25 weeks – Race Week!

No runs this week. Taking it SUPER easy. Here’s the breakdown of my days, making sure I was still moving (Saturday is race day, so that will be a separate post):

  • Monday: 3.1 mile walk
  • Tuesday: 2.7 mile walk
  • Wednesday: .5 mile hike with Hike it Baby hiking group plus park time 
  • Thursday: Family day on Ft. Bragg/park time
  • Friday: 1.57 mile walk and bib pickup!

IT’S RACE WEEK!!!! And it flew by FAST. Monday was Memorial Day so the week is a short one anyway. Plus my husband goes into command next week so I’ve been getting everything together for the ceremony for that (translation for non-military: he has a new job. There’s a ceremony. It requires a cake and food. That’s basically the gist of it πŸ˜‰). 

My husband also came home with great news on Wednesday: HE WILL BE THERE FOR THE RACE! I’m so, SO happy. Training for this race has been something else, and to have my family there to support me will bring it full circle. 

FEARS

Because I always have 68027 fears… 

Heat – It’s so hot. So, SO hot. Humidity + heat will make me drop to the ground. 

Course – I don’t know it, haven’t run it. 

Body – please hold up, please hold up, please hold up (particularly my pelvic floor). 

Hydration/Bathrooms – it will be hot = lots of drinking = lots of bathroom breaks with limited bathrooms. “Limited” for a pregnant runner means six. Yep. Six, folks. I’m worried there are not enough. That’s how often we pee when consuming all that water. 

Those are the big ones…the others are way more absurd and not even worth mentioning. 

Picked up my bib! In true Camille fashion, I can barely eat, but did manage to have a turkey wrap for lunch and 2 tacos for dinner….and chocolate, of course. Here we go! One more sleep! 

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24 Weeks – Recovery

Runs/Walks

  • Monday: 1.50 mi walk/1.33 mi walk
  • Tuesday: 1.20 mi walk
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: 6.08 mi, 11:35 pace πŸ™ˆ
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: Rest

Despite the lack of runs, I had a fairly active week. Lots of park/outdoor time with E that involved a lot of walking/kid carrying. I spent the week recovering from the 13 miler from the previous Sunday. I plan to take next week easy too (leading up to the race). 

I am a little worried about damaging my pelvic floor with this race. Because I’ve had so much round ligament pain, I’ve been trying to get information on what can cause damage to the pelvic floor. Any insight is greatly appreciated! I have not shown signs of pelvic floor damage (incontinence), but for some reason, I’m worried. Hormones make me super anxious…

My sister-in-law’s half marathon was canceled 10 days before the event (Minneapolis Marathon/Half Marathon). Why? Because people didn’t get proper permits and somehow still advertised/collected money for a race that was not set in stone. So stupid. Anyway, she is running a course blind, too. Which is totally scary! There is also a possibility that I will be going to my race without my husband or kiddo because my husband may have to go in for work that morning (meaning I’ll need to line childcare up for a super convenient time of 5:o0am on a Saturday morning). I made zero plans for this race and this is exactly why I didn’t. Because the Army owns my husband. Should have known better and had backup plan. Lesson learned: don’t fully depend on your partner if they are owned by the government. 

As much as I would love to keep running distance after this, I am calling it quits after 6 miles. Between pregnancy, heat, humidity, time commitment, and my body just not wanting to go any further, 6 miles is the magic number for me! Even that might be a stretch… 

Onto race week! Like I said, I will be taking it easy this week. Lots of walking and icing and resting. 

23 Weeks – Round Ligament Pain

Runs/Walks:

  • Monday: 5.50 miles, 10:17 pace
  • Tuesday: 3.01 mile WALK
  • Wednesday: 2.56 mile WALK
  • Thursday: 2.36 miles, 10:22 pace
  • Friday: 3.53 mile WALK (E walked a little over a mile…she actually ran most of that)
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 13.0 miles, 11:03 pace

