Well, as you guys probably know, the week started off on the right foot and then after my OBGYN appointment, ended up with my feet in the pedals. I received so much advice and I heard so many other women’s stories of their own pregnancies and how they measured small too and their babies turned out larger than normal, but I still wanted to err on the side of caution and play it safe.
Because I run for my mental health more than anything else, my friend Susie advised me to keep up some sort of routine to keep my anxiety at bay. She suggested I walk, but I know myself WAY too well–if I get out there for a walk, it’ll turn into a run. So I opted for the stationary bike instead and just took it really easy. For the first time in forever, I took my pulse and it never went over the 120 range. In fact, it never even hit 120. But having that set time for myself and my mind, to move my body and listen to music and sweat a bit, really helped me adjust to not running. Thankfully we have a stationary bike set up in the garage so I wheeled it over next to the treadmill and set up the fan right in front of my face!
This is what the week looked like:
Monday– This was so fun! I got up at 6am and ran a slow 8 miles and then because Katie got a new bike (off Craigslist) she was finally able to come with me while I pushed Callum in the stroller! She biked and I ran pushing Callum for 3 miles. I loved it!
Tuesday– I got up at 6 again after a rough night’s sleep (Callum ended up in our bed at midnight and I crawled into Katie’s empty bed at around 2am) and ran 6 slowwww miles, and then Katie watched Callum for me in the afternoon while I ran a swifter 4 miles (probably around 8 min/mile pace).
Wednesday– Well, the party’s over. I ran 8 miles at about an 8:30 pace this morning and then had my OBGYN appt in the afternoon. I’m still measuring small (28-29cm at 32 weeks) so no more running, and an ultrasound scheduled for next Friday. I know this baby is big, but I always carry small! But gotta be on the safe side.
Thursday– Since I can’t run, I decided to hop on the stationary bike. I never let my heart rate get over 120, I alternated cycling with weights and hip exercises, and drank a shit tonne of water. Yay, me.
Sorry to bore you all to death but I’m writing this down here for my own use:
15 min bike, level 6, 80-90 RPMs
20 donkey kicks, 20 fire hydrants, 20 leg extensions, 10 bicep curls, 10 shoulder presses, 10 butterflies (I don’t know what they’re really called; I just make shit up)
10 min bike
10 min bike
15 min bike
Friday– I did the same circuit as yesterday except added 10 minutes to the bike to make it 60 minutes!
Saturday– I woke up early and hopped on the bike for 60 minutes, level 6, around 80 RPMs. It’s great because I can keep an ice cold water on the deep freeze right next to me and drink throughout the whole ride. I couldn’t do that on the treadmill because running irritated my bladder and made me have to stop and pee every 10 minutes! I didn’t do any strength work because my right bicep was sore so I decided to just toss it and do it tomorrow.
Sunday– Yesterday was a bit of an emotional meltdown day for me. Andrew saw that I needed a break so he decided to take Callum down to Whidbey Island for the day to hang out with his parents at their campsite just to give me some alone time. To say that I needed this is a huge understatement. I did some work for Andrew for a few hours in the morning but it was fine because I could get lost in my music and podcasts without having to worry about anyone else. I rode the stationary bike in the afternoon for 60 minutes and I skipped the strength work again. Whoops. Oh well.
I bought myself a Canadian Running magazine, and I’ve got a couple podcast episodes to catch up on, so I’m going to go sit outside now and relax!
How is your weekend going/was your weekend?
Do you guys still read magazines or have you completely gone to online stuff now?