Barley’s 1st Trimester Training Log

Whew! Hard to believe I am already into my second trimester. I feel like the first actually went by pretty quick. We had VERY frequent doctor visits/checkups which really made it go by faster/with a little more ease. I talk more about the actual pregnancy/life change aspects of my first trimester –>here, but for Salty you guys get my running and training!

Before you get too excited, it’s NOT that exciting. Quite frankly I lost the desire for running, and that is something I am working with in a lot of ways (mentally and physically) right now. But I did get some things accomplished besides Netflix marathon sessions.

The first 4-ish weeks of pregnancy(obviously not knowing at the time)

Barley’s Training log 8/29-9/447 miles/20 minutes strength

Barley’s Training Log 9/5-9/11/1648 miles/40 minutes strength

Barley’s Training Log 9/12-9/18-1655 miles/20 minutes strength

Barley’s Philly Marathon Training Log 9/19-9/25/1659 miles/30 minutes strength

Next Two Weeks (pregnancy known but symptoms not really kicked in fully)

Week of 9/26-10/2 (23 miles/20 minutes strength)

Tuesday: Easy 6ish miles + 20 minutes strength

Wednesday: Easy 6ish miles

Thursday: Workout 4 x 5 minutes (5:57 avg pace), 6 x 300m (5:20 avg pace)

Friday: Positive pregnancy test! Cue the trust issues/running worries, didn’t run rest of the week.

Week of 10/3-138418-006-036h10/9 (29 miles run/2.5 miles walk)

Tuesday: Easy 5ish miles

Wednesday: Easy 5ish with some random fartleks

Thursday: 2.5 mile walk with Brian and his Sister in Charlotte, NC

Friday: Easy 4 miles + Strides

Saturday: Volition America Half Marathon 1st place female (1:29:30)

Symptoms Kicking In, Motivation TANKED 

Week of 10/10-10/16 (20 miles Biking)

Saturday: 20 miles Biking while my best friend did her last long run before her marathon, Sherpa Duties for me! Loved it!

Week of 10/17-10/23 (6.2 miles Run)

Saturday: 6.2 miles easy with a friend

Week of 10/24-10/30 (3.1 miles run)

Saturday: Easy 5k Costume race with my sister dressed as Rex/Rob Ryan!

Week of 10/31-11/6 (3.1 miles run + NYC Marathon Spectating)

Wednesday: 3.1 easy miles after work

Saturday/Sunday: LOTS of walking and maneuvering around NYC for Marathon Spectating…this was a workout for me.

Week of 11/7-11/13 (2.5 miles walking)

Sunday: 2.5 mile walk with Brian and Pepper (our Lab)

The 2 weeks between 11/14-11/27 there was ZERO exercise.

As you can see, things REALLY dropped off. Symptoms really picked up around weeks 7/8 for me and my mental focus was really shifted to focusing on anything else besides being active. Honestly, I have no regrets. I did what I thought was right, and didn’t push myself. I am all about pushing, stepping outside comfort zone but this isn’t the time for that for me. This is about handling the stress and worry that accompanied my first trimester.

It wasn’t all bad, in fact I enjoyed the break. I caught up on things around the house, I spent time with friends and family, and I truly feel like I got a lot out of my first trimester by allowing myself to really let go of the running situation. Do I want to get back into some semblance of a routine, of course! But it’s not my top priority.

Now that the news is out there, I plan on posting my training logs probably every other week or so since there isn’t a ton in them. But I can say that the energy boost of the second trimester is real and has definitely sparked a little bit of a desire to do more!

An Upstate, NY resident who loves the marathon, a good beer, and all of the numbers/nerdy things. I write about my journey to a sub-3:00 marathon, training tweaks for improvement, and finding that "running/life balance" unicorn. On tap Next: Training to be a first time mom, time for 3rd trimester...ready or not!

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  1. It sounds like you have good perspective on pregnant running already – it will change, it will evolve and whether you run up to the day you deliver or you don’t take another step, you’re still a runner and you will continue to be a runner after you have your baby!

    (also…a pregnant win is amazing! how did you feel? My heart rate has been instantly sky high each time I’ve been pregnant)

    1. Thanks Jesse!!!

      The race felt alright, I mean…it was early enough (6 weeks) that it didn’t affect me a ton. My heart rate was a little higher than normal but not much I don’t think. It picked up more towards the end but I was running right into a headwind/rain so…makes sense! It’s definitely a bit higher these days though, and trying to be conscious of it!

  2. I love the example you’re setting by being okay with taking time off from running/training hard to listen to what your body needs, whether you’re pregnant, recovering from an injury, or burnt out. And that you trust when the time is right, you’ll get back to running-or not! Congrats on a great training log!

    1. Thank you for the kind words Colleen! I really want to be open and honest about the fact that it doesn’t need to be a bad thing, even though some days it may be hard. Honestly, there are a lot of women who can/will run much more during pregnancy- and that is great for them!! I guess I am just not one of those people, and I’m really okay with that because it doesn’t make me less of a runner.

  3. Enjoy the 2nd trimester energy boost! Hike all the things! Heh, I’m looking over my training journal from first trimester and it averaged out to something like 2 easy runs a week, yoga once or twice, and a swim or spin class. I’m such a goal-oriented person, it was weird and challenging not to have any specific race goals. Process goals (‘strength train for stability’) were really useful here.

  4. I think it’s GREAT that you dropped off your training and have no regrets about it. Although it might feel like forever, being pregnant is such a short time in the grand scheme of things, so totally worth it to put your mind at ease and do what you think is best for yourself and baby. You’ll have plenty of time in the future to run and push yourself. Enjoy the amazing physical feat your body is participating in right now building another human being!

    1. Thank you Parsley!! I admit I’m handling it better than I thought I would. Before getting pregnant I never even thought that losing my motivation for running was an option…I just didn’t think it would happen. But then it did, and I was like..okay I can work with this. It also made me realize how much my love of running is tied to the competition and the push- so it makes sense that when I cannot do those things, the love would fade a bit. The good news is it’s forcing me to really think about the OTHER aspects of running that I love- and how I can stay active and involved in the community even if not doing it the way that I’ve done it for so long.

      1. I agree, I love seeing someone post that they slowed down their running during their pregnancy. So many people post about running through their pregnancies and everything which is obviously fine, but it’s nice to see the other side and that some competitive runners choose NOT to run and that’s okay and can be fulfilling too!