Before getting into today’s topic, a few housekeeping things. I just made a new Affiliate page, where you can check out all the cool businesses I’m working with (there’s two right now). As I mention on that page, I love blogging and sharing stuff that I have learned with other people, and while the affiliate programs are a way for me to potentially generate income, I 100% believe in each one. There’s nothing that will ever go on that page that I haven’t tried myself or know the people behind the project 🙂

In the week’s news, I now understand and appreciate the third trimester woes that I’ve heard about. Since my weight gain has been gradual, I’m fairly used to handling the bump and dealing with moving around differently. But I started getting (or noticing, that is) Braxton-Hicks on Tuesday and have been having them consistently since. They’re not painful, just weird and a little uncomfortable depending on what I’m doing. The heartburn has come back with a vengeance too- yesterday I was breathing fire and (TMI) actually threw up a couple times. My appetite comes in very short spurts and then after a couple bites I’m full, so it’s smaller meals and keeping some TUMs on hand for the home stretch. That being said, I had a super easy first trimester compared to a lot of women and if this is my time to pay the piper, so be it (my next prenatal appointment is next week too so I’m not too worried about things until then).

Random pic of a deer in the driveway as I was coming home the other night.

This Wednesday, Bar Harbor actually lost power for a bit! We had a massive tree fall down in the middle of the road (the paper said it was about 2 feet in diameter). This is actually the road I live on and I’d gone out for a little walk, getting home about 10 minutes before the power went out. It was about 4 hours before power came back, and then at the end of the day we lost Time Warner (so all cable and Internet) on the island for a bit over an hour. I think the universe didn’t want any of us to work 🙂 Here’s a pic of the tree from our local newspaper:

Here’s the fitness lineup for the week. I’ve been slowing down quite a bit since mornings are especially rough for me now, but every day we’re a little bit closer to meeting Baby Z and that makes everything a bit more bearable 🙂

Monday: Plyo Fix Extreme, Active Maternity 3rd Trimester, 35 minute elliptical, 40 minute walk
Tuesday: Upper Fix Extreme, Shaun Week: Pure Cardio (modifier), 20 minute walk
Wednesday: Focus T25, PiYo Buns, 25 minute walk
Thursday: Lower Fix Extreme, 10 minutes of weights, 45 minute walk, Barre Legs
Friday: Cardio Fix Extreme, 15 minute elliptical

(this pic is from right after my PRP procedure in October)

About a month before the Boston Marathon last year, I started feeling a twinge in my knee. It wasn’t the usual over-training IT band issue that I’d dealt with before- no amount of band walks or foam rolling was straightening this thing out.

I’ve talked about how my patellar tendon tear came about before so I won’t rehash the details, but after the Boston Marathon I was hurting. I took a month off from running and did the Hammer & Chisel program from Beachbody, then resumed running June-September. My mileage and speedwork didn’t really recover, and I scheduled a PRP shot rather than knee surgery in early October. When I found out I was pregnant mid-December, I was still recovering and building back that running strength, only to stop running until postpartum back in February. My goal initially was to keep trying to train for the Boston Marathon that I’d qualified for the year before, but it became apparent after debilitating back pain and round ligament stress (before I started showing, go figure) that I’d have to wait for Boston Take 2.

My running post PRP was a humbling experience, even more than running with an injured knee. With the torn tendon, I ran a 10 mile race (almost 1 year ago today) and a half marathon in September and while I was a bit slower than my PR, I still held it together pretty well. Post PRP I wasn’t even thinking about racing, even when trying to train for Boston my goal was just to finish.

Being stubborn is good in some cases, but inflexibility will ultimately wreck things. As a runner/person who enjoys fitness generally, I believe that a certain level of stubbornness is good (and even necessary). It helps push you to get up off the couch/out of bed, to make it through that tough workout, to just GO for it. Being too stubborn will just get you flat out injured, though.

So will being inflexible (and not in the physical sense). If, for instance, I was all “Nope, I’m a RUNNER and refuse to do any other workouts while injured” I would’ve been bumming hard. Some days you/your body might need a time out, so be flexible with your methods (but you don’t have to change the goal –> I saw this on Pinterest/Instagram).

There are other ways to exercise. Speaking of wanting to run and NO OTHER THINGS, that kind of turned out to be a crummy attitude for me this past year. Reluctantly I learned to adapt and spent a lot of time hiking, doing various Beachbody workouts, swimming, and recently signing up for aqua aerobics a couple nights a week. Don’t get me wrong, I still miss running and can’t wait to get back into it post-pregnancy, but this past year my mind has definitely opened to the world of fitness in a different way.

One thing does not define me. When I first got injured, I went through the stages of grief (getting stuck in a groundhog day routine with denial/anger). Running was what I did, it’s what made me stand out, it’s how people knew me…I couldn’t NOT run!

It’s gotten easier as more time goes by for me to realize and appreciate that one thing does not define me. I’m not just a runner, like I’m not just a girl/blogger/any of the other things I do.

Everyone is Different. “I’m a runner, I’ve done 7 marathons, I should be able to keep running until the end!” And to reinforce that, I spent a lot of time comparing myself to other women runners who kept running throughout their pregnancies. Finally, when I had to stop, it was hard for me to accept that not only are all of our bodies built differently, but they handle pregnancy differently. Sure, some women runners can run throughout a pregnancy and that’s awesome. Others can’t, and that’s fine. Below is an article from yesterday about Alysia Montaño and how she is not only running but competing during her second pregnancy (she also did this with her first). I think it’s awesome and inspirational that she’s able to do this 🙂

VIDEO: Alysia Montaño Is Back For The USA Championships

Everything is Temporary.  Not running now will actually help keep me running over the course of my lifetime. My tendon was past the point of self-repairing, but it was still heal-able with a more experimental procedure as opposed to surgery (one of these days I’ll share my full PRP experience). And as for pregnancy…that’s a temporary condition and the end is now sort of in sight (5ish more weeks until baby is considered full term!). I think sometimes it’s helpful to remember that- good or bad- nothing lasts forever.

Have you ever had to stop running/lifting/etc before? What keep you going?

Any tips for getting through the last bit of the third trimester?


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