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Hey,<br><br>
Well, i've been mentioning my 10k, and i did it yesterday so i thought i'd give you all an update...<br><br>
I was doing it with my good friend who is 33weeks tomorrow (i'm 37weeks tomorrow) and the idea was that the knowledge of it in our future would keep us going and active through pregnancy and provide a nice target near the end (for me)/close to maternity leave beginning (for her) to keep us from going crazy with the waiting.<br><br>
We picked her up at 9.40am quite close to the start and DH drove us both as close as he could, and we walked to our muster point which was the farthest away of course! We were in the 90mins+ group as we'd said we intended to walk (i'd informed the organisers that we were pregnant). It was a pulse start, so though the "race" began with the elite's being sent off at 10am, it was 10.05 when we reached our muster point and 10.20 when we walked under the start gate.<br><br>
We walked, steady and not too fast, and chatted about a million topics, our mutual friend's recent birth, feminism, our babies, you name it. After what felt to my pubic bone like 5miles we came to a flag which said 1km on it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My hands swelled more than they ever have before. Even my palms were fat! I noticed if i held my water bottle whichever hand i had it in improved so i assume it was circulation as much as anything. I stayed hydrated and didn't worry too much about it. My legs/feet didn't swell at ALL which was a shock.<br><br>
We weren't "last" but we were VERY close, for the first 5km we could see those who were last behind us within a few hundred yards. There was a good mix around us of older people who don't run anymore, a few disabled people who couldn't run, a few fluffy people who'd trained to walk this year and planned to run next, and lots of people doing the distance for charity who hadn't had time to train enough to be running, we were the only pregnant people i saw, though there was one woman with an illegal baby (you're not allowed to take buggies or children, so i don't know if her partner took the baby off her at some point, but she had the number on the bjorn cosy toes so maybe she didn't). We got a LOT of double-takes, especially me, because my friend is very slim anyway, so though she's definitely big and pregnant, from behind she looks slim and lovely (i look wide and chunky, lol). It was ok, but we got some shaking heads of judgement which i tired of quickly, i dislike the way people view pregnancy as an illness or disability - certainly it was a disadvantage when up against the elites, but i have plenty of those when i'm NOT pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
The first 5km i found really hard. I began to ache before we even got to the start - some days my pubic bone just aches, and there's not much i can do - it's not SPD, i don't get terrible pains or grinding or anything, it's just a bit unstable and i can feel it. Anyway my lovely friend kept me going with chatting about numerous things and around 6km we got to my favourite bit, the country park. We took pics of ourselves with highland cows, and generally dawdled. I had told off a policewoman at around 3km who asked us to walk on the pavement (they were dismantling the run route behind the slowest people to get traffic moving again on the bigger roads) and i said "i'm NINE months pregnant, you can't pass me, it's too cruel!" and she replied "just don't give birth, i'm not very good at first aid!" and smiled and ever after she'd wave whenever we saw her. One i was in the park i still hurt but i just stopped thinking about it, and the route was so lovely that i didn't mind anyway.<br><br>
We passed the 8km mark and realised we were ACTUALLY going to manage it! We had some funny banter along the way, one radio Clyde person asked how long i had to go and i said 3 weeks and he said "you're brave doing this in that state" and i was about 20yards on before i realised he'd just called me a STATE! Other women's reactions ranged from obvious horror and "how could they"'s to "good for you!"'s. The finish especially, the last kilometre we got a LOT of applause, "well done's" and "congratulations!" which was very nice.<br><br>
We finished in 2hours and about 8mins (clock had said 0:20:some when we started and said 2:28:something when we finished), we get our exact times in the paper tonight. That's pretty much double my non-pregnant time (i typically run a 63-67min 10k, i'm not a fast runner at the best of times!) Afterwards we got our medals, freebie bags and bananas and went and met our friends.<br><br>
Today i am shattered, not sore or injured or anything, but really tired, could sleep for a week if it weren't for DD needing me.<br><br>
Anyway that's my race report. This pregnancy i did a 51mile bike ride (untrained and it took 7 hours but was a lot of fun) when i was 5weeks and the women's 10k (very very slowly...) at 36+5. I am now going to sit on my butt until this baby arrives! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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So cool! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> It's really awesome that you and your friend did the race together. I had thought about walking a 5k in may area, but I had to be out of town that weekend. You rock!<br><br>
ETA: BTW, I got a lot of crazy looks too when I hiked a mountain in the tropics while 7 months preggo with DS1. I haven't done anything quite that ambitious this time around, other than traveling for conferences and interviews - one tomorrow in fact! Being pregnant is definitely NOT a disability! It makes me crazy when people act like all you should be doing is sitting around and sleeping <grrr>.
 

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That is so awesome! My family (cousins mostly, as my uncle passed from melanoma a few years ago) do a walk for melanoma each late June. I think the walking one is only a 3k. I was pregnant 2 years ago during the first one. I ended up not walking, just went to support (and ended up having Cadence less than a week alter). Then last year we weren't living in the state and couldn't manage to get here. This, year, I'm again due right after and doubt I will be able to do it again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> My cousin is due July 6 (will have a planned c on July 1) and she's planning on going. I just know there's no way I'll ever make it and if I actually would, I would be a hurting person afterward.
 

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That's awesome! You should be proud of yourself! I am having a hard time just walking up my stairs inmy houseand rolling over at night and your walking 10km!!<br><br>
Way to go!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Super inspiring! Walking is very healthy for mammas and babies..and I woulda loved to been there to cheer you on!<br><br>
WTG!
 

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Awesome!! I so wish I hadn't been so flippin' sick when the 10k I wanted to do came around (a month ago or so, so I was going on 34 weeks). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
You did a great job. It makes me want to go out and walk now, but I'll make myself wait until this evening, lol.
 

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That is so awesome!!!! Well done mama!!
 

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Good job mama!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> That is seriously awesome, even if you had come in last it would still be amazing to complete something like that while THIS pregnant!<br>
I am tired just thinking about it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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That is AWESOME! You kicked some serious butt. And just think of how much this will help with labor!!! You totally inspire me. Makes me very anxious to get back to running! I wish others would keep their opinions to themselves. I hate the judgement on women and pregnancy.
 

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Very cool mama! You are awesome!<br><br>
I always say that I want a party for keeping up with my workout through out pregnancy, not for the birth, but for the workouts...cause it is hard some days!
 

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That's so awesome! Good for you guys! I can't believe anyone would actually disapprove of something so great--some people are weird! I'm fairly certain my pubic bone would just disintegrate if I tried to walk that far. I did continue to teach spinning classes at my gym up until 32 weeks though, and I definitely got some shocked looks from new people who came into my class. One time I hopped off the bike to adjust a fan, and a guy in the class freaked out because he seriously thought I was going into labor : )
 

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I'll add my congrats. Good job! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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