Monday Miles : March 18 – 24, 2019 (29 Weeks Pregnant)

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Serious question: Will I ever recover from 19.5? Everything still hurts from Friday. I am planning on working out today, but full disclosure I still feel wiped out. I’m not sure if it is Friday’s work-out, the excessive amount of sugar I ate over the weekend, pregnancy, or a combination of all the above. But I’m so tired.

After several weeks of inconsitent working-out, it was really nice to get back on a regular schedule this week. I have exactly ten weeks until my due date, so I’m hoping to continue to be as consistent as possible in the weeks to come. I suspect I’m going to have to take it more easy though. Though I feel great during the work-outs, it is just taking longer to recover. I’m starting to feel like a train-wreck after every wod. It reminds me of recovering from a long run or Murph. I’m just depleted.

3 – 18 :  Crossfit. 19.4. Yoga with Adriene – Yoga for Anxiety.

3 – 19 : CrossFit. For time – 1000 meter row, 50 dumb-bell box step-overs at 20 lbs. and 16 inches, 5 rope pulls, 50 goblet squats at 20 lbs., bike for four minutes 1.18 miles. 18 minutes 53 seconds. I love chipper work-outs. Yoga with Adriene – Hamstrings.

3 – 20 : I felt worn out from the last two days, so I went with Bruno to CrossFit. However, I decided against doing the work-out and instead parked myself on a rower for a half hour. Row – 30 minutes – 5500 meters. I miss aerobic exercise. I miss running. Rowing is kind of boring, but honestly, I loved just getting into the rhythm of doing the same thing over and over and over again. Constant forward motion. Afterwards, I did a ton of mobility. I loved this day so much, I am hoping to make it a recurring feature of my week.

3 – 21 : Rest.

3 – 22 : CrossFit – 19.5. I was happy with how it went, but still feel like I am recovering. I’ll write more about it tomorrow.

Totals : CrossFit – 3 hours. Rowing – 30 minutes. Yoga – about an hour.

Onward!

 

 

 

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Favorite Things: March 16 – 22, 2019

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I just finished 19.5 scaled and I am still recovering. I’ll have more to say later, but for now — that was an experience. I’m not sure I’ll ever feel better.

The weekend is for recovery — from what just happened and from a mildly busy week. I’m hoping to do some reading and relaxing. We have no special plans and are just grateful to not have to travel anywhere for awhile again. In the words of John Denver, “Hey it’s good to be back home again.”

They need a baby registry too!

Mine is chicken, salad, and sweet potatoes. Every single day.

We don’t have a dishwasher, so when I cook, Bruno cleans. In the morning, I put the dishes away.

Do you like your work? I enjoyed this list of reasons why he likes his work by John Warner.

The relationship between work and religion.

I love Amelia Boone. Her latest on injury: Don’ t fight the water. 

Six principles for mastery.

Found this while doing some google searching. Not just for CrossFitters! Here are some benefits of rowing for runners.

Do you follow Feeding the Frasers on Instagram? I swear Sammy Moniz posts the easiest and most delicious meal ideas (glad I’m not paleo!!).

Does pregnancy mean giving up all outdoor sports? Good thing the answer is no.

What about you? Big plans for this weekend? Feel like you are never going to feel better after 19.5?

Tips and Tricks for Working Out During Pregnancy

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Shameless plug alert!

I have an article on Evie Magazine published this week called Tips and Tricks for Working Out During Pregnancy. With a little over ten weeks to go, I have been thinking a lot about what has been working and what has not been working for me as I continue to be active. Please do check it out!

March 2019 Goals : The Year of 1% Better

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We are already almost at the end of March (hello, spring!) and I have yet to post my 1% goals for the month. I have also failed to say how the goals for February went. All you need to know is that everything went by the way-side, but I did submit and successfully defend my dissertation. Still a huge win.

If you’re new here, I declared 2019 the year of 1% better. You can see January goals here and outcomes here and February goals here.

I’ll admit that I began this month kind of unfocused and burnt out. What is the saying they used to say about March weather? It comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb (where does this actually happen?). I came into March like a slug, a very tired slug. I’m not exactly at “let’s get after it” levels yet. In fact, by the afternoon I am so worn out that I find myself catatonicly sitting on the couch, wishing for ice-cream, trying not to scroll through social media (still a 1% goal).

Part of this I suspect is the post-dissertation “what do I do with myself?” feeling. The other part is pregnancy. I’ve been sleeping terribly. I’m trying to take this time to relax, but as I told Bruno, “I don’t know how!” I also told him, after a few days of traveling, that “the best vacation one can give oneself is a consistent routine.” I am trying to give myself the latter as best I can.

So what am I trying to accomplish for March?

