During my last pregnancy training update I complained about not finding that second trimester “sweet spot.” However, by weeks 19 and 20 I finally started experiencing *some* of that energy that others have talked about.
I have been steadily running about an hour a day during the week (plus or minus, less, my rest day(s)) and an hour to two hours on the weekends. This has allowed me to maintain regular weekday runs in the 6-8 mile range and long runs in the 10-13 mile range. I am lucky to have found a doctor who understands athletes and really hasn’t placed too many restrictions on me (all of which she has I am more than happy to abide by).
This is truly a weird stage in my pregnancy because I feel as though its just a matter of weeks (days?) before things start getting a whole lot harder. The belly is definitely getting bigger by the day (I think this little girl must have had an overnight growth spurt). During week 20 I *finally* got up the courage to meet up with a local running club (which anyone who has read my previous posts knows is a big deal for me). I have a hard enough time breaking out of my comfort zone normally – but showing up halfway through my pregnancy (and far less confident in my pregnancy running abilities than in my “normal” running abilities) added a whole new wrinkle to things and extra level of intimidation. However, I’m so glad that I did finally go because running with a group was the highlight of my whole week (and now gives me something new to look forward too)! The best part about running with a group is that there are people of all different paces – so as I continue to get slower I will still have people to run with (and new friends to make)! So far everyone that I have met has been incredibly friendly and welcoming – I’m so glad that I finally forced myself to get out there (key – remind myself of this next time I am scared to do something).
Here was my mileage for those two weeks:
Week 19 56.59 weekly miles (long run 13.5)
Week 20 50.33 weekly miles (long run 12)
I have also been happy that there have been a number of runs where my legs feel lighter and more effortless (rather than me just feeling like I am constantly plodding along). All in all, I have been very happy with how these two weeks have went!