So, I found out this morning there's no way I'm running a marathon this year. And it's great news!
No, really. I'm not crazy, just keeping reading.
I had this really bizarre dream last night that I took a pregnancy test and it was positive, but in a weird special-effects type thing the positive line on the test beamed itself away. Mostly to quiet my brain, since me getting pregnant on my own should be impossible, I took a HPT this morning.
And it was positive.
Cue shock and tears of joy. I of course didn't believe it, and it was a dollar test that had been the last of a batch I'd been going through over the past year or so, so my daughter and I trekked out for a 2mile walk in 3 inches of snow to Walgreens for a second HPT of a different brand.
And it was also positive.
I have no idea when I'm due (like I said, pregnancy isn't even supposed to be possible) but somewhere between June and October. (Like I said...isn't supposed to be possible, LOL!) So, an October marathon in 2013? Just not happening! I'll either have a newborn or be like, 9 months pregnant. So 26.2 miles and my farthest run to date? I love running, but I think not.
What I will be doing, however, is running. I am going to run as long as I am comfortably able to; I love to run and feel like if I really am pregnant (yes, two HPTs aren't quite enough to convince me yet...I have a bloodtest tomorrow morning), I got here because running has done so many good things for me.
So my plan right now - well first, I'm still going to do all the races I am registered for. That's everything on the right side of the screen except the North Shore Half on June 2. I am going to ditch time expectations and find the victory in running rather than times - cuz, I think that's pretty reasonable. Running is hard for my non-pregnant self - for my pregnant self, I have every expectation it will also be hard.
For the North Shore Half, that's going to require some more thought and I probably won't register until closer to race day, because it's going to depend a lot on how I feel.
I will continue to run 20-25 miles a week as long as I am comfortably able. That is what my body is used to - I won't be extending my long run as much as I had planned this year, I will vary it between 8 and 14 for as long as I can sustain that level of mileage - and I feel comfortable that I should be able to hold onto that mileage for a while.
In that vein, for this week:
Monday - rest (was SO sore from my 8 miler - hard run in the snow!)
Tuesday - 2 mile walk (I wanted a tempo run today, but you know what...I was a little too excited to fit it in when my husband got home!)
Wednesday - 3-4 miles (I'd love a 5 miler, but realistically, I need to get bloodwork in my normal running window, so we'll see - I'll get in whatever I have time for)
Thursday - 2 mile tempo run
Friday - 5 miler
Saturday - rest
Sunday - Cupid's Love Dash 10K + 3 mile run that afternoon (I hate splitting a long run but I have been looking forward to this race FOREVER!)