May = the Fargo Marathon, summer weather, Mother's Day, our wedding anniversary, my birthday, my mom's birthday and likely our baby #2's birthday!
MB from Tutus & Tennies tagged me to share some of my running favorites just in time for tomorrow's Fitness Friday link-up. Plus, it's time for another baby update, too :)
Alright, let's jump right in:
My Running Favorites: Questions Answered
1.) LOCATION: Trail, Road or Indoors?
My heart belongs to trail running. My first full marathon was on the trails and there is never a dull moment. I don't trail run much anymore because I am usually pushing a jogging stroller along with me. These days, running outdoors is wonderful to me.
Best trail running memory ---> My husband and I went trail running a ton on our honeymoon (almost 3 years ago!) and it was absolutely gorgeous out there...
... mud, blood and all. Now that's romance!
2.) TIME OF DAY: Morning, Noon or Evening?
Morning, all the way! I am a morning person and there is nothing better than watching the sun rise on a run. Spending time talking with God on a morning run feels amazing - it's so peaceful and it feels like life slows down for a while. Watching a beautiful sunrise is like a little glimpse of Heaven.
3.) WEATHER: Sunshine, Mild or Hot?
Sunshine and the 60's is a perfect race day for me with a light breeze (very light!). I'm not too picky on the temperature outside but the amount of wind really makes a difference. Running in any season is enjoyable if the wind isn't whipping around too crazy.
4.) FUEL: Before, After and sometimes during?
While running pregnant, I make sure it eat and drink plenty before and after runs. Heck, I just eat all the time. When not preggo, I will maybe take a bite of a granola bar before a morning run but it's not necessary.
If I'm training and plan to run for 90 minutes or more, I opt for eating a small breakfast before heading out. I bring with a GU or homemade gel for runs of 90 minutes+.
5.) ACCESSORIES: Music, Watch or more?
My Garmin is always with me and usually our toddler in the jogging stroller, too. I always bring my phone with me while running pregnant - especially now in the 30+ weeks - just in case! When I'm training for a long race, I love to run solo with my iPod to just zone out. Music + jogging strollers do not mix!
6.) REWARD: Food, wine or ???
A shower and maybe a treat. After my last long run for the Wild Hog Half Marathon, I had a pumpkin doughnut from Tim Horton's. What was already delicious became extra amazing because I was SO... HUNGRY...
7.) TYPE OF RUN: Long, tempo, intervals, hill repeats, progression, or easy?
These days all of my runs are done at an "easy" effort and any run is a good run! Running in the third trimester varies so much from day to day. Today could be a great run and, by tomorrow, baby's position may change and my bladder will be very uncomfortable. I'm taking one day at a time and keeping it easy until baby's big day!
(I guess I really like the "thumbs up" pose)
In my non-pregnant "training mode", tempo runs are my favorite but speed interval sessions are getting up there, too. Last year I started focusing on making each run with a specific focus - speed, hills, long, tempo, etc. - and it improved my running drastically. I'm excited to train for a full again using more focused training!
WHO'S NEXT? I'm tagging these 7 wonderful running ladies to share their running favorites:
Wendy @ New Moms Talk
Jill @ Jill Conyers: Fitness, Health & Happiness
Jessica @ The Fit Switch
Krystal @ The Runner Within
Sarah @ Run Far Girl
Leslie @ Her Little Dog Too
Aimee @ Forty By Forty Fitness
And, because we are now a couple weeks closer to Baby's due date, here comes another pregnancy update:
Baby #2: 34 Weeks
Baby's Size: Butternut Squash, average fetus size: 17.2 to 18.7 in, 4.2 to 5.8 lbs.
Cravings: Sourdough waffles, sausage, eggs, and gravy, toast.
Aversions: Browning hamburger or venison.
I'm Feeling: SO THANKFUL that God blessed us with this smooth week of pregnancy! With my first pregnancy, we discovered I had a UTI and was dehydrated at 33 weeks, had a preterm labor scare and took a ride in the ambulance... It was an intense time to say the least. Aside from bladder squishage, I'm feeling great.
Sleep: I'm still feeling a lack of energy, especially in the PM, but that's to be expected. Every night of sleep requires 2 bathroom breaks. It's not so bad compared to being up with a newborn all night :) I'm so thankful E is consistently sleeping through the night!
Weight: Up 20 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight.
My Prayer for Baby: "Lord, thank You for watching over our baby this week and for helping my body to grow this new life. It is truly a miracle that I am so thankful to be a part of! Continue to prepare our family and all of our hearts for this new member of the family. I give any and all of my pregnancy and childbirth worries to You, knowing that You care about every detail of our lives. Guide baby's development and I pray that he or she will arrive in Your perfect timing! Amen. "
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 PETER 5:6-7Last Week's Workouts:
Monday: 3.1 miles with the dog, 9:55/mile. A 5k to celebrate the Boston Marathon.
Tuesday: Strength Training
Wednesday: 2 treadmill miles, 10:16/mile. Treadmill running always feels harder!
Thursday: 3.36 early morning miles, 10:55/mile. Squished bladder today...
Friday: Prenatal Yoga
Saturday: 3 mile family run, 11:05/mile. Beautiful day!
Total Mileage: 11.46 miles
What are your running favorites?
Linking up with Jill Conyers at Fitness Friday.