I still have yet to find that “sweet spot” in the second trimester. While I am extremely happy that I have been able to keep up my mileage I am constantly aware of my body during runs (which is only intensified by the extreme chafing I have been experiencing due to most of my running clothes being on the snug side)! Since my 13 week appointment I have carried a water bottle with my during every run. On the shorter runs I carry only water. On the longer runs I carry a water-Gatorade mix (and will stop at home to refill if necessary). The handheld water bottle also has a pocket big enough to carry my iPhone so I have been making it a point to make sure that I always have that with me as well (along with my Road ID). For those that have run with me before – this is a whole new me as far as running preparedness goes! I think in the next few weeks I am going to look into purchasing a belly band to try to alleviate some of the pressure. While they look super uncomfortable, nearly every pregnant runner’s blog that I have come across swears by them. I figure, it doesn’t hurt to try!
Since I am (almost) to the half way point in my pregnancy, I thought I’d share what my mileage has looked like so far. Keep in mind – I was training for a marathon during the weeks before I found out I was pregnant! (My weeks are also slightly off because my log runs Monday – Sunday, but my pregnancy weeks start on Wednesday). I have been lucky that my doctor has (mostly) been in the camp of “you can keep doing what you have been doing as long as you keep the effort easy” (with the exception of capping my long runs, which I have).
Week 1 43.57 weekly miles (long run 13.05 miles)
Week 2 50.56 (long run 16.01 miles)
Week 3 54.07 (long run 18.01 miles)
Week 4 60.03 (long run 18.02 miles)
Week 5 38.39 (long run 12.22 miles)
Week 6 25.25 [started break]
Week 7 0 [break]
Week 8 0 [break]
Week 9 1.6 [break]
Week 10 12.52 weekly miles (long run 3.7 miles)
Week 9 21.16 weekly miles (long run 5.75 miles)
Week 10 29.64 weekly miles (long run 7.57 miles)
Week 11 32.58 weekly miles (long run 9.2 miles)
Week 12 38.76 weekly miles (long run 9.2 miles)
Week 13 39.76 weekly miles (long run 10.21 miles)
—————————————————————————— = 447.89 FIRST TRIMESTER
Week 14 28.8 weekly miles (long run 7.05 miles)
Week 15 39.7 weekly miles (long run 10.27 miles)
Week 16 52.7 weekly miles (long run 12.3 miles)
Week 17 52.95 weekly miles (long run 13 miles)
Week 18 34.35 weekly miles (long run 11.5 miles – stopped early because of heat)
Despite being able to keep up the mileage, my “easy” pace seems to be dropping by the week. My “default” pace is generally in the 7:45 – 8:15 range, with my “easy” effort in the 8:30+ range. In April, nearly all of my runs were in the 8:30-8:45 range. By May, they were ranging from the 8:30-9:20 range. Currently, I am in the 9:00 – 9:30 range. I stopped running with my Garmin as soon as I learned I was pregnant because I knew that if I knew what pace I was doing during the run, I would inevitably start pushing myself. Instead, I have been using an old school stopwatch type watch and then logging the mileage on the WalkJogRun website (which takes a little extra time, but definitely worth it for me)!