This photo was taken right after running six glorious miles OUTSIDE in 40 degree sunshine. Not only was it my longest run in quite some time, but I got to breathe in fresh air and soak up the sunshine. Afterwards I felt like a new person. So the picture. Can we talk about it? I still cannot believe how much of a bump I have at 14 weeks. I hope that doesn’t mean that there is a giant baby in there. Sheesh. I am also slightly afraid of my doctor telling me that I have gained too much weight so far when I see her tomorrow. According to “them,” I should only be up about 5 lbs right now, and I’m pretty sure I have that doubled. Easily. I am thinking it’s ok because I did start out at just a couple pounds over “Ironman weight,” so I was smaller than usual to begin with. And the last thing I want to do is get caught up in any numbers, but I do want to make sure that I am progressing in the most healthy way possible for me and the baby.
Baby is now the size of a lemon and is sucking his thumb and wiggling his toes. Awww.
I started reading a really good book:
Out of all of the pregnancy related books I have read (or started to read), I like this one the best because it is geared towards athletes, especially endurance athletes. It has a lot of great information on what type/how much exercise is ok during each trimester, as well as a lot of general info on what to expect at different times, nutrition tips, etc. Basically it says that if you were an athlete before getting pregnant, it is ok to keep doing a lot of the same types of workouts you were doing before, including those that are a little bit more intense. Obviously there is no reason to be maxing out your HR or over exerting yourself, but including some slightly more intense sessions is ok as long as you listen to your body and do not ignore any warning signs that you are overdoing it.
Speaking of exercise, I worked out five days last week, which is a record. Three days running, and two days on the bike trainer. I even did some body weight exercises (push ups, squats, lunges, planks) on more than one occasion. I feel like I am winning at life right now. I am without a doubt a better human when I am able to exercise, so I am very grateful to seemingly be “over the hump” of feeling crappy and on to feeling good! I even seem to have a little bit more energy in general, though I am still loving me some nap time. I am still not sleeping completely soundly at night, which is probably most of the problem.
I have been able to eat a lot healthier now that I am feeling good, and my diet has included multiple salads, vegetables on a daily basis, and fruit by the truckload it seems. Fruit is so so good right now, especially bananas, kiwis, blueberries and apples. Also in heavy rotation: hummus, eggs, greek yogurt, ice cream and popsicles. I have even cooked some actual meals lately with more than two ingredients. Winning again.
Things I miss: Running fast. Sometimes I really have the urge to just crank it up and go all out. I miss the dizzy exhausted feeling after pounding out speed intervals, and the great tired feeling after finishing a tempo run at faster than goal pace. I am very happy that running is still feeling good and I will not complain about it too much, but I do miss the intensity of training hard. Also, red wine and dark beer. Winter is normally a time when I enjoy one nightly adult beverage, typically a delicious vanilla porter or a delectable coffee stout. I just drooled while typing that.
Oh, one last thing. I ordered some maternity clothes super cheap from Old Navy so I would have them whenever I felt the need, and I rocked my maternity skinny jeans for the first time ever out to dinner on Saturday. It was like heaven and I am never going back. I propose that all pants from now on should be manufactured with an elastic waist. That is all.