Licorice’s Pregnancy & Training Log – Week 22

This week was focused on one thing and one thing only: studying for my licensing exam next week. Which means there wasn’t much of anything else going on, unfortunately. It was head-down-in-the-books, and by the end of the week I was counting down the days until this will all be over.

On the baby front, I’m feeling her moving around more often and have also begun to experience the joys of swollen hands and feet. I did pick up a pair of compression socks, which have been helping immensely considering most of my day has been “sitting and studying” recently. I keep hoping that it’s just a function of the heat, and that it isn’t around to stay for the next 4 months, except that “heat” apparently means 70 degrees when it comes to increased puffiness and by the time it’s cooler than that on a regular basis? I’ll be far enough along that I’d have puffy hands and feet anyway. Woe and alas. Just part of the magic of life and all of that.

22 weeks.... and the belly continues to grow
22 weeks…. and the belly continues to grow

The one thing I did do this week was volunteer at an aid station for a local 70.3 race. From 8-3 on Sunday, I was outside, standing, and spending at least half of that time pouring water from gallon jugs into cups for the athletes. It was a blast as usual, but by the time I got home? Everything hurt. My feet and low back hurt from standing in essentially one spot all day, and my upper back was sore from throwing jugs of water around. Not to mention the raging sunburn I wound up with on my legs, which did not get as sunblocked as they should have. By the time I went to bed that night, I was pretty sure that I felt worse than I did the year that I actually raced the event.

Take home lesson: race volunteering is not for sissies. Of course, the upside was I had several friends racing (all of whom killed it on a ridiculously challenging course) and I got to see them on their run. Totally worth the end result.

Monday: 3 mile walk

Tuesday: Studying

Wednesday: Studying

Thursday: Studying

Friday: Studying

Saturday: Studying

Sunday: Volunteer at Lake Stevens

Total for the week: 3 miles walking and 20+ gallons of water poured out

In a previous life, I worked on computers and spent all day sitting. Thanks to running, I've rebooted my career and am now a running and triathlon coach and soon-to-be physical therapist. I've also got the mind and spirit of an elite trapped in the body of a back-of-the-packer.

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