I thought I'd give a quick update about my exercise schedule. Now that I'm about halfway through my pregnancy, it's getting really difficult to push through my workouts. Most days I just really don't feel like doing it, and I'm jealous of the girls who don't have psychological issues that make them have to work out every day. Still, I know it's best for me and the baby so I suck it up and drive my growing behind to the gym.
I am still able to run on most days. My doctor recommended I stop running every day after my arches collapsed but I'm not going to lie, I still try to. It's an addiction. The only thing keeping me from going all out is this growing belly and shrinking lung capacity. I heard about a woman who completed the Chicago Marathon last week and gave birth to a healthy baby girl hours later. It really made me feel like a total slacker. I'm running about 3 miles a day at about 6mph... a snail's pace. I miss the days when I could finish my 3 miles in 21 minutes instead of 31. The thing is, pregnant women have 50% extra blood flowing through their veins so their hearts have to work twice as hard. Sometimes I get out of breath just walking up the stairs at home. Oh well. My doc said I can continue to run as long as I don't feel pain or like I'm going to pass out, so I will. I read something about babies actually being rocked to sleep by a mother running (or doing any sort of exercise really). I know the more I keep jogging (no matter how slow) during this pregnancy the sooner I'll be able to return to sprinting after I pop this baby out. I feel great after I complete my three miles. Some days I just can't. I'm too exhausted or I get too out of breath. I have to switch to the elliptical or stationary bike or stepmill. It bums me out. I've been wanting to start swimming again but it's hard to find time for that. It's too cold to go in the mornings when I usually do cardio.
As far as lifting goes, I only have time to go three days a week because of school. I'm at school from 8:30 in the morning to 6:45 at night on Mondays and Wednesdays, so I lift for about an hour on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. I do legs on Tuesdays, Back & Biceps on Thursdays, and Shoulders & Triceps on Fridays. I hate not being able to lift six days a week. Luckily, I haven't noticed a significant decrease in strength since the initial drop-off at the beginning of my pregnancy. If i can maintain this through the rest of my pregnancy I should be able to get back pretty easily after birth. I rarely work abs anymore though because it just doesn't feel right. It's weird because even though my stomach is all stretched out, you can still see the outline of my abs sitting on top of my belly sometimes. It's especially noticeable when I wear a tight cami. It's like they're trying to hold on as long as possible. Pobrecitos. They don't know what they're in for.