Monday, April 12, 2010

Six weekend miles.

I had big running plans for this weekend but the plans changed. A much, much needed nap won out over the run on Saturday. I felt a little wimpy but I gotta tell you, I really needed that nap more than I needed the run. So, Saturday's planned miles were not to be.

Sunday was the group run and, unfortunately, most of the members couldn't make it. We had a strong group of four, though, who all got out there and enjoyed some sunny -- if a little windy -- miles. Suzy and Darlene ran together and I lead Jen on a run/walk (Jen is one of the moms who just started running 4 weeks ago).

Since I was doing a 3-mile run/walk, I got to the park early and ran 3 miles before meeting the group so I could get in a total of 6 miles for the day. I'm glad I did because I feel it is still important for me to extend my distance and breaking it into two runs actually works well.

Out on the run/walk with Jen, I feel like I had a true "coaching" moment. I recognized that Jen was pushing her pace both during the warm-up walk and in the first running interval. So I slowed her down and we talked about why starting slowly is important and she had a much better run than she had anticipated. In fact, because I had put 5 minute running intervals on her schedule, she'd been a little nervous at the start and wasn't expecting success. But she got it! She ran the entire plan and, at the end said, "I didn't feel like I was going to die!"

And that's a good thing :-)

Here we all are post-run:

Jen, me, Suzy, Darlene

You can totally see that I am going to need some maternity gear really soon!

Speaking of gear, I have a sports bra giveaway going on here. (A new, larger sports bra is the one thing I've already moved onto.) Go check it out!

26 comments:

Diana said...

Congrats! Sounds like a really great opportunity to teach someone to like running :)

Molly said...

How fun!! I feel like I should take a drive along the Thruway and meet up with you guys sometime!

: )

misszippy said...

You are not wimpy--a nap is what your body needed and you listened. That's smart in my book!

Suzy said...

Take naps when you need them. Enjoy them. Savor them. Why? You are pregnant and you need to take care of yourself; running can wait. Everyone did great yesterday! I loved Jen's "I didn't feel like I was going to die!" comment!

Coachhrd said...

Nothing wimpy about naps - I should take them more often! And with the weather it looked like you had, nothing like a run with three other friends.

I Run for Fun said...

What a fun run! You look awesome...positively glowing.

Marlene said...

Great job on the run this weekend, and awesome that you were able to coach one of your ladies. Glad hse had a great run! Starting slow is KEY!

Momma Twitch said...

Nice! 6 miles is awesome. I think your idea of splitting up the miles is a great idea. :)

Staci Dombroski said...

Way to go!!! When I was pregnant I think the nap would have won too! Have a wonderful week :)

Jill said...

Naps are a must-do for you right now, gotta get that baby some rest!! YOu guys look great and so happy :). Have a great week!

Ewa said...

Napping is good. Period!
Are there maternity running clothes? Just wondering. I know there are a lot of pregnant women running but I have never seen adds for clothes for pregnant athletes.

ajh said...

Even though it seems silly I would like to come for a weekend run with your group this summer. It would be a long drive but I could combine it with shopping!

Lisa said...

I agree, sometimes we need to change our running plans to rest up so we can run better and longer another day!

It's fun to hear about your running group! Great job coach!

Emz said...

Yay for you. And YAY for naps! Lucky you..... it looks like a fun group to run with. :)

lindsay said...

ummm. if you need maternity running clothes then i feel like i ought to get them too (and i'm NOT pregnant!) lol. i have a little trouble getting rid of the flab in the belly-region from all the m&m's... :(

so yeah, you look great to me!

MCM Mama said...

Great job on the run and way to take that coaching opportunity.

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Abby said...

I had a much-needed nap win out yesterday over a couple hours of work... not sure if that's better or worse than it winning out over a run :)

onelittletrigirl said...

I love naps <3

Lisa said...

Naps are good.

Great coaching moment. I wish someone had explained that to me earlier on...

J said...

Great job on the group run! It really is great to hear that Jen was able to run that interval run! You are a great coach and have so much to teach!!

Wifey said...

Sounds like a great weekend. Napping and running are two of my favorite things!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Amy said...

Way to go with the group run! You are shaping up to be a great coach!

Quix said...

Naps are good! And that sounds like an awesome way to get into running (rather than my painful introduction, of running as far as I could each day until I fell over, heh).

You look great, wouldn't even know you were pregnant from the pic. Heading over to enter the giveaway because I could def. use another bra!

Diane said...

I'm so impressed you have the energy to run while preggers! I was able to walk through my entire first pregnancy, but the following two pregnancies made running difficult, and I missed it soooo much.

I know you're tired now, but think how much more tired you'd be if you didn't exercise!

Nice job!

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