W28D6 – Tired

I’m tired. I’ve been reading a few other blogs from super outdoorsy ladies keeping up their fave sports while preggo. And something happens right around the third trimester in every. single. one: they tone back their exercise. They quit writing as much. In a nutshell, they take a giant step back from Life. Wow, third…

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10k @28 weeks

I ran a 10k today! At 28 weeks pregnant 🙂 It was awesome. The first two miles, my feet and hips were achy and I was worried about running the full 6.2. Was I stressing my ligaments? Would my pelvis become injured? Were my feet getting stretched out? Do I really need to run this…

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Gear review: Belly Band

Running in second trimester has brought a few new challenges, one of which is the dreaded “jostling insides“, where it feels like your organs are rearranging themselves with every step! It’s uncomfortable, distracting, and weird. Sometimes it’s so bad I start to get round ligament pain too. If I wanted to keep running through second…

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W27D2 – Trail running

Went for a 4-mile run today with a Belly Band. It totally helped! The last run I did (couple weeks ago) was a bit tough. I made it maybe 1.5-2 miles before getting some awful side cramps. It felt like my insides were jostling together with every step. I ended up having to stop and…

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W27D1 – Third trimester!

Today is officially Day 1 of third trimester! And it definitely feels like it! I feel BIGGER. My hips are frequently sore and it’s difficult to sit up and stand up. Getting out of bed entails rolling to one side and pushing myself up with my hand. I’m getting the classic “bowling ball in pelvis”…

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Gear Review: Full Body Harness

I have posted several pics climbing with a full-body harness (22 weeks, 24 weeks, and outdoors), so it’s time for an official gear review! The harness I use is the Petzl 8003. It is a generic, full-body harness as opposed to a pregnancy-specific harness. Harnesses built just for preggos come with lots of padding like…

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W26D5 – Achy

I’m at 26 weeks and 5 days and I. Feel. Pregnant. Oh my gosh! Walking around the grocery store was tough. My hips were achy and my pelvis might as well have been expanding with every step. Ow! I waddled. No shame! Felt easier than walking normal. My belly is getting big. I have to…

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W25D7 – Bike commuting

This morning, just two weeks shy of my third trimester, I had my best preggo bike ride yet: a six-mile commute into work! There’s a beautiful bike path that covers about 4.5 miles of that, a paved, tree-lined route running along a small creek. Pre-preggo days I would race down it, each morning pushing my…

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W25D2 – Whale

Third trimester is around the corner. And I can feel it! I feel BIG. Sitting forward requires momentum. Standing up requires an awkward, wide-legged squat. Reaching my shoes is getting difficult – there’s a belly in the way! Pregnancy brain is in full swing! I find myself losing and misplacing stuff ALL the time. I’ll…

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W24D3 – Goat Rock

Had a great trip up to Goat Rock Beach for some climbing and beach-going! Our cousins from out of town got to try outdoor climbing for the first time which they kicked butt at. Here I am at the top of a 5.8 climb. It’s one I’ve done about a zillion times before (we always…

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W24D1 – Marina Run

I’m definitely getting bigger. Today’s run at the marina had a few more challenges than last week’s. The biggest was the round ligament pain which my doctor warned me about. It was a sharp pain along each side of my belly. What it comes from is stress to the round ligaments, which extend upward from…

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Gear review: Running shoes

The shoes I currently love are an all-around trail running shoe, the Brooks Cascadia 11. They’re supportive and cushy without feeling super bulky. The instep (top part of shoe) is tall enough to accommodate a high arch, and the toe box is on the wider side. There’s plenty of room in the front of the…

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What it feels like, pt 2

During my first trimester, I tried to describe what being pregnant feels like to someone who’s never been knocked up before (you can read it here). As it turns out, being pregnant feels different in your second trimester! Soft That’s the one word I would pick to describe it. Your body feels warm and safe,…

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Relaxin: How does it affect your exercise routine?

Many of us are familiar with the hormone relaxin. As the name implies, it’s responsible for relaxing several systems in your body in preparation for labor. What changes does this create in your body, and what can you do to keep yourself safe and active? Relaxin levels in your body peak around 14 weeks and…

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