Well, Week 8 of my extended running streak has come to an end. And since I try to always be honest on my blog, it wasn’t the best week ever. This might sound stupid because I’ve been pregnant for over 7 months now, but I’m realizing that this is the first time since I started running back in college that I’m not making gains, and actually going backwards in my ability. It started to really hit me that I won’t be able to run like I used to for at least another 5 months or so. Baby will be here in about 2 months, and then I know it’s going to take a decent amount of time to build my running back up again.
I was a little sad about this on Sunday after getting back from a difficult “long run” of 5 miles, but Kevin helped me put things into perspective by reminding me that I’m almost 31 weeks pregnant and what I’m still able to do is great. It’s just tough when I think about what I did before and how much less I’m doing now. Don’t get me wrong, I am so happy and excited to be pregnant and become a mommy, but running has been a huge part of my life and my identity for so long that it’s hard to deal with seeing myself slow down so much and how hard running feels these days. It’s not painful (or else I wouldn’t still be running) but sometimes it just feels like it’s 2004 again and I’m learning how to run for the first time. I know I will get back to where I was before, and hopefully even better than that! But for the time being I need to accept change and the fact that my priorities are changing. It’s a tough pill to swallow for this stubborn first time mama!
Anyway, that was a lot. So here’s how the week went for me:
- Monday: 3 mile run
- Tuesday: 3 mile run
- Wednesday: 1 mile walk
- Thursday: 3 mile run
- Friday: 1 mile walk
- Saturday: 3 mile run
- Sunday: 5 mile run
- Total miles ran/walked: 19 miles
Here’s to hoping that this next week is a little better than the last!!!