It’s Race Week…

In 6 days, I’ll be running a half-marathon PREGNANT! Am I excited? You bet! After missing out on the full marathon in March and getting pregnant in April, I thought I would miss out on racing in 2011 (with the exception of the Virginia is for Lovers 14k in February). I was able to start “training” again on April 18th. This consisted of walking fast.  Little did I know, I was pregnant already.  About a month later, I was able to start “running” again.  One minute of running. Five minutes. of walking. Repeat.  At this point, I knew I was pregnant.  I was incredibly nervous that the doctors were going to tell me that I needed to avoid running during my pregnancy since I was on a 12 week running vacation when I got pregnant.

After a visit to the doctor, I was given the thumbs up to continue with my training plan since I had been consistantly running for over 2 years.

I need to be aware of my body. I need to hydrate A LOT. I need to take walk breaks. I need to run slower.

I will take whatever I can get.  I’m just so happy to be running.

3 months of very casual training, and I feel more than ready for the half-marathon on Sunday. I won’t be setting a new PR on Sunday. I won’t be passing too many people on the course. I’ll be starting in the back of the pack (corral #16). What I am doing is finishing a race and that is more than enough for me.  I’m guessing my finish time with be somewhere around the 3 hour mark. (I’m secretly hoping for a sub 3 hour finish, but I’ll take whatever I can get. Trust me. I’ll be just has happy with 3:10 as I will be with 2:59.)

Every race has a different story for me. Each race develops a personality over the course of training and over the race course.

Shamrock 1/2 Marathon 2010 – my first race.  I proved to myself I could do it.

Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon 2010 – my first race without proper training. It was an incredibly emotional race for me (more on that later this week). This race was about overcoming and processing emotions.

Richmond 1/2 Marathon  2010 – A new PR on a Hilly course. Not too shabby for a girl from FLAT Virginia Beach.  This race inspired bigger goals. Get Faster. Run a Full.

Surfin Santa 10 mile 2010 – Finished with a 10:00 mile pace exactly. Getting faster!

Virginia is for Lovers 14k 2011 – Finished with a 9:55 mile pace. I learned to always carry my own water no mater what!

Shamrock Full Marathon – I didn’t run (Stress fracture after 18 mile training run). I learned to be a spectator during this race. I fell in love with running even more by cheering on everyone as they ran by. I learned that running is something I HAVE to do for the rest of my life. I learned to appreciate my body and the sport that I love. I was inspired. I learned to appreciate every spectator at each running event. I became more thankful for my family and their support. This was the race that turned my flirtation with running into a marriage. I was committed.

And now the Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon 2012 – While I haven’t run the race yet, I can tell you this… By running through my pregnancy, I have become rooted and connected to my body, my baby, and running in a way that I can’t describe. After every run, I take a moment to say thank you to my body and my baby for allowing me to run another day and another mile. While I can’t predict what will happen on race day, I already know there will be A LOT of tears that day. The Rock n Roll half is turning into my emotional run each year.

6 more days! I have a 6-mile run I’d like to complete this week and two 2-mile runs. This week is about eating clean and staying healthy!

Somebody pinch me. I’m still a little bit in shock that I will running a half-marathon PREGNANT! When the seed of hope was planted in my brain over 20 weeks ago, I was never convinced it would really happen.  6 more days and I can check this very lofty goal of my list! Run a half-marathon during my pregnancy. Almost done!

Rock n Roll 2010 Finish

I finally treated myself to the new running shorts reward from my last 40 day goal challenge except I didn’t buy shorts. I bought a running skirt. I’ve avoided this trend.  Christian suggested I try one to accommodate and comfort my pregnant body, so I did. And I’m in LOVE! Anyone else run in running skirts? I seriously might wear it every day until Mister Moo arrives!

My new Nike Run Skirt

Published by Kristy

Finally made it into my 30s. Life is simple, rewarding, and full of lessons to be learned and goals to achieve.

5 thoughts on “It’s Race Week…

  1. you are amazing! i will be waiting at each of my assigned check points via bicycle with water/food/CHEERS!!! I love you!

  2. Kristy!!! I’m SO excited for you – I’m basically counting down the days until your race!! Are you stoked!!?? ps: you are an inspiration – when Im pregnant (not sure when that will be – I want to be running halfs too) You rock lady.

    1. Thank you!!!! PS – you are a HUGE inspiration too! I hope to bounce back quickly so I can copy some of your runs!

      It’s almost bitter sweet! I can’t believe it’s 5 days away! SO EXCITED, but already thinking about what is next!

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