For the most part, October went much more smoothly than September did in terms of my training. Although I would have liked to work out more than I did, now that I’m in the third trimester I’m definitely slowing down, and listening to my body is becoming more important than ever before. But just because I’m slowing down doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped working out, or have any plans to, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to continue working out right up until delivery, so long as I continue to make the necessary modifications.
You may recall that after an unsuccessful attempt at reaching my goals in September that I decided to revisit my September goals in October. I’m so happy to report that I was much more successful with those goals during my second attempt at reaching them.
1. Run, walk, and elliptical at least 60 miles.
I squeaked right past this goal, logging a total of 60.3 miles. If I hadn’t been training for and run a half marathon, I’m not sure that I would have met this goal. Nonetheless, I did it, and I wish I could shout this accomplishment from the mountaintops!
2. Continue to listen to my body.
This has been the monthly goal that I’ve been most successful in accomplishing for the past several months. Although there are some times that I feel guilty about coming home from work and spending most of the evening on the couch, I know that its critical that I listen to the messages that my body gives me about taking the extra time to rest and relax.
3. Weight train at least once a week.
With the exception of last week when I limited my training in favor of extra rest leading up to Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, I hit the weights at the gym once a week last month. Although I’ve been using lighter weights than I did even just a couple of months ago, I know that the weight training will help me with maintaining a healthy pregnant body, and will hopefully help me expedite my postpartum recovery.
After a successful October, I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to have another productive two months of pregnancy, as well as working out. Now that I’m no longer in training for a major race, my focus is shifting slightly when it comes to my workouts. That by no means minimizes the importance of staying active in the weeks to come, but I’ll be putting much less focus on the amount of time that I’m working out and instead focusing on quality workouts.
1. Log at least 30 miles.
I know this seems minuscule compared to my usual monthly mileage goals, but I’m drastically reducing this goal for a number of reasons. I’m no longer in training for a specific race, but more importantly, my pace has slowed down significantly, whether its running, walking, or on the elliptical. I’m not in a position to increase the amount of time that I’m working out, so I’d rather focus on quality miles as opposed to just spending more time working out for the sake of attempting to reach an unrealistic mileage goal.
2. Work out at least three times per week.
I’m not going to focus on what types of workouts, but rather I want to spend this month just focusing on moving, whether that’s a walk outside with Riley, a short run (though I’m fairly certain that my ability to continue running will cease to exist in another week or so), or time at the gym on the elliptical and/or lifting weights. Just moving at this point in my pregnancy is better than sitting on the couch every day.
3. Continue to listen to my body.
As I get closer to my due date, this goal is becoming more and more important. I don’t want to ever feel like I can’t take an unplanned rest day, especially on days when my body is screaming for the rest.
QOTD: What are your goals for November?