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Pregnancy Workouts and Miles – Week 37

Ten pounds later, Thanksgiving is thankfully OVER. I’m pretty sure I ate most of an apple pie myself. With more whip than pie.

I used to hate pie. If it was between no dessert or pie, I would choose no dessert. Since getting pregnant with Baby Sweet 2015, pie, fruit pie specifically, apple pie especially, has become a secret obsession.

None of this has to do with running (except that I need to run more to work off all that pie). But there’s a tiny piece left in the fridge. And now that’s all I can think about.

So, the workouts. This week was a solid week 37 of pregnancy. I had a great trail run, a great evening run and I felt fantastic for the Charleston Turkey Day Gobble Wobble 5k on Thursday.

I had no intention of running a turkey trot until Wednesday, when I found that there were still spots available. I barely made it on time, ran to the insane registration line from the parking garage (well over half a mile), paid $45 for an oversized, long sleeve, poorly printed, powder blue race shirt, a tootsie roll and a calendar with pictures from LAST years turkey trot, ran back to the car to drop off the sad swag bag, then ran to the start line. I put myself in the second corral (24-31 minutes) thinking I’d probably run about a 31, since I’m so pregnant. The gun went off and I was caught in a two minute walk to the start line as people funneled through. They stopped us and we waited for a second gun to go off. I can’t remember the last time I was in such a crowded race, and I kept wondering if it was a good idea with all the people stepping on my feet and running into me. I took off at around a 9:40 pace just trying not to get knocked over as the course wove through the closed streets downtown. By mile 1, I was feeling really strong and, caught up in the pace of the crowd, looked down to see I’d run a 9:09, my fastest mile in a long time. At mile 1.5 we hit the battery, and I heard a guy say “Come on man, that girl’s super pregnant and she’s killing us.”

That’s all I needed to hear. I stretched out my legs, picked it up and ran a great last half of the race (not saying much when it’s only 3.1 miles). Although, I will say, you could see the finish line from about mile 2.25 and I’m pretty sure it kept getting farther away.

I finished, took a picture with this turkey, and went to go pick up our Thanksgiving dinner. Pregnant turkey trot, check.

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(By the way, I’m super proud of this but no one else is at all impressed: I got 1,336th out of 7,554 people, 423rd female out of 4,122, 63rd out of 440 in my age group and ran a 27:39. Since I am technically two people, I’ll take it.)

Saturday
Workout: 3 treadmill miles, 1 elliptical mile, Westin Gym, Virginia Beach
Pace: 10 min running, like 14 minute elliptical
Duration: 30 min and Elliptical
Notes: I hate the elliptical.

Sunday
Workout: Spin
Duration: 40 min
Notes: We had a LONG drive Sunday coming back from Virginia Beach. I needed to stretch out my legs on the bike for a bit. And I watched half of episode one of This is Us. Mixed feelings.

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Monday
Workout: 4 mile trail run
Pace: 10 min
Duration: 40 min
Notes: It was perfect running weather. Sunny and cool. I wanted to keep running and just skip going back to work.

Tuesday
Workout: Prenatal Yoga
Duration: 40 min
Notes: This is so awkward with my bump.

Wednesday
Workout: 4 miles
Pace: 9:52
Duration: 39:30
Notes: My first two miles were actually pretty fast (9:20), then I remembered I’m pregnant and tired and slowed down.

Thank goodness for pregnancy running pants or I'd be wearing a crop top.

Thank goodness for pregnancy running pants or I’d be wearing a crop top.

Thursday
Workout: 39th Annual Charleston Turkey Day Gobble Wobble 5k
Pace: 8:53
Duration: 27:39
Notes: My fastest miles in a LONG time!

Friday
Workout: Rest Day
Notes: I literally could barely get off the couch. Plus we walked to the park and the walk nearly destroyed me. All the pregnancy exhaustion came on at once.

Total Miles: 14.1

Total Workouts: 4 runs, 1 elliptical mile, 1 yoga session, 1 spin, 1 rest day

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