I've been lurking around, reading every post, but not commenting much, or adding any of my own. My last post was my race recap back in the beginning of November after 3 months of treadmill training, which resulted in a successful 10K almost hitting my "A" goal, followed by a 'happy" half marathon full of pure running joy! After that success, the ever present, "so I think I should try to BQ again" thoughts crept jumped into my brain. And the planning of which 2018 marathon to make my attempt commenced. Short-lived planning that is. Because four days later...WHAM!!!! - life.
Unexpected, ecstatic, over-the-moon excited, LIFE!!!! Four short days after that joyful half marathon, that little stick that women get to pee on showed a wonderful "+" sign, and my DH and I were/are thrilled to be expecting our first child in July! Apparently, I was already 3 weeks pregnant at the race. Can I use that to say I would have hit my "A" goal if it wasn't for the baby? - Ha!
So needless to say, I put my BQ training plans on hold until after the little one joins the world, but I haven't hung up my running shoes. Now, at 4 months in, and with my doctor's complete blessing (always find a doctor who is a runner- makes life much easier) I am still hitting the treadmill 3-4 mornings a week. I try to get a 5K in every time, but it doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes its 2 miles, sometimes a 30 minute walk. I run by feel, and by heart rate, backing off when my breathing gets labored or if my heat rate gets steadily above 150. This leads to a very boring-to-report 3.1 miles 3-4 days a week at a pace between 8:30 and 9:30 min/mile. My pace keeps slowly declining, but I feel good, and I just felt the baby kick me for the first time this morning! I'm guessing the kicks were because today was my first day not running this week, and he/she missed bopping around for 30 minutes.
I doubt I will be posting much except for updates when my running changes, but for now I've been steadily chuggin along doing the same thing pretty much every day, which is quite boring to write (and read) about. Plus, I do plan on a good blooping topic as I again make a running comeback (and possible BQ attempt) when my body is ready hopefully starting sometime in the autumn. Perfect timing for indoor running again!
I will be here reading all your running updates though, as they are my mental break from work, and I enjoy every single one of them!