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Running while pregnant…

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The holidays are full-on in motion and I’m over halfway through my 2nd trimester but I’m still running right through it all!

Last weekend was an amazing racing weekend in San Francisco, specifically in the Marin Headlands for the Northface Endurance Challenge.

I’ve ran this event 3 times now:

The Northface marathon in 2012

The Northface Gore-tex 50 mile in 2014

And the Northface marathon again this year.

The biggest difference this year is I ran the marathon at 22 weeks/ 5 months pregnant!

I have been blessed and lucky to feel strong, solid and energetic for most of my 2nd pregnancy, not unlike my 1st actually (which I ran Boston marathon at 23 weeks pregnant).

The Northface marathon is run on all trails, single-track and fire-road, some technical parts and over 5,000 feet of climbing!


  
So it’s quite different than a road race. But I am always up for a challenge and have the support of my OBGYN, husband, and awesome family and friends to do what I feel is right.


I ran in 4:29:10, 12th female and 4th in my age group, which is an awesome pace for this hilly, trail marathon and for carrying some extra baggage. If anything I felt under-trained in my legs, but never felt awful pregnancy-wise or cardio-wise. That all stayed fairly comfortable!


  

This pregnancy so far has brought me to the end of my biggest year in training and racing ever. It’s crazy to think the 2nd half of the year I have pretty much been pregnant and still running a lot of the volume I can normally handle, slower paces at times, but still enjoying ‘racing’ a lot too!

I’ve ran 2 (trail) marathons; the Golden Hills in October (and Northface in Dec)

2 (trail) half marathons; the Inside Trail Berkeley Half in September

The Inside China Camp Half in November

As well as a 5k road race (which I PR’d late in July)

The Mt Tam hill climb over Labor day

And my first cross-country race with my team (super fun!)

And a lot of training miles up and down Mt Tam, in the Headlands and all around.


  

I know as the year winds down and the kick off of 2016 will bring much slower paces and less mileage and I’m OK with that. But I am just enjoying all the moments of running and feeling great that I can right now because I KNOW it won’t last forever. I have 4 more months of pregnancy left to lighten up, so we will see what it brings.

I will say I was able to run up to days before my 1st was born, so I’m banking on the fact that I’m even more stronger now than I was 2 1/2 years ago to keep at it! But I’m always ready and willing to do what is best for myself and the little one I’m carrying.

Along with running, I complete a lot of strength/ weight training (3-4x a week), light yoga (2-3x a week), core work (very specific pregnancy friendly core-work), and a lot of post-run exercises with resistance bands, etc. I also ‘cross train’ with cycling and the stair-master in between run days. So I maintain a wide variety of activity, all along with running after a 2 year old toddler!

So just a little update on this past weekends great marathon and lots of kudos to all my friends, training buddies, teammates and all out there last weekend racing, cheering and volunteering! I’ll use this adrenaline and endorphin’s to get me through the end of the year!

Total Body Workout 15 or 30min

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I try to get in some strength training 3-4 times a week, preferably right after a run. I will use free weights on my bench independently, complete a round of post-run ‘power’ exercises (I’ll share those soon), or some glute and hip work with a resistance band, core-work and/or a ‘boot-camp’ or ‘HIIT’ type workout to get it all in.

Below is a total body workout that you can do in 15min (1 round) or make it a 30min workout (by completing 2 rounds).

All you need is a set of hand weights (5, 8 or 10+lbs) and a clear space to get in this total body workout. Especially great right after you get back from a run and are already warmed up and ready for some additional work!

Total Body Workout-15 or 30 minute

Easy workout you can do anywhere + Holiday Plans!

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Hello!

1 Week until Christmas Eve! We aren’t traveling anywhere for the holiday this year, and as much as I’ll miss my family and hometown friends, I am more than happy to relax locally and enjoy the California weather over the holiday 🙂

Are you looking for a Total Body Workout to power you through the holiday weeks coming up?

Check this out:

Total Body Workout-15 or 30 minute

Grab a pair of free weights and some space and you can do this anywhere… great excuse to escape the family for 30 minutes. Or even better, go for a run to get some fresh air and then end with this total body workout!

What is everyone doing for the last week/ weekend before the holidays really hit?

We need to get our Tree and make a visit to Santa! We’ve already played in some ‘snow’ (man-made) last week!

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Train Your Body Thursday

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It’s the time of the season that many runners take a break from training for a specific race, so it’s perfect timing to pick up the slack in working on the core basics of strength the body needs to stay healthy, injury-free and strong. The time you spent running long mileage you should spend building a nice base for next year.
Check out some of these moves on Runners World The Body Shop: Ground Work to lay the groundwork for a strong body for next season.
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Corework- great for post-baby (or post Mexican fest!)

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I didn’t consistently start doing abs/ core until after I had a baby when I suddenly realized my stomach had been obliterated!
 

I feel like my running is stronger now post-baby because I started to focus on the little things like core, hip, glute work… it all adds up to making you stronger and all-around athlete with less injury too! Win-win-win all around.

For the exercises you may not be not familiar with I found a youtube link with an example. But you can google any of the exercises to review and then once you know them it will be a quick, less than15 minute, core routine. You can do it 3x+ a week or more and edit down the moves.

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I also found this awesome workout through Oiselle, called the Dirty Dozen. You’ve got to check it out! Dr. Lesko knows what she’s talking about!

How is that core feeling already just looking at the moves!?

What is your favorite core strengthening move?

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50 BodyWeight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

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LOVE THIS!

The The Greatist has some excellent resources for fitness and MOVING! Because it’s all about getting in movement anytime, anywhere, anyhow. Make yourself a priority, schedule yourself into your day and week to ensure you’re being the best you can be!

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50 Bodyweight exercises you can do anywhere

 

How do you fit in your movement everyday?

What time of day is your favorite time to workout?

 

Happy hump day!