Sunday, July 28, 2013

RWP - 36 Weeks

We are getting into the home stretch here - less than a month until D day!

This was such a good week for me! The weather was much more bearable and I was able to get out and moving every day this week. I won't lie, there are some days where I am just generally uncomfortable, but overall, I felt great this week. I decided to stop myself from speaking in absolutes - "my running days are over" - etc. I'm just taking things day by day.

My week of workouts:

Monday: walked 1.5 miles
Tuesday:  2.75 miles, ran .5 mi
Wednesday: 3.3 miles, ran 1.5 mi
Thursday: 3.5 miles, ran 2 mi
Friday: lots of walking in the city - Aquarium and the North End!
Saturday: 2.85 miles, ran 1 mi
Sunday: 2.7 miles, ran .5 mi

Total: 17 miles, ran 5.5 miles! At 36 weeks pregnant, I consider this a win. :) My only issues this week has been shin/calf pain and some reoccurance of piriformis/sciatic pain. I tried to add squats back into my routine but I think it's triggering my piriformis pain, so I think I am going to just stop doing them. I'm counting on my legs being strong enough from everything I've done to this point - the pain just isn't worth it. The shin pain is a little frustrating - I am going to get some new shoes and see if that helps. My current shoes are only about 4-5 months old, but after looking at the soles I was really shocked at the wear - they look like shoes of mine that are 1+ year old! I guess the extra weight wears them out faster? I also taught my classes quite a bit in them in my last month at the gym, so that also probably caused faster wear.

Otherwise we are just trying to make sure that we are prepared as we can be for baby's arrival! I'll technically be full term this week - crazy! We are also moving soon - so we are trying to coordinate a move as well, which is going to be tricky with a baby coming. Our movers come very soon to pack most of our household goods, and then we'll just be staying in our apartment with the essentials, waiting on baby D to arrive! It's a little crazy, but it has to happen, so I'm trying not to stress about it. We just have to make sure we're organized for it!

36 weeks - still wearing the husband's singlets!


  1. I think it's awesome that you're still running!! I hope to be able to do the same -- even if it's only a 0.5 miles every other day or something. I'm sure that just getting out there and running/walking every day is doing a lot for your strength.

    Even though I'm way behind you, I've also been experiencing some piriformis/sciatic pain this week. I actually suffered a really bad injury there when I was in high school, and I've had some issues flare up since, but it usually only happens when I'm running high mileage and not stretching enough. Apparently I need to be extra careful about that now. I've also thought about taking squats out of my weekly routine if it gets worse...we'll see.

    Good luck with the move!

    1. Thank you! I'm doing what I can. My only goal at this point is to keep moving!

      I saw a great massage therapist a few weeks ago for the piriformis pain and she said that she sees a lot of other pregnant women for the same issue. I started having piriformis pain in February - so it started early for me too - it just got unbearable recently. I was teaching fitness classes then, and probably overdid it (doing hundreds of squats, lunges, and jumps a day). The relaxin we are producing while pregnant affects all the joints, loosening them and making them unstable - so that sacroiliac joint gets all wonky. I've also been icing and doing a lot of pigeon stretches! I hear the pain pretty much goes away immediately after birth, so at least we know it's temporary, right? :)