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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Tales from My First CrossFit Open : 19.1 Scaled

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19.1 – Scaled

AMRAP – 19 wall-balls, 10 lbs. to 9 ft. target; 19 calorie row.

I do not cherry-pick my crossfit work-outs, but if I did there is one move I would avoid. I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but no movement in crossfit is more loathsome to me than the wall-ball: Hurl with all your might a heavy ball to a target, try not to get knocked down as it is making its way back. Do all this while squating and trying not to throw the ball like you are going in for a lay-up. It is a lot to think about.

So as you can imagine, when Bruno and I were watching the announcements for the first open work out (and our very first CrossFit open ever) last week Thursday evening, seeing AMRAP wall-balls for 19.1 initiated a special sort of dread in my heart. I think wall-balls takes a special sort of grace (actually, I think this about a lot of CrossFit movements). At 26 weeks pregnant, I have the grace of Pinnochio off-strings.

But, ready to embrace the challenge, I went to our gym Friday evening feeling pretty positive. I did not have any expectations — I thought, maybe four rounds, was reasonable. After trying a few practice wall-balls with the fourteen pound ball, I opted to scale. This turned out to be the right decision. The ten pound ball was heavy enough to get me struggling within the first one to two rounds.

I did not think it started that badly. Aside for constantly forgetting to squat on my first wall-ball and having to do another (see above about wall-balls involving a lot to think about), I was pleasantly surprised that I was quickly on the rower. But it hit me pretty quickly, the second round was less pleasant and by the third, I was taking a short breathing break after every five or so throws.

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Terrified of the target. 

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Be free!

There was a moment I looked at the clock and it said ten minutes left and I could not believe it. I felt as though I had been throwing and rowing plenty enough already. But I kept going. Every time I would start the wall-balls, I could not wait to get back on the rower. Every time I would start the rower, I would be ready to start the wall-balls. In this way, I actually really liked the work-out because even though painful and tough, it did offer frequent mental breaks.

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That moment where it has been on 18 calories for a little too long.

At a certain point, I lost count of my rounds. I thought I had maybe five when I was on my last 19 calorie row, where I actually almost began to cry. I don’t know if it was hormones or pain. I finished with enough time to do three more wall-balls before collapsing onto the floor when the timer went off. I was not the only one. I eventually walked elsewhere to get out of the way and put my legs up the wall.

After I “recovered,” I looked at my sheet and realized I did six rounds plus three wall-balls (231 reps), not five. I’ll admit to being surprised at myself. After all, as I said, I thought I would only manage four rounds. Even with it scaled, I thought six was kind of out of the question — maybe five, if I could push it and I was not sure I could. Last year, I don’t think I would have been able to do that work-out at all, but this year I’m twenty-six weeks pregnant, I pushed myself, and I’m extremely happy with how I did.

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CrossFit Open 2019 — where every wod is a partner-wod

That said, I still struggle with wall-balls, but maybe, just maybe, now after that work-out I’ll feel less terror when they are on the program.

Bring on 19.2!

 

 

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!

 

 

I Signed Up For My First CrossFit Open

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I was on the fence all week about doing the CrossFit Open. It did not help that I have just felt exhausted and burnt out this whole month. I think that has more to do with finishing my dissertation and my doctorate than working out, but it added to the not-sure-if-I-should-do-this feeling. On Monday I was feeling pretty gung-ho about it, but after the work out my body felt so cranky that I felt silly to even consider doing the open as a second-to-third trimester pregnant lady.

But I was feeling bummed to have to miss out. And after talking about it with my coach, she said she thought as much. I know whatever I do is not going to be pretty or even outstanding, but as I told my coach today it still would be more than I was capable of doing last year. Seriously. I do not think I could back-squat over 45 pounds last year and now I have a one-rep max of 135. And I did that while pregnant.

So, what are my goals for my first open? I’m not exactly sure how to establish them considering that until tonight I will have no idea what the work out for tomorrow is, but I do have a few:

Establish some sort of base. Yeah, maybe that base would be better if I was not pregnant, but I still want something with which to compare next year. But it is not all about the future. I’m still fairly new to CrossFit, but I know I have made significant improvements and have done things I never expected to be able to do.

