Move that body: 3.58-mile run (three walk breaks totaling 0.4 mile or 0.5, I got confused)
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1. I am sorry to say … but today’s run was the worst pregnant run to date. It was my slowest, with my pace creeping above the 12-minute mark. It was 12:02 to be exact, and about 45 seconds slower than any run recently recorded. My pace, though, wasn’t why it went awry. It was these cramps or muscle strains or … well, it was pain. I ran the first 1.5 miles, took a walk break of 0.15, ran the next 0.35 and felt a little off and then walked another 0.1. And then it was wretched. Absolutely wretched. I felt like my groin muscles were going to rip to pieces. So I walked again, listening to my body. After a decent rest, I gave it a go again – SLOWLY – and felt better. I was even able to finish strong though that’s kind of a joke these days.
It was just a bit disconcerting to feel such discomfort as I haven’t had much of that at all and definitely not to that degree. I am hoping it’s a one-time thing as I’m not sure what I’ll do otherwise. I don’t feel “done” with running yet. I just don’t.
2. I am sorry to say … that I may be reconsidering Chicago 2012. Don’t worry, though – I’m not giving up my marathon dreams. At Ladies Night at the running company, I was chatting with the ever awesome Casey about post-preggo running and how I considered a spring marathon but definitely didn’t want to do the Flying Pig with its challenging (but doable) climb around mile 6 in the race. He mentioned St. Louis and Grand Rapids, which sent me on a search of May/June races. And that’s where I found the Sunburst Marathon. It’s in early June, close to home and albeit being an established race it is far smaller than both Chicago and Cincinnati. For those marathoners out there, do you prefer HUGE races or a more moderate-sized group? Advice for a first marathon?
3. I am sorry to say … that Denali ate something in the yard today, and I don’t know what it was. I’m actually afraid to know what it was. My suspicion was that it was a small, dead something. And I’m sorry that’s all I could think for a No. 3. So here’s my challenge: Ask me a question. Any question. Any topic – running, pregnancy, Denali, running with Denali, Mark, weight loss, eating. Whatev.
One more day till the weekend!