Last week’s workouts were scaled back. Finally, warm temperatures arrived in the Midwest – and the shift from running in 50 degree weather to some runs in 70-75 degree weather meant reducing mileage and slowing down. Granted, June would have been an acclimation month no matter what. If I wasn’t pregnant, I would still need to acclimate to the first summer back in the Midwest before fall marathon training began.
Acclimating to summer running is no joke at 24 weeks pregnant!
On the baby front, we’re 16 weeks away from my due date. That’s one marathon training cycle until she arrives. I’m focusing on pelvic floor and core (particularly transverse abdominis) strength right now to minimize the risk of pelvic floor dysfunction or prolapse and diastasis recti. This include (at least) weekly prenatal Pilates, incorporating exercises such as deadbugs, bird dogs, glute bridges, side planks, and pelvic tucks into my strength training, and kegels (focused on both activation and endurance).
I have also added more glute activation into my pre-run warm-up. I started getting super tight calves on some runs. Part of the issue is related to blood volume, as my calves sometimes get tight from sitting before a run. But I was aware of slight changes in my biomechanics due to shifting weight and I do not want to get injured, now or postpartum, due to inadequate glute activation.
Monday: 3 mile easy run
I slept in (for me) until about 6:30 AM. By 7 AM, it was already full sun and in the high 60s. Objectively, it was not that warm, but it felt hot. Ryan and I ran three easy miles, per my request. I was not feeling great on this run, especially after a larger holiday meal the night before. It was a bit of bummer to run so slow for three miles, especially after knocking out a few miles at an 8 min pace just a few days before, but that’s summer!
We spent Memorial Day making brisket on the smoker, hiding in the basement as tornado sirens signaled, and hosting friends. Thankfully, no tornados touched down in our town. However, there was one about 45 minutes away, which is not common in Northwest Indiana!
Tuesday: 5 mile easy run & 25 min Pilates
It was 70 degrees and 80% humidity early in the morning. I kept my effort light, assessed how I felt (especially in regards to overheating) every ~5-10 minutes, and didn’t set a distance for my run. Instead, I headed out and based the distance on how I felt. Surprisingly, I felt good at an easy pace and ran 5 miles!
Following the run, I did prenatal Pilates. Everything feels better after Pilates!
Wednesday: 30 min Pilates
I was feeling good and ready to run a bit longer, until Ollie ran straight into my right foot while I was completing my warm-up. (Typically, our mornings include Ollie and Charlie sprinting across the hallways at top speed. Our dogs are crazy.) It hurt enough to concern me, so I opted not to run. After that fracture, I’m nervous about foot stuff!
I did Pilates instead as a cautious alternative. This prenatal workout focused on glute strength, activating and strengthening the transverse abdominis (TVA), posture, and pelvic floor strength and stretching. A strong TVA is so important for any runner, but especially when preparing for or recovering from childbirth.
Thursday: 6 mile run
My foot felt fine, so I took Ollie out for a run. He and I both needed to release some excess energy! It rained the entire time, but since the temperature was in the 60s, the rain felt refreshing. I hit my pre-pregnancy easy pace at a comfortable effort. Hot days are definitely slower, but I’m pleasantly surprised at how my body can maintain 8:30s with relative ease still.
Friday: 40 minute easy run
Since Friday morning was slightly warmer (high 60s), I kept the run short. I ran with Ollie to acclimate him to warm weather. There’s a point that is just too hot for running a black dog. For Ollie that’s around 75-80 degrees, depending on the humidity.
Saturday: 4.5 mile run
Saturday morning felt hot! It was in the mid-70s with decent humidity, so I opted to cut our planned longer run short. I immediately dug into watermelon. I forgot how good watermelon tastes after a summer run!
I got those Roka sunglasses as part of the Roka 15 in 15 Strava Challenge (I was sent the sunglasses in exchange for promoting and participating). They sit comfortably and don’t slip, even with sweat from a summer run. There are still five days left to participate in the challenge, which involves running 15 miles by June 7!
Sunday: Rest day
Of course, the weather on Sunday morning was perfect running weather – 55 degrees and low humidity. Pregnancy is no time to skip a weekly rest day, so instead, we enjoyed the pleasant weather with long walks and coffee on the porch.
How was your week in running?
Has summer weather arrived for you?