Long Run Recap


I did a test run today. I can’t stress enough how painful round ligament pain can be. From first step to the last, it was a struggle today. As I get further along in my training, as my belly gets bigger, and as these aches and pains get more prevelant, I really just can’t wait for this race to be over with. It is pushing me in more ways I ever could imagine. This is a good thing, but it’s tough. So, this was my current mood today when I set out for my run, which is kind of a bummer because I used to get so excited for my long runs. I LOVED them. But it’s very different now that I’m pregnant. I have 3 days of pain associated with each long run. And the run itself is a mental struggle from the very first mile. So today’s run was difficult. Mentally and physically. BUT, the bright side is that it was SUCH perfect running weather. Overcast, 61* and a little breezy. Humidity was at 92% but it didn’t bother me too much with the breeze. I drank about 40 oz of water during the run and it was nice not to feel the need to be drinking water/having to pee all of the time like I do when it’s hot. Also, a nice bonus is that my knees held up! They have been doing well the last few weeks so that is maybe the ONLY improvement that I’ve experienced since starting this training. 

Speaking of improvement, one thing that I never quite grasped before signing up for this half marathon is that I would not be getting better on my runs. My pace would not improve (generally speaking), I wouldn’t feel less sore, I wouldn’t feel stronger. At least, not any measurable amount that I am used to. I was talking to my husband about this last night. When you start a training program, a new exercise, or even something as simple as doing 30 push-ups per day, after 30 days of consistent work (even if it is 3-4 times per week), you notice an improvement. That hill that you had to walk up? Now you only have to walk up half, or not at all. You are able to add weight to your dumbbell, your arms don’t shake at the end of those push-ups. There is a noticeable sign of improvement. This isn’t happening during this pregnancy. And I didn’t realize that until today. There are small improvements along the way, meaning those moments are that much more victorious. 

One victorious moment of improvement is something I’ve been working at for a few weeks. When I was 18 weeks pregnant, I set a goal of not leaning on the stroller and I’ve been knocking it out of the park, if I do say so myself. If I have to lean on the stroller, then I walk, AND THAT’S OK! Why risk bad posture and bad form when I can just do it correctly? It took me about 2-3 weeks to get away from that bad habit, and the last 2-3 weeks I’ve been doing it without thinking. I think it’s safe to say that the habit is broken!

I had somewhat of a break this week so my activity increased! It also was gloomy and cool and wonderful, so that meant I was able to get out and run in the afternoon if my morning was busy. Did I mention I love cool weather? Did I mention I’m a northerner and miss Alaska? Every blog post? Ok, just checking….

Round ligament pain is becoming a problem, so this week I decreased my runs to one long, one mid, and one short run. I get more time to recover, and I focus on walking. Even that is uncomfortable after a (not even) 3 mile run. One mama on Instagram suggested sitting on an exercise ball on top of an ice pack. I can’t believe I’m at that point already, but I think I need to do that. Time to pump up that ball again! 

This leads me to my next point: self care. I’m THE WORST when it comes to this. I massaged my quads and calves on Monday (they’ve been tight for weeks) and it felt amazing. I really feel good this week. That skipped long run and backing off of training by one run really has me questioning why I am not doing more to recover week to week. Heat, ice, massage, stretching. I do none of it and should be doing all of it! My body is nowhere near where it was a year ago. And I have to stop expecting it to be. I didn’t have any of these aches and pains that I have now, so that means I need to be proactive and nurture my body!

I have had leg cramps since week 18(ish). I’ve heard that this can become a problem in the second tri, and it was. So I massaged, rested and have been taking the Trace Minerals Electrolytes instead of the regular Trace Minerals Concentrace for my daily water bottles. My legs feel great this week, even after the long run. 

I feel SUPER pregnant this week. I’m only 23 weeks!!!!! I should not be feeling this way yet! Ack! Time is flying by. Hoping I stay feeling this pregnant (and not more pregnant) in 2 weeks for the half marathon…

I am also feeling like I’m not doing enough cross-training. I’m doing none. And for some odd reason, this happens to be the week where I freak out about it. This is centered around birth, not necessarily running. My last birth, I labored on my hands and knees for 4 hrs, and after, I told my husband I was so glad I did upper body workouts at the gym. I was shaking by the end and physically couldn’t hold myself up anymore. I haven’t been inside a gym since November 2014. I don’t have the courage to drop E off with childcare at the gym, so I’ve put it on hold and have come to terms with it…until this week apparently. I’m not much for at home workouts. Some people do awesome and it is a great option, but personally, I find it difficult to “get in the zone” like I can in a place outside my home. But it is kind of my only option so a changed mentality is what I really need to strive for. My husband has been doing push ups and sit-ups every night…push ups and planks are better than sitting on the couch watching, so I’ve been giving it a shot this week. 

