Pregnancy is weird and the human body is amazing. I will have a few weeks where running feels progressively harder (especially in the third trimester). Then, my body adapts to its new “normal” and I find myself able to handle a slightly larger training load. I’m still running much less than I did prior to pregnancy, but I am happy with the mileage I am maintaining. The pleasant weather helped as well. Even with humidity, temperatures in the low 60s feel amazing after July’s heat.
Monday: 5.25 mile run
I felt surprisingly good on this run, considering the high humidity from an impending thunderstorm. I went out planning on running 3-4 miles, but I extended it to just over five based on how I felt. At this stage in pregnancy, I take advantage of any day that I feel good!
Tuesday: 35 minute run & 25 min prenatal Pilates
The humidity was very high on this run! I’m pretty certain I was a comical sight to other walkers and runners, as I slowly trudged up the slightest of inclines, my huge bump leading the way. Even a short 3-5% incline feels challenging since it feels like I’m wearing a 25-lb weighted vest strapped to my torso. I was drenched in sweat by the end, but overall happy with this run.
My appetite is raging at this point in pregnancy, so I separated my run and Pilates in order to eat in between.
Wednesday: 5 mile run
Lately, I’ve been trying to run new routes on my runs. We live in a city with over 22 miles of pathways, which means lots of options. I know that I’ll be more limited in my outdoor running once Isla arrives, so I’m exploring more now. I took a new route, which had a few more street crossings than normal, but the change of scenery was enjoyable!
Thursday: 20 min strength training
After a few weeks of backing off of weights, I felt comfortable using heavier kettlebells again. I did only two sets instead of three to avoid overdoing it, since my current recovery rate is so slow.
10 lateral band walks
10 monster band walks
10 KB goblet squats (26 lbs)
10 TRX inverted rows
10 KB deadlifts (35 lbs)
10 single am KB push presses (15 lbs)
10 banded clamshells
10 banded glute bridges
10 bird dogs
30 sec side plank (per side)
Friday: 7.2 mile run
While 7 miles feels as tiring as a double-digit run, I enjoy getting in a bit more distance. It feels like such an accomplishment to run for over an hour right now! I used the longer run as another opportunity to explore a new-to-me route.
Saturday & Sunday: Rest Day
With family in town, I opted for extra rest and time with everyone. We celebrated Isla with another baby shower and are so grateful for everyone’s love and generosity for our little girl!
How was your week in running?
Do you run the same routes or explore new routes often?
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