And, that’s it. Pregnancy workouts complete. Tomorrow is the big day, and, while I’m not feeling prepared in any other sense, I do feel physically prepared for a fast recovery. I hope.
Running can be a challenge sometimes, especially when I’m trying to balance everything, set new PR goals, train for races and just enjoy a sport that has been part of my life long before I was a wife, mom or even an adult. It’s been hard, but I have found a balance. I’ll admit, sometimes I get envious of my Instagram friends who have the time to just focus on running. A lot of them are moms who can run during the day while their kids are at gym daycare. Some of them don’t have kids yet and can sleep in on a Saturday and STILL go for a run. And some are like me, working mom, military wife, struggling to fit in each workout between work, school and kid activities.
I will tell you, as someone who has run for nearly two decades (yeah, that’s terrifying), accomplishing a goal is so much sweeter when you know you pushed through being tired and busy, found the time and can share it with the people you love. Even if it takes longer to get there.
Every one of these pregnancy miles was meaningful. I set the bar high for keeping up my fitness levels, and as a result I’m entering week 39 still feeling healthy and strong. I didn’t run to stay skinny–pregnancy will change your body despite working out–I ran to stay sane and physically capable of taking care of a toddler AND a new baby. Plus I did it to maintain a base level of fitness so when I can go back to the sport I love, I still feel good doing it and confident that, with time, I can get my speed and endurance back.
Plus, it was a lot of fun. I’ve never posted so much to social media or immersed myself in the online running community (there are a couple other pregnant runners out there and it was so inspiring to see their stories) and I can’t help but laugh every time I remember a comment someone made to me during a run or a race. It’s not the norm to workout so much during pregnancy, but people are also coming around to the idea that it’s not BAD to workout during pregnancy. I’m glad to be part of the generation that is breaking down the myths of our parents and their doctors.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t questioned myself every now and then. My first OB told me not to do any exercise where you break a sweat. That’s basically impossible in my case. My next doctor (yes, that was part of the reason I switched), just told me he thought I was crazy. But that it was fine. (He leans more towards the eat an entire cake instead of working out while you’re pregnant camp, but we still get along). That was with Baby Sweet 2015, and I ran until the day my water broke. I’ve run harder and farther this time, and a few times I’ve wondered if maybe I shouldn’t be resting more, but then I remember, I don’t feel bad. I don’t have pain. I don’t have any reason to think that running isn’t benefiting me. I’ve played it safe, extra hydration, treadmill when it was too hot, no heavy breathing, a slow pace and stopping if I ever felt too tired. And I’m proud of having run again my whole pregnancy. I’ve had fun, made memories and taken lots of pictures to show my future running buddy that their love started before they were even born. 😉
Workout: 4.65 miles
Notes: I convinced John to join me for a mile before he took the baby to the park, then I ran around trying to avoid her so she wouldn’t see me and freak out.
Workout: Prenatal Yoga at Holy Cow Yoga Center
Duration: 1 hour
Notes: This was a non-workout yoga session. We literally didn’t leave the floor. I think my body needed a break though because I felt pretty content.
Workout: 3.5 miles
Notes: Drove to the Old Village during lunch for a relaxing few miles. I’m definitely feeling the pregnancy, it wasn’t easy. But it felt so nice to get outside.
Duration: 40 min
Notes: I tried not to spin much this week because I know I’ll have to spin in place of running for a while while I heal. Plus my knees keep hitting my bump and it’s just not that fun right now.
Workout: 3.1 miles
Notes: Another nice run through the Old Village. Felt slow and kind of tired, but better once I finished.
Workout: Spin/barre circuits
Duration: 35 min
Notes: I went to the gym with the intention of doing barre, until I saw the barre room was completely under construction. (This gym is a pit, so, while I can complain about not having a barre room, I can’t complain about them trying to improve it). Instead I did a 5 min warm up on the bike, a ten minute arm workout while spinning (from Suzanne Bowen streaming), and two ten minute barre workouts off the bike.
Workout: Barre Evolution Class
Duration: 45 min
Notes: The teacher and girl checking me in thought my belly was so round that they took a picture. I really want to know what they did with it….
Workout: 5 miles
Notes: My last pregnancy run. It was a little bittersweet. I felt really good and maintained a decent pregnancy pace. But it was hard not to think that this will be my last run for several weeks.
Duration: 40 min
Notes: I had zero plans to workout today, but I just felt blah after dinner, so I hopped on the spin bike for a bit. Some easy intervals and standing work definitely fixed my mood.
Total Miles: 16.25
Total Workouts: 4 runs, 2 spins, 1 spin/barre, 1 barre, 1 yoga class