Whoa! Lots of feelings this week! On to next week. 

Side note: this post is disjointed, and that’s because I wrote it over the course of several days and fell asleep each time I wrote it 😳 So thanks for sticking to the end πŸ˜‰

22 weeks – HiatusΒ 

Apparently running is on the back burner for this girl! Here are my runs for the week:

  • Monday: .8 mile walk
  • Tuesday: 3 mile walk
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: 2.08 miles, 11:13 pace
  • Friday: Military Ball!
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: Rest

I feel like my life is spinning out of control a little bit…

It’s been weeks (maybe 3-4?) since I’ve run on a regular schedule. But this got me thinking. I see other posts of other amazing running mamas who, seemingly, can do it all, but I have to remind myself that we are all doing what works best for us. I tend to get frustrated with where I am at and think, “it would just be better if….” The fact is that the obstacles I have in front of me these days are going nowhere. I’m not becoming less pregnant, runs are not getting easier, recovery is not getting faster. My hilly running route is not getting flatter and it is not getting cooler outside. So how do I adjust? SLOW DOWN. With everything. Every aspect of my life will be improved if I do this. And I’m trying. I’ve been getting less and less frustrated and feeling much more at ease. But it’s always a good reminder. 

I ran 5.5 miles today (that will be in next week’s post) and stopped at every mile and did not care one bit. I pushed my daughter and had my dog, so I knew I wouldn’t be breaking any records. I stopped to give my daughter 2 clementines to peel, then again to show her a caterpillar, again for a water break for my dog, and my last stop was to return a stray dog and drop my dog off at the house while I finished up another 1.5 miles. This is what running pregnant with a toddler and a dog looks like these days. And I’m trying to embrace the slowed pace of life right now. 

We had a military ball this week and it was great! This was the first time I left E with anyone other than family or friends that take the place of family when you live far away. She did great, our sitter is awesome, and it was a worry free evening. I did find out that when I wake up at 4am, go to an event, and go to bed at 12:30am, I am NOT a functioning human the next day. And even 2 days after I’m still a little off. So I skipped my long run this weekend and opted for a longer mid run in Monday. But, like I said, that’s next week’s post πŸ˜‰


The last few weeks, I have realized that I need more recovery time. 2 days after long runs. We’ll see what week 23 brings. It’s a “non-busy” week, and then it will get crazy again. One week at a time. That’s the best I can do!

21 Weeks – Doubt

Let’s start with runs:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 1.0 mile, 9:15 pace; walked 1.0 mile after run, mowed lawn and walked 1.64 miles
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: 3.0 miles, 9:42 pace
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 11.0 miles, 10:30 pace

Another busy week means a lack of running. Booooo! Ok, now, let’s get to how I’m feeling. Long runs means it feels like my uterus is going to drop right out. So much pelvic pressure! THIS IS PREGNANCY, PEOPLE! It’s even happening on 3 mile runs. My hips hurt a lot after the long run. I will say this, though: my knees were great this long run. Maybe it’s all that rest πŸ˜‚ I have been having Braxton hicks during my runs, but I have it a lot this pregnancy, so it’s not a red flag. It’s super mild, I just notice that it’s happening. Also, I used EVERY bathroom each time I passed it on my long run. And all of that stopping throws me off and makes me hurt more.

With all of this pain, I’m beginning to doubt myself again. Can I do this? I don’t run with music either, so I have LOTS of time to think. There is a constant mind game going on with this pregnancy/running. Now, when I run, ALL I want to do is get to my turn around. Then, I think,”Finally! I can go home!” The pain is a big part of it, boredom is another part (same ole’ trail), and heat is another factor. I recall a piece of advice from Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 program: at the end of a long run, you should feel like you can keep going. When I’m done I want to collapse. The last 2 long runs, I start to hurt around mile 6. And this is why I doubt myself. Can I run for 7 miles in pain? The last few long runs I’ve thought, “maybe I can make my husband come pick me up.” He hasn’t….yet πŸ˜‰

Ok, now that we have running stuff out of the way, I want to talk about how I’ve been feeling emotionally. I need to address this and document it for my future self. I am super depressed. To the point where it affects most parts of my day. I attribute it to a few things: 

