So I’m going to start up my weekly workout recaps now that I’m working out regularly again, but for now I’ll just recap some highlights from the past few weeks.
I call this one my “Comeback Run:”
It wasn’t fast (3.05 miles at 11:25 pace) but it got done and it didn’t hurt!
Walking never felt so good:
Although taking the dog for a walk with the hubs is one of my favorite activities, I previously thought of myself as physically incapable to going for a walk on my own. I would just get so bored and feel like it was taking SO LONG — and I’m a pretty fast walker! But ever since some time around my eighth week of pregnancy, walking has felt AMAZING. And I’ve never doubted that walking can be a great workout — I mean speed walkers mean business!
A prenatal yoga virgin, no more:
After a long and tiring day at work, I’ll be honest — I did not feel like going to yoga. But I knew my friend Jen was waiting for me and I’m so glad I went! Class started out with everyone introducing themselves and although there were a few parts of class that weirded me out at first (like when we sang to our unborn babies) I found myself really enjoying the deeper connection I felt with baby during class. And although it wasn’t nearly as intense (obviously) as Bikram or a “regular” vinyasa class, but parts of the class were definitely still challenging! And I left with that usual feeling of yoga bliss — just with a little less sweat than usual!
Preggo personal training:
A fabulous early morning session with my personal trainer, Dawn, was just as much an amazingly educational lesson as it was a great workout. We went through some basic exercises that are really great for preparing for childbirth, as well as some exercises that are best to avoid during pregnancy. If I get my act together, I’ll do a separate post on this topic at some point. And Dawn tipped me off to a great resource: 10 minute prenatal pilates. So awesome. My arms and legs were jelly by the end!
Running and college basketball:
This past weekend, I headed to the gym to get in a few miles on the treadmill. The Big Ten tournament was on so the miles flew by. Although this run didn’t feel as effortless as the last, I was really happy with the pace I was able to comfortably maintain (I did three miles at 9:52 pace). I walked briefly a few times and drank more water than I normally would, but felt pretty great, overall.
Back to back runs:
The sunshine was calling my name and after the hubs got back from his 20-miler, I was itching to get outside for a run. It was still a bit chilly, so I had to bundle up. Once I started running, it was clear that my body was not ready for me to run a second day in a row. I was only planning on running two miles, so I tacked on a little extra and took some extended walking breaks (2.45 miles at 10:29 pace). Still happy I got out there and got moving.
I woke up sore on Monday after those back-to-back runs so I was really looking forward to prenatal yoga. We had a different instructor for this class and I loved her! She did a little “juicy hips” series that felt amazing and I loved her energy.
The rest of this week I’m hoping to get in a couple of runs (Shamrock Shuffle is next weekend already!) and if I’m feeling brave I might sign up for a barre class at the studio I’ve been doing yoga at. I’m also looking forward to a prenatal massage this weekend. I’ve heard mixed reviews about prenatal massages, so we’ll see how it goes!
How were your workouts this past week?
Do you get bored “just walking?”