Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I can finally be a little more truthful on here about my activities and exercise. It was really important to Marcus and I to keep everything a secret until we hit that 12 week mark, so now that it has come and gone (woo hoo!!) here is a little look into my exercise lately.
I am finally back to running 3 miles straight! Yes, I know, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, especially since I ran a marathon back in April. From around weeks 6-10 in the pregnancy, I was in walk run mode. I would walk for a minute, and run for 2, then repeat. It pretty much looked like a plan of someone just getting into exercise. I was very conscious about listening to my body and doing what it needed me to do. For those 4 weeks,my body didn’t want to run. My heart rate would go sky high, and I would be incredibly out of breath. So I walked – a lot. Then, around week 10, I miraculously got some energy back. One mile of running turned into a mile and a half. Somehow, I have slowly climbed back up to the 3-4 mile range.
Until it cools off a bit, I plan to keep this sort of mileage. I feel good running, but the heat is just a little bit too much still. I can handle about 30-40 minutes of it, but then I need to head inside. Morning workouts are definitely the best way for me to get the best quality in as well. Hopefully in about a month, I can slowly get to the 5-6 mile runs I love. We shall see – it all depends on how everything is going and how I am feeling. Oh, as for my pace. I do what I can do. Some days, I can hover around the 9 minute mile mark, other days, like this morning, it’s looking more like 10:30 pace. It is a humbling experience for sure, as I have never ran anything over 9 minute miles. All for the good of Baby Baum!
I’ve been ok about getting in weights – not amazing, but ok. My workouts have been high repetitions and low weights. Before, I would really push myself and lift decently heavy (for me). Now, it’s really all about just getting in the workouts, but without the added stress. The goal is not to get stronger, but to maintain the muscle mass.
I am still leading my bootcamps at the gym I train at, but I am only doing about half of the exercises. There are certain ones I know will raise my heart rate too much (hello mountain climbers!), so I just sit those out. I usually have the group do a cardio, heart raising segment in the beginning, so I lead that part, rather than participate.
I have been terrible about getting to the pool – absolutely terrible! I used to go 3-4 times a week, but then went to the wayside as soon as the morning sickness kicked in. The last thing I wanted to do was swim around – walking was hard enough to get into. Now that I am feeling really good again, I plan to get to the pool 2 times a week. It is nothing crazy, but I know it will make a big difference in the way I feel.
Here is another activity I have got to get back into. Once again, laziness has taken over. I am starting to feel some pain in my lower back, so I know I need to get to the mat. It isn’t like the pain I’ve had before. I know this time, it is completely pregnancy related. It is more of an ache than anything else, so it is time to get that pain released. If I can go just one time per week, I will be happy!