I haven't run much at all this week, resting up my ankle. But after a 2 mile run and no pain, I decided to try for 4 miles today. My husband dropped me off from home (so our dog and the dog we're dog-sitting wouldn't follow me), and to be on the safe side I decided to go the 3.5 and I could always tack on the extra .5 if I felt good. I've been running with the stroller a lot lately and I think that it is making me stronger. (yay!). I was able to run a faster pace than usual, felt good, and only took one walk break (and that's when I saw a dog...I am terrified of dogs I don't know and I live in the country where dogs are not usually kenneled or leashed and don't see runners often). My breathing felt fantastic today (that's how I gauge how I'm doing pregnant), but my muscles were definitely a bit tight. I probably could have stopped and stretched, but once I started I didn't want to stop. I was plenty tired at the 3.5 so I decided not to push the last .5 and just enjoy running a little faster than I have.
Mile 1: 9:18
Mile 2: 9:45 (with walk break)
Mile 3: 9:16
.5 Mile: 4:30
Total: 32:48 (for a 9:22/mile pace)
I can tell running is different now when I am super happy to keep it under a 10 minute/mile pace for short runs. I feel so much better staying more active even though I have managed to gain just as much weight already. :/ My midwife wasn't too impressed my last appointment, but it's the same as with the boys and I gained under 30 lbs with both of them. I'm frustrated that she said anything at all...but apparently she is known for that. I'm not exactly sure where I am now, but as of 18 weeks I was up 10 lbs.
My lovely 20 week belly picture...