By doing effort based stuff on the trails, I not only got to run with Magda (because the hard efforts were easy enough for her her that she just considered it part of her run, plus she was taking a recovery month after Chicago) but I could still feel great about myself for keeping up workouts despite the baby getting bigger. I also ran a Turkey Trot this month, which was a blast! It was a 5 mile XC race (that Magda did also for fun and for the Turkey, Pie and Wine you get when you win!). I ran the race in 30:40 which means I was running a little slower than 6 min pace. I was happy with this effort, especially because it was hilly and muddy. :-)
This was also the month that Jeff and I found out that it is going to be a girl too! This was very exciting because naturally it is exciting to know that we are going to have the experience of having one of each gender.
Week of November 7th- 13th
SUN- 10.5 miles in Healdsburg (at my Parent's Vineyard) with Jeff and his triathlon buddies (Scott, Curt and Seth) we held a nice 7 min pace the entire way and I felt pretty good :-) 10 miles total
MON- 2 miles easy pushing the Jogger Stroller with Ramsey (After finding out its a Girl!!!) I needed some recovery after all the pavement pounding the day before) 2 miles total
TUE- 78 mins with Magda on trials (Skyline) with 36 mins of 1 min on and 1 min off. Felt super! Day off was worth it. 10 miles total
WED- 8 miles on the treadmill while Ramsey napped. (Quad kinda tight, but felt better after a few miles). 7.8-8.0 mph 8 miles total
THUR- Ran with local speedster, YiOu at a very fast pace (6:45ish) for 45 mins from my house to all of the bike paths in Marin. Good enough to call it 7 miles. 7 miles total
FRI- Ran again with Magda. Exact same workout as Tuesday @ Skyline. 78 mins total with 36 mins of 1 min on, 1 min off. Felt great! 10 miles total
SAT- Out back on Crown road + 12 extra minutes. Ran into Jake Schmitt (BATC member/ super cool friend who also is coached by Magda). 52 minutes total @ 6:45-7 min pace) Felt pretty good. 8ish miles total
Total mies for the week: 55 miles with one day almost off
Me Running in the Turkey Trot!
Month 6- This month I really began to feel the pressure settling in on the bladder. At 6 months pregnant the baby really began to get to be pretty big. I was showing extra this month too for sure! Someone even asked me once if I was expecting a Christmas Baby! I was like, "try Easter!" I was totally not insulted though, I take pride in showing off my big belly rather than being only a few months pregnant when it just looks like I may have over eaten at my last meal. As far as workouts went, I minimized my workouts to mainly on offs (usually with 14-16 on's for about a min) on the trails. I also did a tempo run that I used to do when I was pregnant with Ramsey just to compare my fitness level and I did it a minute faster! My mileage this month was mostly between 55-60 miles and all of them felt pretty good! Check out a sample week:
Week of December 5th- December 11th
SUN- 75 mins with Liz (super fast local friend) Started at Concrete Pipe (trail head) and ran Lake Bon Tempe and Lake Lagunitas and then back. 7-7:15 pace. A few killer hills in the middle 10.5 miles total
MON- Ran 7 miles from the house. Did a Creek loop and back. Legs felt tired! 7:20-30 pace
7 miles total
TUE- Ran from Skyline gate to Bay View head and back. Did 14 x (1 min on and 1 min off) on the way back. Felt pretty good! 56 mins total 8 miles total
WED- Ran 7 miles on treadmill while Ramsey napped next to me in the car seat. Felt terrible! Had to pee like so many times! 7 miles total
THURS- Ran from the house again, creek loop plus added on to Phoenix lake trail head and back. Felt awesome! 7 min pace for sure. 8 + miles total
FRID- Ran with David from BATC from Skyline to Bay View head and back. Felt great! Only peed like twice, pretty good, didn't want to make David stop! 8 miles total
SAT- Ran with Jeff and Ramsey (Jeff pushed him) and our Doggie (Carolina) at Alpine Damn to a secret trial. It was amazing!! We ran fast (6:45 pace) and it made me have to pee so many times!
8 miles total
Total Miles for the week: 57 miles