I’ve been VERY slack on my training updates for the NYC Half this Sunday. Probably because I’ve been VERY slack on my training. Training during first trimester is next to impossible. And those of you that have run a full marathon while pregnant, you ARE super women.
How training for a half marathon pregnant is SO different than having a flat belly
- Any type of running makes me exhausted. Whether it’s 2 miles or 11 miles, whether I’ve slept 5 hours or 10+ hours the night before (don’t judge), IT. IS. EXHAUSTING!
- Training plans don’t exist. If you followed me on A Mom Runs This Town, I had a very specific 3-day a week training plan for all my halfs (is that how you spell it?). I did hill work one day, speed work another and finished the week with a long run where each mile goes faster.
- Hill work doesn’t exist. this baby prefers flat land.
- Speed work doesn’t exist. The baby prefers to take the tortoise’s approach to racing.
- Long runs (sort of ) exist. I have been able to make it to 11 miles. Hoping I can at least walk the last two if needed! But, those 11 mile days leave me completely useless.
- Goals are completely changed. My goal in 2014 was to hit a sub 1:30 half marathon, which I finally did at my last race. This race’s goal… to cross the finish line… still functioning.
Why I kind of like this training better
- There’s absolutely NO PRESSURE. I don’t have this number hanging over my head that I just HAVE to get. I won’t be sleepless the night before (well if I am it’ll be due to the baby).
- I am not dreading waking up and running on the treadmill because I know I have to hit a certain elevation climb or a certain pace. I did dread waking up and running those 11 miles though because I knew I’d be a zombie the rest of the day.
Why this may just be my most fun race
- I am meeting 6 college girlfriends up in NYC for a girls weekend. We are celebrating lots of babies coming this summer and an engagement, as well as not seeing each other since last March.
- Gentry, I love you to death, but I will be toddler free for about 35 hours. FREEDOM!
And because I’m in the racing mood, I thought I’d give away some of my must-have apparel for races
They can be worn before, during and after a workout as the benefits of compression speed up muscle recovery through enhanced vascular flow in your lower extremities.