If I’m being honest with all of you, then I have to admit something: I’m feeling very overwhelmed. There’s a lot going on, both at home and at work, and everything just seems to all be happening all at once. I feel like I’m burning the candle at both ends of the stick.
Part of my feeling overwhelmed is because we were on the go every moment of this past weekend. Most of our weekend was spent at childbirth class, where almost every topic dealing with childbirth that you can think of was covered over the course of two days. To say this weekend was information overload is an understatement. The only remaining class we have to take that wasn’t covered this weekend is infant CPR, which we plan to take next month.
In addition, to childbirth class, we also had our usual weekend errands and household chores to take care of. I also had a large stack of essays to grade for school. Oh, and its the last week of the quarter at school this week, and I have a parent conference, doctor’s appointment, or test retakes scheduled for every day after school this week. There’s also the pressure from parents to get assignments graded as quickly as possible (even though quarter grades aren’t due to school administration until next Tuesday).
Because of everything going on, my fitness was the first thing to take a back seat this week. Not only did I struggle to fit in my planned workouts over the weekend, but we also had unseasonably warm weather the last half of the week, and on Wednesday and Thursday I came home from work with extremely swollen feet, to the point that it hurt to walk on them. Not only did needing to put my compression socks on and put my feet up put a damper on my workout plans, but our early mornings for childbirth class followed by busy afternoons and evenings made it difficult as well. I would have loved to workout before childbirth class, but the sun rose too late making it unsafe to do so outside, and our gym only opened 30 minutes prior to the start of class on both Saturday and Sunday.
To say I’m feeling a bit unprepared for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, which is five short days away, is an understatement. My longest run/walk since Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach back on September 6th was my nine miler last weekend. My cardio training over the past several weeks has also been inconsistent. I know I’m 31 weeks pregnant and should be “okay” with not being able to do as much as I’d like to, but I’m having a very difficult time accepting that. Its so difficult when mentally you want to be able to do it all, but physically you just can’t.
My physical limitations were not only put to the test on Wednesday and Thursday when I had to put my feet up, but I also had to cut my run short Friday evening due to round ligament pain. After 2.5 miles, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to continue running through the pain for the last half mile that I had planned, and at 2.71 miles decided that I needed to walk the rest of the way home. This has me reevaluating how to approach Saturday’s race, and on one or two runs this week I plan to test out a different run/walk interval than what I’ve been using lately.
Though I didn’t workout as much as I would have liked to this past week, I’m trying to remind myself that at this point in my pregnancy any workouts are better than none at all.
Mon 10/19 – Rest day
Tues 10/20 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 0.32 mile cool down walk, kettlebell squat swings, abs, arms, shoulders, back
Wed 10/21 – 1.88 mile walk with Riley
Thurs 10/22 – Rest day
Fri 10/23 – 2.71 mile run, 0.71 mile cool down walk
Sat 10/24 – Rest day
Sun 10/25 – Rest day
Total Weekly Mileage – 8.17 miles (7.24 miles less than week 6)
Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 70.60 miles
QOTD: How do you manage your stress when you feel overwhelmed?