Sure hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I managed to run at least twice last week, walk once, and lift once. I figured I wouldn’t get my lifts in and I was ok with that. The walk was a last minute thing that ended up being fun with my hubby, mom, and baby boy. We walked a little over 4 miles and really tested out the stroller. My mom and I ended up carrying the stroller over the gravel because my son didn’t appreciate it. He was trying to sleep and he needed it. The two days prior were exhausting with lots of socializing. He very rarely got to be on the ground to stretch out (the kid is in the 99th percentile for height). He needed his sleep. Don’t get me wrong he did great for being 2 months old and being passed around.
Today I got my run in and only my run. I ended up being pretty busy. I had to get all of our stuff picked up and in the laundry, since we are going on a mini vacation this weekend. Plus I had to take my little guy to the doctor for his 2 month check up. Shots were in the works for him sadly. Amazingly enough, I didn’t cry but I was pretty darn close. Once I got back I ate my lunch and then played with my baby boy. He ended up getting pretty fussy (very out of the ordinary for him), so I fixed him right up. Food is the way to anyone’s heart. Eventually the poor kid fell asleep.
Then I got to get my run in. I moved on to the next week, even though I only did two runs last week. I could feel it this time for my run. My intervals were running two minutes and walking one. It was definitely noticeable that I didn’t run late last week. Hopefully on Wednesday it’ll be a little easier. But as soon as I was finished I had to shower, so I could go meet the lady who is going to watch my baby boy. It ended up being quite the busy Monday.
Today I worked out again, which is because I had the morning off. I worked out my chest and shoulders today. It went really well. My shoulders were burning from lactic acid at the end, so that was fun to deal with. I could really tell in my shoulders that I had basically taken last week off. I did do planks, which work out my shoulders. My chest lifts I managed to go the same amount of reps and weight, which I found very accomplishing.
Pretty much how 3rd trimester is going
I also got to spend some time with my hubby and my pups outside. We burned a bunch of boxes that we had been gathering because of all the baby stuff we got. While he didn’t talk much (he talks a lot for work), it was still nice to be outside with him. Our pups never left our sides and enjoyed playing fetch. Trooper went down to the pond a few times and enjoyed getting wet then waiting to shake once he got back up to us. My other one was super lovey and enjoyed some snuggles. She did eventually get bored of that and go down to the pond to explore. She didn’t stay down there for long though before coming up and checking on us.
Today was super nice outside. I spent some of my morning with the pups before coming in to read. Naturally I became hungry and usually watch 2 shows while eating. After I had gone back to my room and ended up taking a 2 hour long nap. While that wasn’t originally planned, I clearly needed it. I mean generally my naps are an hour max. Today was not the case, but hey I felt better and quit yawning so much after. My walk today was short, which was probably good because my hubby went with me. He ended up throwing up this morning before work, so he stayed home. By the time I took a walk (after my nap) he said he was feeling better. I mean why not get him to go with me then we can take all the dogs. Plus my vehicle was in the shop, so I had to walk the gravel. It was short but still really nice, especially since my hubby got to come.
My workout today I almost skipped. However, I figured after that long nap I better get something in. Today was chest and triceps. Even though I went in feeling sluggish, I came out with energy. On top of that I increased my reps on several exercises. Part of me is wishing I didn’t have a lifting limit, but the other part of me understands that being pregnant I need one. I’m thinking it’s also going to help me to not over push myself. It went well overall, even though in the beginning it was a struggle. I also realized I forgot to stretch yesterday, which stunk. I’ve been pretty good about remembering every time I’m done but apparently yesterday I was ready to be done. I can always feel it the next day if I don’t stretch.
Today I walked my 4 miles inside. Between the rain from last night and it raining during the day, I knew it wouldn’t work to walk outside. Walking inside is always fun with a TV set up in front of the treadmill. I walked the first and third mile at a one degree incline. My last mile I walked it at a half a degree incline. Since tomorrow is leg day and my legs are still a little sore, I figured I better not walk the whole time at an incline. It was interesting to walk during the time I did, because both my parents were lifting weights at that time. It didn’t end up well for them and one came back later to finish. I mean it is a home gym in a room that isn’t finished in the basement.
