This was a much needed “down” week for me and my running. With all of the changes happening with COVID, my work schedule has been pretty demanding, and the boys and I are still getting things ready for baby. We’ve been decluttering and making more space for all of the baby gear that will hopefully start getting some use in 8 weeks. I know we still have a while a to go, but it still feels like there’s a lot to get done. I’m sharing all of it in my 7 month bumpdate.
This was my first week of reducing my overall running volume, and I think my body definitely benefitted. I got in most of my runs outside this week, which I was really grateful for since my weekend run ended up being a treadmill run. My alarm went off at its usual time on Saturday morning, but my body was just not ready to get out of bed. So I decided to sleep in and hop on the treadmill, rather than get up early to beat the Sun.
My workouts this week felt pretty good, although the heat has definitely been relentless this week. I am liking the change in programming, for the most part. I felt like I couldn’t walk after Tuesday’s workout that featured all of the air squats. I took a rest day on Wednesday, and went for a couple of walks hoping to work out the lactic acid in my legs. But I was still waddling around by Thursday. Not sure if that’s pregnancy related, or just the fact that humans aren’t meant to do 400 air squats more than once a year.
Once the weekend rolled around, I was grateful to have a little more time with my boys. After my run, the three of us went out to the pool for a couple of hours. I know we’ve only got a few weeks left of summer vacation for our 8 year old, and popsicles and swimming seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. We picked up cheesesteaks for dinner, and spent the rest of the evening relaxing at home. It was definitely a more lowkey week and weekend, and I soaked up every extra minute of rest possible.
I know that my doctor appointments are going to start increasing in frequency, which makes balancing work and working out just a little more challenging. I don’t love having to carve out extra time during the work week, but I am definitely looking forward to my ultrasound next week. We’re hoping to see that baby B is growing consistently, still has room in there, and that he/she is head down and getting ready to greet the world!
7 Month BumpDate
- We’re about a month into the first trimester, and baby B is about the size of a jicama and weighs almost 4 pounds.
- We got so many great gifts during our baby shower, and we’re making progress getting the nursey and baby stations all set up.
- I had my last monthly visit, and will be moving into bi-monthly prenatal visits.
- I was getting away with mixing some non-maternity clothes in for workouts, but at this point there’s a very small rotation of workout gear that still works well, and it’s almost all maternity.
- I’ve gotten used to modifying almost every CrossFit workout, but it can still get a little mentally exhausting when the workout is multiple non-pregnancy friendly movements.
- The bump is just starting to encroach on the bar path during some lifts like the power clean and snatch. I still feel very comfortable with both lifts, but need to be more mindful of the path.
- We celebrated both boys’ birthdays at Kalahari, and had another short trip to the JW Marriott, which I loved.
- I’m feeling a lot of movement, and can tell the difference between kicks, punches, stretches, and hiccups.
- My hunger hasn’t been out of control, but I can only eat about 5 bites at a time before I feel uncomfortably full. Which definitely kind of sucks.
7 month symptoms: Mid-back tightness continues, pretty crappy sleep most nights, difficulty breathing, lots of fatigue
7 month cravings: apples & peanut butter and quesadillas
7 month highlight: Hosting our baby shower
7 month struggle: Trying to not be super cranky with the lack of sleep
This Weeks Workouts
Total Miles: 24 Miles
Total Workouts: 4
How the Run Felt
Getting more of my runs outside this week was a big help in terms of my overall mood. My pace keeps slowing down, but I’m still feeling really comfortable with most my runs this week. I didn’t have very many episodes of calf cramps this week, which I was very grateful for.
Not being outside for my weekend run was different, but the treadmill was definitely convenient. It’s a little harder mentally, but a lot easier on the body. My long run this weekend felt really manageable, and overall the decreased mileage this week (along with extra sleep) felt great.
How the WODs Felt
The workouts this week felt more intense and longer than previous weeks. Tuesday and Friday were probably the hardest days for me this week. I was sore for days after Tuesday’s air squat escapade. Having to do more squats on Friday wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve done recently, but I wasn’t nearly as sore after Friday compared to Tuesday. We had a lot of dumbbell movements this week, and I’m thinking that I will have a lot more focus on dumbbells and kettlebells for the rest of my pregnancy.
What I’ve Been Listening
I’m still listening to episodes of Bad Bad Thing, which continue to be really hard to listen to. I loved listening to Stef’s birth story on the most recent episode of Run Hard, Mom Hard this week. I also caught up on some episodes of Algorithm this week, and finished season 2 of Manifest during my treadmill runs.
What Went Well
Getting more rest and hours sleeping was refreshing.
What Went Shitty
It’s getting harder to breath normally during the past few days.
Plans to Improve Next Week
Next week I’m hoping to get my weekend run back outside.