These past few weeks have been kind of a whirlwind so I’m going to combine the two into one post.
How I’m Feeling:
After completing the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 8k/half marathon challenge, I overall would say I recovered really well. I took the Monday after the race completely off but felt good enough to get back into the gym on Tuesday. I then traveled to Nashville for work from Tuesday-Friday and despite the super hot temps (low 90’s), I felt great, albeit a little sweaty. I did notice myself needing to put my feet up a bit during the draining but think that had to do with sitting all day. I still tried to get in 10,000 steps or so a day each day of the training which helped but I don’t think I realized how my active job really ensures I stay feeling good each day, at least in this stage or pregnancy. I’ve continued to have some weird recurrences of nausea/stomach upset which I mentioned in previous posts. I had some limited nausea around weeks 6-8 which were very manageable and subsided quickly, but these episodes have been a little more intense. After getting back from Nashville, I decided to re institute the B6 and Unisom before bed and (knock on wood) I haven’t had any issues in the last almost week, so I’m going to continue taking that for the time being.
At my 20 week appointment, the midwife said I should be feeling movement everyday and I am. I’ve begun to notice some patterns with timing as well.
I also had a really weird episode on Wednesday evening of this week where I became extremely nauseated at the smell of the dinner I was cooking (eggroll in bowl). Chris had to finish making dinner. I thought maybe it was the raw ground chicken, however, I came extremely close to vomiting when I took a bite. I then had to leave the house because the smell was overpowering. I grabbed some good old fashioned comfort food from Panera for dinner.
What I’m wearing:
I think this is the last time I’ll include this question: 99% maternity clothing at this point.
What I’m Eating:
Otherwise, I’m still eating pretty typically aside from that weird aversion I wrote about above. I feel hungry a lot of the time but that is actually not all that different than my usual non pregnant appetite. Cold fruit still sounds good….as does dessert!
Wanted a smoothie. Until I got one and the. I didn’t want it anymore
As I mentioned above, I took a day off after running the 8k and half marathon but was back in gym after that. Wednesday-Friday of week 21 were hotel workouts for me. I did a mix of treadmill running which just didn’t feel good but I think had more to do with the mind numbing quality of the ‘mill and the fact that I left my ear buds at home. I also did dumbbell strength every day.
After getting home on Friday evening, I was ready for a good ass kicking Crossfit workout the next day so I joined the 6am workout at my gym…..where my WOD partner told me I looked big 2 seconds before the workout started. Nice.
On Sunday, I ran the Blossom Time 5.25 miler. I can’t find my post from last year but this was my 7th time running this event, 2nd time running it pregnant. Goal was to beat my prior pregnant time and I did by over 3 minutes! I also felt good enough to stay after the race to attend the carnival and the parade-a feat in endurance even when not pregnant!
On Monday, Memorial day, I participated in my 3rd Murph with a huge turnout from my gym. I modified to this:
1 mile run
20 rounds of:
5 ring rows
10 wall push ups (my belly cones with almost all pushups now)
15 air squats
1 mile run
I forgot to check the time when I finished but I think it was around 40 minutes. As I was headed out on the second mile of the run, I overheard one of the high school who was getting ready to start ask one of the coaches if I was pregnant. When he confirmed that I was, the kid responded with an impressed sounding “damn!” which totally boosted my ego!
I took Tuesday off, back in on Wednesday. Took Thursday off due to pride about my slow running pace and concern that I may be running alone. I decided I won’t let my fears hold me back from group runs even if it means I may be running alone. And today (Friday), I was back on the gym for an easy workout. I noticed today that I had to use a wider stance during my deadlifts to accomodate my belly at the bottom of the movement. The metcon was single unders and sit ups so I subbed assault bike calories and mountain climbers. SU’s and Sit ups were both things that I was relatively good at and were pretty easy so it’s hard to see everyone speed by me as I pedal along slowly.
What I’m Wondering:
If I’ll run another race this pregnancy. I do t have anything on the schedule but I realized that I do really well lately when I have a goal race to work towards. Nothing yet but we’ll see.