Notice the blog post titles have changed to : running vs. training 🙂
Let’s start there, shall we? I have a lot to catch up on, so maybe I’ll try breaking things up into multiple posts.
Week 32: 21.3 miles
High-light: a 10.3 mile run with KH who came down from Minneapolis for a workout. I was able to pace her through all 5 of her hard miles! Wahoo!
Low-light: The 4 mile “run” the day before the workout above. I walked/ran — my lower abdomen cramped a bit and my lower legs just felt swollen and filled with pressure. I told myself to just run a mile – then 2. I made it to 4 miles, but honestly… on days like this I should probably just throw in the towel.
Week 33: 17.5 miles
3.5 miles on Monday, which did not go well. 10:30 miles. Lots of walk breaks.
Tuesday I came down with the flu (so made sense that Monday felt hard). I was hot, then cold – then achy, then weak. Yuck. Luckily it only lasted for 2 days, but afterwards I was SO TIRED. For the next 3 days I could not sleep ENOUGH. I’d wake up in the morning, eat something, and then become desperate to find a way to crawl back in bed for a long nap.
It got to the point where I called the clinic to make sure there wasn’t something else going on. Nope, blood work was relatively normal (for this far along in pregnancy). Thyroid #s had changed direction and iron and Vitamin D were low, but not low enough to cause tiredness like this. So, I chalked it up to recovering from the flu.
8 miles the following Saturday at the cabin with my FIL who is training for TC10. I told him I’d try to go 2-4 miles depending on how I felt. I don’t know if it was because our pace was perfectly slow, or what it was – but it was a GREAT RUN! I did his entire 8 with him, averaging 9:30s! I napped for 3+ hours later that afternoon. Still soooo tired…
6 miles the following morning with Nathan. Just the two of us! We don’t get the chance to run with each other much anymore, so it’s always a treat :). Afterwards I laid down and slept, HARD, for 4 hours. Maybe this running thing is setting me back in recovering from the flu?
Week 34: 4.7 miles
This entire week I could NOT SLEEP ENOUGH. I barely made it through the work day, let alone many of the house things/family things that need to happen. Luckily Nate is just awesome and picked up the slack while I went to bed at 8, sometimes 7, in the evening :(. I felt really bad about not being able to help much, but there was nothing I could do – my brain was so foggy and anything that I did do took 3-4 times longer than my usual zip-around-quickly-double-tasking self.
We went down to the GAC Alumni race that weekend – always one of our favorite races! I knew I hadn’t run at all for over a week, but wanted to at least try the 5k. I did about 5-7 minutes of warm-up, which is just enough time for my lower abdomen to complain about the extra weight it is carrying, me to walk for a few minutes while the muscles loosen, and then for me to jog back to the start line.
I came in last in 25:01. My first last place finish! 🙂
|Good thing Nate’s TNC jersey fits over this bump!|
We typically have a hard time convincing alumni women to come down and run the race. I don’t know if they think they needed to be speedy? I insist that it doesn’t matter pace and that I’d run no matter my pace: first or last. That was easy to say back when I was winning the meet by 30-60 seconds – but now I’ve fulfilled my promise.
|Stopping to give Greta a high-five during my race|
Not that I care about pace right now, but it is interesting to note that I was FOUR MINUTES faster for this 5k than with Greta (and this time around I was a week farther along). I’ll take it!
|ALMOST done. The finishing stretch seems a whole lot longer when you know you’re in last place & everyone is waiting on you…|
Nate came in 55th with a time of 20:22. He hasn’t been doing a lot of running this summer so was a little disappointed in his time.
|Nate right before his race. Greta was pretty devastated to let him head to the start line.|
Greta ran in the Little Gustie race as well! She still fits into the 6 month GAC XC onesie Dale and Heidi gave us when she was born (we keep stretching it out to fit each alumni event :)). We have a new T-shirt on order for her for track season so she can hand down this onesie to baby!
|Love this picture|
I told Nate after the race that I can not WAIT to compete here next year!! Seriously – I’m really fired up about getting back into shape and racing again :).
Week 35: 3 miles
Nate, Greta and I did the MN Walk for Recovery. It was really great to stop by the event and realize how far I’ve come (and remember what we went through just over a year ago…).
|Nate and I in our matching Beauterre Recovery Insitute shirts.
Greta was starving after the walk. A few good chomps from a granola bar stopped the tears.
I’m okay with just walking the rest of the time between now and when baby arrives!
Week 36: 10.2 miles
I walk/ran for the first time on Tuesday during an hour-long realtor preview/open house. Mesa was in doggie heaven (she hasn’t run much lately…). I texted Nate during my 4 mile excursion: “I forgot how much I love running!”
|Mesa is SO HAPPY!|
Wednesday, the next morning, we had a showing so Mesa and I headed out once again. I was a little sore (SI joint, mainly) so took it really easy, walking more than running. We covered 3 miles before seeing the buyer and agent’s car leave the driveway. I like that these showing/open houses get me out the door! Yay!
Friday afternoon I drove over to the Faribault high school to present to the team. I LOVE DOING THINGS LIKE THIS! The entire presentation was light-hearted and had kids interjecting and sharing stories. There were a lot of fun questions at the end as well. Then it was time to run with the team. Luckily they were tired from two speed days so I kept up just fine on a 3.2 mile run. I chatted with a lot of the girls’ team (lots more questions!) and a few of the guys. Honestly, this presentation and run were the highlight of my week – maybe month! I truly love doing this.
|Taken right before I headed over to Faribault High School.
Wonder what the XC team thought when they saw their “motivational speaker/fast runner”? 🙂
Would your XC team welcome a presentation on my OTQ story and what lessons, attitudes, and stories they can apply to their own training? Send me an email! nichole (dot) porath (at) gmail.com
I was invited back for any workout with the team after baby comes. I can’t wait! The team is very welcoming, the coaching staff is fun — and honestly, it brings me back to “the old days” when I used to find training partners anywhere I could – the Red Wing YMCA guys, the Red Wing guys’ XC team, etc. I can’t wait to be “that” 33-34 year old doing 1000 repeats next to a team less than half my age – at least I know I’ll bring a big smile, lots of high-fives, and a contagious attitude to “embrace the suck” (as the team says)!
Now, you might be thinking: why make the Faribo XC team your team? I wish I could have the same relationship with the Northfield XC team, but have not been able to volunteer with the NF team at all in the 5 years we have been here. I don’t know why, but they just don’t seem interested… in a volunteer coach, a presentation, help in any other way :(. Oh well – for all things, a reason!
Total miles for this pregnancy: 1850.4. So yeah… Definitely not going to try to hit 2,000 :). Maybe 1900, though?
Any big ups or downs during September? Races? Injury? Sickness? Life stuff?
Are you starting to think ahead to your 2017 race calendar? I know I am… what races are on your radar? What big goals do you have?