I've cut intervals, tempo runs, and hill repeats but I'm still logging the miles. This past weekend's long run (10 mi) was the first one that has made me nervous about being able to actually run/jog Eugene (as opposed to walk-jog it). I felt fine until the last couple miles, then I could feel my lower back starting to fatigue and get a bit squirrelly.
Fortunately, I had ordered a Gabrialla medium support maternity brace that I've seen other runners blog about and it arrived shortly after my long run. I had measured as a medium but ordered up one size at the recommendation of many Amazon commenters. Well, I'm thinking a size large is a bit big so just put a medium on order so I can compare the two. Despite being big, that brace felt heavenly after that long run. The way it snugged my hips together and supported my lower back was exactly what I needed.
Funny thing, I thought that running during pregnancy would be a problem due to a big, heavy belly bouncing around but really, it's the back and hips that are the problem. They're going all loosey goosey on me!
Otherwise, last week went really well. I had some fantastic spring-weather runs (3 runs) that gave me great peace and decent mileage. I'm still in the 20-25 mile range! I did get one strength workout in at the gym and am counting helping my BF move yesterday as another strength workout. I rode my bike in once and attempted to do some barefoot but GOT KICKED OFF THE TREADMILL AT THE GYM! (More on that in another post.)
So what's a pregnant lady to do during her last training week before taper?
- Monday: Watch the Voice and continue to debate with myself whether or not I like the new judges. Really on the fence still. Oh yeah, and get a strength and/or cross-training workout in. Cross-training may just amount to riding my bike to/from work.
- Tuesday: 6 easy miles
- Wednesday: Strength and/or cross-training
- Thursday: 4 easy miles
- Friday: Rest day, maybe some yoga with Rodney Yee @ home
- Saturday: Last long run! I'm up for 11-13 miles, depending on what works with my training partner, SL, who has her last 20 miler before Eugene. I will have to see what route she wants to do and figure out where/how I can join in for a good chunk of those miles
- Sunday: REST
I hope everyone had a happy Easter and gets some great runs in this week!