My fourth half marathon (the Timp Half) of this pregnancy done and done! I’m not sure if this is my last half-marathon of this pregnancy but I’m just going to play that by ear. Saturday felt really good so we will see if that keeps going or if my body tells me to stop. I love being at races and everything that goes along with race day so I feel really thankful that I have gotten to do four races with this pregnancy.
Let’s get started talking about the race… Friday night I was in bed by 7:30. I didn’t fall asleep until 9:15 but then my body naturally woke up at 3:10 a.m. which was great. I didn’t even have to use my alarm. Andrew flew back from California because he had to be at the hospital all day Saturday and we just had a babysitter come over in the morning for Knox once Andrew had to leave to SLC! I think as I was leaving the house at 3:40 and saying goodbye to Andrew he was pretty happy he wasn’t doing the race this time… that is EARLY!
I picked up Candice, we drove to the race and hopped in line for the busses. The two of us have been on many busses together in the early early morning on the way to a race… our favorite had to be the Boston bus though!
Once we were on the bus I grabbed my bagel and bag of jam that I packed the night before and then had another half of a bagel and water too.
We got to the race start at about 5 and the race started at 6. We met up with a few more friends and just sat there and talked. I really love pregnant races because I have zero anxiety… I just get to hang out before the race starts. I need to start adopting this zero anxiety race start thing during my non-pregnant races in the future. It makes it way more fun for me although a little bit of nerves helps us run faster… maybe I just need a nice combination:)
It was kind of cold but I had a sweatshirt and sweatpants on so it wasn’t bad (the start was in the mountains).
Pretty gorgeous backdrop for the start of a race!
When I run pregnant I keep my garmin on the heart rate setting and check it out often. I stay under 150 bpm and run at a pace that I can easily talk… and if I want to walk, I take the opportunity to walk. This is what I have found works for me during pregnancy! I did get to run with Josse for about a minute and then I felt my heart rate picking up so I dropped back… and took a picture of her instead:) We are very excited to start training again in the future.
I attempted a belly shot along the way and I’m sure you are really excited about that;)
The course that I did Saturday is pretty much identical to the one that I did last month with Andrew. The first 7 miles are fast and down the canyon (with a little river on the side of the road the whole way) and then you have some rolling hills and flatness until the finish line.
For the majority of the race you are in the shade too which feels amazing in the summer. The last two miles are in the sunlight but the scenery is gorgeous so you forget about the sun.
The finish line of this course is on the American Fork High School track which is great for spectators to hang out there. It’s a fun place to give your last little kick before finishing.
They had LOTS of food after the race! I’m not really into pizza right now so of course I went home and made pancakes instead.
They also had a shower along the course with cold water to cool off with and then one at the finish line.
This is probably one of my favorite things about races… catching up with friends. This sweet girl and I used to train together and she had a killer race on Saturday.
This girl also rocked the course and she is training for the St. George Marathon (ps if you can do that race, do it… I have an obsession with it).
I love that one of my friends writes her favorite mantras on her hands during her race. She says they really help her when things get hard along the way!
PS I had my Garmin on for a while after I got home and it kept beeping at me to MOVE. Ummmm no, that was enough movement for my weekend;) Here is what my Garmin stats were:
And a little flashback Monday to the previous two years… last year I ran this race with Josse. We ran without garmins and had a blast until I took a wrong turn and got lost:) I had just gotten married and training hard wasn’t in my vocabulary at the time so running for fun was just what I needed. The bottom picture was from two years ago and that was my PR race (the course was a bit different then… not as much downhill). I was in the zone for the entire race and giving every ounce to those miles. This is the thing that I love about running, it is there for you in whatever stage of life you are in. Whatever pace you are trained for, whatever goals you have and it’s there for you with whatever stage of life you are in… it doesn’t go anywhere. And if you do take a break because of life or injury or sickness, it’s there waiting for you when you are ready to start again.
Knox was really impressed with the medal! PS do you see his blanket in the picture? He loves the corners of that blanket and rubs them as he is falling asleep or watching a show… a few of the corners are hanging by threads at this point!
Andrew left early Sunday morning to go get Brooke and then came home last night! It is so nice to have everyone home again and here are 5 pictures from our Sunday!
Andrew had about 5 hours to hang out at the airport in between landing and having Brooke dropped off to fly home… he was beyond thrilled when he realized he could make it to an A’s game while he waited. Tater tot nachos… yes, please. Tator tots will always remind me of the movie Neapolitan Dynamite… anyone else see that forever ago?
After church Knox and I hung out for a while eating TJ’s Minestrone soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken nuggets.
And for dinner, the only thing that sounded good was banana bread and fruit. I always undercook baked goods a little bit because that is Andrew’s favorite.
And then they were home! Wahoooooo!!! Andrew is the best for flying back and forth to take Brooke this last weekend. We are pretty lucky.
Does anyone train or race according to your heart rate!?! I would love to hear about this!!!
I wrote a meal plan (well, dinner plan) and grocery list for our week… I’m pretty proud of myself… Who else does this regularly? I would love to hear your tips or how you do this to be efficient?
Would you rather start a long run or race ridiculously early to avoid the heat or get a little bit more sleep and deal with the sun/heat for your long run or race?
Can you eat pretty much anything after a race or does your stomach tell you NO?!