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

 

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