Postpartum Running Goals

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Though I have been anxious to get back to running and CrossFit the last two weeks, I have not been anxious to jump the gun. I have no idea if I have pelvic floor problems or diastasis recti, but I do not really want to take the chance. I’m not sure what my return to CrossFit will look like yet, especially considering we are moving at the end of my fifth week postpartum. However, running I have a bit of an idea. I’m going to ease into it very, very, very slowly.

That said, that does not mean I have not been active. After we arrived home from the hospital, I started taking just five minute walks. And frankly, that was about all I could handle. I still waddled a bit, but within a few days I could tell I felt significantly physically better from labor. When Henry was a week old, I added another five minutes. I did a week of ten minute walks followed by RomWod stretching.

This week I’ll do fifteen minutes of walking, but I’ve added a few core movements to do before including just one set of ten bridges, clam shells, and pelvic tilts. At this point, I’m just trying to establish good habits. I’m getting closer to being able to walk a mile and I’m still following the walk up with some RomWod.

So far, this has been working for me and I’ll keep it up until six weeks — just adding five minutes of daily walking every week. After six weeks, I’ll start adding in some running. I’m not sure what that will look like yet, but I will continue to ease into it slowly and cautiously.

I do have a race goal. I would like to build up my running fitness enough to finish the Mosaic Trail half-marathon in Liberty Hill, Texas this year. Note I said finish, not race — so if I’m still run/walking so be it. The race is in December, so who knows where I will be fitness-wise. I don’t want to put any sort of time goal pressure on myself. I’m just ready to enjoy running outside and enjoy the trails. Plus, it will be my first Texas race as a Texas resident!

I’ll start posting Monday Miles again next week, especially considering I’m starting to accumulate a few!

 

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Memorial Day Murph at 39 Weeks Pregnant

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Last year I wrote a “race report” for my first Memorial Day Murph. At that point, I had only been doing CrossFit for less than a month. It was heavily modified with ring-rows and knee push-ups, but I finished and I was proud. I thought I would share a report from this year’s Murph — still heavily modified, because I am heavily pregnant. I am 39 weeks along — waiting any day (any second, really) for this baby to show up.

So what is Murph? RX’d it is 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and another 1 mile run all done while wearing a weighted vest. Now, even under the best of circumstances, I would not be able to do this work-out RX’d. Last year, it left me completely drained and I could not walk right (from all those squats!) for at least a day or two.

Now I cannot walk right because of the baby. I was not planning on doing Murph at all. But all I have been doing is waiting for the baby. I felt like I had no events or any goals coming on to focus on and this has led to quite a bit of impatience on my part. Plus, I was starting to develop some serious fear of missing out and a little bit of a desire to give myself a nice pat on the back — look at me 39 weeks along, doing the Murph! (Humility is something I should work on.)

I mentioned wanting to do the Murph with another pregnant nooner. She asked if I would want to split it and do a partner wod — team Prego. We talked to our coach, who was encouraging. We signed up for the 10am heat. Here’s the thing, I knew I probably could do the whole work-out if I scaled it (ring rows, wall push-ups, etc), but it was more a question of should. I think doing half ended up being the better choice. I felt tired afterwards, but not drained.

Here’s how we did it — we walked 800m and split 20 rounds of 5 ring rows, 10 wall push-ups, and 15 squats between the two of us and finished with an 800m walk. I can honestly say that last 800m was super slow on my part. After each round, one of us would catch our breath while the other did a round. It ended up being a good plan, because I never felt winded or exhausted. I never had that “so much left to go, will I ever be done?” feeling.

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It ended up being a lot of fun. I got a good work out in, but was able to cheer for my partner and other members of my heat. I still felt impressed with my body, especially the fact that I could manage to do 150 squats a week before my due date. I thought I would feel jealous of everyone doing the full thing, but I ended up feeling just fine with the amount I did. Plus, I figured I still was wearing my own version of a weight vest!

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One thing I was hoping, which did not happen, was that doing half Murph would help encourage baby to make his or her appearance. A lot of people from my gym joked that I would have to name the baby “Murph” if a boy. I joked that I was trying to create an inhospitable environment in order to encourage baby to leave. It is Wednesday. Still no baby!

Did you do the Murph this year? How did it go?

