Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Seriously in need of gym time

I can't do it. I can't. I just can't seem to work out. I have been totally off the ball for about 3 weeks now and it feels awful. I have managed to run at least 3 times a week, but that is it. And some of those have literally been just 2 miles. I haven't lifted a weight, I haven't done a crunch, I haven't gotten on my bike. It stinks. I'm not that sick, although I feel that I am getting greener as the days go by, I thought for sure I would puke this morning. The issue is that I can't wake up. I have to get up at 5:30 in order to get to the gym and back and get to work. I try everyday and I haven't done it in a long time. Then when I get home from work I generally feel worse than I did in the morning and just want to collapse. Just.so.tired. I hate that. My body is totally changing. I've only gained like 3-4 lbs, but I feel like my stomach just looks different. More dougy. Probably b/c it's been over a month since I have regularly done any ab work. Boo. I mean I know I have to gain weight, I am not afraid of having that big round belly, but I am afraid of losing all muscle tone and having to start over with running and everything else with a newborn in tow. The plan was to keep up my workouts the entire time.

So, what do I do. Do, I listen to my body and sleep in the morning or do I push through the haze and get up, knowing once spin class is over I will probably be glad that I did? In a perfect world, here is what I think I should be doing, which believe me is a lot less that I was doing 2 months ago. Up until July I had been working out about 10-13 hours a week bc I was training for a half ironman.

Monday - Rest
Tuesday - run 3-4 miles, ab DVD
Wednesday - Spin class, weights
Thursday - run 4-5 miles, ab DVD
Friday- Spin class, weights
Saturday- Long run 6-10 miles
Sunday- Yoga class or weights

3 comments:

Clare said...

Sounds like this is not uncommon in the first trimester...I was tired too, but luckily not nauseous. Regardless, things still got much better around week 18. I'm believing that anything I can do (even if it's way below pre-preg standards, intensity or duration) is insurance toward a speedy recovery. Is walking an option? Even that was a chore for me at one point. Do whatever you can...running even 2 miles 3 times a week sounds fine!!

Seriously, want the pants? I'll send them if you email me an address!

Mama Simmons said...

I totally remember that 1st trimester... ugh. So. Tired. I fell asleep every afternoon at 4:00 no matter where I was. I do remember thinking that if I could just peel myself off the couch and get out the door for a 30 minute run that I would have a much better evening... and indeed, if I could, I did. But it definitely didn't always happen. Don't beat yourself up about it too much, but do force yourself sometimes because you will feel better. And it does get better. After 12-13 weeks you'l get some of your energy back and will be able to workout more without feeling like totaly crap. I read that it has to do with the fact that you're creating baby's placenta right now and that's a lot harder work for your body than it would seem. Once placenta is done, things get easier. ;) Hang in there!
BTW, my mom is in Hudson (where I grew up!)

KBULL said...

Oh I couldn't wake up and couldn't exercise during the 1st trimester but JUST WAIT. The 2nd trimester hits and you feel better than you've ever felt. After I had to quit teaching spin (I had serious 24 hour sickness) I didn't workout until my 2nd trimester because I was so tired and ill. It was BAD. Through the 2nd tri I did workout and now I'm down to about 2 miles of walking a day unless I'm feeling icky, then it's no walking. You've got to listen to your body, it knows what it's doing :)