I have been incredibly fortunate to be able to continue running the mileage that I am and that I continue to feel strong and healthy. However, it is hard to continually adapt your mindset from one which is innately wired to try to do more and push harder to one of being overly cautious, hypersensitive and hyperaware of everything that is going on with your body.
As the weather has been getting warmer, listening to my body has been becoming more and more important as it’s often too hard to tell what impact the weather will have until you are actually out there. Looking at the weather online and feeling it in real life can be completely different. I cut three of my outdoor runs short this week because it was just too hot and/or humid. Even though I start my runs early enough that it is still cool out, the summer sun has been coming through quick! In the grand scheme of things, I know that the miles don’t matter. The pace doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is making sure that I do everything that I can to make sure that baby girl stays strong and healthy. My early morning runs have become a special time of reflection and bonding with her, a way to keep myself healthy, and something that I really come to look forward to.
|The best thing after my run yesterday!|
|Apparently Ditka thought so too…|
Another notable thing about the past few weeks is the major growth spurt that she seems to have had. Seemingly overnight the little baby bump has become a lot more prominent (which has resulted in some growing pains for me!) I finally bought a belly band but have yet to wear it because all the extra fabric just seems like it would be unbearable with the hot and humid weather this week. However, with her rate of growth and the start of the third trimester only a few weeks away, I’m not sure how much longer I will be able to put this off for!
This is what my mileage has looked like lately. I’m extremely happy that I am still feeling as good as I am. I cut back the mileage a bit for weeks 21 and 22 and had a higher mileage week again during the last week. (Note – I am usually a very high mileage runner and this is a significant cutback from the miles I normally would be logging and all of my running has been with my doctor’s oversight and blessing!)
Week 21 33.61 (long run 10.16 miles)
Week 22 39.62 (long run 12 miles)
Week 23 50.89 (long run 13.33 miles)
New Fun Things:
- It’s getting harder to reach my toes (a good excuse for a pedicure)!
- Baby girl goes crazy in thunderstorms (which we have had a lot of lately)
- No real cravings – but gluten free pasta salad has become a summer favorite
- Welches makes really good sparkling “mocktails” which have been great for bringing to BBQs and other social events this summer (they have sangria, strawberry daiquiri, mango bellini, and pina colada flavors)