 

Monday Miles (On a Tuesday!) : May 20 – 26 (38 Weeks Pregnant)

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I feel drained. I still am not sleeping much at all. I thought I knew what heartburn was, but these last few weeks are showing me what heartburn really can be. It is more than an unpleasant annoyance. It rages. I get up at 3 in the morning, sit on the couch and pop tums, waiting for it to go away. Today was not one of those days.

I keep looking at half-marathon plans, dreaming of a post-partum running come back. My best half last year was a three times a week plan. I think that really worked for me and my body, so I’m thinking about getting Run Less, Run Faster and following one of those plans, after I’m all recovered of course.

I am less than a week until my due date. I did half Murph yesterday (will post about that soon — you can see last year’s here) and will keep working out, however modified, until this baby decides to make his or her appearance.

5 – 20 : CrossFit – Helen (modified) – 3x 400m row, 21 kettle-bell swings @ 15 lbs., and 12 ring rows. Even though I heavily modified Helen, I loved this work-out. Every time I would get back on the rower, I would feel another swing of energy and would try to sprint through it. I think it was just hard enough — I did not feel like I was overdoing it, but I also did not feel like the modifications made it too easy. 12 minutes 4 seconds. Walked – 1 mile, 20 minutes.

5 – 21 : CrossFit – for time – 4x 3 hang squat-cleans @ 50 lbs., 6 box step-ups @ 20 in.; 2x 6 hang squat-cleans @ 45 lbs., 12 box step-ups @ 20 in.; 1x 12 hang squat-cleans @ 35 lbs, 24 box step-ups @ 20 in. 12 minutes, 29 seconds. Another fun one. I think the hardest was the second set with the two rounds of six. It got just spicy enough.

5 – 22 : Rest.

5 – 23 : CrossFit – Row for 120 calories. 9 minutes 56 seconds. I did actually come in with a goal for this. I wanted to stay under ten minutes. I thought 60-100 calories was the hardest part, but after 100 calories I could muscle through it and just get it over with.

5 – 24 : Rest.

5 – 25 : Rest.

5 – 26 : Rest

Total : 3 hours, Crossfit. 20 minutes, 1 mile walk. 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Onward!

Monday Miles : May 13 – 19, 2019 (37 Weeks Pregnant)

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I would be lying if I didn’t say it is just getting harder. I’m happy that I did a lot of walking this week, but I also have not been sleeping much — so nothing felt good for most of the week. Towards Friday, I started feeling a lot better, but I’m truly counting down the days now. My ankles are huge and swollen and everything for this week seemed to require a lot of motivation. I showed up though.

Things to improve on: Stretching, stretching, stretching. I suspect it is my lack of mobility, but the last thing I want to do is get on the floor and stretch even though I know my hips could use it.

5 – 13 : CrossFit. We did the Open Games 11.1/14.1 wod. Of course — I did it heavily modified. 10 minutes AMRAP – 50 single-unders, 35 lbs. hang power-snatches. I managed 4 rounds + 10 single-unders. Aside for all the jump-rope, I thought this was a fun work-out.

5 – 14 : Walk – 41 minutes, 1.5 miles.

5 – 15 : Walk – 40 minutes, 1.69 miles.

5 – 16 : CrossFit/Walk. The actual work-out called for a 5k time trial. I joined in for the warm-up and walked two laps of the 5k route. It was a good reminder that even when I really cannot do the work-out, it is nice to show up. 37 minutes – 1.89 miles.

5 – 17 : Rest.

5 – 18 : Walk – 53 minutes, 2 miles.

5 – 19 : Walk – 20 minutes, 1 mile. I actually stretched after this walk too.

Totals : CrossFit – 2 hours. Walking – Around 3 hours, 20 minutes. Around 4 hours of working out total (combined that crossfit/walk session).

Onward!

Monday Miles : April 29 – May 5, 2019 (35 Weeks Pregnant)

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Greetings from the land of raging heartburn and three hours of sleep! I keep getting told to enjoy my sleep while I can get it and believe me, I’m trying. However — I think when I start giving pregnancy advice, I might consider that the listener, especially if she is in the third trimester, is probably already not sleeping much. Tums can only do so much.

