It’s been a whirlwind month! To say I’ve been busy is an understatement. I’ve had running events 4 out of 5 weekends – the FCA 5k, Wanderlust, the Girls on the Run 5k and now Rock n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon this weekend (and a wedding tomorrow!). I made a trip to Temecula for my mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day, OC to visit a friend’s new baby, and Yosemite for Memorial Day weekend to visit my Dad and Step-Mom. On top of that we wrapped up Girls on the Run, I attended a training conference for work and hosted two dinner parties at our new home. It’s a great month of quality time with friends and family!
Normally, I push through busy times and still manage to get in my workouts, but lately I’ve been putting sleep at a high priority. I’ve noticed that I’m just slowing down in general. When people ask how I’m feeling (definitely a top pregnancy question!) I say I’m feeling good (which I am! I still sleep mostly uninterrupted, have no back pain or swelling and am still running and exercising) but that I’m slowing down.
One way I’m slowing down is my running speed! Wow – I know I complained in the first trimester that I was getting slower but a high 9/low 10 min/mile was still an option back then. Now I’m lucky to have a run that averages in the 10 min/mile range at all – it’s usually closer to 11 or even 12 min/miles thanks to the walk breaks my body seems to ask for (oh yeah and the bathroom breaks, sometimes I have to stop twice during a 4 mile run). It’s not even necessarily that my lungs are having a hard time keeping up – it’s almost like my legs are just extra tired all the time! The good news is, I still have my endurance and was able to get in two 10+ mile runs in preparation for San Diego Rock n’ Roll.
Yesterday I went back to Xtend Barre for the first time in 2 weeks – a sad fact but with all of the busy days, travel and more emphasis on running given that I’m running a half marathon on Sunday, I haven’t put strength training at the top of my priority list. I’ve definitely canceled a few classes at 9 pm the night before, choosing more sleep in favor of a workout.
I’ve been averaging 8.5-9 hours a sleep a night (I’ve been tracking it using my new Pivotal Living band), yet I’m still tired! I rarely wake up refreshed these days. I guess you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that a pregnant woman’s body needs more time to recover.
For the first time in my life, walking is now considered a workout for me. I’ve always been a big walker – Mike and I often take 30-60 minute (or more) walks but I’ve never considered them as part of my fitness. I have been taking some time at lunch the last few weeks to get in 20-30 minute walks and some days that’s all I have time/energy for. The weird part is how my mentality has shifted – because the effort of my recent slow 4 mile runs are seemingly the same as my previous 6-7 mile mid-week runs, I give the workout the same weight mentally. I used to consider a 4 mile run the easiest workout I could possibly do and now it’s one of the hardest. Pregnancy changes things folks!
With less than 4 months to go in my pregnancy (wow!!!), I know things are going to slow down for me even more and I’m ok with it. I’m using this time to focus on relationships with family and friends and to learn as much as I can about my baby and parenthood as possible. In the evening when Mike puts his hands on my belly and his face lights up as he feels our baby girl kick – those are the moments I’m cherishing now.
How do you balance workouts with busy times?