Saturday, October 1, 2011
Running for Two
Baby #2 is due on or around May 1, 2012. We are, of course, over-the-moon excited. I plan to run as long as I can through this pregnancy. With my son, I ran until about 30 weeks. It wasn't fast or pretty, but it felt great to move.
This time, not only am I running, but I'm going to do a half-marathon with my dad next Saturday. Crazy? not really... A challenge? perhaps. Dad and I are at about the same pace right now, so that is good. I religiously wear my heart rate monitor, although I do not keep my heart rate under 140 beats per minute; that old guideline was thrown out in 2002, but nothing has replaced it. Very frustrating for a gal who likes to know what the experts say. My midwife says that overheating is the real risk for exercise, and I am careful to not overheat. I let my heart get up to about 155; if it goes over that, I walk to bring it down. I guzzle water on short runs, Gatorade and Gu Chomps on long ones.
The Cannonball Half Marathon is pretty darn hilly, but I train on these hills all the time. I've done this run twice before, but I look forward to running it differently- with someone to talk to! My dad is just about my favorite running buddy (sorry, Brian...). His goals for this race are to finish below 2:30 and to not curse. We'll see how that goes.
So, that's the big news around here. I ran 8.5 last Sunday, and I will run 10 tomorrow. The cold snap that came in last night will make my last long run just about perfect.