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!

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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!

 

 

 

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.

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!

Monday Miles : February 18 – 24, 2019 (25-26 Weeks Pregnant)

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After the previous week’s “lost week” where everything was sacrificed to the dissertation gods, this week was more consistent. I decided last minute to sign up for the CrossFit Open and did my first open workout scaled. I’ll write more on that later, but it felt good to work out more than just two times. It also felt good to wake up and not work on my dissertation, but those two things are not necessarily related.

A big win this week was more yoga. I would like to thank Yoga with Adriene. Every time I try out a subscription service like Romwod or Jasyoga, I’m happy with it for a little bit, but Adriene has been my go-to for years. And most importantly, she is free. Even Bruno joined me for a yoga video on Friday before the open work out and asked, “So, why do we pay for these other subscription services again?”

2 – 18 : CrossFit. 7 x 2 power-cleans : 40 lbs., 45, 50, 55, 60, 70 (PR). AMRAP : 10 minutes – 20 alternate dumb-bell snatches @ 15 lbs., 10 no-push-up burpee box step-overs. 3 rounds + 11 alternate dumb-bell snatches. Romwod.

2 – 19 : Yoga with Adriene – Deep Stretch. I cannot believe this yoga video is forty-five minutes. It just flies by. There were some stretches I had to adjust because hello growing belly, but I think it really helped me this week to add this in to the routine.

2 – 20 : Rest.

2 – 21 : CrossFit. 5 Rounds for Time : 5 strict pull-ups with green band, 12 renegade rows with 10 lbs. dumb-bells, and 1 minute on the bike. 12 minutes 56 seconds. The work-out called for a 200m run, but I tried to do a 100m run in the warm-up and I just was not having it. Did you know I miss running?

2 – 22 : Yoga with Adriene – Deep Stretch. Yes, again. Bruno joined me this time around. We wanted to be all nice, loose, and limber for what was to come later that night. CrossFit. My first ever open work-out – 19.1 (Scaled) AMRAP 15 minutes 19 wall-balls at 10 lbs. to 9 feet, 19 calorie row. I’m going to write more on this work-out tomorrow, but I can tell you this: it hurt.

2 – 23 : Rest.

2 – 24 : Rest.

Totals : Crossfit – 3 hours. Yoga/Stretching – around 2 hours. 5 hours.

Onward!

 

 

Monday Miles: February 4 – 17, 2019 (24-25 Weeks Pregnant)

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Two weeks behind, but there is not much to report….except….I’m a “doctor” now. “Doctor” in that it isn’t officially official until I have my diploma, but I still finished up all my requirements for my Ph.D. in politics. I passed my defense. The public presentation is over. I’m done. But more on that later.

It was not the most productive of work-out weeks, because everything was sacrificed to the dissertation gods and when I finished, I could not function for at least three days. I am back at it today, so that is good. The Crossfit Open starts this week and I plan on signing up at some point today. I’ll get back on a regular schedule, baby and body willing.

For the week of February 4-10

2 – 4 : CrossFit. 3 rounds for time – 10 calorie row, 15 push-press @ 45 lbs. – 6 minutes, 28 seconds. Strength – 4 rep max push-press: 55 lbs., 60 lbs., 65 lbs. Finished up at home with a twenty minute indoor cycle on the trainer. It was so boring.

2 – 5 : 29 years old today! CrossFit. Strict Cindy – AMRAP 20 minutes – 5 pull-ups (used assistance bands), 10 push-ups, 15 squats. 11 rounds + 5 pull-ups + 5 push-ups. I am very proud to say that I did not do a single push-up on my knees. Finished with 2 minutes total dumb-bell over-head hold, used 25 lbs. dumb-bells.

2 – 6 : JasYoga – Fluidity for Pregnancy.

2 – 7 : CrossFit. 5 rounds for time – 2 minutes on bike, 10 left-hand arm over-head squats with 5 lbs., 10 right-hand arm over-head squats with 5 lbs. – 17 minutes, 38 seconds. My notes say: “This was a sneaky hard work-out – I was not expecting it to be that bad, then boom it was.” Story of my CrossFit life.

2 – 8 : CrossFit. 29 birthday burpees. For time – 2 minutes 30 seconds double-under attempts, 5 x 20 seconds tuck-sit, 10 power-cleans at 45 lbs., 2 minutes 30 seconds double-under attempts. I managed 28 double-unders during five minutes of attempts. Woof.

2 – 9 : Walked. 30 minutes. 1.6 miles. I think I may have done a Romwod after — cannot remember for sure.

2 – 10 : Rest.

Totals : Miles – 1.6 miles, 30 minutes, Biked – 20 minutes, CrossFit – 4 hours. Four hours, fifty minutes.

For the week of February 11-17

2 – 11 : CrossFit. For time – 12 power snatches at 35 Lbs., 20 wall balls at 10 lbs., 9 power snatches, 20 wall balls, 6 power snatches, 20 wall balls, 3 power snatches – 10 minutes, 3 seconds. JasYoga – PreNatal Reset.

2 – 12 : Frantically getting things ready for my dissertation defense.

