Wow. After a week away from the gym, the sudden decline in my physical abilities is astounding. This was of course to be expected by this point in the pregnancy, but I just didn’t think it would happen over such a short time period. I thought it would be a much more gradual change.
For today’s workout, we were supposed to run one mile, then complete 10 rounds of five toes-to-bar, 10 power snatches (45 lbs) and 20 squats, then run another mile. I admit, it was a beast of a workout, especially since our mile run route requires us to run down five and a half flights of stairs to street level, then a half mile downhill, followed by a half mile uphill, and back up five and a half flights of stairs to the gym. (Oh, and hopefully nobody from my gym reads this, as I am very sheepishly going to admit that I actually took the elevator back up to the gym at the end of each of the runs ;))
To start, my one mile run was slow… and I mean pathetically slow. I don’t think I could have done 50 toes-to-bar if my life depended on it, so I tried doing knees-to-elbows instead, which were even more difficult. Then I tried reverse crunches, which were basically impossible due to my large belly. So I substituted plain old sit-ups, and you know what? Those sets of five sit-ups were tough — almost as tough as toes-to-bar would have been for me in a non-pregnant state! I guess this shouldn’t be surprising, given that I’m almost at 30 weeks now, but I had literally done hundreds of sit-ups through weeks 27 and 28, so I was genuinely shocked to find them so difficult in mere sets of five.
The power snatches and squats were fine, but I realized at about round three (and close to 20 minutes in) that I’d probably be there all night if I attempted to complete the full 10 rounds, so I cut the middle section down to five rounds and then bookended the workout with the second very slow one-mile run.
Total time: 36:11. Most of the morning class completed the entire workout in around 40 to 45 minutes, so this was definitely not my best showing. But on a positive note, I’m not at all sore from the running, even though I thought it would be hard on the pelvis.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll go to prenatal yoga instead…
…Just kidding! 😛