I’m feeling pretty positive though, because it is four weeks until my due date – June 3. Though I know first time pregnancies are more than likely to go over, I know there is an end in sight. I’ll admit I’m ready to have my body back. I’m ready to run again. I’m ready to lift to failure. And if you’ll permit me some vanity, I’m ready to start watching the pounds go down on the scale instead of up.

4 – 29 : CrossFit. 5 rounds for quality – 90 single-unders, 30 seconds double-under attempts, 3 squat cleans. Managed 50, 55, 55, 60, 60 lbs. for squat cleans. Oh man, this one was rough. And I’m pretty sure the only reason it was rough is because of all that jump-rope and my bouncing 35 week pregnant belly. Let me tell you — those two things do not go together well. I would stop every thirty to let things settle. I’ll admit I barely tried during the double-unders. I managed a few, but I treated the thirty seconds more as a breathing break.

4 – 30 : I didn’t go to CrossFit today and I cannot remember why. I suspect lack of sleep. I did go for a walk though — 30 minutes, 1.29 miles. Afterwards I followed it up with Yoga with Adriene – Stretch.

5 – 1 : Walk – 30 minutes, 1.4 miles. I think stretching the day before significantly helped how my walk felt. My hips have typically felt really tight, but I think I could treat this more like a leisurely stroll than normal. CrossFit – 2 rounds for time : 25 box-step ups, 20 inches; 50 air squats; 900m row – 16 minutes, 56 seconds.

5 – 2 : Walk – 30 minutes, 1.38 miles. CrossFit – “Diane.” I jokingly referred to my version as “Knocked-Up Diane” because it was so far from the actual benchmark work-out. 21 kettle-bell dead-lifts from a stack of weights (53 lbs.), 21 knee push-ups, 15 k-bell dead-lifts, 15 knee push-ups, 9 k-bell dead-lifts, 9 knee push-ups. 5 minutes 46 seconds. Probably for the best, since dead-lifts feel terrible to me pregnant or not.

5 – 3 : And then I was sick. I felt really awful this day. I was not planning on doing anything at all and then managed a mile walk after my massage. That is it. Walk – 22 minutes, 1 mile.

5 – 4 : Still not feeling the greatest. Rest.

5 – 5 : Walk – 40 minutes, 1.72 miles.

Totals : Crossfit – 3 hours. Walking – 2 hours, 34 minutes – 6.8 miles. Yoga – 22 minutes. 5 hours, 56 minutes total.

Onward!

 

 

April 2019 Goals : How Did It Go?

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If you’re new here, I declared 2019 the Year of 1% Better. Here’s a list of all previous goal posts.

January: Goals | Outcomes

February: Goals | Outcomes

March: Goals | Outcomes

April : Goals

I cannot believe April is over already. This is the first month where I mostly accomplished everything I wanted. Plus, I feel almost fully recovered from finishing up my dissertation. I think I finally actually relaxed and if you couldn’t tell from yesterday’s post, did plenty of reading.

I managed to be fairly consistent in non-dissertation writing — both on the blog, but also in my goal to keep a notebook a la Natalie Goldberg-style. I found an old one-subject seventy sheet notebook, figuring there was no need for anything special. After my usual morning routine, before I write the day’s blog post, I set the timer at ten minutes and write. I was not able to finish a notebook this way, but I was able to get some thoughts down. I think I only missed a handful of days, so I was pretty happy with the success of this goal. I’m planning on continuing it into May.

Not only did I manage to do a great deal of downsizing in the kitchen, but we have around five or six boxes of books ready to donate in the dining room. The house is looking a little more chaotic with all these to-go boxes lying around, but it is great to know that as we get closer to moving (another two and a half months — but at least a month and a half of that will feature a new baby) things will be done. The last time we moved — only a few blocks away, not cross-country — it felt like nothing was done, nothing was organized. I really do not want that to happen this time around with an infant and further to travel.

On average I ended up doing more than 2x CrossFit every week. I typically managed around three times a week, even PRing a few times. Not bad for a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy, I think! I’m hoping this is a sign of things to come for May. I may have to take it easy, but it is nice to keep showing up. I rowed almost every week and managed to finally get some walking in last week. Consistency, man.

