This past week was quite the week! I was slow to get going after a super busy weekend last weekend with friends and family who were in town for our baby shower, but I’m proud to report that I worked out four times this past week. And that was in the midst of another super busy week too.
Mon 9/21 – Rest day
Tues 9/22 – 3.12 mile run, 0.41 mile cool down walk
Wed 9/23 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 0.31 mile cool down walk, kettelbell squat swings, arms, back, shoulders, glutes
Thurs 9/24 – 1.74 mile walk with Riley
Fri 9/25 – Rest day
Sat 9/26 – Clarendon Day 10k
Sun 9/27 – Rest day
Total Weekly Mileage – 14.48 miles (2.91 miles more than week 2)
Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 29.84 miles
This past week was Homecoming Week at school, which always makes for an out of the ordinary schedule and lots of extra activity and excitement at school. In order to be able to fully participate, I had to borrow clothes from Preston’s side of the closet on three different days – on Monday for Hawaiian Day when I wore his Hawaiian shirt, on Wednesday for Multiplicity Day when our department decided to dress like our department chair (who every single day wears a white shirt, tie, and black pants), and on Thursday for Music Genre Day when I borrowed one of Preston’s plaid button down shirts to dress in country attire.
Another highlight from this past week took place at the gym on Wednesday. Last month, I shared my frustrations about the looks I was consistently receiving from those who didn’t appear to support me working while pregnant. However, on Wednesday I was wearing my “Sweating for Two” tank at the gym, and as I got ready to get onto the elliptical one of the trainers walked up to me, gave me a high five, and said how much he liked my tank top. His support definitely gave me the motivation to push myself just a tad harder during Wednesday’s workout.
I closed out the week on Saturday by running the Clarendon Day 10k. I’ll fully recap the race at a later date, but for now I’ll share that while I felt great during the first half of the race, the last three miles were a physical struggle. Lots of pressure and round ligament pain during those last three miles confirmed what I was thinking when I went into the race – this was my last race that I’ll run until after the baby is here. Three miles seems to be my threshold (I felt great last Saturday running the Dulles Day 5k), and its not worth the pain to push myself any further than that. We’ll see in the next four weeks whether I’ll run the first three miles of RnR Philly before I walk the rest, but the big takeaway from Saturday’s race was that my body is telling me that running long distance isn’t going to work for now, and its important that I listen to what my body is telling me.
With my takeaway, I’ll be forging forward with limiting my running to no more than two days a week. And depending on how I’m feeling, some weeks I may only run once a week and focus on other cardio on other days. Thankfully, walking and the elliptical are both still low impact enough that they haven’t been resulting in extreme pressure or round ligament pain.
QOTD: Have you ever needed to modify a training plan in the middle of a training cycle?