Last week marked 26 weeks of pregnancy. I needed more rest last week, due in part to the dreaded pregnancy cold. Ryan was sick early in the week, and it hit me over the weekend. I scaled down my mileage as a result and slept more. Between a lower immune system and the constant temperature swings, it was only a matter of time before I caught a cold.
I did discover a fantastic piece of gear this week. I started to need some support, especially with the round ligament pain that randomly pops up. My biggest issue was that my bump expands as I run, so I needed support that would not feel constrictive after a couple of miles. I also didn’t want a support belt that would feel hot or cause chafing in summer. Enter: The BaoBei SpeedBump Belly Band. This thing is magic: it essentially functions like a sports bra for my growing bump, stretches as needed, and has mesh paneling to prevent overheating. It covers the entire abdomen as well, for extra back support and protection against diastasis recti.
Monday: 5 mile easy run
The complete rest day on Sunday produced the desired result. My legs felt good, but I also wanted to keep them feeling good for most of the week. I took Ollie out on a run and set the intention to hold back slightly the entire run, especially since Ollie can encourage me to run faster. We maintained a consistent and comfortable 9 min pace for this run.
Tuesday: 6 mile run with surges
I wore the BaoBei band for the first time on this run. I threw in 10 x 30 second surges with 1-min recovery jogs in the middle of the run. Even though my paces are significantly slower, throwing in these small bursts helps maintain some fitness. Mostly, I like these surges because they are a fun way to add variety without actually making a run too hard.
Wednesday: 4 mile run & 15 min strength
If you’re a regular reader, you likely noticed that my website was down on Wednesday. I spent the morning troubleshooting and eventually hiring a new web host. By the time I got out on my run, I was a bit hungry, it was warmer, and my allergies were already raging. I opted for a short run and a short kettlebell strength workout with swings, squats, overhead presses, rows, halos, and elevated push-ups.
Thursday: Rest day
I was not feeling 100% on Thursday, thanks to whatever allergies or cold I had this week. I walked the dogs for some light activity but did not do anything beyond that.
Friday: 5 mile run & core/hip/glute work
I felt better on Friday morning, so I took Ollie for a run. Ollie is a bundle full of crazy if he doesn’t run at least twice per week. We ran five miles at an easy effort. Ollie interpreted the easy effort as an opportunity to search for wildlife, so our run involved a few slow trots as he meandered into the grass and a few surges when he saw a rabbit.
After the run, I did a basic routine of glute bridges, side planks, bird dogs, and clamshells – all exercises friendly for a decent size bump.
Saturday: 4 mile run
Ryan was sick earlier in the week and I began to show symptoms as well. Initially, we both dismissed it as allergies, until we still had symptoms on days with low pollen counts. My throat was scratchy and I had mild chest congestion/irritation. Ryan and I both cut this run short due to how we felt.
We started shopping for a treadmill, both because of having a baby (short-term reason) and because of Northwest Indiana winters (long-term reason). Since Ryan and I are both type-A planners, we ended up with a pugh matrix on treadmills as we try to choose. I was able to run outside most of this past winter, but this was a mild winter for the region and I wasn’t training for a race. I don’t like the treadmills at our gym, but I do remember not minding our old NordicTrack the last time that we lived in NW Indiana (during a particularly bad winter). It’s just too bad that Ollie can’t run on a treadmill…
Sunday: Rest day
My cold worsened, now with a mild cough and hoarse voice. Most cough medications are not approved for pregnant women, so I stuck with hot lemon and honey water. I walked the dogs for one mile, simply because fresh air and light movement felt good.
Do you have any treadmill recommendations?
How was your week in running?