I’ve settled comfortably into 15-20 miles per week for the third trimester. Especially with the summer weather, it feels appropriate and enjoyable. Running feels really good. I definitely feel the extra weight, especially since I’ve gained most of my weight and bump size in the third trimester. (Literally, this was the first week of not being able to button my once loose-fitting pre-pregnancy pants.)
I deliberately added in warm-up and cool-down walks this week. I can’t just walk down the driveway and start running anymore; I need a bit of extra time to transition into a run. This definitely helps with my runs still feeling good!
Monday: 6 mile run
After last week’s humid, soupy air, a light breeze felt incredibly refreshing. I felt good on this run and ended up going six miles, with the final two miles as the fastest.
In the evening, I spent about an hour gardening. I wanted to plant some sugar pumpkins, even though it may be late in the season for them. My zucchini are starting to harvest also!
Tuesday: 3 mile run & Pilates
Sadly, I think the days of Ollie runs are limited, if not over, for pregnancy. The waist leash felt uncomfortable (and with how much Ollie pulls, no way am I going to use a handheld leash to run him). I scaled the run back to three miles and walked the final mile. I’m bummed about it, but I also don’t want to throw my body out of whack.
After the run, I did a short Pilates workout. The prenatal workouts naturally progress themselves with each week – the same exercises become more challenging and require more focus.
Wednesday: 5 miles
This run felt so good! I was even able to finish the last mile at tempo effort, which clocked in at 8:10/mile. I think that’s my fastest mile of the third trimester so far! Considering most of my weight gain has occurred in the third trimester, I’m really happy with hitting that pace.
Thursday: Rest day
The dogs and I enjoyed a 30-minute walk through a nearby park.
Friday: 3 mile run & 15 minutes strength training
I had scaled back to four days of running for most of the third trimester. Partially, this was due to the heat and travel. With cooler temperatures and no weekend plans, I decided to try five days again. I kept this run short and easy as to not overdo it.
After the run, I completed three sets of a short circuit: lateral band walks, banded monster walks, banded squats, banded clamshells, banded glute bridges, side planks, and bird dogs.
In the evening, Ryan and I took the dogs on an hour long walk. Summer is just too beautiful right now not to spend time outside.
Saturday: 3 mile run
I know sleeping in until 7 AM won’t be a reality with a newborn or next summer when I’m training for a marathon. We’re enjoyed more leisurely mornings now, and Ryan and I did not get out for our run until shortly after 9 AM. It was around 80 degrees at that point, so we kept it short and easy.
Sunday: Rest day
Brew day! This homebrew was special because I’ll be able to drink it! (Our first homebrew in our house was brewed just a few days before I found out I was pregnant.) It will ferment for 4-5 weeks, and Isla arrives in ~8 weeks (although I think she will be a 38 or 39 weeker). Whether she comes at 38 or 41 weeks, this beautiful beer will be tapped and ready for when I can finally have a beer again.
How was your week in running?
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