The highlight of my day yesterday? My morning run and seeing my speed back up into the mid 7′s:
I did a progression run, where I started out at 6.8 and kept increasing my speed throughout the run. I cannot tell you how good I felt yesterday (and no bathroom stops! heh) running. I never felt out of breath or like I was running harder than a “moderate” level, so I kept increasing the speed. Yes, it was a short run, as that was all I had time for at the time, but I’ll take it. Days like this make all those bad days worth it…a reminder that you’ll never make progress if you don’t push through the bad days. I completed my day’s workout with a much slower 5 mile run in the evening after work and then a few weights.
Why the second run? Well, assuming I’m not having a terrible running day, 4 miles feels kind of like a warmup to me at this point (not trying to be cocky or condescending in saying this, but when you’re used to running a lot of miles, 4 miles seems like nothing on most days). Also, I hope to do a long run this week, and most people agree that your long run should not be more than ~30% of your total weekly mileage, so it’s very important that you are still fitting in several shorter runs throughout your week to keep your weekly total mileage up. Friday is my planned off day, so I wanted to make sure I got some more miles in yesterday.
If the long run doesn’t happen again this week, fine…I’m not going to force myself to do anything I don’t feel up to, but since the baby and I are healthy, I still want to keep my mileage up as long as I can while I still feel good, cause it will inevitably decrease as the pregnancy progresses (I was complaining about the peeing issue to my physician this week, and she said smaller people like myself may have more of an issue with that, as everything is more compacted in the body, including the uterus right next to the bladder. She said that the reason a lot of people end up having to stop running is actually because of the peeing issue. I can totally see how that may end up being the case for me : ( She said it was important to keep up the exercising as long as I can, and suggested that perhaps I drink a little less right before I run but make sure to make up for it afterwards).
I haven’t really mentioned or complained about this, cause it’s really not a big deal for me (yet?), but I’ve been having round ligament pain for a few weeks now, which started after I was doing core work that involved a lot of twisting. Nothing bad…just a pressure/pulling/cramping sensation in the left lower abdomen/groin, which my physician confirmed was, in fact, round ligament pain. I discovered yesterday the thing that makes it feel better:
STRETCHING! Round ligament pain is basically uterine growing pains….pain from the ligaments that attach to the uterus being stretched more than they’re used to, so it sorta makes sense that warming up and then slowly stretching them may help as opposed to twisting some abnormal way really quickly when you’re not warmed up. Who knows, but either way, I found that doing the middle splits with my stomach flat on the floor (obv won’t be able to do this later) seems to nicely stretch those ligaments out, and it felt soooo good afterwards. And for the record, I am very flexible, yes, but I have worked hard at getting to this point and then maintaining this all my life. I stretch religiously every. single. day (and have since I was in grade school, seriously). If I go even a week without stretching, I completely lose it. There is so much truth to the saying: Use it or Lose it.
Dean and I started a new “tradition”: Typically, we try to keep Sunday, or at least part of Sunday our day (soon do be our family day). We do church in the morning, eat brunch, and then run errands or cook or do something together in the afternoon and/or evening. Well, it’s not really a unique tradition, but we’ve made it a point to try as many different brunch places as possible. This past week we went to West Town Bakery. Wow. We both LOVED this place. They won me over when I walked in, put our name on the waiting list (only 15 minutes), and then was offered free donut holes and coffee while we waited:
Personally, I think Dean was won over when he saw them selling these:
And how can you not be impressed by this selection of cake balls:
Holy cake balls!!!
For the record, we did eat stuff other than just sugar : ) I had scrambled eggs with fresh vegetables and Dean had chicken and waffles, and then we obviously had to try a few of the cake balls (they actually were a little dense/rich for my liking but still tasted good with the coffee).
1. Chicagoans, please let me know what your favorite brunch places are!!
2. Mothers or mothers-to-be: when did you start feeling round ligament pain?
I actually first noticed it as early as 12 weeks, which was when I pulled it (or something in that area) when doing my core workout.
3. Runners, do you follow any guideline regarding long runs and their percentage of your total mileage?
I never have in the past, because I’ve typically been a lower weekly mileage kind of a person (in part because there’s only so many miles a week you can do in medical school and residency), and so my long runs would sometimes be up to 50% of my total weekly mileage. It does make sense to me that running such a high percentage of your total miles in one run can cause a lot of stress on your muscles/ligaments/tendons/bones for one workout and make you injury prone. That’s why so many training plans advocate recovery runs: keeping your weekly mileage up by doing several slow paced, recovery runs that don’t over stress the body but get your musculoskeletal structures adapted to running a greater number of miles. I don’t really plan on going much over 40 miles/week right now during this pregnancy, so I’m not sure how strictly I’ll be able to follow those guidelines, but as much as I can now and certainly in the future I plan to try to follow that.