Or, a more apt title might be "What a Difference an Hour Makes" since I got an extra hour's worth of sleep last night, and that felt like a world of difference.
See, on Fridays, I get to sleep in an hour more than I do the rest of the week (different class schedule on Fridays), and even though it's just an hour, it's surprising how much more refreshed and awake I feel when I get up. So the extra hour's sleep, as well as a more relaxed work day, helped me feel ready to get back out there and run this afternoon with Jerry.
We did a quick 3 miler (28:11), and I have to admit that soon he may need to start running without me; because frankly, he's getting too fast for me. Today, for example, we ran the 3 miles at a 9:24 pace. Now, a few months ago that would have been a comfortable pace for me, but now I find that maintaining a pace like that is harder work. Plus, I know that he's slowing down to accommodate that pace -- I think he could easily be running sub-9:00/miles.
It makes sense that he's getting faster than me: He's been running consistently in the past few months, he's been varying the distances and paces, he's still shedding pounds, he's almost a foot taller than I am, and he's a man. Usually, I could probably use the opportunity to pick up the pace and match him on shorter faster runs, but his newfound speed coincides with my newfound loss of speed. The pregnant Jess just isn't as fast as the non-pregnant Jess, and I have a feeling I'm only gonna get slower (especially in that 3rd trimester when I'm carting a bowling ball out in front).
For now, we'll continue to run together when we can, and if our paces can't match, we may just have to run our separate runs until August when I have the baby. But after that? He'll have to watch his back because studies show that women who exercise continually through pregnancy have a 10-15% increase in their VO2 max for 6 months to a year after giving birth (explains Paula Radcliffe's NYC victory in 2007, right?). So I suppose he can enjoy his superior speed for now. Because 6 months from now, his ass is grass!