Okay, so I admit it…I was wrong. I should not have called those posters on the running website full of shit and delusional; it is possible to run a half marathon while pregnant. How do I know that it is possible? Because, I did it myself yesterday at the beginning of week 14. And it was great! I didn’t PR and stopped at every port-a-loo there was between mile 1 and 13.1, which lost me approximately ten minutes off of my overall time time, but it didn’t matter, it was the best I ever felt at mile 9 and as such I turned up the pace to what has been my usual gear these days and cranked out the last 4 miles with an average pace of 9 minutes 5 seconds per mile. Even with a sprout the size of a lemon (according to my weekly email from thebump.com) inside my belly this was the best I have ever felt finishing a half marathon.
Even with the baby-on-board in the last 3 miles we (the little lemon sprout and I) passed 553 runners. Yep, that’s right 553. I know this not because I counted, but because the White Rock Lake Marathon/ Half Marathon has this super-neato thing called RunPix, which can actually give you detailed information about where you were in the race, what your pace was and where your fellow competitors were located in relation to you. Basically, they give you everything you want to know if you had a good race and everything that could frustrate you to no end if you had a bad race.
Am I creaky today? Yes. Do I care? Not really, only when I must stand after sitting for an extended period of time. Do I feel good about running the half marathon while 14 weeks pregnant? No, I feel amazing and the little lemon sprout has already completed their first half marathon!
Fat or pregnant?