On October 12, at The Showdown, I had the honor of pacing a half for the first time. Little did I know I had company. A tiny zygote was swimming inside of me. And so began my adventure. After I got home from my next pacing gig two weeks later my husband saw my distended belly and asked if I was pregnant. This infuriated me since I had lost my first pregnancy in February and we had not been able to get pregnant again yet, or so I thought. I was convinced my protruding belly was the typical post-race refueling food baby. As the day wore on my breasts felt sore, I felt strange, and I got curious. The next morning I got my big fat positive.
With two halves under our belt I considered running a full before giving birth but after researching the dos and don’ts of pregnancy exercise I learned the golden standard. Continue doing what your body is conditioned to. Mine was conditioned to half marathons on a whim but definitely not for 26.2. So I loaded up. I took every opportunity to pace and added a few I just had to do.
The first half I ran knowing my little one was on board was a little nerve wracking. You see, I had paced those first two halves 45 minutes slower than my race pace. Now I was free to run my own pace but I didn’t know what that was. So I just ran comfortably and it worked like a charm. I finished feeling accomplished but not exhausted and not worried in the slightest about over taxing my system and harming my passenger.
Next up was The New Year’s Double. 13.1 miles on New Year’s Eve and 13.1 on New Year’s Day. A whole new beast. The most significant challenge was the training. Between half #3 and New Year’s exhaustion and morning sickness took their toll. My cross training became virtually nonexistent as I honed in on my training plan determined to stick to it as closely as possible. And in all honesty, I fell short. But I didn’t have a problem with that because I had a new sense of importance. My focus was no longer on running my best and fastest; my focus was on completing these events with a smile on my face and a healthy baby in my belly. And I did. With two friends by my side crossing the finish line on New Year’s Day. 5 down, 5 to go!
|1||The Showdown||10/12/2013||02:28:32||2:30 Pacer||1 week, 6 days pregnant|
|2||No Limits Wild Asphault Run||10/26/13||02:29:00||2:30 Pacer||3 weeks, 6 days pregnant|
|3||DRC Half Marathon||11/02/2013||01:55:10||4 weeks, 6 days pregnant|
|4||New Year's Double||12/31/13||02:07:41||13 weeks, 2 days pregnant|
|5||New Year's Double||01/01/2014||02:10:48||13 weeks,3 days pregnant|
|6||Cowtown Half Marathon||02/23/14||02:39:37||2:40 Pacer||21 weeks pregnant|
|7||Xpress Half Marathon||03/01/2014||02:05:03||21 weeks, 6 days pregnant|
|8||Rock N Roll Dallas||03/23/14||02:07:52||25 weeks pregnant|
|9||Women Rock Texas||03/29/14||02:44:24||2:45 Pacer||25 weeks, 6 days pregnant|
|10||The Fairview||04/05/2014||02:34:53||2:35 Pacer||26 weeks, 6 days pregnant|