2 – 13 : DEFENSE DAY. Celebrated with CrossFit. 3 rounds for time – row 500m, 21 knee-tuck crunches, 12 push-jerks @ 45 lbs. 13 minutes 37 seconds. 3 x 100m farmer/waited walk with 20 lbs. dumb-bells with one minute rest.

2 – 14 : Basically catatonic. Prepared to give my public lecture. Gave my public lecture.

2 – 15 : In a state of shock that I was done.

2 – 16 : Still in shock.

2 – 17 : Shock. Still.

Totals: CrossFit. 2 hours.

Onward!

 

 

 

 

Monday Miles: January 28 – February 3, 2019 (22 Weeks Pregnant)

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I am still not running, nor doing much of anything except for going to CrossFit. For whatever reason, this is the only thing that does not exacerbate my pelvic pain at the moment. I can modify everything that does. I cannot really modify running. Either I’m running, or I’m not. There is not in between. And frankly, the pelvic pain is getting worse anyway. I had a hard time all this weekend just simply moving around and I did not work out at all. A phone call to the chiropractor is on my to-do list for today, so hopefully she will get me straightened out.

This upcoming week I would like to focus on doing a little more Jasyoga to see if that helps with the pain. I have not been as consistent at stretching as I frankly should be, so that will definitely be something to work on as the weeks get closer and closer to the due date, even if I cannot run or do anything else.

The good news is my ankle is feeling a million times better. I barely even notice that there is a problem with it today, so hopefully the next time we have double-unders in programming I can keep working on them. Plus, that will give me a good idea on how cranky or not cranky my ankle is from the hopping up and down.

1 – 28 : CrossFit. 3 x 5 Overhead Squats — all at 45 pounds. I tried to go higher, but I failed 50 pounds, even though my PR is 55 pounds. I just did not have it in me. 3 x for reps : 30s air squat, 30s rest, 30s Russian kettle bell swings @ 35 lbs., 30 s rest, 30 s plate over-head lunges @ 10 lbs., 30 seconds rest. For air squats: 16, 18, 20; for kettle-bell swings: 13, 15, 15; for over-head plate lunges: 13, 15, 15. I am glad I ended with a higher number than I started.

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Box step-ups. 

1 – 29 : CrossFit. 5 x 10 pike push-ups, 10 box step-ups, 10 box-dips, 100 feet dumb-bell farmer’s carry — first 3 rounds carried 20 lbs., 4 + 5 carried 25 lbs.). I did this in about 16 minutes 27 seconds.

1 – 30 : CrossFit cancelled due to being super cold in Michigan.

1 – 31 : We had a prenatal appointment during our typical Crossfit time, so did not go. Everything on the baby looks good, although we have to get a growth ultrasound in a few weeks to take another look at the kidneys.

2 – 1 : Starting off the month right. CrossFit. 16.3 AMRAP 10 power snatches @ 35 lbs., 5 jumping chest-to-bar pull-ups. I managed four rounds.

2 – 2 : Rest.

2 – 3 : Rest.

Totals: Three hours CrossFit.

Onward!

Monday Miles : January 21 – 27, 2019

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I did not run a single step last week. After noticing my ankle was not getting better and instead turning all black and blue, I decided to just keep off of it. My ankle could not have picked a better time to malfunction, because the weather has been terrible. This week is only going to get worse with several days remaining in the negatives.

Though my ankle is starting to look better and is no longer bruised and the swelling is starting to go down, I probably will not be running this week either. I do not want to risk it. I know my joints and ligaments are all loosey-goosey (is that right?) at the moment and the last thing I want to do is create lasting damage that I have to deal with post-pregnancy too.

So this week was all CrossFit. It was probably for the best I did not run, because it was a rough week.

1 – 21 : JasYoga Back Relief.

1 – 22 : CrossFit. 3 rounds for time – 9 power snatches @ 35 lbs., 15 push-jerks @ 35 lbs., 21 air squats + wall push-ups. 9 minutes 43 seconds. I’m still not quite sure what the difference between a push-jerk and a push-press are. They look the same to me. And I know I did the power snatches, but I already forget what they are. Movement vocabulary is hard. After we did max reps for pull-ups. Guess how many I did? Maybe after pregnancy….

1 – 23 : CrossFit. Hang power-clean every thirty seconds for ten minutes (20 reps). 45 lbs., 50 lbs., 55 lbs, 55 lbs., 55 lbs., 55 lbs., 60 lbs., 60 lbs., 65 lbs., 65 lbs., 70 lbs., 70 lbs, 70 lbs., 70 lbs., 70 lbs., 70 lbs., 70 lbs., 70 lbs., 70 lbs., 70 lbs. I have never gone above 55 lbs, for a hang power-clean, so basically after five reps it was all PRs from there. Also, because I cannot do math, I thought we were done after my first 70 lbs. Ha! 4 x for time – 15 high knee-raises on a bar, 50 foot dumb-bell walking lunge @ 10 lbs. 8 minutes 14 seconds. My hands were tired.

