Yesterday was the 8th running of the Shamrock’n Half Marathon –Sacramento’s largest half marathon. This is the 3rd time I have run this race, but the first time while pregnant!
Side note: This was not my first race while pregnant however; I found out I was having another baby just before the CIM so I actually ran a marathon while pregnant too! The doctor said it was fine as long as I had been running before. That just means I have to run another marathon to see how fast I can go while not pregnant
Ironman Barry and Traci picked me up at 7:00 yesterday morning. We parked in Downtown Sac and walked across the Tower Bridge to Raley Field where the Start/Finish line was. All three of us had signed up for Wave 2 which was for runners with between a 9:16 and a 10:30 minute/mile pace.
It was a great day for a race: overcast (a few rain drops as we waited at the starting line in fact) but not too cold. Though Barry looks kind of cold:
I was a big nerd and made a special shirt just for the race:
Confession time: I made my own shirt for two main reasons (besides the fact that I thought it was cute): 1) I am proud of myself for still running! It has been harder than I thought to keep at it due to the fact that I tire more quickly and have to pee more often, and 2) I wanted to provide others with an explanation for my ever expanding gut should anyone notice. My water belt greatly accentuates my stomach and I admit I am a little self-conscience. Shallow, but true.
Overall the race went well for all of us. Ironman Barry left us in the dust around mile 2, but Traci and I stuck together the whole race. I did feel more tired than normal and I hesitated to really push myself; I just really tried to listen to my body.
I drank a lot at the aide stations, and peed a lot at the Porta Potties.
This was my slowest half marathon ever, but that is ok. Going into this race (and training) I decided I was doing this to keep myself running and in shape while pregnant, and that is exactly what it did.
Now that the race is over, I am going to keep running, but I think I am going to stick to lower mileage for the rest of my pregnancy. The longer (8 mile+) runs have really been taking it out of me (and come with a longer recovery time). I am still really enjoying my 3-5 mile runs though, so I will definitely keep those on the schedule……along with prenatal yoga, and Jillian, and long walks,
and long naps.
Hope everyone had a great weekend !!