  1. Pregnancy! I’m so hormonal this pregnancy. Not the case when I was pregnant with E. 
  2. Moving/readjusting to a new area (we’ve been here 3.5 months)
  3. My toddler…terrible 2’s…

It will get better, it always does, but I can’t leave the issue untouched because future Camille needs to remember that it sucks for a long time after a big move or any big change (like having another baby). On paper my life is good. I have tons to be thankful for; a loving, supportive husband and family, we are settled into our new home, we have a great space to live in, we have our health, etc. But I can’t shake this feeling and this is how I get. I feel like I’m trying to do everything to combat it. Exercise, staying busy, trying to make new friends. But it is all a lot to handle! So I’ve been working on balance lately. 

Ok, enough with the sad stuff. On to week 22. I have my meals planned out and I’m ready to take in the week. Here we go…

20 Weeks! It’s a…


BOY!

We already knew that at 14 weeks πŸ˜‰ But they confirmed it πŸ‘πŸΌ

  • Sunday: Rest (skipped long run last week)
  • Monday: 4.7 miles, 10:53 pace
  • Tuesday: 3.0 miles, 9:27 pace 
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: Rest (flew to MN)
  • Friday: 10.0 miles, 9:36 pace
  • Saturday: Rest (attended funeral)
  • Sunday: Rest (flew back to NC)

This week was nuts. We flew home to Minnesota for a funeral, so my only goal was to run 10 miles this week since I skipped my long run last week. I did my long run in Minnesota and it was so awesome. It was cool and mainly flat on the course I ran. I shaved a minute and 10 seconds off of my average PACE. Not time. Pace. I shave 18 minutes off of my time. That’s crazy! Simply because of cooler weather.

I have been having issues with my left knee this long run and last long run (19 weeks). I am also starting to feel that pressure in the pelvis. I forgot about that. Recovery is about 2 days. The day of my long run, I am useless now. I have a hard time walking, sitting, laying. My hips are the main problem. Lower back is still in good shape. I feel good in terms of nausea and energy (a little more tired), I’m just sore and slow. 

Leg cramps have picked up in the last 2-3 weeks. I’m still drinking Trace Minerals Electrolytes, even when I don’t run. I do need to focus on getting more water, though! 

My energy is still up and I’m very grateful for that. Hoping it carries into next week. It will be a busy one!

19 Weeks – Rest Week

  • Sunday: 10.61 miles, 10:47 pace
  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 4.43 miles, 11:09 pace
  • Thursday: 2.00 miles, 10:39 pace
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Rest

So how about that rigorous training schedule? πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚ A rest “week” is a thing, right?!?!

But in all seriousness, this week was a little crazy. It is starting to get warmer, meaning I need to get my act together so that I can run with my daughter RIGHT when she wakes up. So that means her breakfast has to be prepared. Turns out she loves cold scrambled eggs, so that will work to my advantage. 

I’ve mentioned before that my husband is in the Army, and that he returned home from a 10 month deployment last July (2015). Up until two weeks ago, 9 months after he returned home, I’m feeling like I can do something away from him (like be gone for 2-3 hrs for a long run). My last half marathon I did while he was gone. I finished up training for my marathon when he was home, and it was hard to be away, but he wasn’t working as much, so I didn’t feel like I was missing too much free time with him. I knew training with him around would be a hurdle, and it is. I’m still trying to find that balance. 

Notice how I missed my long run (Sunday’s run was last week’s bc I skipped it last Saturday). Saturday morning we went to a Strawberry Festival and Sunday morning was church. Mornings are best to run. It’s too warm in the evening for me, so if it’s not the morning, I’m out. So this is where I need to adjust. Early wake up for me on Saturdays and let the husband do the kid thing in the morning while I’m on a long run. The thought of missing Saturday morning family breakfast breaks my mama heart. Our family time together is precious and infrequent. I want to be a part of all of that. But this can be a special time for my daughter and husband. It would be great for them both.
My husband and I did to a short two mile neighborhood run together on Sunday and it was so much fun. He even pushed E which was a nice break! And I have to say this because I am always cranky about running in our neighborhood: HE even said, “that was awful…not fun at all.” So I feel validated and that it’s not just me being pregnant πŸ˜‚

This week was a good evaluation week for me. I am more aware of areas I need to prioritize. So on to week 20….let’s reboot and see what I can change!