It feels really weird to talk about 39 weeks, because that sounds way more pregnant than I feel. This was my last full week of running during pregnancy. I’m happy I made it this far!
Generally, I felt better on the days I run. My energy is higher and I’m more productive. But, with the raging relaxin in my system, I could only handle running non-consecutive days.
Monday: 3 mile run
The first 2 miles felt good, but then my feet starting noticeably aching in the third mile. I’m fairly certain this is due to increased levels of relaxin, so I finished this run and mentally marked it as my final continuous run of pregnancy.
Tuesday: 25 min prenatal Pilates
I took the dogs on a short walk at a new-to-them nearby park. Our walk was relatively short, since it was hot and walking both dogs at once is becoming more and more of a chore. Ollie was a little too excited about the new scenery!
I originally planned on strength training, but that just sounded tiring. Instead, I did 25 min of prenatal Pilates, including some upper body work.
Wednesday: 30 minute run
It was humid on this run – 95% humidity and 70 degrees at 6:30 AM! I implemented run/walk intervals on this run and they worked very well. I repeated one mile run, 30 seconds walk, for 30 minutes (except at the end, when I jogged instead of walked since I only had 2.5 min left). I ran a total of 3.3 miles, with 9:05, 8:41, and 8:49 for the run intervals.
The walk intervals kept my heart rate under control and allowed me to maintain a faster pace on the run intervals, which meant I could maintain a quicker cadence with less ground impact time. The combination of walk breaks and maintaining a more natural gait definitely reduced the impact. My feet felt much better!
In the evening, Ryan and I took the dogs on another long walk. Since it’s dark earlier in the evenings, we see all sorts of different animals out, including bats.
Thursday: Rest day
I intended to take the dogs on a long walk and do Pilates, but neither happened. It was almost 90 degrees and I simply struggle in the heat right now. On the bright side, I checked off a big list of work tasks and put some final, finishing touches on setting up baby stuff.
Friday: 3.1 mile run & 10 min strength training
Thunderstorms rolled in early Friday morning, so I ran on our home treadmill for the first time! We purchased a Nordictrack 1750 and I am so happy with it. Even with a giant bump, it was far more comfortable than the treadmills at any of our recent gyms. I did three repeats of 10 minutes run, 30 seconds walk.
After I finished the run, I completed a short strength circuit of banded monster walks, lateral band walks, kettlebell squats (15 lbs), TRX low rows, banded clamshells, and some foot/ankle exercises.
Friday afternoon and evening quickly changed the tone for the day. My measurements were abnormal at my 39 week appointment, so my OB sent me in for a non-stress test. The ultrasound revealed the reason for smaller measurements: Isla had very recently flipped from heads-down to breech. Since other tests came back normal, the OB decided to schedule a version procedure for this upcoming week. Since she flipped this late in pregnancy, there is a chance she could flip back.
(My OB assured me it wasn’t anything I did that flipped the baby. I simply have a small and active baby in a big torso. Once we started talking to family and friends, we heard accounts of the exact same scenario – a baby breeching at almost full-term.)
Saturday: Rest day
After five hours at the OB and hospital, I needed a down day. I did start doing inversions multiple times per day, per my OB’s advice, to encourage Isla to flip.
Sunday: 1.5 mile walk
I wanted to go for a run, but early morning thunderstorms discouraged me. At this point, if I don’t run in the morning, I never feel as if I’ve digested enough to run later in the day. Instead, Ryan and I took the dogs on a 1.5 mile walk.
How was your week in running?
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