About 12 weeks ago, I wrote about my experiences with running through the first half of this pregnancy. Everything was going well up until about 25 weeks, when I decided to stop running.
It was not an easy decision, and in the beginning I pretty much felt like a total failure (which I mentioned in a few posts around that time.) How did I go from running the BOSTON MARATHON at 20 weeks to not running at all just 5 weeks later? I listened to my body (even though I didn’t want to). I’m well aware that some women run right up until the day they give birth. Some stop running as soon as they find out they’re pregnant. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my back and pelvis just hurt way too much to keep running – the discomfort wasn’t worth it.
That doesn’t mean it’s been easy to trade workout scenery like this:
for this slightly less picturesque view:
but I’m just happy I’m still getting regular exercise.
Since I’ve traded the trail around the lake for the bike, elliptical, weights, and pool, my routine has usually included 30-45 minutes of cardio plus about 20 minutes of weights. I am lifting fairly light weights, and I’ve had to modify some things (because I’m not supposed to do anything that involves being flat on my back, things like bench press are out). I generally pick 2 or 3 muscle groups and do 1 or 2 exercises for each, 3 sets of 12 reps. (For example, yesterday I did leg presses, lat pulldowns, tricep pushdowns, and seated rows).
My goals for working out have changed. I used to go to the gym for either HIIT or an easy cross-training workout on days I didn’t run, but now I’m just trying to keep my sanity. Even though I don’t feel like I’m in amazing shape at all, I definitely feel like keeping up with an exercise routine has made this pregnancy easier. There are some days that are a lot tougher than others, and I’ve been careful not to overdo it, but keeping up with my workouts, even if they aren’t running, has kept me feeling strong and healthy.