With that being said, a lot has changed in these past three years and one month. The biggest change of all is that I am almost 31 weeks pregnant in this 5K. So what sort of goal should my super pregnant self have? Well, husband and I just participated in a 5K last month and walked the entire race, ending with a time of 54 minutes and 4 seconds. So goal number one was to beat that time. Easy enough, right? Then goal number two was to run some of it. And by run, I mean jog. Let's be honest!
Well, I am really happy to say that I finished the race in 52 minutes and 15 seconds. Husband tricked me and ran ahead of me just so he could say he beat me by 5 seconds. LOL.
After the race was over, my body felt so tired. I quickly drank an entire bottle of ice cold water, which felt amazing! But then, we had to make the half mile trek back to the car. That was the worst part since most of it was uphill!
It was during that last little bit of walking that I realized, after listening to my body as my doctor has suggested throughout all of my workouts, that I am no longer going to continue to run or do any work on the treadmill.
This night, and the fact that the only time I have had random contractions while on the treadmill, has made me realize I need to switch my form of cardio. And, I am OK with that. Dear husband said he was very proud of me making that decision. After all, listening to your body can be difficult. Did I really need to stop treadmill cardio? Maybe not. I could always take it a little bit slower; but why risk it? My body is, in a way, rejecting treadmill work, so why do it?
Plus, I have found that I absolutely LOVE the rowing machine. I've started doing that as my 10 minute pre-workout cardio, and always feel so great afterwards. I set my interval timer for 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off. That way in 10 minutes I really get a solid 5 minutes of rowing. I hope to up that at some point, but if I need to keep the 30 second on/30 seconds off for the duration of my pregnancy, I am fine with that.
Again, to all you pregnant fit momma's and momma's to be, I cannot say it enough; LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
Side Note: Doctor said contractions here and there throughout my third trimester are completely normal. If I get 6 or more contractions in an hour, I need to call him immediately. So far, I have had two contractions on two different occasions, and only while on the treadmill.
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!