My social media use is better, but still not what I would like it to be. I suppose this is going to be a goal I’ll keep renewing in the months (really weeks and days) to come. Some days are better than others. Some days I hardly think about it. Then the next day I find myself in a scrolling frenzy. I think reading more has helped — I reward tasks with another chapter of Harry Potter as opposed to checking instagram or facebook. It certainly is much more rewarding.

Overall, I would say things are definitely 1% better this month. I’m happy that I’ve added a new habit, gave myself some peace of mind with moving, and managed to stay consistent with my work-outs.

How did your April goals turn out?

 

 

Monday Miles : April 22 – 28, 2019 (34 Weeks Pregnant)

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Finally — this week I actually managed do something, even if small, every single day. I’ve been pretty ok with going to CrossFit consistently, but I have lacked discipline and motivation to do anything on my own. For the last several weeks, I don’t think I’ve moved at all on the weekends, even if only to do some mobility work. I’m hoping to be able to keep this up — even with heading to Ohio this weekend. I want to keep reminding myself to just keep doing the best I can, knowing that what I can do is just going to keep declining in the weeks to come. I just need to work on trying to be ok with that.

4 – 22 : Row – 10k : 54 minutes 29 seconds. I’ve been keeping up with my one day a week of rowing. I thought I would try to see how a 10k felt. It was…boring. Also, it is really disheartening to google “what is considered a good beginner time for row 10k?” Even with pregnancy, I am slow, slow, slow. I like the rower though. I’d like to be able to continue with longer rows post-pregnancy too and add that to the routine.

4 – 23 : CrossFit – Find the 2 rep max on a hang power-clean. I did 80 lbs. The work out called for power-cleans, but I can hardly bend over to get things from the floor anymore. Still — 80 lbs. is a hang power-clean PR for me. Followed by – find max reps for strict ring dips. Of course, I cannot do one strict ring dip, so I used a green band and managed to do sixteen before calling it good enough. We finished with a 500m row, going as fast as we could. I managed 2:02. This is around my PR (I think is 2:01?) and I hope once this baby is out, I can finally get under 2 minutes for a 500m row.

4 – 24 : CrossFit – Filthy 50. I actually had heard of this work-out prior to ever starting CrossFit, but during the last (almost!) year of doing CrossFit still had not done it. For obvious reasons, I did not do it RX’d and completely skipped the 50 knees-to-blow for obvious reasons, but holy hell, this may be one of the hardest work-outs I’ve done. What really hurt me were the arches of my feet. All the jumping with the pull-ups, push-presses, and single-unders killed them. 50 box step-ups 20 inches, 50 jumping pull-ups, 50 kettle-bell swings – 20 lbs., 50 walking lunges, 50 push-press at 35 lbs., 50 back extensions at 35 lbs., 50 wall-balls at 10 lbs., 50 squats and wall push-ups, 50 single-unders. 29 minutes 50 seconds.

4 – 25 : Yoga with Adriene – Yoga for Tired Legs. I needed some serious recovery time after the previous day’s work-out, but still managed to do active recovery instead of sit around recovery.

4 – 26 : CrossFit – Find one rep max for strict press. 75 lbs. This is a PR. Some days these feel super hard for me and I feel like I struggle just lifting the barbell. Other days they seem fine — hard, but doable. I’m happy with this win! Followed by 3 rounds for quality – 10 jumping pull-ups, 20 knee push-ups, 30 squats, finished with a half mile bike sprint. This was Murph prep and though I probably will not be doing it this year, it was nice to see where I am. I mean last year I was doing ring-rows, so jumping pull-ups is a big improvement.

4 – 27 : Yoga with Adriene – Yoga for Beginners. Such a good recovery video, even though I keep having to adjust things for how big the baby has become.

4 – 28 : And finally, after weeks of saying I was going to, I finally took a walk. Bruno and I took a 30 minute walk in the afternoon. It was slow. My stomach felt cramped the entire time, but I walked about 1.3 miles. It was so nice to just be outside and enjoy the sunshine though. I still miss running, but it was nice to just do something outdoors.

Total : CrossFit – 3 hours. Row – 54 minutes. Yoga – 1 hour and 15 minutes. Walk – 30 minutes. Around 5 hours and 30 minutes. It was a good week.

Onward!

