Monday Miles : March 25 – 31, 2019 (30 Weeks Pregnant)

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Every Monday marks one week closer to my due date. We are currently at nine weeks to go — 63 more days. I’m both impatient, but also overwhelmed by how little time left there seems to be. Nothing baby is set up in the house, although I am in full nesting/getting ready to move mode. It mostly has involved getting rid of as much stuff as possible.

I took it a little easier this week, I think. It ended up being for the best. On Monday I was still shot from 19.5. The WOD called for the Chief, but I knew it was not going to happen without me feeling even more beat up than I already happened to be. It ended up being for the best, because I was really happy with the rest of my work-outs for the week. I do have some things to improve one — mainly, I haven’t been doing anything on the weekends. It hurts to walk for a long period of time. I’ve tried to yoga, but everything seems to be in the way, so it is more uncomfortable than relaxing. This is the part where I tell myself to harden up and do it anyways. Though it is funny that the only exercises that has been “comfortable” has been CrossFit. Maybe it is because wods are always uncomfortable, so I don’t notice?

Anyway — here are my work-outs for this week, which I think are pretty satisfactory for a 30 week pregnant lady.

3 – 25 : I did the warm-up with everyone else at CrossFit — 2 x 10 ring-rows; 10 knee push-ups; 10 good-mornings; 10 air squats; 30 second plank hold; 30 second bike. I followed it up, however, with 30 minutes on the rower. 5667 meters. About ten minutes of mobility work afterwards.

3 – 26 : CrossFit. Increasing kettle-bell swings and box step-ups for 7 minutes (ex. 1 swing, 1 step-ups; 2 swins, 2 step-ups, and so on) – I made it ten rounds plus 3 kettle-bell swings. I used 20 lbs. for kettle-bell. Every 2 minutes for 10 minutes – Sumo Dead-lifts.  3 x 85 lbs., 95 lbs., 100 lbs., 100 lbs., 100 lbs. I don’t love regular dead-lifts and I do not think I like the sumo variety either. Bruno rolled me out — torture.

3 – 27 : CrossFit. Row sprints intervals – 1000 m : 4:43 minutes; 800 m – 3:36; 400 m – 1:50; 400 m – 1:52; 400 m – 1:45. I was happy with this work-out went, especially because my last 400m interval was the fastest. That said, everybody else was running, it was beautiful outside, and I was jealous.

3 – 28 : CrossFit. Every 3 minutes for 9 minutes – 3 x strict press + 3 green band pull-ups : 40 lbs., 45 lbs., 50 lbs. Every 3 minutes for 9 minutes – 3 x push-press + 3 green band pull-ups : 55 lbs., 60 lbs., 65 lbs. Every 3 minutes for 9 minutes – 3 x push-jerk + 3 green band chin-ups : 70 lbs.; 75 lbs.; 80 lbs. I think all three push-jerks were PRs. I was happy with how I executed this work-out, starting really low on the strict presses and adding five pounds until the very end. This work-out was also helpful for educational purposes — I always get the push-press and push-jerk mixed-up. Now I know.

3 – 29 : Rest.

3 – 30 : Rest.

3 – 31 : Rest. See what I mean? I should do something in these three days.

Totals: 3 hours CrossFit; 30 minutes rowing. 3.5 hours total.

Onward!

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Tales from my First CrossFit Open : 19.5 Scaled

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You can see 19.1, 19.2, 19.3, and 19.4 if you click the links!

19.5 Scaled

33 x thrusters @ 45 lbs.

33 x jumping pull-ups

27 x thrusters @ 45 lbs.

27 x jumping pull-ups

21 x thrusters @ 45 lbs.

21 x jumping pull-ups

15 x thrusters @ 45 lbs.

15 x jumping pull-ups

9 x thrusters @ 45 lbs.

9 x jumping pull-ups

Of all the open work-outs, I am most proud of this work-out. All I wanted to do, when I saw what it was going to be was finish and not only did I finish, but I finished with time to spare. Not bad for a 29 week pregnant lady! That said, of all the open work-outs, this one hurt the most in the during and in the aftermath. I think today is the first day I feel like a normal human being.

Before going into the wod, I was nervous. I think everybody was. I checked previous Fran-style work-outs to see where I was and thought maybe I could finish, but I was not sure. I figured I would be exhausted (was right about that) and was trying to avoid pre-work-out hubris. I decided I was going to break out each section into thirds 11-11-11/9-9-9, etc. with trying to use the knowledge I was about to finish to get to the last set — if I made it to the last set. Then, I would take ten second breaks.

I think — for the most part — I executed this plan well. My breaks were definitely a little bit longer than ten seconds, but I don’t think excessively so. I broke up 33 and 27 thrusters into thirds. I failed to do this during 21. I’m not sure if this was a physical problem or a mental problem. I actually suspect the former, because I was able to do 5-5-5 for 15 and do the last 9 unbroken.

27 and 21 were difficult for me mentally. With every thruster, my thought was “Are we there yet?” It was…not fun. Normally I love chipper work-outs. When my coach said to think of this as a marathon, not a sprint, I knew I could do that. I like endurance activities. But the thing is — you don’t feel like you are going for aerobic endurance when you are doing thrusters. You feel like you are about to spontaneously combust. And though there was a twenty minute time cap, time felt like it went by so slowly — except, of course, when I put the bar down. It was grueling.

It is strange, because once I got to 15, I no longer mentally felt like I was panicking on the inside. I knew I would finish and it became a little bit easier. Don’t get me wrong — it was not any physically easier. But with my mind calmed down, I no longer was freaking out about how much I had left to go. I just did the thrusters. I did the jumping pull-ups. I just kept moving forward.

The last 9 felt like they went quickly even though I am sure the thrusters were slow and ugly. I did not set the bar down once. This is probably why I am so proud of the work-out. Aside for 21, I did exactly what I wanted to, stuck to a plan, checked off all the boxes, and finished.

My time was 16:51 minutes. I sat on the floor and tried to cheer everyone on for the last three minutes. Tried being the operative word there. I felt like crying, not in a bad way, but in a “that really hurt and now I’m so glad to be done” kind of way.

Now that the open is over, I am planning on taking it even more easy on the work-outs. I have less than ten weeks until my due date — so I think I can give myself some more time to recover and relax!

How did 19.5 go for you? Are you still recovering? Shell-shocked, even?

 

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!

 

 

 

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!

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.

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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.

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!

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!