Today’s lifting consisted of biceps and triceps. I’m not really sure I’m going to be able to do much with my arms tomorrow, but we shall see. I did feel pretty good about being able to still use the 15 pound dumbbells for most of my lifts for biceps. My triceps just hated me at the end. My arms were jello and begging to be done. The exercises I did were: alternate hammer curls, alternate bicep curls, dumbbell incline curl, concentration curls, bench dips, standing triceps extension, triceps kickback, and alternate triceps extension. By the end of all that my arms were ready for a break.
I tasted good after my workout apparently
I did walk around outside with the mutts today. In the morning I let them out for about an hour and walked them around. Granted, I didn’t walk that whole time. They had to get put away, since my parents had people coming over to put stuff on the attic. Anyways after that I let them out again and played with them for about an hour. Again, I walked them around for a little bit but they were more interested in chewing on bones. When we made dinner tonight, it was fun because my hubby was involved along with my mom and I. Sometimes it’s nice to make dinner as a family.
Isn’t it how every dog sits?
I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged but the holidays keep me busy. It’s not that I did nothing over my Christmas break but I didn’t do as much as normal. I mean I ran for an hour and lifted over the break plus I rode a horse. I ended up not doing legs because I figured riding a horse worked my leg muscles pretty good. I did feel accomplished in the fact I wasn’t really sore after riding.
Today I ended up running my 35 minutes that I was supposed to do Monday. My plan had me running for five minutes and then walking one. Again, I thought it was crazy and almost didn’t. Plus it seems to take a long time to catch up on the lack of sleep. However, I managed to actually do it. Towards the end I could start to feel my tiredness creep back in but I know I want to be a better runner, so I can’t stop. It ended up being a really good run and I felt accomplished. Plus I got to use my new Bluetooth headphones I got for Christmas. I just need to figure out the right size of ear buds so they don’t fall out when they get sweaty.
My workout today was legs and abs. It only seemed fitting that I would work legs on my first day back at after Christmas break. Part of me is starting to feel like my squats are irritating my back. I could be doing it slightly off balance because of me trying to do it with dumbbells. I’m not really sure what is doing but I’ll figure it out one of these days. At least I got to do my abs today, which always makes me feel a little better. Plus I made sure to really engage my abs when doing the hanging leg raise. I feel like that helped a little or I just paying more attention and felt it more. I’m not really sure but I’ll take it.
Today I managed to get a workout in even though it’s Christmas Eve. I ran for an hour, which everyone has made fun of me for. It was crazy because it felt easy and I haven’t run that far in ages. I’m sure it helped my family has a nice treadmill. My mom and I also watched a Christmas movie during my run. I had lots of distractions from different things during my run. I also had a fan constantly blowing on me, so I never got crazy hot. Plus my mom gave me Batman socks last night, and that might have something to do with it. Not in the sense that I showed all my family and said “I’m Batman,” but the fact they were athletic socks the had compression. I’m sure it helped that I gave myself false confidence saying I’m Batman but I’m sure the real reason was because they were compression socks. My run still consisted off me running three minutes and then walking one. This definitely worried me some because I was going for an hour and it’s been a while since I had to go that long. Anyways my run felt awesome
I also worked out my biceps and triceps. My arms felt the pain early on because I could use the proper dumbbells. My biceps are already sore and I’ve yet to get them sore the same day. I’m feeling pretty good about that. Plus for my triceps my parents home has a triceps rope pull down that I could use. I’ve never been more excited for a machine I could use. It was fun working out with my mom because she always cheers me on. It’s funny, which sometimes makes it hard to lift. However, it can be needed to have that little extra cheering.
We also went over to my grandfather’s house to celebrate Christmas. It was super meaningful in more than one way. I enjoy time with family always.
I didn’t blog yesterday because I was busy driving to my home. I was crazy excited and got busy. I ended up making sugar cookies that my family greatly enjoyed. Pinterest for the win right there. Plus I did a good deep clean of my apartment. I’ve always enjoyed cleaning but doing a deep clean just leaves me with such a sense of accomplishment. However, even with everything I did I managed to get a run in. At least I’m not behind in my running and only my lifting. I’ve come to the conclusion I’m going to skip back day because of some swelling I found in my low back. I’m sure it’s nothing serious but I figure better safe than sorry.
