Miles and Miles – A log through 20 weeks of this pregnancy

Training recap, Weeks 1-20

Week 1: Jan 18-24: 72

Week 2: Jan 25-31: 64 mile down week, including the indoor 5k in 19:37 – race recap here.

Week 3: Feb 1-7: 81

Week 4: Feb 8-14: 100

Week 5: Feb 15-21: 82

Week 6: Feb 22-28: 77 – starting to leave out a few of my doubles, just not as motivated 🙁

Week 7: Feb 29-Mar 6: 72

Week 8: Mar 7-13: 78 – I started tracking what I was eating because I wasn’t happy that I thought I was still hanging on to my baby pouch. Blog post here. I also started working on my Diastasis Recti – again, just hoping to gain some semblance of my old stomach back!

Turns out, that pouch/softness was actually baby #2 growing. Ha!

Week 9: Mar 14-20: 73

Finishing up the week by racing the Hot Dash 10 mile with pneumonia – race report here. And, without knowing it, also being 9 weeks pregnant. WHAT?!? I still was able to comfortably hold 6:52 pace. I think I was stronger than I even thought!

Week 10: Mar 21-27: 79

Week 11: Mar 28- April 3: 80

Week 12: April 4-10: 74 – FINDING OUT!!

I took a test the night of April 9th when Nate was out pacing a friend through a 100 miler. I felt a tiny bit nauseous while heading to bed, which was the first pregnancy symptom I noticed. Blog post here!

Nothing like not taking a test to find out you are pregnant until AFTER the first trimester! 🙂

Week 13: April 11-17: 69

Earth Day 1/2 marathon in 1:35 – SO HOT! I took it easy after about mile 3 because I was worried about how I’d react to running in the heat. Still 6th for women, I’ll take it!

Week 14: April 18- 24: 73

Workout highlight was a 21 miler with 2×10 minutes of tempo at the beginning and 15 minutes tempo at the end.

1st 10 minutes: sub 6:50
2nd 10 minutes: sub 6:40
15 minutes @ end: 6:43

What a workout!!!

Week 15: April 25- May 1: 80 miles total, including a sub-6 minute mile at the Gustavus Alumni meet (women’s overall winner) and another win at the Defeat the Stigma 10k!

I also logged a great 11 mile workout with 8×5 minutes of tempo pace (30 seconds of rest) with Teresa. I hit ~6:35-38 pace for the first 4 reps, then dropped closer to 6:30s for the last 4, leaving my workout partner a little ways behind me. Not bad for a 15 week pregnant mama! 🙂


Week 16: May 2- 8: 60. NOT motivated at all 🙁

Week 17: May 9-15: 57

The highlight was logging a 200 in :39. I was proud of myself. I wonder what people thought as they passed the track. There’s an obviously pregnant woman trying to sprint around a track, with her very pasty, big belly showing. Awesome.

Finally taking my first “bump” photos @ 17 weeks
Like most second children, I’m guessing, baby #2 will likely have about 1/2 of the weekly photos that Greta did.

I also look at my pregnancy tracker about every 3 weeks when I look down and think, “Gosh! How did I get this big? How big is this kiddo now, anyway?”…
… which is in sharp contrast to the first time around, when I read those updates daily (and sometimes twice when I’d read them later to Nathan).

Week 18: May 16-22: 36 miles, with THREE days off. The start of a decline?

I took two days off before the Fast and the Furry 5k (totally unmotivated), and my legs felt so weird during the warmup before the race! Ug. I probably shouldn’t take more than a day off at a time anymore, but it’s so easy just to say, “Eh… it doesn’t matter!”. I also took the day off after the race. Ug.

The highlight of the week was definitely the race. Mesa and I finished 3rd place overall (1st female) in 19:36! Blog recap by Mesa here. Interestingly, 1 second faster than my indoor 5k right at the time I got pregnant. This time I had a lot of help from Mesa, though 🙂

Can’t wait to race this again next year, NOT pregnant! 🙂

Week 19: May 23-29: 62 miles, including 800s in sub 3:00!! Holy, moly! I’ll take it!

Week 20: May 30-June 5: 53 miles, including 800s in 3:07-3:08 (done while coaching others at TNC camp so pacing was a little erratic). Lots of miles logged during camp – not so many miles logged the week beforehand 🙂

=1,422 miles through 1/2 way into the pregnancy!


Now… just need to make it through this last week – Grandma’s marathon is THIS SATURDAY. Eeek! I’m still planning on running the full marathon, just taking it easy and watching the heat. I’m assuming that I’ll be taking a few bathroom and walk breaks along the 26.2 mile journey!

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  1. That is a ton of miles for a pregnant mama! Congrats! I definitely did not feel that well to run much when I was pregnant. We'll see if the second time around goes any better, which is yet to be determined when that will happen.

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