On Sunday morning, I ran the NYRR Gridiron 4 mile race in Central Park. Stephanie and I got some bagels and coffee and drove in.
It felt like it was about 40 degrees and it was sunny so basically it was perfect weather for racing. I found myself weirdly jealous of people who could race fast and overly nervous to run 4 miles. The good thing about running races while pregnant is that I don’t need to have a strategy. The only strategy is to finish (specifically today, it was race #2 of 9+1). We started in Corral D but never had any issues with crowds, which is pretty rare for a NYRR race once you start a few corrals back.
As usual, the first two miles were rough. Always are. I think I said “I’m so hot” every 7 seconds, sorry Steph. I was running in a sweatshirt because it is the only thing that fits and I couldn’t find the orange maternity shirt that I always wear.
Once we passed the second mile marker, I started to feel better. We picked up the pace a bit and I even cruised up the final hill without any issues. I would say we ran the first half in 20 min and the second half in about 18, finishing strong and proud in 38:12 (average 9:33/mi).
I am not sure why I was so nervous. I didn’t really doubt that I could do it. Maybe I didn’t want to feel like I was running too slow for Steph? Maybe I didn’t want to have to stop and walk? I’m not sure. Either way, this was probably my last race of my “run a race every month of the pregnancy” goal. I am due March 11 which only leaves one weekend to do a race and I will be 39 weeks pregnant and I can make a strong assumption that I will not be interested in running a race.
So – do I plan to continue running in general? I mentioned that I might stop. Now I don’t really know. Maybe I will still attempt 1-2x a week until I want to stop. Maybe I won’t. I don’t really feel a pull in either direction. I think I feel like I need to stop and end on a high note but at the same time I am SO EXCITED I am still out there. Since I stopped around 28/29 weeks when I was pregnant with Jennie I consider it a big win for pregnancy #2 and another glaring example of how different pregnancies can be (even for one person)!
The rest of the workouts from last week:
M 2/1: off
T 2/2: off
W 2/3: 50 min Refine Method
Th 2/4: 3/1 mi run
F 2/5: off
S 2/6: off
Su 2/7: 4 mi race, NYRR Gridiron, 38:12 (9:33 avg)
Total: 7.1 mi run, 50 min strength
Did you have a nice weekend? Did you enjoy the Super Bowl (and halftime show)? I thought Gaga crushed the National Anthem (but why wouldn’t she?) but the half time show wasn’t my favorite. My favorites were *NSYNC/Britney Spears/Aerosmith/Nelly in 2001 and Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band in 2009 (ahhh RIP Clarence)!
If you read this blog or know me, you know I am obsessed with Bruce Springsteen so obviously that made my list. Fun fact: In 2010, Fizz and I went on the Bud Light Port Paradise Cruise. I know, how is that an actual thing? One of the best parts of the trip was being at a private Nelly concert on a private island in the Bahamas. Great, drunk memories. I love Nelly, I love Britney, I love Bruce. Last night’s show was just not good for me.