Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Half-Caffs and Sunny Runs

So I decided that since I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooowiped out from school, I'd introduce a little half-caff to my day. My doctor says that one cup of regular is fine, but I'm too much of a wuss to do that. Since the mere smell of coffee was enough to make me dry heave for 3 months, I figured a half-caff would do the trick.

It was WONDERFUL. Hello, old friend.

Made it through the school day with no problemo. Even had enough energy afterward to load Bug into the Trusty Bob stroller for a slow jog to and from the park!

My runs are getting slower and slower, but I decided to just count my minutes as "maternity miles." I got this idea from the Runner's World Guide to Running and Pregnancy--a MUST READ for any of you preggo chicks out there. Basically, you take your average running pace (mine's usually around 8:30-9 or so) and once you hit that time, it's a MATERNITY mile. So my 40 minute SLOW jog counts not as the 3 miles and change that it is, but as 4.5 MATERNITY MILES.

See? Good for the soul. :)

While running, I thought about how much I can't wait to race again. I mean REALLY race. Not just show up, which is what I kinda will do for the Spirit Run 5K and hopefully the Turkey Dash.

Part of me misses Ironman. Once you have that day, and experience all the highs, the lows, and the finish line, you crave it like my pregnant brain craves cheese.

(Seriously. I might be giving birth to a mouse.)

But I know that I don't miss what I would need to do to get there. I have zero--and I mean ZERO--desire to put in the 100 mile rides, the weekends where I leave at 6:30am on Saturday and return feeling like I've been hit by a truck at 5pm to go straight to an ice bath, food, and bed.

I just wanna play with my little Bug some, you know?

So I know that the half distance is just perfect for me now. And I am so excited to host Team Evotri at the BRAND NEW Rev3 race at my old stomping grounds, Cedar Point. The plan is to get a condo, relax on the Lake, and after the race pretend I'm 22 again and at the Islands.

(Well...maybe I'd better not go THAT far. Let me just say what we all used to say: "What happens on the Island, STAYS ON THE ISLAND.)

So bring on the maternity miles. I may be slow, but I have next season on the horizon. And I think I might have felt my first kick last night, too.

Life is good.


Tamara said...

I LOVE the maternity mile concept! That will get me motivated and less discouraged by my slow pace!!

Jennifer P said...

I was also getting bummed out by my slowing pace. Instead of adding up miles I was going to just count minutes. Although until I get through the next 3 races I think I'll have to log miles to make sure that I'm doing my home work.

I'm also craving cheese. Weird.

Alili said...

Love the maternity miles! I've been having a tough time, but I'm in the final stretch - at the suggestion of another I've been reading through your first pregnant; so glad it's out there still. Thanks for being my tri-mommy inspiration! :)

Jamie said...

Rev3 Cedar Point looks like a blast. if it is half as awesome as Quassy was this June, it will be well worth the trip out there.

I'm definitely moving it up the list of "to-do" races next year.

Rural Girl said...

The maternity miles plan sounds good. It's so hard to wrap your brain around a new lifestyle, even if it is only for a few months (LONG MONTHS, don't get me wrong). Try to revel in it. Sounds so trite but it's true. There are no do-overs.

DaisyDuc said...

Good for you girl!

We should share some notes on the REV3 as perhaps we can hang out after...if I have any energy left!

Alili said...

Absolutely! You can reach me at alili.tris @ gmail. com


triguyjt said...

Maternity Miles??? Great concept!!!

now..what the heck do I blame for my slowing pace????(no pregger jokes)

Pharmie said...

I had never heard of the Maternity Miles concept either. It makes total sense. Rev3 sounds like a blast!

Taconite Boy said...

Maternity miles, LOL. Needs a copyright.