Down-sizing. Baby is actually not the only big change to happen this summer. I’ll share more when it is all official, but we are starting to downsize to prepare to move. I joke that I’m going full Marie Kondo, except I assure you I am not thanking my clothes as I put them into trash bags to give to my sisters as hand-me-downs. The two big areas I’m focusing on this month are my closet as I can’t wear most of my clothes right now anyways and several boxes of class notes. Taking advantage of my mental burn-out, I’m spending some quality time at the scanner so I can send boxes of paper to the recycling bin. I suspect the paper overload will take me all the way up to the big day, but it is nice to see the amount dwindle now.

Finish a revise and resubmit for an academic journal article. This is the one goal I can already tell you I am struggling. At this point, it is a monkey on my back I just want to get off. I’m very happy (and grateful) to have received a very positive and helpful revise and resubmit, but I need a Rousseau break. If I can be done with this, no Rousseau for April. Those are the rules. Also, I still very much love Rousseau.

Relax. I’m trying to take some more time for reading. If I want to take a nap in the afternoon, I do not try to push through. Usually I’ve been calling it a day at around noon before I go to CrossFit. Whatever I have gotten done at that point is good enough. Little steps are fine right now. I am lucky that at this point, I can take the time to just do nothing if I need to. I’m not sure how to enjoy doing nothing, but that is a problem for another time.

And that is it! There are a few repeats from previous months. I’m still working through my #CathLit2019 books and trying to avoid social media during the week. Both need a bit of revitalization, so hopefully if I came into March like a slug, I can refocus and leave like a lion? Or pick some sort of fierce, but relaxed animal.

What are your goals for March? How have they been going?

 

Tales from My First CrossFit Open: 19.4 Scaled

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See 19.1, 19.2, and 19.3.

19.4 Scaled

3x

10 Snatches @ 45 lbs.

10 bar-facing burpees

3 minute rest, followed by

3x

10 pull-ups

10 bar-facing burpees

12 minute time-cap

I did this work-out yesterday, so it is still fresh. If you might have seen my Monday Miles from yesterday, the last time I did a work-out was 19.3, so it had been awhile. Mainly, I just was excited to be back and have work-outs as a regular part of the schedule again. I knew that I would not be able to do the second part of the work-out, so I mainly just focused on the first.

I thought the snatches were fine. The first set I did unbroken. The second I did one break after five and the third I did two breaks. Snatches just seem kind of awkward right now, because I know I am not doing them correctly. I can’t exactly get the bar close to my shirt at the moment and I’ll admit to being overly careful about  not wanting the bar to hit the very-much-portruding belly I’ve got going on. So were they the most beautiful snatches in the world? No. But they were done.

The burpees were harder. I have not really been doing real burpees lately (see above about the growing pregnancy belly), but just no-push-up burpees. So I took these really, really slow to make sure I was not slamming myself down to the ground. I twisted myself from side-to-side to land instead of going down to my belly and when I got up, I made sure my footing was ok before I hopped over the. I’m happy to say, despite my increasing lack of grace, I did not trip over the bar-bell. After these extra-awkward burpees (I assume burpees are always awkward for everyone whether you are in your third trimester of pregnancy or not), I was very excited to return back to the snatches.

I thought it was a fun work-out, but I wish I could have given it more of a go. I did not finish the first section — finishing with 62 reps. I had four burpees left to go at twelve minutes. I wish I would have pushed myself just a little bit harder, because I know I could have done all 66 reps of the first round. That’s not exactly the best feeling, but I’m learning and I’ll take that in with me to 19.5 on Friday.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention that after the work-out was all said and done, Bruno did his first bar muscle-up — a big win on his part.

Crazy to think these five weeks are almost over and there is only one more work-out left to do. No post-open baby-bump pictures for this week (I forgot!), but I suspect that between 19.1 and 19.5, I have expanded considerably!

 

 

Monday Miles : March 4 – 17, 2019 (28-9 Weeks Pregnant)

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Not the best two weeks for work-outs. Forewarning: I only had two work-outs for the entirety of this time. No excuses. I’ve just been wiped out. Then we had a big travel week for a job interview and I was sick and, well, continued to be wiped out. I’m still sick and will be doing 19.4 today. I’m hoping that my energy levels return and I quit being such a mucous monster, so that I can be as consistent as possible for the next several weeks of pregnancy.

I cannot express how much I miss running. It is not warm yet in Michigan, but there are signs of spring. I keep looking at training plans, race, and thinking about the future (post-baby goal: 50k). I miss those hours with myself outside, listening to music or a podcast. I miss that post-run feeling and the routine of a training plan in my life. I’m not sure how soon after baby I can expect to go back to that, but it is one of the things I am most looking forward to in the months to come.

