9 in 9.

When I found out I was pregnant back in January I was right in the middle of training for a 50K and two marathons. Obviously as soon as I got my positive test those plans changed. However, I am someone who needs to set goals for myself to keep me motivated and working toward something. After surviving most of the first trimester I decided that I would try to run at least one race for each month of my pregnancy that I had left (March – September). Not knowing how my pregnant running would go, I wasn’t sure if this goal was realistic or not. But I signed up for the races and crossed my fingers that I would be able to complete them, whether it was by running or walking.

My last 20 miler back in January- I was pregnant and didn’t know it yet!

Now, 9 months later I’m writing this post with my baby snuggled close to me in the Moby Wrap, and I am so happy and proud to say that I completed a total of 9 races over the 9 months of my pregnancy! Not only that, but I was able to run them all- 4 half marathons, 1 ten miler, and 4 5Ks.  Here are all of the races I did while pregnant, with the original recaps linked below.

03/17/12 – Rock & Roll USA Half Marathon (1:57:54) *12.5 weeks pregnant*

04/01/12 – Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (1:28:57) *14.5 weeks pregnant*

05/13/12 – Delaware Half Marathon (2:06:15)  *20.5 weeks pregnant*

06/02/12 – Virginia Wine Country Half (2:09:00) *23.5 weeks pregnant*

06/03/12 – Belmont Bay 5K (26:30) *23.5 weeks pregnant*

06/23/12 – Rock & Roll Seattle Half (2:24:27) *26.5 weeks pregnant*

07/04/12 – Let Freedom Run 5K (31:39) *28 weeks pregnant*

08/25/12 – Gender Defender 5K (32:45) *35.5 weeks pregnant*

09/08/12 – Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K (32:45) *37.5 weeks pregnant*

And last but not least, I found out through the awesome stats on Daily Mile that I ran a grand total of 762 miles throughout my entire pregnancy! We got pregnant at the very beginning of January, so here how it breaks down by month.

Now that I have completed this goal and my little one is finally here, I can’t wait to get back into training again. I already have big goals for myself post partum, and I am really excited to start working on them once I am fully recovered. I am confident that I’ll be able to come back better than ever!

See you later, Running for Two shirt. It’s been a great 9 months and hopefully I will be wearing you again someday 🙂

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8 responses to “9 in 9.

  1. This post is my inspiration for my next pregnancy. You look SO great already … only 1 week later! I knew I wasn’t active enough the first time around and hope to be running much more during my next pregnancy. Very, very impressive!! Enjoy that baby!

    • Thanks so much Becky! It’s tough during your first pregnancy to stay active when you aren’t sure what is considered ‘overdoing’ it. I think it helped me that my doctors were so encouraging of my running! Hopefully next time you will feel more comfortable!

  2. Congratulations on the birth of your healthy baby boy! I have enjoyed following your journey and am thrilled that you were able to keep up with your passion. Best of luck to you during this new and exciting time in your life! You and Kevin are going to be fabulous parents!

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