Saturday I ran the Remembering Jesse Parker 5 Mile Race. Because of the races proximity to one of my favorite holidays, the Fourth of July, I just had to take the opportunity to dress in Merica related attire (Tank-For Two Fitness, Shorts-Oiselle, Socks-Procompression, Headband-Bic Bands). If you follow me on Instagram @sneaksandstilettos or on Facebook, then you know I did not wake up feeling like I wanted to run this race…at all.
Running this race though was such a powerful reminder to myself that sometimes we don’t even know what is best for ourselves. I wanted to run the race, but didn’t feel like it that morning. Had I given in to those negative thoughts, I know I’d be regretting it now. Instead I got myself ready, out the door and to the start line despite not wanting to.
Once that gun fired I was surprised by how good it felt to be out there amongst others running. The race atmosphere is so inspiring and uplifting. Seeing other runners go for it also makes me love running races. Everything just clicked Saturday morning, and I felt strong and great the entire race. I was able to maintain a slightly faster pace than what I likely would have running on my own. Just another benefit of racing!
While running pregnant I never focus on my pace too much. Lately though I have been liking using my Garmin more than my Runkeeper app so I can keep a close eye on my pace. This helps me make sure I’m not going too hard when that uplifting song comes pumping through the headphones. Going too fast just makes the rest of the run harder these days, and I try to maintain a conversation pace a majority of the time when running.
Saturday the miles felt easy and my pace reflected that. Despite one bathroom stop just before mile 3 being included in my time, I managed a 9:57 pace overall according to my Garmin. Some days I run this pace, some days a bit faster and other days slower for sure. Each day is different when pregnant running. At 24 weeks pregnant I will definitely take it! Going by feel is the best advice I’d give to women looking to run while pregnant. Use the watch as a reference not an expectation and you’ll be much less disappointed or frustrated as your pregnancy progresses.
I kept having to tell myself to not get caught up in the race and slow down. I had the whole race to go!! Racing (or running) pregnant is all about listening to your body, running appropriate paces and accepting that your performance will not be what it would be if you were not pregnant. Race times will slower, your place higher and your pace not what you are used to. So why race when pregnant? Racing is a great way to keep elements of the sport you love and can be incredibly motivating to keep running as the weeks creep towards 40!
My mile splits are included below as this is a race report, but is only for my reference.
Mile 3-10:58 (Bathroom break)
Overall I’m feeling really good while running and am so excited that running 5 miles still feels great and fairly easy on most days. Again each day is different, but I was already getting very uncomfortable on most of my runs at this point in my first pregnancy. Here’s to hoping this feeling good continues. I’m attributing a lot of how I’m feeling to the consistency of my running with completing the Runner’s World Run Streak from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July. Stay tuned for a post on my #rwrunstreak this week!
Here’s to more pregnant miles!
Remembering Jesse Parker 5 Mile Race