Well, if the astute readers of Salty Running have not figured it out by now, there is a baby Barberry on the way! This is why I have slowed down my pace quite a bit, complained about being tired, and am taking more walk breaks! Baby Barberry is due in mid-December 2018! I am around that 17 week mark. I am also starting to feel a little more pressure on my bladder in the last week, so that has been fun! And the belly has gotten bigger over the last week or 2. I don’t think I look too pregnant, just in that kinda chubby feeling stage. It has been a whole new world running while pregnant. There have been lots of victories and lots of frustrations, especially in that first trimester. I am hoping to keep up running consistently for as long as I can! This week was a decent running week, it started off super hot (nasty, nasty heat and humidity), but the weekend running has been pretty pleasant and we has a little bit of a cooldown! This worked out well for the Indy Women’s Trail Quarter Marathon this weekend! Now for a little more detail!
7/2 – I was pretty worn out after a long day at work, so there was no exercising done after work. Just relaxing!
7/3 – Today after work, I went for an evening walk around the neighborhood. I ended up walking 2.7 miles, listening to music. It was humid, but with the sun going down, it was bearable. I discovered a connecting trail between our neighborhood and the one next to it! I had not noticed it before, not sure how that slipped by me! It was fun to go down a little different path.
7/4 – This was probably the hottest run I have had all summer. I tried to get it done early enough in the morning before it got too hot, but it was still pretty darn hot! I made sure to get some walk breaks in and took a water/potty break halfway through. I ended up running 4 miles total at a 10:40 min/mi pace with walk breaks. I made sure to stay on shady paths for the great majority of the run and this made a difference, as well. I was definitely glad to get in the A/C after this one! Also, Happy 4th of July!
7/5 – After staying up too late and not getting a lot of sleep the night before (gotta watch some fireworks!), I was content to keep this evening as my usual rest day.
7/6 – I did my early morning run before work. I didn’t feel too fatigued, but my turnover was just not happening today. I did 1 minute walk breaks after each mile, running 3 miles in 10:54 min/mi average pace. I was definitely feeling some pressure on my pelvis, too!
7/7 – Today, the bump and I participated in the Indy Women’s Trail Quarter Marathon! It was our longest run since the Mini Marathon (I was about 8.5 weeks pregnant at the Mini), and probably will be the furthest run we complete from this point on. The pressure on my bladder may limit me from going much further without multiple potty breaks. I ran most of this race with a friend, there were definitely some walk breaks (up hills, single file lines over bridges, and over complicated obstacles) so that kept my pace easy. I have not done too many long trail runs (a few 5Ks), so this was new and fun to experience. And the weather! It was great! It cooled down some, so the starting temps were in the low 60’s! I chatted with so many participants after the race who were also so thrilled about how nice the day ended up being! Also, one of the reasons I signed up for this race … there were cupcakes at the end! Mmmmm… baby and I were pleased. I would definitely like to get into more trail running, most likely after this pregnancy. I may be too clumsy soon to step over branches and obstacles!
7/8 – I did not do anything today, my legs are a little sore and achy from running/climbing up a bunch of hills yesterday! So rest day it is!