3 – 4 : CrossFit. Every 4 minutes for 12 minutes — back squat – 5 @ 95 lbs., 5 @ 100 lbs., 5 @ 105 lbs. Despite my complaining about all the squats last week, they are still my favorite. My hope for today was to stay above 100 lbs. I did. I did hurt quite a bit the rest of the day and the next day, but dare I say it was worth it? AMRAP 10 minutes – 100 ft. kettle-bell front rack carry – 40 lbs., 20 lunges, 10 hanging knee-raises. I managed four rounds with an additional 50 ft. carry. Finished up with some Yoga with Adriene for the Psoas.

3 – 5 : My notes say I did not work-out this day because I was in pain. Rest.

3 – 6 : Rest.

3 – 7 : Rest.

3 – 8 : CrossFit – 19.3.

3 – 9 : Travel day.

3 – 10 : Travel.

3 – 11 : Travel.

3 – 12 : Travel.

3 – 13 : Return to Michigan.

3 – 14 : Sick.

3 – 15 : Sick.

3 – 16 : Sick.

3 – 17 : Sick.

Hopefully this next week is much better health and consistency-wise.

Onward!

 

 

 

Favorite Things: March 2 – 15, 2019

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Good morning and happy Friday! During my travels, I had the misfortune of sitting across the aisle from a woman who was clearly sick. And guess what? Now I’m sick. I have not so much as caught a cold most of this pregnancy and one week of traveling and my immune system is like, “What happened?” Luckily not too much going on today. I’ll make an attempt at 19.4 and then we’re heading down to Ohio for the rest of the weekend. I’m ready to get back on a regular schedule next week.

Any time I sign up for a race: the power of a fear-based fitness plan.

Helpful to some of my 1% goals — how to eat out less. Related.

Have you been following the college admission bribery scandal? I agree there is an even bigger lie behind it — about college in general.

Related: Athletes who lied missed all the rewards.

I am this person.

I am loving Katie Arnold’s column “Raising Rippers” on raising adventurous children.

Big plans for this weekend? I know it is St. Patrick’s Day, but I’ll probably be quietly celebrating by relaxing and not doing anything.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Tales from my first CrossFit Open: 19.3 Scaled

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Sorry to be so quiet over here, but it has been a crazy week! We took a long trip for a job interview which required a lot of preparation, so a lot of extracurriculars (like this blog) were put on hold while we prepared, packed, and traveled. I’ll post this week’s and last week’s “Monday Miles” next week — though, admittedly, this has not been my most physically active week. Aside for a lot of walking around, 19.3 is the last time I’ve worked out, which will make 19.4 tomorrow pretty interesting. Life gives you rest days and sometimes rest weeks.

You can see 19.1 here and 19.2 here.

19.3 Scaled

200 ft. dumb-bell front-rack lunge @ 35 lbs.

50 dumb-bell box step-ups @ 35 lbs.

50 in. elevated strict hand-stand push-ups

200 ft. bear crawl

10 minute time-cap

I went into this work-out with a better attitude than the last. I’m not sure if it was just better sleep or I was just feeling physically better. I went with more of a “let’s see what I can do” attitude instead of the “I can’t do anything and everything hurts” attitude of last week. I think it made all the difference.

The first 100 feet of the lunges were perfectly fine and went (for me) quickly. But after awhile, I kept doing that weird after lunge hobble and kept having to start my lunges back over for them to count. That Bruno, he’s a ruthless judge.

19.3 3

19.3 4

After every 25 feet, I would take a break and a sip of water. My Braxton Hicks have been kind of nasty lately. I read drinking more water helps, so I would swig some, but they never acted up during the work-out and not too bad after. And unlike the many squats we’ve been doing lately, I did not have any pelvic problems. Thank goodness. I’ve never loved lunges before, but they may become my new favorite — they still hurt, but you know, in the normal way.

I thought the box step-ups were the hardest part. I quickly discovered my left leg is a lot weaker than my right. Huffing and puffing, I was pretty ready for it to be over at this point and my quads were on fire. When I realized I was going to actually get fifty box-step ups in — something I did not think I would be capable of doing — I went faster. Bruno yelled — I think something like “get mad at it, like it’s Bill Kristol or John McCain is back from the dead and wants to invade another country.” The things that motivate me.

19.3 5

I finished the box step-ups at 9:50. I am really happy with that. I sat and huffed and puffed, making sure to drink more water. It was nice to end the week on a solid win and a solid work-out before the dearth of physical activity that happened this past week.

19.3 6

We took a baby bump picture (this is 27 weeks!) and head out. Three out of five work-outs done and two left! I’m excited to see what will happen next. Hopefully, the positive attitude from this week will hang around for the next two.

Tales from My First CrossFit Open : 19.2 Scaled

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You can see 19.1 here.

19.2 Scaled

In eight minutes:

25 hanging knee-raises

50 single-unders

15 squat cleans, 55 lbs.

