Week 21: The Bloat
Starting to see a pattern. But of course, now that I’ve figured it out it’ll change. However – I believe a growth spurt is happening when I am suddenly beyond exhausted, nauseated, and it feels like my belly has stretched/bloated further than ever. I get winded walking up the stairs and I can’t stand up straight. This time my center of gravity shifted too, and I finally really and truly felt pregnant. I the midst of a growth spurt I wonder if this is how it will be forever…but it seems like I usually get back to something like normal.
I have started re-reading Exercising Through Your Pregnancy and pulling new information here and there. One big take-away I keep coming across is consistency through the 3rd trimester. After the half marathon I will need to keep up my training, with the finish line being delivery! No slacking off – or I could end up with a fatter (still healthy!) baby because of the strong, large placenta I’ve grown in the 2nd trimester…
Monday – The end of the growth spurt that started around Saturday morning. Decided I can take today off from cross training and just let this baby do its thing. I remember scheduling a weekly cross training day during marathon training…I think I went to yoga about 2 out of 16 weeks. I’ll be honest, it isn’t just the pregnancy keeping me from achieving my cross training goal LOL.
Tuesday – Still feeling pretty bloated but went out for 40 minutes anyway, with no expectations. It solved the bloat! I ended up doing my Tempo run, as planned. First mile was a gentle pace, but I was able to kick it into high gear to a solid 16 for effort for two miles! I eased up for the last mile and managed a pretty sweet average of 10 mins per mile.
Wednesday – Decided to get out for at least 2 easy miles. It wasn’t easy (ha) but I trudged through. I felt really heavy and my muscles aren’t used to running two days in a row, but nothing hurt, and it was great to shake it out and get the fresh air.
Thursday – Three hills, woop woop! I haven’t done a hill repeat in a while, thought I would give a few a go. I probably pushed my effort to a 17 at the very top of the hill but for the most part stuck around a 16. Legs felt AWESOMELY dead at the end, climbing the stairs out of the Rideau Canal Locks was almost impossible. Boy did I miss that! Felt great the next day too, no sore muscles and no extra exhaustion so I think we’ll be doing that again!
Friday – Rest day!
Saturday – A solid 3 miles – in fresh wet snow. Felt like I was running on a foam mattress half the time, killer butt workout. Could be shaking off the hills too. Kept the effort at 14.5 and pace dropped pretty dramatically but that’s to be expected. I managed to get out during the one half hour of sunshine we had that day, yay me!
Sunday – I weighed in at 140lbs this morning – so I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. What was a boob/belly gain has now become butt/thigh action, and the first pair of maternity pants I bought are getting tight! Today’s long run marks the first time I have had make a pit stop to pee. Good thing I chose to do three 2 mile loops around the house, for a total of 6 glorious sunny miles in unseasonal windchill.