 

 

Monday Miles : April 15 – 21, 2019 (33 Weeks Pregnant)

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I cannot help but start each week with a countdown as baby’s due date gets closer and closer. This week I wrote down in my planner “42 days//6 weeks.” There are days where it feels like each week moves quickly and others where it drags. I am beginning to not enjoy the limbo position I am in – I am ready for so many things to start – the baby, moving to Austin, teaching. At the same time, I am trying to be patient and not wish the time away. It is a hard balance to keep.

I thought this week of work out’s went excellent. I wish I were better at doing things on the weekend, but maybe those breaks are good for me. I actually took part in the WOD four times this week instead of my usual two. That said, watching the Boston Marathon results come in last week Monday, I still miss running with all my heart. Every day I miss running.

4 – 15 : CrossFit. Every 1:30 minutes for 12 minutes – 3 position power snatch – 35 lbs. Followed by power snatches and burpees – 15 power snatches, 15 burpees, 12 power snatches, 12 burpees, etc. Power snatches and burpees are probably about the most awkward movements for a pregnant lady. Add my shoddy aerobic system and I was wheezing and huffing and puffing. The weight was fine — 35 lbs. — but I just could not catch my breath. We had a twelve minute time cap and I made it to the second-to-last amount 6 power snatches, 6 burpees. I tried not to be frustrated with myself. I mean come on, I’m 33 weeks pregnant, right? But I was still frustrated.

4 – 16 : CrossFit. Back squats are still my favorite. Also — after huffing and puffing through yesterday’s work-out, I like strength days because it seems to be the only area that hasn’t been declining due to pregnancy. In fact — even though I have not lifted heavier than what I could prior to being pregnant — all my lifts feel easier. Today — with 3 minute rests after each set — 10 back squats at 95 lbs.; 8 back squats at 100 lbs.; 6 back squats at 105 lbs. 4 back squats at 115 lbs.; and 2 back squats at 135 lbs. I should throw out there that 135 lbs. is my one rep max PR. Two at 135 felt hard, but I did not feel like I was struggling or straining or had to do anything wonky to get the bar up.

4 – 17 : CrossFit. 3 Rounds for Time – 100m walk with 14 lbs. medicine ball (everyone else ran 200m, but this was my accommodation), 20 hang power-cleans at 35 lbs., 100m walk with 14 lbs. medicine ball, 20 front squats at 35 lbs., 100m walk…, 20 push-press at 35 lbs. 25 minutes 12 seconds. I liked this work-out and thought it was a lot of fun. I always feel like I can get in the zone in these longer work-outs. My power-clean form is wonky, trying to avoid the belly, but for the most part I thought I probably actually could have added more weight instead of just using the barbell.

4 – 18 : CrossFit. I still managed to spend some quality time on the rower this week. This time for 3 x 1000m rows. I was super happy with how this went mainly because I was able to get faster with each round: 4:33, 4:29, 4:28. And it hurt. I tried to stay at 2:10/500m pace for that last one, but I could not hold on because it was so painful. I have never been able to do under 2 minutes for 500m, but I’m wondering if this is what I can do with a baby pushing under my lungs and a shoddy aerobic system, if I might be able to finally get under two minutes post-baby.

4 – 19 : Rest.

4 – 20 : Rest.

4 – 21 : Rest (unless eating counts as a work-out).

Totals : 4 hours CrossFit.

Onward!

 

Monday Miles : April 8 – 14, 2019 (32 Weeks Pregnant)

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Last week was kind of a wash. I did have one very good and very hard work-out (involving thrusters!), but for the most part being sick prevented me from doing much of anything. Every day I would put “Crossfit” or “Work-out” on my to-do list and each day it just did not happen. Thursday and Friday I hardly left the couch, watching more Netflix than I have seen in probably the last couple of months.

Thankfully, after some benadryl-induced sleep I am feeling much better although a cough and a stuffed nose still remain. This week should be better, but I still want to take it easy so that I don’t become miserably sick again.

4 – 8 : I was not feeling very well. Rest.

4 – 9 : Still not feeling well, but went to CrossFit to do the wod anyway (type A coming through). 80 calorie row, followed by 100 thrusters at 35 lbs. We had a fifteen minute time cap, but I asked if I could go over when fifteen minutes was up and I still had thirty thrusters to go. I wanted to finish so badly, so I did sets of ten, put the bar-bell down, persuaded myself to pick it back up and do another ten until the end. I’m sure I finished somewhere around 18 minutes (I’m slow and pregnant). It was one of those “I feel so strong” pregnancy moments.

