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Back to the Gym

The marathon is now less than 2 weeks away…can you believe it? I seriously can’t. I’ve been thinking about this race now for over a year and it’s finally here!! I have to admit…I’m pretty nervous/scared/excited. Not only am I nervous because I’m pregnant, but because it’s the Boston Marathon. It’s a big deal!!! A part of me (very small part) wishes I had planned this out better so I could be running my fastest race. But, for the most part, I don’t really care to be honest. Boston will always be there. If I can actually finish this race, I will be so proud of myself…I don’t care how long it takes me!!

I love that quote since it is totally true. It is all about our state of mind. I remember talking to my mother in law about the marathon and I was downplaying it and she said, “no, it actually is a big deal. It’s like your Olympics.” She’s right! It is my Olympics. No matter how slow I go or how many people pass me, if I finish, no one can take that away.

Anyway, since the race is almost over and I’m now in taper mode (this week’s runs are 4 miles, 3, 4, then a long run of 8) I’ve decided to head back to the gym to start incorporating weight training into my workout routines again.

I’ve really missed weight training. In normal circumstances, I may have continued my weight training program with the marathon training, but since I’m pregnant, I don’t want to overdue it (which some may say I already am).

Last week I hit the gym to do some weights for the first time in a couple months. I took it pretty easy and completed this circuit (3x) of arm exercises:

  • Sitting Bicep Curls- 15 reps, 8lbs.
  • Sitting Shoulder Press- 15 reps, 8lbs.
  • Chest Press on Bench- 15 reps, 10lbs.
  • Skull Crushers- 15 reps, 8lbs.
  • 1 Arm Row- 15 reps on both arms, 10lbs.

I wanted to ease back into the weight lifting, which I definitely did. I’m going to do a couple more sessions like that (including leg workouts) but then I’d like to step it up again. I think I’ll stay away from plyometric moves like burpees and lunge jumps…I don’t want our baby to hate me when he or she comes!

To get started, I went over to Lindsay at the TheLeanGreenBean.com. She has some great workouts there that I can either do as is or slightly tweak for my pregnant body. Here are a couple of my favorites:

(Found here)

This one is from Bonnie Lang Fitness:

I’d probably have to change a few things in that routine…but it’s a pretty good one!

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Think I might try this one today:

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Those are just a couple great workouts I’d like to try. Maybe not all right this second, but at least after the race I’ll have more time to try them out.

Just for fun, here are a couple other inspirational pictures for you guys (or for me :) ).

I love those pics!! Especially the baby ones..pretty hard core right?

 

Do you lift weights? What’s your favorite body part to work? For me, it’s arms. My least favorite is probably abs.

 

11 comments to Back to the Gym

  • LOL – love the no babysitter excuse ;-) Yep, I lift. Love the feeling of weight lifting. Arms and shoulders are my fave to work.

  • I’m in awe that you’re running the Boston while pregnant! The longest race I’ve done is a 10k, and registered for a half in June, but then found out I was pregnant. I intended to keep training, but I wasn’t in that great of shape before and then had some complications so I stopped. I’m bummed, but know it’s what I needed to do. I’ll start training again once the little body-invader is here :)

    • Yeah…training has definitely been harder. i am running it extremely slow…and by running i mean walk/jogging haha. whatever…if i finish, that would be awesome!!

      congrats on your little dude (or dudette)!! its so exciting isnt it?? ya…i mean, if the dr ever told me the race was a no go, i obviously wouldn’t. so, ya definitely gotta do what u gotta do! im ready to be done training though haha

  • YES!! The marathon *IS* your version of the Olympics — it’s a huge deal (not to freak you out, haha) and major accomplishment just to BQ let alone run the darn thing AND while pregnant. You’re going to do awesome!! Can’t wait to cheer you on!!

  • Molly

    Please keep posting strength workouts. Im 17 weeks pregnant and havent done weights for a couple months either and I’m finding it hard to start up again. This post is motivating! Thank you!

    • ahhh we’re so close!! i will definitely!! ill keep you posted on what i actually do since some moves are complicated when you’re knocked up! :) congrats btw!

  • Oh that last picture of the workout mom is awesome. Will that be you?
    Rest up, boston sooooo soon!

  • Just take care of yourself and don’t overdo yourself and you will do just fine!

  • I lift weights 2-3 times a week. I love to train legs and abs. But that usually means my legs are sore then that makes it hard to run. So if I am training for a race I cut back on my crazy leg routines.
    And I love the pics of strong women!

  • woohoo! glad you’re enjoying some of the workouts :)

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