25 hanging knee-raises

50 single-unders

Needless to say, I did not make it beyond to the 12 minute, 16 minute, or 20 minute caps. And while I knew that would be the case, this is the first work-out that I just felt really frustrated with myself. I mentioned this briefly yesterday when I posted my work-outs for the week, but I am started to get tired of working out with no improvement. Or at least physical improvement. Yes, this is pregnancy. But I can tell myself that rational truth all I want, but it is still frustrating when one week I can do regular push-ups and two weeks later I am back to doing push-ups on my knees, when a few weeks ago working out didn’t phase me, and now I feel completely shot for the rest of the afternoon no matter how much I take it “easy.” When even when I try to do something simple like stretching yoga (I know real yoga isn’t simple), I can barely get through a whole video because ahem! someone is in my way. Once again, I add that I am happy, lucky, blessed to be having a very good pregnancy. But this is the honest truth: even knowing that, it sucks to see my fitness go bye-bye.

19.2

I think that about sums it up. 

I don’t know why this work out was exceptionally frustrating to me. I don’t know if I just walked in with a bad attitude or what. I had never squat cleaned before, so I was happy to just get through the 55 lbs., fifteen times. It was slow going, but I am happy to say I got them done, thus PR-ing 15 times. Huzzah! So it was not that. The hanging knee-raises were fine, especially when my coach advised that I spread my legs a bit. That made the raise motion not hurt so bad in my hip flexors, stomach, pelvis area. Jumping rope comes with some different problems, but it does not take me too long to get through fifty. The work-out part of the work-out actually went perfectly fine. I did more than I thought I could and that was what I wanted to accomplish.

But I left thoroughly frustrated and disheartened. I think part of it is jealousy. I’m jealous of people able to, you know, actually push themselves, hit PR’s, do things they have never done. I am jealous of people who can work out and hurt in the normal way, not in the “every time I squat it hurts because it is heavy but also hurts because I’m 27 weeks pregnant” way. I used to love squats. Now they are the bane of my work-out existence. I end up waddling the rest of the day and the next day because my pelvis does not feel so great during or afterwards. I’m jealous because I had about thirty seconds left after I finished the last round of jump-ropes, and I would have loved to try the next set of weight for the squat-cleans, even if only to fail. And fail happily, I add. But I didn’t, because I didn’t want to over-do it. A wise move I’m sure, but still frustrating.

I know I am whining. And, again, I repeat I know I am lucky. But I’m also being thoroughly honest. It can be tough sometimes.

My hopes for 19.3 — something arms, push-presses, push-jerks, push-cleans (is that a thing?), whatever. I just want a movement that does not involve me going below parallel wondering if I am going to be able to get back up. I also hope to return to the attitude of gratitude I want to have through not only the open, but through the pregnancy. Once again — I could not do any of this last year. At all. I am grateful to be able to do what I can for as long as I can.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Miles : February 25 – March 3, 2019 (26-27 Weeks Pregnant)

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We are getting closer to the end. My sister says I cannot officially countdown until I have ten weeks to go, but I have less than one hundred days until my due date which is startling. I am getting near the end of the second trimester and only have one more to go. In the last month, I have gained ten pounds and I look, well, a lot bigger.

Workouts have been still going good. I am starting to have a hard time with not being able to do some things. I miss running. And though I have been pushing myself, or at least it certainly feels like it, I really miss seeing the improvements that come with pushing myself. I feel more exhausted after work outs than usual and it feels like I am more sore too. The yoga helps, but for whatever reason no matter what I do my quads will not stop feeling like beef jerky.

Still, I am grateful to do what I can. I know I am not super woman. I just saw a thirty week pregnant runner on Instagram post about a ten mile run she just did. I felt insanely jealous. But at least I can move. At least I can still work out and do something. I hope that I will be able to continue that amount I am doing right now as long as I can, even if only to combat the extra brownies and ice cream intake that has been happening around here.

2 – 25 : CrossFit. Power snatch 6 x for every minute – 35 lbs (6 reps). Power snatch 6 x for every 30 seconds – 35 lbs (6 reps). 8 minutes every minute on the minute : 4 x 25 American kettle-bell swings – 20 lbs.; 4 x 15 sit-ups. Followed by Yoga with Adriene for Hips and Back when I got home.

2 – 26 : CrossFit. Partner WOD with Bruno. AMRAP 30 minutes — row 800m, strict Cindy – 5 pull-ups with green band, 10 push-ups on knees, 15 air squats. Bruno and I managed 17 rounds of Cindy altogether, with 3 rounds each on the rower.

2 – 27 : Rest.

2 – 28 : Rest.

3 – 1 : CrossFit. Open Work-out 19.2. I’ll write more about this work out tomorrow. It was…fun. Yeah, fun is the word. Hah!

3 – 2 : Rest.

3 – 3 : Rest.

Totals : CrossFit – 3 hours. Yoga – 22 minutes. 3 hours and 22 minutes total.

Onward!