a few months. Then I stretched and did a short walk to cool down.
9/6 – We finished up the Good Place tonight and had tacos for dinner. Baby girl seems to like tacos. She always starts kicking like crazy after I eat them :)
9/7 – For some reason, the last few Friday morning runs have seemed like a trot. I ran/walked 2.77 miles at 11:33 min/mi pace. It had been raining all night, but there was very minimal drizzle when I was out this morning. Temperatures still haven’t quite dropped much yet, but it was nice to see the pretty sunrise.
9/8 – Hooray! How glorious it was to see the low 60’s on my run again! The rain did not even phase me. I don’t mind a little rainy running. It was just nice to not have heat and humidity weigh me down. I have still been running about half a mile, and then walking a minute. I ran/walked 4.5 miles at 11:17 min/mi pace. I also paused for a potty break and water stop. Overall, it was a refreshing run. I am still happy to be mostly running. After yesterday’s tough run, I know that longer walk breaks are in my near future. I am hoping these cooler temperatures are here to stay, though!
9/9 – Today was a low-key day. I did a 20 minute prenatal yoga video from youtube, followed by a 15 minute breathing/meditation video. The temperatures are still nice and cool, so I opened the windows and felt a nice breeze during my session.
Running continues to get more challenging each week. I am nearing week 27 of pregnancy and am almost to that third trimester. Between the weight gain, baby growth, and the limited space in my torso (making breathing more challenging!), I continue to slow down and walk more. I do love fall running and am hoping to be able to at least manage to be able to do a little running in the season I love!
Have a great week, everyone!