So I was planning on writing about how I went to Heart and Sole Running Store on Saturday and got analyzed for the proper shoe by running on a treadmill equipped with a foot camera that recorded my movements. I got to see how much my foot rolls in on each stride (pronation) and how the right shoe actually corrects it. I was going to write about how I learned I was wearing the wrong size running shoe (half-size too small), and how I picked up a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 7’s with the hope that these shoes will magically help me run a really fast half marathon.
I was going to write about this until I read this headline:
Turns out homegirl (27-year old Amber Miller) decided to run the Chicago Marathon a mere 8 days before her due date (this was the third marathon she ran while pregnant and 8th overall). She did get her doctor’s approval to do a walk/run, and she finished in 6 hours and 25 minutes. Then she realized she was having contractions and went to the hospital where she delivered a baby 7 hours later.
I don’t quite know if I should be in awe of this woman’s dedication and strength…or to think of her as completely crazy. I’ve seen women 8 days before their due date and they are mostly sweaty, have swollen feet (that they can’t see), and just want the baby to come out already. Why would you decide that was a good time to move 26.2 miles in a racing situation? I’m miserable if I run a few miles after ingesting a breakfast burrito.
Mostly, I feel like if this lady can run/walk 26.2 miles with a 7 pound, 9 ounce kid attached (as in umbilical cord attached), then I should pretty much not be feeling sorry for myself on mile 11 out of 13.1 when I have no 7 pound 9 ounce kid ready to pop out. Way to make the rest of us look lazy, Running Pregnant Lady.
But congratulations! I’m glad everything turned out ok, and better you than me, my friend.
On that happy thought….
TRAINING PLAN: WEEK 9
Saturday: 4 mile run (we incorporated balloon chasing into it!)
Sunday: 1 hour, 45 minute run (we got in 11.5 miles…almost to 13.1!)
Monday: Easy 3 mile run, strength training
Tuesday: Hill intervals: 1.5 mile warm-up run, 12 uphill sprints alternating with downhill recovery, 1.5 mile cool-down run
Wednesday: Easy 3 mile run, strength training
Thursday: 50 Minute Tempo Run: 10 minute warm-up, 30 minutes at 10-K speed, 10 minute cool down
Friday: Day of Rest