Running for three

Today I ran/walked the 8th Annual Benicia Run for Education. Jason was registered and planned to walk it with me, but instead chose to stay home and rest after fighting a stomach bug for most of the week. That meant I had three people to carry 3.1 miles: myself, Ruby in the stroller and the baby (in my uterus).

I alternated between walking and running. I’m finding that it’s actually easier on my muscles to run than to walk at any pace even mildly faster than quite slow. When I try to walk briskly my calf muscles quickly tighten up and it hurts a surprising amount. I’m naturally a midfoot/forefoot runner, so it makes sense that switching to a running motion feels different. Running can be a bit more of a cardiovascular workout, but I go so slow (i.e. walking pace) that it’s not that big of a deal.

Although I have to admit, I did feel pretty cool “running”, while also pushing a stroller, at nearly 8 months pregnant. Please keep that in mind when comparing my 5K finish time of 50:05 to my 10K finish time of 50:06 from 2011.

About 5 minutes into the race Ruby started bugging me to get out of the stroller, and with about a quarter mile to go I finally let her loose. The crowd loved her and she loved the attention. I debated letting her sleep in this morning and run/walking the race without the extra weight and inconvenience a 3 year old adds. But watching her excitement as she ran to the finish line was definitely worth it.


The race itself was followed by the 2nd Annual Muffins & Mimosas post race party with the Benicia Mom’s Group. Looking forward to many more in the years to come!

Monday Motivators: Baby steps


Last Week: I went on a 2 mile walk over a few hills with a local mom and ran/walked 4 miles with Team Challenge at a similar pace as last week, for a total of 6 miles versus my goal of 5.

I did not do the meal planning, go grocery shopping or bother to take the last load of laundry out of the dryer. I did, however, spend an egregious amount of time researching daily activity trackers and running GPS watches. Good thing I have my priorities straight, right? Also, this is your fault Amy.

This Week: I’m going to up my goal to 6 miles for this week. Nothing hurt last week so this seems pretty manageable. The Benicia Run for Education will get me 5K towards my goal. It’s been awhile since anything was in the queue so I feel pretty excited, even though I plan to walk it.

Join the party! Choose your favorite way to link-up:

  1. Write a post describing your fitness goals for the upcoming week and how you did meeting last week’s goals. Include a link to this post somewhere in your post and a pingback will show up in the comments section below.
  2. Write a post and comment on this post with a link to your post.
  3. Share your goals as a comment on this post, or on Facebook, or Twitter, or whatever.
  4. Help motivate others. For example, let’s make sure Pahla gets enough rest in between all her not so average athletic adventures. (How about that alliteration?)

Read this post for a little background on the birth of Monday Motivators.

Photo Credit: Garmin Vivofit by Health Gauge is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Text added to original