I’m going Turkey Trotting tomorrow. I’m obviously aiming to smash my 5K PR since I’m clearly in top running shape right now.
Just kidding. I’m just hoping to not finish the race in last place. Our neighborhood is hosting an informal Turkey Trot 5K for the second year in a row. Last year, it was a small “race” of about 50 or so runners and walkers. I anticipate it will be about the same this year, but maybe a little bigger as our neighborhood has grown.
In my effort to not finish in last place, I thought about adding in a little bit of running here and there during the race. Since my last run was, um…let’s see…7ish weeks ago, I think…and I haven’t consistently run in 13 weeks now, I was afraid my body forgot how to do it. During our family walk over the weekend, I decided to “practice” my running a little to see if I can still do it and more importantly, not look too ridiculous doing it. I was able to run in short bursts of about 30 seconds or so before needing a break. I know…total weakling.
My ankle felt okay while running, just a wee bit tight. [At my last OB appointment, my doctor said the tendonitis isn't going to go away while I'm still pregnant - the combination of the hormones, change in my center of gravity, flattening of the arches, and change in how I walk/run make it pretty much impossible to heal completely right now. It sucks, but I'll live.] Out of a 2 mile walk, only about a quarter of a mile of it was running. It felt amazing mentally to run. Physically, I felt okay, but I was winded easily and just didn’t feel comfortable with the giant belly and all. I also have a brand new ailment to add to my list of pregnancy joys: sciatica. I never had it with my pregnancy with Zain so this is a fun new experience.
Hopefully, that “training run” will really pay off for tomorrow’s race ;). My wonderful hubby has sweetly agreed to walk to race with me AND push Zain in the stroller so at least I’ll have company and no added resistance to worry about. Try to be patient waiting for the epic race recap to come.
If you haven’t committed to the Winter 100 Challenge yet, be sure to check it out! There are lots of great prizes you can win and most importantly, it will help you stay motivated this winter. If you’re looking for more holiday motivation, check out my holiday weight loss tips from last year ;).