In May the focus was on running and walking as I prepared for the Rock n’ Roll San Diego half marathon and also participated in three 5k events – the FCA 5k, Wanderlust and the Girls on the Run 5k. I was on track to have my highest monthly mileage of my pregnancy (still a measly 86, but due to missing the race, I only ended up with 73.1 miles of running. However, walking was a big part of my routine this month and I got in an additional 10 hours on my feet with walking (this is time spent on a walk, not based on an activity tracker). I walked 15 days out of 31 in May, for a minimum of 20 minutes each time. I have been enjoying getting out of the office at lunchtime for a walk – although I eat my homemade lunch in the cafeteria with coworkers rather than my desk, I rarely went outside on these days. Now I step outside during the work day every day in some capacity, whether it’s for my walk or to meet a friend for lunch. It makes the days much better!
My other workouts took the backseat this month and I was sadly only able to get in a few strength training and yoga sessions. As I wrote about in a recent post, I’m definitely slowing down and valuing my sleep more lately so when my schedule gets packed with other activities, I tend to chose sleep over an early wake-up call. I also value walking and hiking as it gives me time to be outside and also catch up with friends and family while exercising. These days if I come home and was planning a workout and Mike suggests a walk, I will always say yes to the walk.
May Monthly Totals:
- 73.1 Miles Run (14 Total Runs)
- 6 Strength Classes (5 Xtend Barre Classes, 1 functional training session)
- 1 Hike
- 2 Yoga Sessions (both outdoors – Wanderlust and the Movin Shoes group run/yoga session)
- 15 Walks (10 Hours total)
The last few months have been similar in terms of goals – running, strength, yoga, repeat. This month I’m switching things up a bit! The focus is more on preparing for labor, and way less on running!
- Walk at least 10,000 steps per day. I’ve been using the Pivotal Living fitness band but it already broke (no, I don’t recommend it!) so I’m going to start using Mike’s FitBit instead. I’ve been loving tracking my daily steps – as someone who used to enjoy mapping out training plans and tracking my progress throughout training cycles, it’s the perfect way for me to satisfy that craving without actually training for a race! This goal is easily achieved on days that I take even my 20 minute walk at lunch since I tend to be on my feet a lot in the morning getting ready and also walking around the office (I take breaks throughout the day to refill my water bottle and I take the long way to the bathroom. I also have to get up to go tot he printer and to co-workers desks quite often).
- Do my pelvic floor exercise video 1x/week. Thanks to Sarah from Run Far Girl who has had three children and highly recommend the Hab It: Pelvic Floor workout video for pregnant and post-partum moms. Although I believe the video is more specifically sought out by women who already have issues, getting ahead of the game is definitely helpful. Not to mention, the exercises will help me push out a baby!
- Do yoga 2x/week. I’m thinking this will be a mix between yoga videos at home (P90X, P90X2 or P90X3 or Do Yoga With Me) and studio classes that I attend using Fitn. I have yet to find another studio that is as convenient for me as Yoga6 was, but I am signed up to try a new studio this Saturday with Asia. It’s not close enough to my house to go to on weekdays but on a weekend it may be worth a drive.
- Complete the 30 Day Squat Challenge. My friend Allison and I have both pledged to do the 30 Day Squat Challenge. The challenge starts with 50 squats and ends with 250. You can use weights or not – I probably won’t since I’m already carrying around some extra weight! Squats are a great exercise to prepare for labor so this is definitely a good challenge for me.
While I still plan to run and to do Xtend Barre, those aren’t the focus this month. Particularly, I have no goals when it comes to running. If I’m honest, running is becoming less and less fun and I’m more likely to want to walk with Mike or a friend than run. I will likely only run on days when I can run with a friend or when I’m particularly motivated or missing it. I have a feeling my run days are winding down and I’m at peace with that.
I’ve even actually considered SWIMMING (I normally run from the pool) for cardio lately – sometimes when I’m lumbering along during a run I’ll imagine being in cold water and weightless and it sounds amazing. Swimming would require a maternity bathing suit which I don’t have, so we’ll see how that goes. The good news is, my Fitn membership includes a pass to the Boys and Girls Club of Solana Beach which has open swimming! So I definitely have a pool to swim in if the desire actually turns into more than a thought. More to come on that!
I’m looking forward to a fun June filled with some new goals! And don’t think I forgot about a BumpDate….hopefully that’ll be my next post. I’ll be 24 weeks along on Friday if you can believe it!
What are you looking forward to in June?