38 weeks! Well the good news is that I have now made it running about a week longer into this pregnancy than I did during my last one and a good 5 weeks further in that the first one. I even ran 18 miles this week! And I have to say I feel better at this point than I did during the previous two pregnancies and weight about 8-10 lbs less to boot. I’m sure it’s not a coincidence!
I felt pretty normal all week. I decided to start mixing in more walking breaks to help alleviate the strong urge to pee I constantly have and to avoid painful contractions and round ligament pain. The strategy really seemed to work and I had 4 relatively great runs this week. After a really nice 4 miler in the coooold yesterday morning, (*this might be TMI for some!*) I lost a big chunk of mucus plug and started experiencing irregular, but real contractions. This might make some women very excited and hopeful that labor will soon begin. However, my body tends to do a long build-up before labor. I lost the mucus plug over a few days and experience lots of false alarms with the contractions picking up before petering out. I’m still expecting to hang in here at least until the weekend. Although, I’ll be happy to be proven wrong too!
If I make it to my Tuesday running date, I’m going to ask my buddy Joanne to get a photo of me on the treadmill. In the meantime, I’m feeling too lazy to take one now. Sorry!
Mon: 4 pushing daughter at the park with 1 short walk break in the middle.
Tue: 5.07 in 1 hour mixing 2:00 walk breaks with 3:00 run intervals ranging from 5.8 – 6.3 mph
Thu: OB appointment – 1cm dilated, but 50% effaced now.
Fri: 5.28 in 1 hour mixing in 2:00 walk breaks with 3:00 run intervals ranging from 6.0 – 6.5 mph)
Sat: 4 miles with my good friend Jen with short walk breaks at every mile.
Sun: True day of rest! I’m super slug today!
Total: 18 (which is 18 more than I’ve ever run during a 38th week of pregnancy!)