Pregnancy Running Weeks 12-15

You can check out running through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy here. 

Week 12:  61.2 miles  

[+6 pounds pre-pregnancy weight]

Still battling fatigue and nausea this week. I was surprised to find that I still had some speed. I ran a very short workout 1 mile @ old half marathon pace + .5 mile @ old 10k pace + 2 x .25 mi @ old 5k pace. It felt great to run fast again even though my paces have slowed a lot!

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Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon- 1:38

  • 10 min off my PR (PR- 1:28:10)
  • Moderate effort but conversational/not racing

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Week 13-   58.8 miles

[+6 pounds pre-pregnancy weight]

The nausea has been going away, but I am still battling a lot of fatigue. Lots of 8pm bed times and an occasional nap. Still finding the energy for running, but I am finding it is taking my body 3x longer to recover than pre-pregnancy. The longer recovery process has me thinking of reducing my mileage and walking more.

TC 1 Mile- 5:59

-30 seconds off my PR

-85-90% effort- felt okay pushing a little bit for a shorter race

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Week 14- 53.9 miles

[+7 pounds pre-pregnancy weight]

Huge increase an energy this week, but the recovery time between runs is getting harder on my body. Instead of pushing body to work harder than before, I am lowering my mileage slightly to allow my body to have enough recovery time. I have been adding in more walking and lifting this week.

Motivation is getting difficult. I am brining my dog on more runs. She helps me stay motivated. It is hard to run alone all the time.

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Fast & Furry 5k- 19:40

  • 75 seconds off my PR
  • My dog pulling me helped increase my pace (only this would have been closer to 21 min)
  • Tempo Effort (75%) 

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Week 15-    51.4 miles

[+7 pounds pre-pregnancy weight]

Another week of high energy, but a bit of a cut back in mileage again for the half on Saturday. Runs were getting harder this week (again). Seems things are feeling less smooth. Pace is dropping significantly. My only goal for the half was to not push myself and to listen to my body.

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-Stillwater Half Marathon- 1:43:55

-16 min slower than half PR (1:28:10)

-Easy effort first 7 miles (8:35-8:10) & progression the last 6 (7:50-7:25)

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