Motivation Monday

{Forgot to post this yesterday}

Well, the main highlight from the last two weeks was the half marathon I did in Sarasota two Sunday’s ago! It was definitely a struggle, but I came in 5 minutes under my goal time of 3 hours, and I was able to jog a good portion of it, so I was pretty pleased. Normally I run a half in 2:20 (2 hours and 20 minutes), and this one took me 2:55, but taking into account that I power walked about 4 miles of it and literally stopped at every single porta-potty, it was a decent pace. I also dealt with some sharp knee pain early on that required me to stop and stretch a few times. I definitely felt 20 weeks pregnant, lol. Between the constant need to pee, the knee pain and the heaviness of my belly, I’d be lying if I said I felt great during the run, but I didn’t feel terrible and it was absolutely manageable. Thankfully the weather was perfect and obviously the scenery was beautiful, and I ran with an old friend that I literally hadn’t seen since high school, so that made it more fun. I always feel accomplished when I cross that finish line, but man, I felt super proud this time. I also really enjoyed the breakfast buffet that was waiting for me on the other side of the finish line;)

So in case you’re wondering, completing a half marathon while pregnant (at least in the 1st or 2nd trimester…I would personally not attempt one much further along than what I am right now) is absolutely doable assuming you’re already conditioned. I honestly did not train for this one. The last long run I’d done was a half marathon back in November, but I run on average around 15 miles per week between Orangetheory and my own workouts, so my body is definitely conditioned to running, even if not entirely conditioned for long runs. Had I actually trained and done a couple 8-9 milers prior to this race I probably would have done better and felt better, but oh well. It’s over and I finished unscathed and I’m just going to pat myself on the back and move along. I plan to just stick with short runs from here on out, at least until that gets uncomfortable, and then I’ll move on to power walking. I’m just trying to listen to my body and pull it back when I feel like I need to, which is definitely a day to day evaluation.

Stats from the past two weeks:

Monday: Really short on time today so I was only able to squeeze in a 30 minute run on the treadmill (gradually increasing speed every 5 minutes)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 10 minutes on the treadmill followed by a 45 minute kickboxing class…a little too much jumping around so not sure I’ll go back to that one!

Thursday: 25 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 mph) and 15 minutes on the elliptical

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: Flew out to Sarasota today, and knowing I had my half marathon the next day, I just took a walk around the neighborhood with my mom.

Sunday: Half marathon!

Monday: Walked around the neighborhood with my mom, mainly just to loosen my legs up a little

Tuesday: Power walked around my parent’s neighborhood for 30 minutes and then took another walk with my mom, pushing AW in the stroller, later that evening

Wednesday: 45 minute power walk around my parent’s neighborhood

Thursday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class…it was a ROUGH one

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Pretty much a rest day other than taking Cody for a walk around the block a couple of times

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