While the third trimester has (quite rapidly) gotten more difficult, these last few weeks (and especially this last week) have really been a test of patience.

It always seems to happen overnight. I’ll be floating along in my routine and all of the sudden my body decides its really pregnant. Then it decides its really really pregnant. (This week it knows its really really really pregnant).

By way of comparison, my “normal” running pace for a shorter distance run (non-pregnant) is typically between a 7:30 and 8:30 minute mile. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, my body decided it liked the 8:45 to 9:00 minute mile range better – and it sat at that pace for most of the first trimester. During the second trimester (and for much of the third trimester as well) my runs tended to be in the 9:00 to 9:30 minute mile range (of course, with some runs quicker or slower depending on the day).  During the last two weeks, that pace is now steadily in the 10:30+ range. Certain things that I was able to do just a week ago seem unfathomable today.

Mileage also has drastically dropped off over the course of this last week as well. While most days I have been able to do something, last week I took extra days off and started and stopped running right away on two other days. I know that it is all to be expected (I am almost 38 weeks after all and have a full-sized baby taking up real estate in my body), but it still surprises me how overnight some of these changes have occurred!

Week 34/35           44.49 weekly miles          (long run 12.88)

Week 35/36           37.24 weekly miles          (long run 11.1)

Week 36/37            22.8 weekly miles            (long run 6)

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37.5 weeks and still going!