4 – 10 : All movement feels awkward to me at the moment, so even the “easiest” yoga videos have been difficult for me. I really liked this Yoga with Adriene – Yoga for Beginners The Basics forty minute video.

4 – 11 : One of my favorite Yoga with Adriene videos — Yoga for Hamstrings.

4 – 12 : At this point, I was in a state of sheer misery. I’m proud of myself for even trying to move on this day. I did another Yoga with Adriene video – Yoga for when You Are Sick.

4 – 13 : Felt significantly better, but went down to Ohio to see family and for my baby shower on Sunday.

4 – 14 : Baby shower! And ate too much delicious cupcakes.

Onward!

Taking it Easy During Pregnancy Work-Outs

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Full disclosure: I am insanely jealous of pregnant women who can work-out throughout their pregnancies. I continue to see women on my instagram log double-digit mile runs close to their due dates. That said, I am lucky to be able to do what I can — which is still a lot compared to most people. For the most part, I was able to run most of my second trimester and CrossFit 2-4x a week throughout the entirety of my pregnancy (including the horrible first trimester). Though I can tell I’ve lost a lot of aerobic fitness, I can also tell I am getting stronger even if I have not pushed myself to the max. The human body is a crazy, amazing, and beautiful thing. If you want to see my work-outs click here.

That said, as I mentioned the other week, I decided to take it back just a bit for the rest of the third trimester. I had been fairly consistent on going to CrossFit 3-4x a week and even took part in my first open. I was feeling great until I didn’t, so the new plan is to wod only twice a week and try to add a day of rowing. Yes, that means less work-out time, but I do think the best thing I can do for myself is relax a little bit more.

How did I come to that decision? Well — nothing dramatic happened thankfully. I think it was mainly based on how tired I would be after the wod (work-out of the day). I would feel absolutely fine in the during — well, as fine as you can possibly feel while working-out. Then, I would go home and be utterly shot for the rest of the day. I’m a nooner, so this means after one I was completely useless. Even with a nap, it was hard to recover the energy spent.

I think this problem was further exacerbated by how much my sleep quality has declined (I know, I know. Every time I mention this, someone has to say, “Just wait until the baby is here!”). Energy-wise I think I was running on empty. I would go into work-out already exhausted and then would completely deplete myself again. Not to mention, I’m also expending a lot of energy growing a human. I think it proved to be too much.

The other reason is that it was taking me so long to recover, like first starting CrossFit recovery time. I tried to make sure I was doing all the right things, eat right after the work-out, stretch, nap. But I would be sore for days after a single work-out that before I would be a little sore but fine. I would put my level of soreness combined with the lack of energy at comatose, quality time with the couch levels. Sometimes, I just could not move.

I can say with two times a week and a day of rowing things have been going well. I cherry-pick, which is not something I would do normally (for example I skipped a work-out that was basically all burpees and jump-rope last week). My energy levels are better and I feel like I can put more into the work-outs I actually do. I make sure to go to all the strength days, because I feel like I have more control over how difficult it will be. I had a great front squat work-out last week that I’m not sure I would have been able to do if I had did the crazy difficult wod the day before (as much as I really wanted to).

One unexpected benefit I’ve noticed about the new routine is less Braxton-Hicks contractions. This is not a small thing, because they would be extremely painful. After showering I would have to lay down for a bit to wait for them to pass. I tried to drink more water, change positions, walk around — whatever, but nothing seemed to make them any better. I just figured I would be stuck with them until the end. They are still around, but less severe. I do not think it is much of a coincidence.

I’m hoping that I can keep this up until the end. As I said above, it is hard not to feel jealous of other pregnant women who are able to do so much more. Part of me wonders am I just being lazy? I like being the type-A goal-oriented person and this step back is against my nature. At the same time, I am grateful to have energy and not have my breath taken away by Braxton-Hicks. Taking a step back can be the best of both worlds — allowing myself to move, but also allowing myself to recover so I have the energy to prepare for other things, like, you know, having a baby.

Were you able to work-out throughout your pregnancy? Did you have to take a step-back? How did you feel?