How’s that for long blog post title? haha.
Sunday workout: 7.5 mile run
Monday workout: 45 minute lightly inclined walk with 4 pound hand weights (1.5 minutes holding them alternating with a 1.5 minute break) + upper body weights
Tuesday workout: 45 minute elliptical
Sunday’s run was HARD. My legs felt like like they had no energy left in them. There were a lot more walk breaks than I had anticipated. Funny how variable running can be. Like, last Tuesday when I ran 13.1 miles, I felt like I could’ve made another 5-6 mile loop around Central Park easily. Then, on Sunday I felt like a completely different runner. That’s the frustrating thing about running/training. You can be in the same physical shape and yet feel like two completely different runners on two different days. It wasn’t stamina or generalized fatigue that was affecting me, it was my leg muscles that didn’t want to cooperate, and I think this is why: During this pregnancy for safety reasons, I’ve been doing 80% of my running on the TM, which in my opinion, is more shock absorbing than running on pavement (I actually tried briefly to look up an article that proves this but couldn’t find one). In NY/CT, I did 100% of my running on pavement. That is, in a 6 day period, I ran 38.1 miles total, all outside on the less giving pavement. My legs felt it. They were tired, much more than normal. This is why unless you’re, say, training for a treadmill race (ha, do these exist?), I think it’s best to run outside whenever possible. Your legs need to be used to the pounding. Obviously, though, a treadmill workout is better than no workout, so if you don’t have an option, better to still fit in your run on the treadmill than to not run at all.
Anyway, that is why I decided to take a few days off from the running. I’ve said this before, but if you’re looking for a low intensity full body workout, walk with weights while maintaining good posture and exaggerating the arm movements. I think when you get in the habit of running regularly or doing intense workouts, the idea of walking as a workout seems silly, but don’t discount it! It can still be a great low impact, lower intensity workout, and sometimes that’s all you need.
A few random pics:
14 week pregnancy update will be posted tomorrow or Thursday.
1. “Milk” drinkers: what kind of “milk” do you mostly drink? Regular 2%, regular skim, soy, almond, rice, coconut, hemp milk, etc.??
2. What is your food weakness. That is, what can’t you stop eating once you start?
Cereal, pita chips, ice cream
3. How often do you wash your water bottles?
I’m honestly not sure, probably every 10-14 days, although I must’ve gone longer this last time. I’m washing them ever other day from now on!