1 – 24 : CrossFit. Four rounds – 00:00-2:00, 400m row; 2:00-4:00, rest; 4:00-6:00 Air squat + wall push-up; 6:00-8:00, Rest. Managed to get all rows in with seconds to spare and about 210 air squat and wall push-ups.

1 – 25 : CrossFit. This is the workout I had been waiting for all week. You see, back in December we did a thruster work-out that hurt so bad. That was when I met Jackie. When I doing my thrusters, people were already done with their pull-ups. I did not want to run away and hide the next time they were on schedule and they were this day with a vengeance. I’m happy to say it went much better. For time – 50 thrusters @ 35 lbs., 40 jumping pull-ups, 30 thrusters @ 35 lbs., 20 jumping pull-ups, 10 thrusters @ 45 lbs. 13 minutes 11 seconds. I suspect not underestimating thrusters is what made them better this time. I have a healthy fear now and it made all the difference.

1 – 26 : I had every intention of going to the pool to swim today. I went to the pool and it was packed. The end. Bruno and I bought a bunch of candy (I promise this never happens) and watched the Fyre documentaries.

1 – 27 : Rest.

Totals: 0 Runs, 0 Swims, 4 hours CrossFit, no double-under practice. 4 hours total.

Onward!

Monday Miles : December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (18 Weeks Pregnant)

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This week started out strong. I ran. I swam. I continued the process of finishing my dissertation. I had a few goals on Strava I was hoping to achieve, because well, I felt so good.

Then, boom. Hello, pelvic pain. Thursday night while sitting on the couch, one minute I was totally fine and the next I was in excruciating pain. I’m not kidding. I could not even walk upstairs to go to bed. Bruno had to bring me down some blankets and a pillow. To try to even get off the couch, I felt just a pull in my pelvic/tail bone area that I honestly thought I would have to crawl to get anywhere. I woke up on the couch around 2 in the morning and slowly, slowly made my way upstairs, but I think cried from the pain for like an hour until I was able to fall asleep again. I’m a lot of fun, people!

It felt a little bit better Friday morning, but only enough that I could hobble upstairs very slowly to use our bathroom. I did not work out (obviously). Every movement felt like a pull on my tailbone and the pain in the front seemed mostly on my right side. I went to get a massage in the afternoon, which helped dramatically. Saturday was much better, but still painful. Sunday I went for a walk. And today, well today I can tell something happened, but the pain no longer makes me feel like I have to get sick, but instead is very faint.

So 2019 started with a big bang. I have tried to keep in mind while the running has been good that things could change and I may just not be able to run anymore. Of course, that is easier said than done. Even while eighteen weeks pregnant and not able to work out, I had a hard time just being “nice” to myself and letting it go.

I’m trying to be nicer to myself this week. I’ll probably be walking with my runs — just trying to get the time outside in, not the miles. We’ll see.

Anyway — here are last week’s workouts.

12-31-18 : Run. 15 minutes. 1.29 miles. 11:43/mile.

1 – 1 – 19 : Run. 45 minutes. 4.43 miles. 10:10/mile.

1 – 2 : Run/walk. 30 minutes. 2.35 miles. 12:45/mile. I walked two minutes, ran three. CrossFit. It was so good to be back. However, I can always really feel it when I haven’t gone in awhile. 20 minutes – AMRAP – 3 wall walk planks, 15 toes-to-kettle-bell, 200m run with 14 lbs. medicine ball, 25 Russian kettle-bell swings @ 35 lbs., 45 second double-under practice. 3x + 3 wall walk planks (try saying that fast) + 2 toes-to-kettle-bell. I actually really liked this one, although I had to keep checking the board — “wait a second, what am I supposed to be doing now?” I did not think the run with the medicine ball was that bad — just awkward. Like, where should I put this damn thing? I will admit that in each of my 45 seconds of double-under practice, not a single double-under was accomplished. Yikes!

1 – 3 : Swim. Yes, yes, yes, yes. I missed the pool so much. I have not swam since my triathlon in August. I look like a beluga whale in my swimming suit right now (but you look at how expensive maternity swimsuits are). My new Garmin goes into the pool with me — so that was a lot of fun because it meant I do not need to count anymore. Anyway — I did 100m breast stroke warm-up, then 10 minutes of 25m repeats free-style with 30 seconds rest. Then another 100m breast stroke. According to Strava, which puts everything in yards — I did 437 yards, 2:37/100 yards. Later I learned that for pregnant women, breast stroke can be very irritating and cause a lot of pelvic pain. The more you know. Run. 18 minutes. 1.62 miles. 11:06/mile. Practiced double-unders. Actually managed to do a few. Redemption!

1 – 4 : Pain. Recovery. Massage.

1 – 5 : Pain. Prenatal yoga for pelvic floor. I am going to try to start doing this once a week now.

1 – 6 : Morning walk. 30 minutes. 2 miles. 15:45/mile. Still pain, but significantly less.

Totals: Running/walking – 12 miles. 2 hours, 18 minutes. CrossFit – 1 hour. Swim – 437 yards, 11 minutes. 3 hours, 29 minutes.

Onward!