Do more than I think I can. Dangerous words from a pregnant woman, but I do want to have one “woah, I did not think I could do that” moment. Truth be told, I have those all the time. The day I was first allowed to use a bar in my over-head squat instead of a PVC pipe will always be a happy memory, but I want an Open moment too.

Community support. I do not know where Bruno and I will be next year. But I love the CrossFit we are currently at – I want to be able to share this. I want to be able to cheer people on. One thing I love about CrossFit is that I am so inspired to go work out and see people really pushing themselves hard. I love it when I see people suffer and push through it anyways. There are some amazing people there. I want to see them accomplish things they did not realize they could do.

Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll be able to give you tales from my first open, but I am truly excited that I finally signed up – and excited to do the whole thing as a partner WOD as well.*

*Me and the baby…if you couldn’t get the joke!

 

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!

Twenty-Two Weeks Update

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As I mentioned yesterday, we went in for our twenty week ultrasound. Our sonographer said everything looked good, but we’ll learn more next week during our regular appointment. While the best part was being told everything looked good (relief), the second best was being told that baby was measuring bigger than they expected. Instead of being due early June, I’m due late May. While I am not sure it makes a difference, it is kind of nice to know things are moving along. It all still feels so far away, but as I told Bruno when we got home, technically if the new due date is right, we only have three full months (February, March, April) sans-baby left. Not only that, but I’ll be walking for my doctoral graduation exactly two weeks before I am due. That might be a long ceremony.

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But how is it going? I mentioned last week I was dealing with pelvic pain and yesterday that I think I did something to my ankle — probably due to the change in ligaments (I’m falling apart). But aside from that, what is going on?

I keep waking up at 3 in the morning. At least two to three times a week, I am up at three. I have determined it is better to just roll with it instead of fighting it in bed. So, I wake up, do my morning thing. I’m lucky to have a flexible schedule, so I can take a nap later if need be, but I actually try really hard not to so I can still get to bed at nine if I can.

Nightmares. The waking up at 3 is not so bad. It just means more quiet time in the morning and I’m more tired. What is not so fun are the nightmares. Sometimes I do not even know what I dreamt about, but just that it was not good. I get that it is hormones, but I look forward to these stopping whenever they do.

Iron-hard immune system. When Bruno was sick with the flu the other week, I was nervous I would end up getting it too. After all, we live and sleep in close proximity. I figured it was only a matter of time. I braced myself, but never got it. I’ve always had a freakishly good immune system (I get sick — but from migraines and apparently beets and spinach), but this might be one of the more impressive times the system has shown me it won’t let me down.

The nesting has begun. Though Marie Kondo is a little too woo-woo for me (though I might read her book to learn how to fold socks ha!), for the first time in awhile our house is clean. Not immaculate, but clutter is starting to disappear, a rhythm for the days I clean certain things has begun to emerge (today is laundry day), and yes, I’m throwing things out. Of course, I am. It has shown up in other ways too. Though one of our goals was to not eat out in January (unless it is for social event — which has so far only happened twice), I think the urge to cook is probably related to the nesting urge. I like cooking, but making my own yogurt? Definitely a little different.

Running has diminished/strength has improved. One of the interesting things about being pregnant is how differently it affects my running and how differently is has affected my weight-lifting at CrossFit. I had about ten good weeks of running and then boom, slower, painful, and more walking. However, anytime I have lifted weights, I have either been consistent or improved. I have PR’ed both my back-squat and my shoulder press during my second trimester, not to mention a few other movements (although this is a change from maybe the barbell to putting weights on…still a big deal for me). It probably helps that strength-wise I am starting from nothing, so I do not know if it would be the same if I had been doing crossfit for years. But — it does feel good and I cannot help but be impressed with my body. Like holy cow, I am making a baby and pushing seventy pounds over my head. Crazy.

Overall, I’d say things are going well. Like I have mentioned, patience has been key. I want to type-A and do all the things, but physically, especially with running, I have to take a step back. I have to be patient on the days I wake up at three and be ok with the fact that probably after lunch, not a thing will get done because I will be so tired. I can confirm that at least for myself everything I read about the second trimester being better than the first is absolutely true.