I ' ve decided to make it doubly confusing by 1 ) posting here for the first time in a while and 2 ) by changing my username . Oops . ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I made christine . eliz way back when I was super new to running and didn ' t feel like having a weirdo handle as I dipped my toes into this community . Now that I know how strange you all are I have no problem with it ! It might help that @ tinkbot is also my Instagram handle so feel free to follow me if you want periodic reminders of who I am .
So what ' s been going on ? I know I posted in Loopville that DH and I are expecting our first child - a girl ! - in January but I don ' t think I officially blooped about it . I ' m almost 25 weeks (~ 5 . 5months ) pregnant and entering the phase of discovering that the shorts that fit last week aren ' t quite swinging it today . I ' m feeling really good though and partially attribute that to my OB being really supportive of exercise throughout pregnancy . At our first meeting I told her I " used " to run - meaning that I had been struggling with anterior tibialis tendonitis and then PF for a while , not necessarily because of the pregnancy , which is what she thought I meant - and she made a face and said , " Why ' d you stop ?" I like you !
The first trimester wasn ' t horrible but I did have periodic bouts of morning sickness and didn ' t want to deal with the suddenly hot and humid summer weather . My outdoor exercise waned . I still had to walk the pup but he didn ' t like the heat either so we definitely enabled each other to be more lazy than we should have been . We would probably walk about 3 - 6 miles a week .
About three weeks ago I started getting ominous email updates from my baby app about preparing for labor . Commence exercise !!
The " runs " are really run / walks with varying average paces from ~ 15min / mile down to around 12 : 30min / mile depending on how I was feeling . My breathing was decent and I felt like my stamina was better than I was expecting ; the things that were getting me were my poor feet and ankles were just like WHAT IS HAPPENING NO and going numb or seizing up . That ' ll happen when you add an extra 10 - 15lbs . I was getting some unpleasant side stitches too which is nothing new but I couldn ' t exactly stumble down the street holding the side of my obviously pregnant belly without feeling like I would get an ambulance called on me . Grin and bear it ! Good to practice that , too ... ugh .
I also added in some light free weight arm exercises and core stuff . ( No abdominals , but I can do obliques and those other supportive core muscles .) I ' ve seen multiple recommendations of planks since they really help with core strength and also train your mind to endure 30sec - 1min bouts of severe unpleasantness . I just can ' t escape you , planks , can I ? * shakes fist *
The weather has finally cooled down to true autumn temps so the plan is to do a nice hike with DH this afternoon . I ' ll be tracking it and adding it to my miles !
Hope to see posts from people here . Happy running !