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
- 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!
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
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.)|