Running While Pregnant: 2nd Trimester

Please note that the following post is my personal experience with running during pregnancy. Every woman and every pregnancy is different. I suggest consulting your doctor before beginning or continuing an exercise routine while pregnant.

My second trimester proved to be the best for me in terms of running. I don’t know if it was the weather, my energy level, or the fact that I cut back on barre and my legs were feeling good, but things just clicked.

If you remember, my first trimester had me completing a half marathon and then taking some time to let my body recover. (To read a full recap of my running routine during that first trimester, click here.) I started jogging with Watson and found that with my slower pace, he had become a great running buddy. We generally completed a 2ish mile route with intervals of running and walking. Some days were better, some were worse, but we stuck to our routine and relished our longer morning workouts.

Then the second trimester began. I/we got quicker. We were back in the 10-minute mile club, and it felt good. The bump continued to grow, and the weather stayed surprisingly cool for a Baltimore summer. The first few times I thought the time was a fluke, but after a some consecutive 10-min/mile runs, I was sold.

10min mile 2nd trimester

The times and the running continued right until the end of my 26th week. While the competitive side of me wished to maintain this great accomplishment and keep running through my third trimester, I also knew that the dark fall mornings were quickly approaching and that running with both an increasingly bigger belly and a sometimes finicky dog may not prove to be the best idea.

running belly and W

Stay tuned for the next update: third trimester!

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Down and Back

I feel that my upper body strength has decreased since I started training for my half marathon. I know it’s not true, but with the increased strength and endurance from my legs, it makes the gap between upper and lower body strength that much wider for me.

To help with this problem, I devised a down and back pyramid to target a few areas of my upper body. Here’s to increasing confidence while getting stronger!

down and back

Notes:
Front to side raise = front raise, open arms to T position, lower
Going from 35 – 5 and then from 5 – 35 = one set

Like this routine? Check out others on my Workouts page!

Disclaimer: I am not a certified fitness professional, just a gal who likes to create and vary her exercise routines. If any of these moves hurt (in a bad way), stop and consult a professional.

How do you maintain balance in your workouts?

Spring Forward

Lower body exercises are an important part of any workout, especially for runners. As spring and summer approach, I know I’ll be doing more exercising outdoors. So I wanted to create a workout that will help my running, but would also help the non-runner increase flexibility while strengthening the lower body.

This dynamic, body-weight workout will help achieve those goals through plyometric work. The short bursts of energy will help maximize your workout and leave your lower body ready for a rest day! You can do it in the gym, in the park, in your living room – wherever!

Ten minutes and you’re done. Let’s go!

spring forward rev

If you don’t have a workout timer, you can easily find some free ones as an app on your phone. Or, there’s always the option to simply count out loud. Just remember to have fun with this and enjoy the burn 🙂

Like this routine? Check out others on my Workouts page!

Disclaimer: I am not a certified fitness professional, just a gal who likes to vary her exercise routines. Check with your doctor before starting any health or fitness regiment. If any of these moves hurt (in a bad way), stop and consult a professional.

 

 

 

Ring That Bell

A few weeks ago, I purchased a set of kettlebells. While I would like to tell you they’ve been used for their intended purpose, that would be a lie.

kb dog gate

Yes, those are weights in front of a dog gate. No, they dd not keep Watson in his room for more than two days before he found a way to break free. (Surprised? Nah. Didn’t think so.)

I finally got around to using the bells this morning and whew! There’s definitely a difference between using them and a set of dumbbells. Here’s the workout I completed.

kettlebell workout

Notes: Posture is key with these exercises. Keep your chest open and abs engaged for a complete workout. Need help deciphering the moves? Click here and here for some guides.

Have fun with this and if you try it, let me know your thoughts! (Extra points if you play this song during a set or two.)

Like this routine? Check out others on my Workouts page!

Disclaimer: I am not a certified fitness professional, just a gal who likes to spice things up with her exercise routines. If any of these moves hurt (in a bad way), stop and consult a professional.

Tank Top Arms

I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming of spring. Yesterday, I went out for a run in the snow. (Talk about feeling like a boss – it was my first snow run and I felt was awesome trekking through the flurries.) This morning, it was snowing. What’s in the forecast for this weekend? More snow.

I think it’s time this bad boy is taken down from our wall.

snow sign

With spring and summer (hopefully) around the corner, let’s look ahead and get those arms toned for our tank tops!

tank top arms

Notes: Don’t feel like you have to use 3-5 lb. weights. If you’re comfortable at a higher or lower level, use those.

Good luck and, as always, let me know what you think! If you like this and want to try others, check out my Workouts page 🙂

Disclaimer: I am not a certified fitness professional, just a gal who likes to spice things up with her exercise routines. If any of these moves hurt (in a bad way), stop and consult a professional.

Just A Minute

Running is a love/hate relationship even in the best of weather. Add in snow/ice/freezing rain and suddenly getting out of bed and on the road (or worse, the treadmill) presents even more of a challenge.

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Truth.

I found that interval training is the best option for me when running inside. It keeps my mind active, muscles engaged, and sometimes, just sometimes, makes the miles fly by.

Here’s the workout I did yesterday.

just a minute workout 2

I know this won’t work for everyone, but I think it’s a great template for a beginner who’s not ready to fiddle around a ton on the treadmill. Even for you veterans, there are those days that running and keeping balance isn’t happening so feel free to take it and make it your own! If you do, make sure you check back in and let me know what you think 🙂

If you liked this routine, check out other workouts I’ve created on my Workouts page.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified fitness professional, just a gal who likes to exercise. If any of these moves hurt (in a bad way), please stop and consult a professional.

Medical Mystery and Racing Heart HIIT

So the JA came hobbling home last night complaining of a possibly sprained ankle. He still could not walk on it today. The ankle is not swollen, but extremely painful. We’re investigating gout or tendinitis. He is currently on crutches and has a supportive brace but it’s been quite an adventure these past 24 hours! Keep us in your thoughts: him for his health and me because if he doesn’t heal soon, I’m going to be the one shoveling snow!

Nevertheless, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here’s your workout for the week. I’ve really enjoyed using short, quick workouts to help wake me up in the morning while still getting my sweat on. Let me know what you think of this one!

racing heart HIIT

Notes:
Accordion crunch ‘how to’
– Form is key with all these exercises. It’s easy to slack as you move through each exercise, but make it a priority to keep things as they should be!

Hey – If you liked this routine, check out other workouts I’ve created on my Workouts page.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified fitness professional, just a gal who likes to spice things up with her exercise routines. If any of these moves hurt (in a bad way), stop and consult a professional.