- Sunday: Rest (2.17 mile hike with the mini, carried her only .5 mile)
- Monday: 4.0 miles, 10:55 pace
- Tuesday: 2 miles, 10:02 pace
- Wednesday: 4.25 miles, 10:04 pace (CFRT)
- Thursday: Rest. 2.1 mile walk
- Friday: 3.77 miles, 10:44 pace
- Saturday: Rest. Farmers market and E got to see dad jump out of a helicopter! No time for the long run, so I did it Sunday
- Sunday: 10.6 miles, 10:47 pace. 66* at start, 72* at end.
Week 18 started with a huge emotional drain. I am missing Alaska more than ever, cursing my neighborhood runs (rolling hills = no chance to recover or drink water, plus obstacles like running in the grass on the side of a highway with a stroller, crossing that highway, and running in soft sand with a stroller if I want to get in more than 4 miles), it’s super busy for my husband (he has been getting home at midnight and waking up at 3:30 for work this week, has jumped 3 times this week for airborne operations, in addition to other deadlines coming up for him), and we both need a break.
Pegnancy insomnia is in full swing again, so that doesn’t help with my crankiness. Not to mention my kid skipping naps, which makes me more irritable. Worst part? Next week will be the same thing! Crazy busy for the husband = crazy busy at home.
Ok, after that rant, let’s talk running. Despite how much I hate my neighborhood run…I think it’s actually helping me build on my runs. It has been cooler too, so that helps. My pace is improving somewhat and that is good to see….
…Except Fridays pace 😬 It was a cross-training day so I decided to tackle a problem I’ve been having since being pregnant: LEANING ON THE STROLLER 😱 So it’s time that I focus on NOT leaning on the stroller up those hills! I had to really focus on it in Alaska, and finally built my strength for me to do it without thinking. I hope to get to that point again, so I’m beginning to focus on it this week. Needless to say, my legs were on fire at the end of the run. I’m also working on running up the whole thing and not walking. This means I need to make sure I’m not pushing myself too hard throughout the run. And I need to start when it is cool enough out.
My long run was the day of “oops.” Oops, I forgot to use the restroom; oops, I didn’t bring enough water; oops, I forgot my to pick up my water bottle at my water drop 🙄 Not to mention I ate garbage for 3 days before that. Hydrating was on the back burner for the week, especially for the day before the long run. I kind of set myself up for failure, but somehow I pulled it off. My knees and hips hurt. Left knee on the downhill (a problem that came up in my marathon last year). I also had a hard time breathing from mile 2-4 and again from 6-10.6. I honestly think it’s my sport bra. I had stabbing pains in my chest miles 2-4ish. It’s prob a little snug.
Week 18 was all about frustration. BUT after that recap, and looking back at how I felt on my runs, week 18 was more about consistency and finally feeling normal on runs. My doubts of whether or not I can do this half marathon at 26 weeks pregnant are gone. I know I can. Despite what this week threw me, I’m realizing that I am improving on my runs, and that will be my take away.