I completed my 5th race while pregnant. The distances keep getting shorter, but I am still able to race, so I’ll count my blessings.
I really, really had my doubts about racing the Snow City 5K, which is part of the Big Wild Life Runs (BWLR) race series. I told my sister on Friday that I would be lucky to be able to run 8 minute miles. And I told Craig right before I started it would take me about a half an hour to finish.
But like I’ve said before, I think my body knows when it’s time to perform and when it’s go time because I surprised myself with these results.
Chip time – 22:43, chip pace – 7:19 minutes/mile
6th place for the women
7:22 minutes/mile pace
2nd in my age group
I’ll take it!
I hardly did any warm-ups because my back started hurting when I tried to do a little jogging. I did some stretches and planned on taking the first 0.5 – 1 mile as a warm-up. Well, that didn’t really happen because as soon as I crossed the start line, my pace went to 7 minute miles. Oops.
I felt really good through the first and second mile, averaging right around a 7 minute mile pace, but the last mile was a little tough because I started to feel my abdominal muscles cramping a little. I slowed down to an 8 minute pace and constantly monitored how I was feeling.
Sometimes I often forget how pregnant I look until I see a side profile picture like this!
It was funny to see/hear people’s reactions when I passed by them. I got a “go momma” and some nice congrats at the end when people realized I was pregnant. I wanted someone on the sidelines cheering to say, “Don’t let the pregnant lady beat you!”
I think that’s what this guy was thinking! He was right behind me in one of the above photos and pushed it in to pass me at the very end. I thought I’d give him the benefit of the doubt and not damage his ego too much.
Running was nearly non-existent this week. I aggravated my back at the end of the previous week and wasn’t able to get in to see the chiropractor, so I was left doing other forms of exercise this week.
Weekly Mileage ~ August 11 – 17
35 minutes swimming + 75 minutes Deep Stretch yoga
Still a no-go on running. I walked the dog since I wasn’t able to run.
2 miles/19:30 + 30 minutes weight lifting at home
Ran to the coffee shop to meet a friend for coffee and then ran back home.
35 minute walk with Craig and Sadie
Ran one mile to the coffee shop with Craig. Craig had to slow down for me this time.
35 minutes weight lifting at the gym
Snow City 5K
Total miles: 6.5 miles