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Pregnancy Workouts and Miles-Week 36

Saturday’s run was rough. John was working, and I still wanted to get outside, so I decided to take the baby in the stroller after breakfast in loops around the neighborhood.

I completely underestimated how hard it would be to run with the stroller at 36 weeks, and after 6 miles of run-stop-pick up socks-pick up toys-run-find snack-catch snack as it was being thrown from the stroller-run-pick up shoes, I started feeling a sharp sciatic pain on my left side and my feet felt like bricks on ankles that wouldn’t bend.

Nothing about this run was enjoyable, except the conversation with my toddler that went from ‘wing’ when she saw the swings at the park to ‘all-done’ for 5 miles. She fell asleep at mile 5.5.

Despite not enjoying the actual run, it felt great to get out in the cold weather, and all morning Monday at work I was thinking about redeeming myself during my lunch run on another perfectly cool, sunny day. My goal was 5 easy miles from my office. I set out on the shaded sidewalk around 1pm, keeping it steady at an easy 10 minute pace, until about a mile in, when I felt a sharp pain on the top of my right foot. It came and went, and I kept going, thinking it would fix itself after I warmed up. By mile 4 it was bothering me every step, especially when I stopped, so I hobbled back to the office with a total of 4.5 miles.

In High School, I had a stress fracture, plantar fasciitis or another unknown injury about 75% of the time, keeping me from ever getting past my successful freshman year of track. Honestly, I think part of it was mental, I didn’t like cross country or racing and my coaches put a lot of pressure on us. The other part was overuse–WAY too many miles on concrete during the summer, something I’ve learned that I just can’t handle. Low mileage works best for me, and running on dirt as much as possible to limit the impact.

The pain reminded me of the pain in High School (and I did a major flashback to aqua jogging with my (still) best friend one winter at the JCC while we were both in boots), so I got some ice and stayed off of it until I could see a doctor on Thursday.

By Thursday it actually felt much better and the doctor gave it an all clear–no stress fracture. One of my friends from my old running group in San Diego–one of the most naturally talented runners I’ve ever met–thought my shoes might have been too tight. I loosened them up, and, of course, I’m now completely pain free.

A long story just to come to that conclusion, I know. But, in light of it being Thanksgiving week, I’ll end with I am very thankful for running this pregnancy, for the break it gives me from the stress of being a working mom and the uncertainty of Navy life, for the fitness–I’m still going at 37 weeks!–and for the clarity. I kept cross training those few days I tried to rest my foot, and nothing quite compares. Especially the elliptical. Can someone please explain this machine to me? It made me feel like I hadn’t worked out in 10 years.

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Saturday
Workout: 6 Stroller Miles
Pace: About 11 min pace, including all of the stops I had to make to pick up her toys that she threw at me.
Duration: The whole thing was an hour and 2 minutes, but I never stopped my phone when we stopped for snacks, picking up the toys, putting the socks and shoes back on….
Notes: This was just hard. And exhausting. Pushing the stroller right now is a bit of a stretch.

Sunday
Workout: Spin
Duration: 40 min
Notes: Now my knees really bump my bump.

Monday
Workout: 4.5 Miles
Pace: 10:10
Duration: 45:46
Notes: The run where I thought I had a stress fracture…

Tuesday
Workout: Prenatal Yoga
Duration: 40 min
Notes: No impact flow to stay off my foot while stretching it out. Yoga is getting really tough, I am nowhere near touching my toes and I get really winded in downward dog…

Wednesday
Workout: Lunchtime Spin
Duration: 40 min
Notes: I cranked it up a little and felt pretty good. The new Mindy Project helped.

Thursday
Workout: Elliptical
Pace: Slow and awkward
Duration: 40 min
Notes: I seriously don’t know how people use these things. I can’t tell you one thing I enjoyed about it.

Friday
Workout: Barre Evolution
Duration: 1 hour
Notes: It felt so good to be back in a class! Besides the wasted time during abs. The teacher, an older lady who teaches the lunchtime barre class on Friday’s as well (I took the full hour class in the morning), is relentless.

Total Miles: 10.5

Workouts: 2 runs, 2 spin, 1 yoga, 1 barre class and 1 elliptical ‘workout’

2 Responses to Pregnancy Workouts and Miles-Week 36

  1. Dodie November 23, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    That’s a solid week of workouts! Love the Nelle by the way!

    • Mollie November 29, 2016 at 12:09 am #

      I couldn’t believe it still fit. Haha

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