Week 20 training & The dreaded PICS

week 20  So this was the week that my Pregnancy Induced Compartment Syndrome (pics) started. I’m not sure if this is a real thing, my obgyns just tell me it’s totally okay for me to walk instead of run (duh).  These are the days I wish I was a pro so that someone ACTUALLY cared that this is hindering me.  If you are not familiar with Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome, you can read about it here.  Basically, for me, the pressure builds in the first 10min or so of running to the point I have to walk.  My feet become heavy, sometimes numb and my mobility for ankle & feet is reduced. My soleus (lower calf) and shin become as hard as wood and it hurts like a bitch.  So I’ve made up a term for this, PICS for short.  If you run with me you can see & feel the tightness.  It’s happened with my 2nd & 3rd pregnancies too, so I’m not surprised.  Strangely it didn’t happen with my 1st, though I ran much slower and was more careful about EVERYTHING then.  I’m always wondering though – do other pregnant runners get this?  I can’t find examples anywhere…

Sunday: 4 miles easy, with walk breaks for pics
Monday:4 miles (2 walk breaks, ran faster 2nd half)
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles (pics stop) @7:52 pace
Thursday: Tempo w/J&C , well not really “with” but behind. I averaged 6:39 pace for 3miles.  Was happy to keep it under 7min pace – and no stops! 7+mile day
Friday: 5miles @8:01 pace
Saturday: 4 miles on hilly trails, no watch, pouring rain
TOTAL: 33 miles

Also – this week was the Level II ultrasound.  All looks good! we don’t find out the gender, bc we are fun.  There’s a healthy little “gollum” in there though! here it is snuggling with it’s little self.Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 9.53.35 AM



week 19 training

week 19

Sunday: 5 fun miles on trails w/dog at park (mother’s day! i get what i want!)
Monday: 3.5mi no watch, felt horrid, had to run after work
Tuesday: 4.5mi @8:11 pace, still not feeling great (ankle & hamstring)
Wednesday: Workout Wed recap is here, but happy with this:
8x300m w/400j recovery w/c
this actually went well! didn’t think i could hit 62s bc my hamstring (way high) has been hurting the last few days..baby related?
but hit 62,63,61,60,60,60,60,60
Thursday: 6 miles @7:50 pace
Friday: 4miles easy, no watch
Saturday: OFF – had a work thing
TOTAL:  30.25 miles


Workout Wed (almost20wks!)

On Wednesday I headed to the track with very, very low expectations.  I had a pretty off week last week and didn’t know what I could expect from the body.  My friend and I decided to do 300s with 400jog recovery.  Much like we did a few weeks ago but this time, we only set out to do 8.
The past two days, I had been having a sharp pain so high up on my hamstring/inner thigh that it is practically my crotch..How does one explain this while sounding lady-like?  C suggested it is probably something with the baby and the pelvic floor muscles.  I will ask my doctor about this at the next visit.  I felt sure it wasn’t anything serious, though on Tuesday, I couldn’t even bring myself to do more than one strider it hurt so bad!

But things got better!
I set out to hit 62s, which was an adjustment from the 60-59s I had hit before.  I hit 62,63,61,60,60,60,60,60.  And felt great! I definitely think we could have done 2 more to make it back to 10.  However, we’d made a new running buddy now, who was waiting for our PT recommendations and we’d already told him we’d be done after 8.  Either way, I was happy to end on a high note and feeling like I had more in the tank was probably better for the bump than feeling spent.

Happy running!

Week 18 training

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 9.59.49 AMThis was an off week. I had a lot of round ligament pain, which main running, literally a pain.

Sunday:  OFF – it was cold, and wet and I felt exhausted.  I also didn’t have a babysitter

Monday: 5.35 on the path, no watch.  Did some striders, but felt weird & crampy

Tuesday: 5 miles @7:50 pace with husband

Wednesday: 4 easy miles, squats and lunges, round ligament pain was too much for running. some core

Thursday:  Off land workout : 65 minutes in the pool (aquajog)
did 10×1 (3min rest) to mix it up – was pleasantly surprised how tired my legs were after this.  I alternate my style of running between a high knee and a full cycle (more hamstrings)

Friday: Off – traveling to league champs, some core

Saturday: 4.6 mi negative split, happily came back at 7:27 pace.

TOTAL: about 19 on land, and another 8mi equivalent off land.

like I said, an off week.

Week 17 training

Surprisingly I got to 37+ miles for the week with a day off.  Had a nice workout on Wednesday, I’ve been feeling more stomach pain (which is not the uterus) so I’ve backed off on my core…any excuse- right?

Sunday: ran 8.25 while cheering some friends on at a race

Monday: easy 3.5miles, no watch, drs appt (strong hr at 150bpm!) and too much work.

Tuesday: 5 miles easy at 7:50 pace

Wednesday: 6x400m w/400j recovery
then 4x200m
(39,39,38,39)    Total miles: 9 for the day
I logged about this workout in more detail here.

Thursday: OFF day, ankle has begun to hurt again

Friday: 6 miles w/J at 7:22 pace

Saturday: Hilariously ran a leg on an alumni 4x400m relay.  I was the only “distance” runner and was happy to break 80.  Ran a 76, in trainers.  Believe it or not, we beat a local college team!  Ran around on grass after total 5.5mi for the day