Even though my running has come to a screeching halt during pregnancy, I am still trying to get out and active every day. Early on in my pregnancy when I looking at other blogs to see what women were wearing during pregnancy + working out all I found were ladies who were several sizes smaller than me. While I’m not quite plus size, I am usually a size 10-12. So hopefully this will help anyone who isn’t a size 4 (no shame at all to those who are smaller! Yall are rocking it. I just want to put my experience out there and hopefully help other women who are a different body type)
My trusty Oiselle long rogas are literally the first thing I change into when I get home from work and I live in them during the weekends. I own five pairs and four of them are size 12 and one of them is a size 14. They are still fit great (though the 12s are almost snug, they are still comfortable!) I never found any true maternity athletic shorts that I liked so I’m hoping my rogas can hold out for another 7 weeks.
This maternity tank from Amazon. Loved it so much I ordered a second the day after one came in the mail.
My ProCompression socks! Swollen feet really started to affect me this week and I have been wearing my ProCompression socks nightly around the house. Thankfully I had five pairs from marathon training, but I’m thinking of buying one or two more pairs (the puppy love design and the marathon navys) to add to my rotation.
For my daily walks and on the weekends when I am about and about more, I always wear my Hoka One One Clifton 5s. So much support and they are wide enough that my swollen feet still fit comfortably.
For work, I usually wear some black Crocs sandals I snagged on a whim one day when looking for shoes. I sized up but they are still getting a little snug – this Kentucky heat and humidity is not doing me any favors.
What are some of your maternity workout apparel must-haves?
My best friend and I recently signed up for a three-month membership at our local YMCA. Sometimes I feel guilty paying for a gym membership when I have a treadmill and weights at home, but I specifically wanted the membership for the fitness class the Y provides.
It’s so much easier to get up at the crack of dawn when you know you have friends waiting to workout with you. Now if I could just convince them to become runners with me.
So far I’ve participated in spin class, yoga and hot yoga. Hot yoga is my favorite and I love that it’s offered three times a week (the Friday afternoon class is my fav! the best way to unwind from the week)
When I am not taking classes, I am still getting miles in on my treadmill at home. While we had some nice weather over the weekend, the cold and rain are back with a vengeance.
While most of the time I just hop on my treadmill and get to running, sometimes it’s fun to follow a workout. PopSugar has some of the best workouts and they make it so easy to change things up, but still break a sweat.
If you haven’t heard of Orangetheory it’s basically a workout class that offers group personal training workouts based on HIIT that mix cardiovascular and strength training.
So today’s workout is this is Orangetheory based treadmill workout. And it takes less than 30 minutes!
Try it out? Let me know how it went in the comments below. I’ll be running this tonight!
So my best friend has been trying to get me to join her a hot yoga class for months. I finally agreed to go with her last week and IT. WAS. AWESOME.
It was exhausting and relaxing all at once. It left me sore but stretched out for the two days following the class. I can’t wait to go back and maybe even make it a weekly thing.
The instructor was so nice and helpful. She went at a faster pace than I was expecting, but it was still pretty easy to follow. And while I knew the room would be toasty (I mean duh … it is HOT yoga) I didn’t actually think about how much I would sweat. It was pouring off me 20 minutes into the class and by the end of it, I was sweating from places I never had before!
I really tried to listen to my body, took a few more breaks than the other students and focused on “quieting my mind.” While I still need to work on that last part, I am excited to go back and keep learning!
Have you ever tried hot yoga before? What were your thoughts?
Hi friends! I thought today would be a good day to check in and let you know what I have been up to lately.
It has been so liberating to run without a training plan. I’ve been running varying distances from 2-6 miles, fast to slow and alone or with Murphy. I also added Beachbody to the mix for something fun, new and challenging.
I follow a few Beachbody coaches on IG, but for the most part, I’m not interested in “drinking the koolaide.” The on-demand program seems like a good way to have access to lots of different workout videos and that’s what I’m using it for! For now, Ryan and I just signed up for the free 14-day trial to see if we like it. I’ll check back when it’s all said and done and let you know if we buy a year membership.
We already had a few weights, a weighted ball and some resistance bands, but thankfully we don’t really need much more than that! Most of the workouts are body-weight based and they are killer! The few workouts we’ve done have left us sweaty, sore and wanting more.
In high school, one of my favorite track workouts was the ladder. We would run:
100m (basically an all-out sprint)
800m (half-mile) 1600m (mile) 800m
Throughout the workout, I varied my break time to be anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute.
So since I’m not training for anything specific right now, this is the exact workout I did yesterday! It’s so fun and honestly goes by so fast. Ladders are a great way to mix things up and they really get your legs moving — which is great if want to work on speed!
I warmed up by talking Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood and then did some strides down the street.
Since we’re in the process of moving, my beloved (and sometimes dreaded) treadmill is in storage. So I’m doing this workout down the streets in my parent’s subdivision. Each street is .25 miles so it’s pretty easy to gauge how far I’m running. I really wish I had a track to run, but this will do for now.
It’s so fun to run freely without a training plan. I think for now I’m going to take a few weeks to do random workouts and runs of varying distances before starting a new training plan. I might be flirting with the idea of a fall half marathon?! 😉
We all know working out during the holidays can be TOUGH. So much food, so many parties and traveling and so little time. Here are some quick and easy tips and ideas on how to stay active during December.
• If you have any type of fitness tracker, try to hit 10,000 every day! Take a walk after your meals to help with digest + to get some fresh air!
• Plan in advance! Try to carve out some time for a run or schedule a few classes to attend. If something is already on your calendar, you’re less likely to skip it!
(But don’t forget to go with the flow! Sometimes plans change. Don’t stress.)
• Join a reindeer run (or other holiday-themed 5k)! Invite your friends and family members to participate, this way you all are held accountable to show up.
The most important thing to remember to enjoy the holidays! This season only comes around once a year, so don’t stress about your running or your meals. Keep things in moderation and remember to move some.
If you’re like me (and most runners) yoga is probably not your favorite activity. I rather be running or lifting weights than being cool, calm and collective and doing yoga. BUT I also know yoga has some pretty great perks for runners, like improving flexibility, easing aches and pains, and helping recover from long runs. While I always grumble when getting ready to practice yoga, I ALWAYS feel so much better afterward.
Going through this simple flow will make you feel so relaxed and will help lengthen your body.
Legs Up The Wall
A playlist can make or break a workout or run. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve wanted to quit mid-workout and a killer song comes on and pushes me through. If you’re in a music rut, check out this playlist for some killer, up-beat songs to get you through any HIIT workout or long run.
“Ready For It?” — Taylor Swift
“Buzzin” — Mann
“7/11” — Beyoncé
“Hey Mama” — David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
“I Would Die 4 U” — Prince
“Bend Ova” — Lil Jon, Tyga
“Little Lion Man” — Mumford and Sons
“Drunk in Love” — Beyoncé
“Roses” Zaxx Remix — Chainsmokers
“Sorry Not Sorry” — Demi Lovato
“It Girl” — Pharrell
“Humble” — Kendrick Lamar
“Happiness” — NeedToBreathe
“Toxic” — Brittany Spears
“Elephant” — Tame Impala
“Lady Marmalade” — Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and P!nk
Now there is obviously a huge mix of songs on this playlist. I love all kinds of music and it shows. Feel free to add your own favorites get to working out!
What’s your favorite running song? Let me know in the comments below!