Now that I have Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach behind me, I’m now turning my focus to my next major race, Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia, on Halloween.
Since finding out that I’m pregnant, my intention all along with this race has been to play the race by ear. Since I’ll be 32 weeks pregnant on race day, I have no intention of running this entire race. Its entirely possible that I’ll wind up walking most if not all of this race. And that’s of course if my body cooperates and allows me to still participate in this race altogether. The bottom line is that now that I’ve proven to myself that I can run a half marathon while pregnant, there’s nothing that I need to prove to myself with this race, other than knowing the importance of listening to my body and taking things easy when needed.
You may have noticed that during the last two weeks of my Virginia Beach training that I only ran twice a week. Over the past couple of weeks, running has become more and more difficult. The baby, and thus my baby belly, have grown significantly over the past couple of weeks, and the extra weight that I’m now carrying is starting to make running not only more difficult but at times more painful. And the extra weight on my bladder has done nothing but add an additional challenge to my running.
I’m not ready to give up on running altogether yet though. For the past couple of weeks, reducing my running to two days a week and either walking and/or turning to the elliptical for my cardio on the other day(s) seems to have helped thus far. I’m sure there will come a point when I need to reduce my running to just one day, and then take a temporary break from running altogether. The best thing I can do at this point is listen to my body and respond with what’s best in the moment.
The other challenge I’ll be facing over the next eight weeks is the physical exhaustion from having returned to school. After standing on my feet at school all day yesterday, my feet were swollen and my bad ankle was bothering me much more than usual, to the point that I had to take a dose of Tylenol. I’m sure that sporting my compression socks will become a regular occurrence, and taking care of my pregnant body while also trying to continue exercising will now be more of a balancing act than ever before.
While I’d like to say that I know exactly how the next eight weeks of training will go and develop a concrete plan for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, that’s just not practical at this point. Instead, its time that I focus on taking things one day at a home.
QOTD: Have you ever went into training for a race with huge uncertainty before?