Today I did work out my shoulders and chest. My shoulders could really feel the pain from the workout because I could use weights that I actually needed. Instead of doing 20 reps for each set I could actually do the 8-10 reps for each one. It was awesome. I greatly enjoy being home for the gym my family has in their home. My chest felt the pain from the workout because of the same reason. You never realize how much you enjoy having a full set of dumbbells until you don’t have them.
My cardio for today was riding a horse. I mean it works all the muscles in the body. One’s that not a lot of workouts use. I absolutely love riding and find it to be the most therapeutic thing in the world. It keeps me sane. Not a lot of people have riden a horse, but if you ever get the chance you’ll understand. There are muscles you never knew you had until you ride a horse. It was so much fun.
“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves — strong, powerful, beautiful — and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.”
~ Pam Brown
I also had a Christmas event with some family today. It was so nice to see everyone and enjoy each other’s company.
Yesterday I rested. I mean like I did nothing. It felt awesome. Even though I did nothing I still felt good about it. I mean I still walked my dogs around and did same laundry, but other than that it was a rest day. I’ve had days when I didn’t lift and I didn’t run, but I was always busy doing something else.
Today however I did workout my arms. My biceps are fairly exhausted after today. I greatly feel like my day of true rest helped out a lot. At first I wasn’t sure how it would go but it went better than I hoped. I felt like I had energy to actually lift and get things down. My triceps are feeling just as sore and tired. I’m always trying to work them because I feel like they are one of the weaker parts of my arm. I was excited today’s workout went well. I almost did a double but I didn’t want to push it to much.
For my cardio I walked for an hour. Even though this isn’t the same as running, I still felt like I got my heart rate up a little. I ended up using the hill setting on the treadmill. At first it seemed like it would be fairly easy, and it ended up being that way. However, you don’t realize how much work your legs are doing as the incline increases and the speed. When the treadmill gets you to the “top of the hill” you start to feel it. At least I did anyways.
This has why it’s so tough for me to do anything sometimes
Today I just felt sluggish and tired. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve worked the past six days and the lack of sleep is catching up to me or what. Plus on top of the working non-stop I’ve been working out hard and my runs are increasing. It feels good to workout and be able to increase my distance. However, today I just feel tired.
My workout today was back and abs. My back definitely felt the pain from the workout. It kinda stunk because a few exercises I had increased weight on I didn’t this time. I just felt like I had nothing left in me to give today. It was a struggle to lift some of the weights, even though they were lighter. But I managed to finish it and feel like I got a decent workout in. My ab workout didn’t feel quite as terrible but I don’t really lift anything, so that helps. They were still sore from my previous workout two days ago.
My run today went better than I planned. I still only ran for 35 minutes. However, the plan had me running for three and then walking for one. At first I was hesitant to do the run like that because I wasn’t sure how it would go. It went well thankfully. The other reason I didn’t want to run that plan was because I had a big sinus headache coming on and I still have it. The bouncing running has on a body didn’t make my head feel any better. I finished it and still managed to the headache. Thankfully I didn’t struggle to much during my run and felt pretty good. I think that helped me out a lot.
I managed to actually squeeze a workout in today, since I only did cardio yesterday. I felt pretty successful. It can be challenging to get one in, since I had church and work to get to. Generally I don’t work Sundays but I picked up a shift.
Ignore my awkward stance. I was feeling pretty today
Today was chest and shoulders. My shoulders for sure despise me because they hurt like crazy while I was lifting. To be fair I managed to increase my weight a little bit ago and it is still a struggle to lift them. My chest workout was a burner as well. I could definitely feel the burn. My workout went well considering I felt rushed for time. I managed to slow down and get in a decent workout. While I may have struggled slightly near the end to keep on working out my shoulders, I still finished… Barely.
Found it entertaining I had make up on at the gym
I did manage to squeeze in some cardio time. It was only ten minutes and I only ran 8 of it. I walked for two minutes but I got a mile in. I felt pretty good for getting something in, considering it’s supposed to be my rest day from running.