A last double digit run?

Monday 8/15/16. 67 days to go.


I knew it was going to happen at some point. Well, maybe I knew, but I guess I hadn't really thought about it.
Monday night, 30.5 weeks along. Feeling a little... large.
Let me recap the day:

I woke up at 6:15 to meet with Ryan, a new running partner, for a run. My original goal was to run 8 easy miles, but gave myself the option of going 10 to get my long run out of the way for the week.

Having someone to help you through 80% of a long run is SO MUCH easier than going out and tackling all of it alone!

I was a little tired from the get-go. It could also have been that we were moving a little quicker: low 8's. Ryan is getting in shape! Oh no! :)

I stopped to walk and stretch a few times during the run. I dropped Ryan back off at my house at 8 miles and then decided to keep going to get that darn 10 miler out of the way. I slowed to 9 minute pace and took another walk break 1/2 way through.

I finished and was really proud of myself! 10 miles done in sub 8:30 pace at 30.5 weeks pregnant. Not too shabby :)

Then I headed off for a busy work day. After I picked up Greta and arrived home, she wanted to bike. [BTW, I found this bike in a free pile in Northfield one day during a run! What an awesome find! And YES, it was a legitimate free pile. I didn't just run off with a poor kid's bike :)] Except.... she didn't want to turn around. About 1/3 of a mile from home I called Nate to tell him that I thought we would continue in the direction of Craig's house where Nate was going to stop at after work.

I fully expected that she would refuse to continue biking at some point and I'd be stuck a half mile from our house with a toddler who just wanted to be carried and her bike. I had my phone and Nate was prepared to pick us up if that happened.

95% of the way there, and SO happy!
But - it didn't! Greta biked AN ENTIRE MILE over to Craig's house. What 22 month old does that?!?

We arrived to see this happening...

N & T helping M enter through the kitchen window.  They had locked themselves out of the house; lucky for them the kitchen window was open just a crack.

And... he's in!
We unloaded a few boxes at Craig's house (he has a spare bedroom we are using as a storage unit while we list the house), caught up with T & M, and headed back home.

Before leaving, Greta found the roller, brought it onto the map, and proceeded to roll over it a bunch. Crazy kid.

I don't know what it was, but once I got home, I was wiped. Perhaps it was the go-go-go weekend -- on top of the go-go-go pace of this Monday? Perhaps it was lack of sleep? Perhaps it's just being 30+ weeks pregnant...

My stomach was a little queasy and I had zero motivation. I caught up with a few of my athletes, then sat in front of the TV and watched the Olympics while working on baby's Christmas stocking. There were a million other things I knew I *should* be doing: planning for the new house, de-cluttering our current house, prepping the kitchen for paint, doing dishes...

Instead I happily stitched away! Baby's Christmas stocking might actually have a prayer of being finished by their first Christmas!

Today made me really think about my running goals for this pregnancy (and post-pregnancy). I had a lot of thoughts swirl through my head - but I'll save them for another post.

Until then, run happy!

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!


  1. Poor Mesa. She is going to miss those runs!

    1. I know! She has been much more "twitchy" these last few weeks as my mileage has continued to drop. I wish I could tell her that it'll just be a few months before we can start picking it up again!

  2. That's a really awesome find! And free! You look really good at 30.5 weeks. How is the baby measuring?

  3. It's incredible how you've been able to keep your stamina up for this long!

  4. Wow! Fun photos! It looks good. Wishing you and your baby will always be healthy.