First: THANK YOU so much to everyone who has taken the time to answer #allthequestions from my previous post! From the comments, emails and texts, it means so much to hear from a variety of friends and readers from all over. Your unique perspectives – which I thought might overwhelm me, with their depth – did quite the opposite and helped me think more “big picture” about a lot of the things poking around my brain, so THANK YOU!
In the past week, I have noticed teeny tiny hints of what I hope are alleviations of first-trimester challenges…for instance, I didn’t want to pass out on the bed as soon as I returned home from work each day, which I considered a major win! I even felt a small surge of productivity the other night – straightening up the kitchen, cleaning the floors, unloading and reloading the dishwasher and even doing a load of laundry. I know, it sounds silly – but all of those things, not more than a week ago, made me feel like I had run a marathon!
Speaking of marathoning…I am so excited that my body is finally ready to get back into the swing of RUNNING!* Mileage took a MAJOR dip the past two months…I mean, from 50 miles in April, to 9 in May and a whopping 12 in June…it’s great to feel the surge of energy again to get back out there!
The ironic thing in all of this, is when I have had the energy, the running has not been bad at all. After purchasing a handful of new larger-sized and more supportive sports bras, the actual running part has been fine. In April, I bought a Fitbit Charge HR, so anytime I ran (neighborhood loops that I knew the distance, or, in two instances, 5K races), I left the Garmin at home and just went by feel. I haven’t had to take walk breaks, and running hasn’t felt labored – just slightly under pace (probably around 30 to 45 seconds slower than my regular “average” easy run) despite the heat.
In June, my pal Jillian came to visit and we did the longest run I have done since April – a 6 mile run! She’s been doing Galloway intervals of 3 minute run, 30 second walk, and we rocked that run, I think average somewhere in the 11-minute range or so. That felt super comfortable, even in disgustingly high humidity, so I decided I’d train that way for the next few months as I prepare for two half marathons: the Disneyland Half Marathon (which will be at my 24-ish week mark) and, if all is still going well and healthily, the Wine and Dine Half Marathon (32-ish weeks). I figure that is a realistic way to keep the pace easy (it’s hard for me to slow down when I am excited at runDisney races sometimes!) and I think as a coach, it will help me even more with runners I work with that utilize intervals regularly.
For now, I have made the goal of a 2:30 finish time for Disneyland as part of the Dumbo Double Dare, which is right under an 11:30 pace. For the 10K the day before, I plan on taking character photos, so I will be doing a modified run walk (as in, run to the characters, walk if I get tired).
My official training begins next week (more on that soon) and I am excited to be “back in the game” with a realistic plan – and just in time, as I feel that my ‘bump’ has bumped out a bit more than Monday, when I took that picture – and yes, I will do my best to capture that progression in coming posts!
Are you training for anything this summer?
* My physician has cleared me to run as long as I feel comfortable and hydrated given my past running experience.