Again, my updates have not have been as frequent as I would have liked. Sometimes life just takes over!
These last few weeks have been primarily focused on preparing for Isabella’s arrival. Lots of baby showers (one at work, one with family, one at husband’s work) and organizing. I have been so overwhelmed with gratitude towards those around us. The kindness and supportiveness that we have experienced has been beyond words. My mom and mother in law put together the cutest running themed baby shower for me which is perfectly appropriate considering how many miles this little girl has already run!
Running has been unpredictable (which has been par for the course). My average pace during the week has been in the 9:30+ range. The funny thing is some days feel really difficult and others I surprise myself with how (relatively) normal I feel.
Week 30/31 42.38 weekly miles (long run 13.45 miles)
Week 30/32 40.04 weekly miles (long run 12.86 miles)
Week 32/33 45.93 weekly miles (long run 12.71 miles)
Week 33/34 43.92 weekly miles (long run split – 12.7 miles)
(I still have to see how tomorrow goes before I have my Week 33/34 data)!
Today my big accomplishment was running a 5k. This was mentally tough for me knowing that I needed to keep my ego in check and not actually race (keeping the pace comfortable). Secretly, I was really hoping for an age group award but decided I was just going to go out and take it at a slightly-quicker than normal run pace and see what happened.
As the race started, I was hyper conscious to keep my pace in check and my breathing well controlled (which is not the case normally in a 5k for me)! As I passed the one-mile mark I was shocked that my first mile was slightly over 7:40 pace. I decided that so long as I continued to feel good I would try to keep my pace around there. By mile two I was still in the same pace range so I decided just to hold steady. The hardest thing was holding myself back at mile three when I was still feeling good and I saw two girls about 20 seconds ahead of me. I had plenty of fuel in the tank and had to fight my ego to remind myself I wasn’t racing and to just hold myself at pace. I ended up finishing slightly under 24 minutes (which was much quicker than I expected) but I was completely bummed about missing an age group award (apparently those two girls in front of me were also 30-34)! Such a bummer when third in age group and fourth female overall doesn’t bring home any bling!