Pregnancy Workouts and Miles-Week 24

Somehow I’m already at week 25. And somehow I’m only at week 25. My body is already screaming third trimester but I’m also still occasionally forgetting that I’m pregnant. I think both of those things are a result of just being a busy mom who just tries to get from weekend to weekend.

Compared to last week’s growing pains this week felt like a breath of fresh air–that I could actually take without my lungs burning. I’ve also been really motivated to log some miles before I start feeling the actual effects of third trimester, the swollen feet, giant belly, achy joints. Pregnancy is really fun stuff.

Although I ran more days and miles than normal, my pace has slowed down significantly. I’m hovering around 10 minute pace, even when I feel like I’m running fast. Sometimes it’s hard to look down at my watch when I’m chugging along and see such a significant drop, but, at the same time, it’s exciting to think of how much easier it will be to get back in shape this time if I can keep maintaining some fitness over the next few months.

While this week was all about running, it was actually all about my new running cookbook–Run Fast. Eat Slow–based around Olympian Shalane Flanagan’s nutrient-rich diet. I’ve tried five of the recipes (muffins, cookies, frittata’s, granola and chili) and they’ve all been incredibly healthy and completely indulgent. Our whole week’s meal plan is based around her cookbook.

I also splurged this weekend on new running shoes to try to get some more support for this growing baby. When did these shoes get SO expensive?? I remember my parent’s paying $80 at Road Runner sports in San Diego for my High School pairs, I paid more than double that for this new pair. This is an expensive sport.

PS-I took no workout pictures this week. Just food pictures. But you’ve seen one treadmill picture you’ve seen enough.

Workout: 7 mile outdoor/treadmill run
Pace: Slightly under 10 min pace
Duration: 70-ish min
Notes: It was sort-of nice outside, sort-of, so I did four miles outside of the gym and 3 inside on the treadmill while watching Amy Wong’s standup on Netflix, Baby Cobra. If you’re pregnant, watch it. But as for the run, I felt good, still had a few growing pains from the day before, but running and shaking out my legs was incredibly relaxing.


Workout: Prenatal Yoga
Duration: 40 min
Notes: Since I had a rest day Friday, I wanted to have an active rest day Sunday with some relaxing and strengthening prenatal yoga.

Workout: Spin
Duration: 40 min
Notes: I was the only  one in the spin studio for about the first 15 minutes…and then this guy came in singing at the TOP of his lungs. And continued singing for the rest of his workout. I thought, maybe he didn’t see me in there? (It’s a big studio). But he looked right at me when I headed out, as I tried really hard to avoid his gaze.

Workout: 5 mile outdoor run
Pace: 10 min pace
Duration: 50 min
Notes: It was really refreshing to run outside in cooler night weather. But it also got dark at mile 2.5. A guy yelled at me that I needed to be wearing reflective gear. I mean, I agreed with him. I just didn’t realize it would dark a full half an hour earlier than last week.

Workout: 4 mile treadmill run
Pace: 10 min pace
Duration: 40 min
Notes: I was really feeling running this week. I think it’s all the recipes from Run Fast. Eat Slow–they’re probably formulated to change the chemicals in your brain so all you think about is running. Four easy miles was a great way to celebrate hump day.
Workout: lunchtime prenatal barre
Duration: 40 min
Notes: I literally copied this exact entry from last week–I streamed two 20 minute classes online, lower body and a cardio workout with my coworker and I felt like I was trying to tone a whale.

Workout: 3.1 mile treadmill run
Pace: 9:20ish pace
Duration: 29 min
Notes: Does any other runner have trouble running just 3 miles without adding in the .1? An easy 5k to round out the week…and my pace felt a lot better than the previous few runs.
Pregnancy week: 24

Total miles run: 19.1

Total Workouts: 4 runs, 1 Barre Classes, 1 Prenatal Barre, 1 Prenatal Yoga, 0 rest days

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