It has been a month since my last update. A lot has been going on since the Detroit marathon. I have not ran any races but I am staying consistant with running about 30 miles per week, including a long run of 10 miles on the weekends. I've also added a day of full body strength training that kicks my butt. I Spend 2 + hours with the weights on Sundays and have now made Mondays my rest days. I am so sore.
I've also gained 4 pounds since the marathon. I've got a good excuse though.
I found out 5 days after the Detroit marathon that I am pregnant. Not only was I pregnant for the Detroit marathon but I was pregnant for Dance with Dirt 50K!
As of today, I am 11 weeks & 2 days with a due date of June 9, 2012. This definitely affects my future race plans but I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life. I've only told my parents so far. Everyone else will find out around Christmas time and I am keeping it off facebook as long as I can! I have quite a few family and friends I want to tell personally before they go reading it on a social networking site! Who would have thought that my son would turning 14 in January and having a new baby sister or brother a few short months later.
Recently I have noticed that my pace has slowed. It's ok though. I am running for two. I am going to continue with my race plans and continue to train for Boston. My training will just be altered to fit the slower paces and to make sure I do not harm the baby. I've done a lot of research on women who run marathons pregnant, specifically Boston. In 2002, April Nolan was 46 years old and 32 weeks pregnant. She finished the Boston marathon in 6:46. not an official Boston finishing time, but she did receive 2 medals when she crossed the finish line; one for her and one for her baby. If I can complete the course 32 weeks pregnant in 6 hours, it will require me to maitain an average pace of 13:45. I think that is totally doable. So far my doctor is supportive of my running. I will continue to talk to him about it at each appointment. My dad is very supportive and frequently reminds me that I need to listen to my doctor and my body. If I can't run Boston, it won't be the end of the world. I'll work hard to BQ again. Ask me today though and I think I can do it. But we will see how I feel come April 16, 2012.