Rain, rain, go away! It rained throughout the night, so my plans for an early run were foiled. It appeared to be going to rain all day. Shoot! As I sat at my desk and looked out the window, I saw that it had stopped. But it started right back up. Not wanting to sit and work in clean running clothes, unshowered, all day, I decided to get ready for the day and just work in running clothes. I'd be poised and ready if Mother Nature gave me a reprieve.
It finally cleared up a bit, so I headed out. I wanted to do 4 miles. I just walk these days, since running even a few steps gives me super-sore abs. Shortly after I started walking, I had to pee. Dang it! Darn pregnancy! I knew for a fact that I could make it 2 miles (because that's how it works at the city park), so I did an out-and-back of 2 miles in 32:53. The second mile was faster than the first because, of course, I really had to go!
After a quick stop at home, where I contemplated making this a two-a-day thing and just getting back to work, I decided to go ahead and get it all done. So I headed out. Something inside me said "Try to run. You can do it. Just try." So I did! I ran for about a quarter mile straight! No pain. Then I walked a bit and decided to keep up with the running. I walked/ran/walked the whole thing! I was so proud! I knew I'd be sore afterwards (and I was right), but I think it's probably worth it. Here's why.
My body is expanding, granted. But if I can condition it to the rigors of running (vs. walking) perhaps I can indeed keep up some running throughout the pregnancy. I'll probably go through stages, naturally. But it just hit me like a ton of bricks today, somehow. I bet post-baby I'll have to condition my body back to running (duh!) so conditioning it to run now is not all that different of a concept. So I shall try. Some days may not be as successful as others. I'll roll with the punches. AND mileage won't take so long! :)
Thanks to the running stints, the second two miles took only 29:39. Yay me! I know that Baby Isaac is comfortable and safe in his (for now) spacious womb... so I feel good about trying to add some speed back into my workouts.
What a great day!