This is what everyone asks you when you are six months pregnant..... Seriously, everyone.. And it's a lovely question and people seem genuinely interested as to if you're feeling super tired or ache-y or hungry or moody etc...
The truth is, my "new normal" (i.e. pregnant normal) is a helluva lot easier than my previous normal
(wake at 5:00, train, work all day, train again, eat, re-pack bags, sleep, repeat).... As I conveniently took a leave of absence from my job as a school psychologist for this year not anticipating pregnancy, my "new normal" has been more like:
*Wake up when I wake up... (usually 6:30/7:00.... but no rush here)
*Work for a couple of hours (athlete training plans, emails, calls, etc)
*Go for a run or spin class/trainer session (60 min or less)
|Luke running hill repeats at Torrey Pines while......|
|I ran parallel on the beach & trails below him|
*Noon masters swim (I think I'm finally keeping a little tan this winter!)
*Run errands (having time to actually go to the bank, grocery store, dry cleaner is such a novelty!)
*Strength session (Rehab United functional strength class OR pilates reformer) - only if I didn't run/spin in the morning
*Coffee w/ a friend
*Make dinner (I've been cooking a lot of new "winter-y" meals- healthy soups/ stews/ lasagna / meat loaf and such...I LOVE having time and energy to plan meals and make dinner, as well as a happy man who likes to eat anything I put in front of him. Seriously, I just make something healthy, top his with a lot of cheese, and haven't heard one complaint yet!)
So really, do I have room to complain? For years, I would have killed for this schedule and now, I am doing my best to enjoy it and feel lucky every day that I can have this kind of flexibility. YES, it's great that I'm still working out (people keep telling me this "wow! you're still running", etc...) But honestly I have no excuses and it is so much easier now that it's on my schedule and my terms. Tired in the morning? bank some work hours in the a.m. & run in the afternoon! Sudden burst of energy after breakfast? Get out the door! So yeah, I do get tired, hungry, moody, ache-y etc....but when I compare this with the old daily grind and the tired/hungry/moody/ache-y you get from Ironman training while holding down a full-time job... well so far (i know, knock on wood), this whole pregnancy shebang has been way easier (ask me again in 2 months maybe)....[And please, don't get me wrong and think I'm saying pregnancy should be "easy" for everyone- it's not a choice, I know many people who have been on bed rest, had complications, etc, and I know that is a WHOLE different ball game, which I admittedly know nothing about and am pretty sure can be WAY harder than Ironman training]....
Let see...what else....
I had fun running the Cardiff Kook 10k with a couple thousand of my local friends.....Still managed a 44 min time - about 6 min off my usual time- so I guess I'm about a minute per mile slower in general- but typically my training runs now hover close to 10 min per mile pace because you know what? What's the rush? I can assure you that w/ 25 extra lbs I'm still getting quite the workout no matter what pace. Time to enjoy the view.
|Running in the 10k|
|my workouts have also been extra fun since Zoot send me some awesome training kits that FIT my pregnant bod (see you in the fall (I hope!), size Small!)|
I also visited my sister and her twin toddlers in Chicago (yeah...brrrrrrrrr!) She was so wonderful and is a total baby whisperer, guiding me through what, when, and how to do everything that I know nothing about.
|triathlon version of the red carpet....|
|me & Luke... I think his genes will help make a pretty baby GIRL, don't you?|