Well, my 18th week has been another great week! I decided to run six days/week but with less miles each day. This seems to work better for me since running five miles or more every day felt like a lot at this stage in my pregnancy.
This week I finally had to break out my maternity clothes. I can still wear my pants but my jeans aren’t quite comfortable and lately dresses just seem much more comfortable as I hate wearing anything fitted around my below as it continues to grow.
Here is my mileage recap:
Tuesday: 3 miles (8:35 pace)
Wednesday: 4 miles (8:34 pace)
Thursday: 3.5 miles
Friday: 5 miles (8:35 pace)
Saturday: 6.2 Mardi Gras Mambo 10k (50:05 – 8:04 pace)
Sunday: 3 miles
Another solid week of running with a race squeezed in on the weekend!
Yesterday, I ran the Mardi Gras Mambo 10k. I finished just over 50 minutes and felt really great despite battling the wind and cold for the last 2+ miles on the levee! I ran this race last year and I kept thinking what a difference a year makes. Last year, I was six minutes faster (44:14) and this was my first race that I actually prepared for. I was happy with my time but I think with some solid training, I can go way under the 44 minute 10k mark.
Overall, this was a great race, good crowd, and I loved that the race was held downtown with the start/end at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino so that we could duck inside after the race to warm up and get some post-race food. The whole time I was running, I was really trying to focus on keeping my pace and breathing easy (which was tough in the wind!). I’ve noticed it is really hard for me to just run a race; my mind/body wants to kick into competitive gear, run fast, race, and compete with the other runners.
At some point in the race (mile 4 or so), I ran into a girl I used to run against in high school. I competed against her and her sister and to stay that are not an athletic family is an understatement! Her sister made it to the Olympic Trials for swimming and they were both excellent runners/athletes. Regardless, she was pushing a double stroller with a two year old and a three year old. She is also expecting baby #3 just two days ahead of me. She finished about 45 seconds behind me but all I kept thinking after we had a brief chat during the race is that women are truly amazing people/runners. I’m amazed at the strength of women! We birth children, take care of our families, are responsible employees, tend to our homes, and still have time to do amazing things like train to reach our athletic goals!
Okay, so I’ll close with some photos from the week:
Alright, hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday. So far, it has been almost a week since I started my Lenten Facebook and Twitter hiatus. I’m enjoying taking some time away from social networking, but will keep writing and reading my favorite blogs.