Thursday, February 28, 2013

Training update - not what you think!

I've been back from vacation for almost one week and I'm almost readjusted except that I'm still bitter about the winter weather in Seattle. It's not warm, it's not cold. It's gray purgatory weather. I was so very spoiled by the Caribbean climate!

So what did I do besides build moat-encircled sand castles and drink mango smoothies? (not much)

  • Walked/played on the beach almost every day
  • Swam
  • Logged 6 runs over 12 days with typical mileage of 4 to 5 miles, combo beach & road terrain. Loved my runs, full monty old men wanderers, stray dogs, & all. Best was when girlfriend, T, joined me for the last 3 runs.
  • No long runs
  • Ate lots of seafood, brie, baguettes, and pastries! 
Two days after we returned, I completed my first long run (~11 miles) in two weeks. I was pretty worn out from travel and really struggled with the miles, more than I have in ages. I was quite surprised by the fact that I was sore for two days after. I haven't been sore after a run in a LONG time.

THIS WEEK has been a challenge in getting workouts in because hubs is out of town and I have minimal child care coverage outside work times. I missed one training run (7 mi) but succeeded in:
  • 2 unscheduled rest days - drat
  • 2 mi pre-work run while little man was getting ready for school
  • 45 min strength & conditioning class at the YMCA (cut out of work 1 hr early for this, making up time on my Friday off)
  • 4.5 mi pre-work run 
  • 60 min yoga at the YMCA (during lunch, making up for this time on my Friday off)
  • Saturday, I will be joining Eugene marathon training partner for 8 miles of her 18 mi run 
NEXT WEEK I will complete 2 easy mid-week runs, strength & stretching, and my long run will be the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon (this is where I first met lovely Megan in 2011). My goals for this race are to take it at a conversational pace, stay hydrated, enjoy the festivities, and finish with a smile.

MARATHON TRAINING UPDATE
This is the big news. I'm moving forward with the half marathon next weekend BUT I have decided NOT to train for the full Eugene Marathon. Believe me, this decision is late coming because I'm short-sided and stubborn. I hated to admit that this would be the THIRD marathon I've registered for, only to not finish. I wanted to prove to myself that I'm tough.

It just took a while for everything to sink in and for me to accept that I have something much more important that I need to train for: delivery. I'm 13 weeks pregnant and will be at 21 weeks for the Eugene Marathon. I don't think it would be sensible (or fun) to continue training for a full marathon. It was a long time coming and I don't really want to mess this up!

New plan: Continue running with the goal of completing the Eugene Half Marathon, IF it continues to feel good and I'm having fun. I cannot predict how I will be feeling at 21 weeks but hopefully I can at least walk-jog it. If not, there is always the 5k. The upside of doing the half is that I will be finished (I hope!) in time to cheer my fast full marathoner friends over the finish line and will still get to see all the cool peeps coming in from all over the U.S. for this great race.

A side note about how "I fucking love science." For women with higher risk, there is a new (Oct2011) blood test called MaterniT21Plus that provides 97-99% accurate screening for Trisomies 21 (Down Syndrome), 18, and 13. At my age, risk of Down is about 1 in 86. This new BLOOD TEST is offered as early as 10.5 weeks gestation. This is NOT an invasive tissue (CVS) or fluid (amniotic) collection method for which results are received much later in pregnancy. This is a total game changer for moms with higher risk, allowing for much more time to think and prepare for whatever the outcome. Awesome.

Anyway, a side-benefit of this test is you also learn gender. Before the end of my first trimester, we already knew we were having another BOY! We are very happy and relieved that all seems to be progressing as it should.

Training for another type of endurance event now! (Showing a bit already at 12 weeks.)

20 comments:

  1. Yay! Congratulations! Very exciting and always so special. Take good care of yourself. Your plan looks just right. Have a good weekend!

    You asked how much water I carry at once: On a road run with water stops at home I carry 2 liters but on long trail runs I carry 3 liters.

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  2. Oh wow - that's fabulous news! Congratulations, I'm so happy for you!

    It sounds like a lovely holiday - walks on the beach, swimming, I'm jealous! Best wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy and good luck with the Half.

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  3. Hurray for making it past that 13 week mark with Baby #2. And brothers. Yay! That is an awesome reason to back off from the full marathon. I said it before, but I would want my first full to be run when I was able to have the best experience possible. I just don't think that is possible while in the second tri.

    I wish my doc had offered that test! I ended up going the typical nuchal test + detailed ultrasound route. If either of those had indicated problems, I might have explored finding someone to give me the Materniti21. I like that it is non-invasive.

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  4. Beyond thrilled for you and your family! How exciting. It is amazing to me how active you have been in the 1st trimester! Great job, mama. Can't wait to read more updates as your pregnancy progresses.

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  5. Did I miss a baby announcement or is this it?!! If so, CONGRATS!!

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  6. Another boy? Congrats! Can you believe we're coming up on our 2nd friendiversary? I'm glad we're both running next weekend, it will be a great way to celebrate!

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  7. You are a rockstar! Congrats on the BOY!! We took that test but opted out of the gender part as my insurnace didn't cover that part. It has been hard for me to wait, but fun at the same time.

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    1. Our insurance doesn't cover any of it but fortunately the company is subsidizing the cost (we paid $245) so the gender just came with the rest of the results.

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  8. I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to hear how everything is progressing. I hope to see you at Lake Samm, but I may DNS due to some nagging issues. I think I started showing with my Thing2 about an hour after conception. Oh well. You look awesome!

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  9. Another boy!!! Yay!!! I'm so, so, SO happy for you. <3.

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  11. You probably made good choice for "you" in going for the half. And that is what is important. I wish I had made that choice more than once recently...

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  12. Congratulations! How exciting. Is this your first?

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    1. This will be boy #2, 4 year age separation.

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  13. Aaaaah!! CONGRATS! Man, there's something in the running community water... :) I felt the same way about not doing the full in Eugene: I can CHEER! haha.

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  14. That is soo exciting- congrats !!!!! And I think you have a legitimate reason not to run a marathon :)

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  15. So exciting Alma! If anyone is in good shape for handling pregnancy well at age 40, it's you!!

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  16. As I told you already... SO SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!

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  17. :) this post makes me SO FLIPPING HAPPY! and you look awesome in that pic! i so hate that i am missing eugene and won't get to see you. hopefully sometime in 2014... :(

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