This feels like a good time to start a little “pregnancy taper”, or just gradually cutting back on my running as I progress further into my pregnancy. I hit 30 weeks yesterday and have been noticing that my paces are slower and running just seems to be feeling a little harder overall. Now, the first 4 runs of the week were in ridiculous humidity so that is probably partly to blame. Even still, it’s probably not a bad idea to cut back a bit.
Due to my slower paces, running just takes longer in general. I used to be able to plan 45ish minutes for a 5 mile run. Now I need to plan about 55 minutes. That may not seem like a big difference, but when you also factor in possible bathroom stops, a picture, and potential walking breaks, it really adds up.
I actually haven’t been doing walking intervals yet, but I could see them being really useful in the weeks to come. Right now I just have the urge to walk when I run up a hill. I’m trying to just slow down instead of walking them because hills are such a challenge for me in general. I usually tell myself to run up half the hill and then I realize I can keep going.
In other news, fall finally arrived at the end of last week! I think everyone was happy to see the cooler temps. Although Sunday afternoon was cloudy, rainy, and dreary and there was such a chill in the air that I questioned if I was really ready for fall. It’s those sunny but cooler days that are nice!
Here’s a recap of last week’s workouts:
Monday: 6 miles + mobility
Tuesday: 4 miles + Strength training
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: 3 miles + Strength training
Friday: 7 miles
Sunday: 4 miles
Total: 30 miles
Friday was my 35th birthday and I wanted to incorporate my age into my run somehow, so I decided to run 3.5 miles twice. We had lots of rain on Thursday and then strong winds Thursday night into Friday morning. I almost skipped my Friday run but I was glad I didn’t because the weather wasn’t too bad. In some directions the wind was annoying, but manageable.
I wasn’t planning to do a long weekend run because of another busy weekend. We went to the Navy-Temple football game on Saturday which involved leaving by 12:30 and spending the whole day at the stadium. We got home around 9pm that night. I was planning to do a short run in the morning but decided to put it off until Sunday due to some rain.
I was exhausted on Sunday but still wanted to get in a few miles. Rather than running in the dark, I waited until after going to church do to my run. A later start always throws me off plus I was hungry from being awake for longer than usual and not having much to eat. Luckily, the cooler weather was invigorating and once I got going to felt much better.
It was a good week of workouts overall. I really struggled with the humidity Monday through Thursday so it will be interesting to see how running goes now that it seems to be cooling off for good.
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Did fall weather arrive where you live?
Do you feel thrown off when you run at a different time than usual?
How were your workouts last week?