5 Mile Run – 9 Weeks
This past Saturday concluded my trail run series. All three runs were intense, challenging and different. When I signed up I wanted to help strengthen my pace and distance, while running a different type of terrain. Each course allowed me to do that the last three months. While I was pregnant throughout each run, I still think my time would have stayed the same if I were just a single runner….lol. You had the option to choose your distance with each run. If I wanted to run 5 miles each race, I could sign up for the 5 mile course. However, I wanted to build strength for my upcoming half marathon so, I chose to run 5-7-10 miles. The first run was 5 miles and so different from the paved paths I normally would run. I ran this run while 9 weeks pregnant ;p The first two miles were all uphill until you reached about a 1500 ft. elevation. which was brutal but doable. If Only I knew at the time I’d have to get use to those hills as they paved the path for the next two courses.
7 Miles – 14 Weeks
The second run was 7 miles and while I studied up on the course, the day of the race they changed the path (of course!) So, those 2 uphill miles became your friend especially when you made it down the hill, the course had you turn around and run back up! I ran this run when I was 14 weeks pregnant. Throughout the next 5 miles, it was downhill, aside the hills, paved, dirt and rock. I actually stopped listening to music before this run because I knew I had to be on top of things because any split second change could result in a nasty fall. None the less the course change and distance worked for me.
10 Miles – 17 Weeks
The third and final run of the series was 10 miles and was the 5 mile and 7 mile course with the extra 3 miles running out and turning back around. This run, I was really nervous for, I was now 17 weeks pregnant. I had the distance down but when you put all terrain in, It really changes up my distance and openly running pregnant made me cautious. The first 5 miles I slowed down and really watched my steps, there’s parts on the trails that are at 80 degree angle downhill and as wide as 1 ft across. Once I ran the first 5 miles, I felt good and thought the next 5 would be easy. At mile 8, I fell =/ After reading on trail runs, I knew going down to keep to my side but it was still a shock. I still keep replaying how I lost my balance and all I can think is the shift in gravel. I stayed down for about a minute before coming to terms with I have to finish. I finished about 20 minutes later. All and all, thank goodness I was fine. Little Little is good.
The series was great and I would definitely run it again….however, run it pregnant? No, I don’t think I’ll find myself on similar trails until after Little Little arrives! The series did help prep me for my upcoming half marathon and I really do believe the hills have helped my pace on paved runs. While I loved running in this series, my personal goal for a future series is to work on those hills. I enjoy being one within nature and trail runs will give you that peace of mind. I know if I was a stronger runner I could enjoy the course more and appreciate my surroundings as well. We will just have to see what the future brings =)