This week I got into a really good workout groove and discovered two things:
- If you haven’t been on a bike in a while, two spinning classes in a week will make your butt very, very sore.
- The elliptical is totally kicking running’s butt right now.
I did some “serious” running this week with a weeknight 5k on Wednesday and, well, it was fun but sort of horrible. I apparently no longer have room to breathe into my belly anymore and could feel my shoulders getting tense. On top of that, I started out too fast and wound up doing lots of walking towards the end. I’m glad I did it, but, oof, it’s getting hard.
Then, this weekend, it worked out to make more sense to hit the elliptical for 2 miles instead of running outside and it was a Whole. New. World. I could breathe! I felt like I was doing productive physical activity! I didn’t feel like a totally out of shape beached whale! It was sort of awesome, really. As much as I hate to admit it, I may be a convert until this kid is born because it was so much more enjoyable.
So how is the pregnancy in general going? Pretty well! The belly is definitely starting to grow – this picture is a few days old and already looks completely outdated. I’m also starting to feel like there’s something taking up space in there on a regular basis, although I can’t feel any movement yet.
I’ve been spared the pregnancy acne (my skin is actually breaking out less than it was before I got knocked up), but it is definitely far, far oilier than it has ever been in my life. Like, giant oil slick on my face a few hours after washing it. It’s… special.
While I still really haven’t had any cravings, I have embraced milk-drinking with an enthusiasm that I have never had in my life. I started doing it because I figured it’d be good for me and the baby, but I have really been enjoying it. It’s weird, but I’m not going to argue with it.
This week’s workouts:
Monday: Walk 1.5 miles
Wednesday AM: 45 minute easy spin on stationary bike
Wednesday PM: Interurban Runners’ Club Fathers’ Day 5k in 41:51 – officially slower than my very first 5k 10 years ago, although with good reason
Thursday: 45 minute spin class
Saturday: 2 miles on the elliptical
Sunday: 45 minute spin class
Total: 6.5 miles run/walk/elliptical, 2.25 hours spinning