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Mileage Monday

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
Strength Circuit:
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
Strength circuit
10 min bike
Strength circuit
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?

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  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 16, 2017, 4:54 pm

    So when I was sidelined during Big Sur training, I rode my bike in the trainer a lot. I found all these training videos on YouTube and had fun with them!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 16, 2017, 5:16 pm

      Oh yeah! I never even thought of doing that! Although I worry about working too hard and maybe if I followed a video, my heart rate would get up there. I kinda just want to keep my legs moving, work up a little bit of a sweat, but not enough to really make a dent in my cardio.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run July 16, 2017, 9:02 pm

    I’m glad Andrew took Callum so you could have your me time. I used to read magazines but not anymore. I liked health/workout mags but most of them are crap now. Most of what I read is on the internet but I actually rarely read anything about health/running besides blogs! I’d rather read about the news or just other random stuff. I have a question, why are you replacing running with cycling? Is it because it is low impact?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 17, 2017, 6:35 am

      The impact isn’t the problem–it’s the amount of energy. So, think about it like this. When I run, my body uses up a lot of energy that might otherwise be directed away from the baby. Studies show that during high intensity exercise that there is a slow down of blood flow through the placenta, HOWEVER… this is actually a GOOD thing because it teaches the baby how to handle the stress of labour and delivery. Of course though, there’s a balance. So if the baby is indeed not receiving enough nutrients and oxygen through the placenta, then by not running, he should be getting a big influx of the good stuff now. Cycling, for me, is on the same level as walking. I just don’t cycle that hard to actually make a difference in the energy that my body uses to cycle. Some people can, for sure, and I’m sure if I took a spinning class then I’d notice it, but I just don’t work that hard on the bike and I don’t have the desire or drive to do so.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 17, 2017, 6:37 am

      Oh, aaaaand another reason for a measuring small uterus is a decreased amount of amniotic fluid. When I’m running I sweat a tonne and it would be hard for me to replace all the fluid that was lost during my workouts and so my amniotic fluid levels would decrease as well. Walking and cycling doesn’t make me sweat like that. All this being said, I know that the fluid levels are just fine and this baby is the right size…maybe even bigger than what’s typical for his gestational age, but I have to do the right thing until the scan on Friday.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile July 17, 2017, 1:47 am

    I agree its a great idea to still keep yourself in the routine of staying active just to make that time for yourself. I think I would also be tempted to run if I went out for a walk! Hope you are feeling better.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 17, 2017, 6:30 am

      Oh, there’s just no way I’d be able to stay walking. Plus it’s SO BORING.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe July 17, 2017, 5:08 am

    Good for you for keeping up that routine (and knowing yourself well enough to keep it inside). I don’t really read magazines, period, anymore. I mean, i will if there is nothing else, but I really am book-focused nowadays. Which is pretty funny considering how many magazines I used to be subscribed to!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 17, 2017, 6:30 am

      The thing I do like about magazines is that it fits in well with my ADHD. I can pick them up, put them down, and do that 100 times before I ever finish it!

  • Amy Lauren July 17, 2017, 5:33 am

    You did a great job with running and glad you are still getting some cardio in while you can. Stopping running was 100% the right decision so that nothing goes wrong with the pregnancy and you will be able to pick back up when you have the baby. I admire how much you are able to run in general, much less pregnant, with all the craziness and kids in your life! It’s very inspiring.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 17, 2017, 6:29 am

      Awe Amyyyyyyyy!!! Thank youuuuuu!!!!

  • Gretchen July 17, 2017, 7:50 am

    I have so many magazines…for a while I was trading in my airline miles for subscriptions until I learned you can redeem your miles for DRINKS at the AIRPORT…hello I was missing out. So, now I have all kinds of random subscriptions (Outdoor, Sunset, People en Espanol, Runners World, Wine Spectator, etc). Hope that you’re having a better day today…and always know I’m just a phone call or text away!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 17, 2017, 1:27 pm

      Wine Spectator sounds so posh! And People en Espanol sounds super smart. You sound much more accomplished than me! All I’ve got are a bunch of bulk boxes of diapers and Costco-sized Red Lobster cheddar biscuit mix.

  • Ana July 17, 2017, 10:14 am

    What work did you do for Andrew?

    I hope the ultrasound goes well!

    I don’t read magazines or many articles on line… I prefer to read blogs…the magazine articles feel too preachy.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 17, 2017, 1:24 pm

      Once a month he does mail-outs, and he’s got just over 100 people on his database so I address the envelopes, fold the insides, stuff them, stamp them, seal them and mail them.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes July 17, 2017, 12:43 pm

    I hope sitting outside and relaxing helps you! You’re smart to keep the routine – the hardest part about not running is always the mental side of it. I read Outside Magazine and Runner’s World, although I desperately miss Running Times and am starting to find Runner’s World to be a bit fluffy. I also like Competitor and America Magazine but I read those online.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 17, 2017, 1:23 pm

      Running Times was the BEST. I am SO disappointed they’re gone. Canadian Running isn’t as fluffy as Runner’s World but I’m not sure you guys get it down there.

  • Laura July 19, 2017, 10:54 am

    I agree that being active in some way is good if that is what you need mentally- so good on you for recognizing that and finding ways to be on the run without the run so to speak! I love what you did Thursday, I did one of those workouts last week too. I love alternating 5-10 minutes of cardio with a strength workout and repeating. Effective!

    I wasn’t crazy active especially with running during my pregnancy. It was very early on when the switch in my head flipped where it simply wasn’t important or helpful to me….because of this I found other ways to mentally help myself such as excessive nesting (ha!) and doing other random things I don’t do as much when I’m devoting more time to running. The switch flipped back shortly after Hannah was born- where I craved some form of exercise to help me mentally. Funny how it all works and how everyone is SO different.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 19, 2017, 8:37 pm

      From what I can observe in your Instagram stories, posts, and hearing you talk candidly on Lindsey’s podcast, I think I can safely say that you are a strong individual and really trust your own intuitions, and are just fully engaged in whatever it is you’ve got going on. When you were growing Hannah, you gave that job your ALL. When you went for your sub-3, again, you gave it your all. Focused, but with self-awareness and balance. I really respect you and how you’ve handled the stuff you’ve been through. I LOVE seeing how much you love Hannah, and your husband, and ya it’s just really good for me to see. Your words and posts really bring me back down to centre. It feels good.

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