Since I realized I was pregnant in December, I vowed to keep exercising. My son arrived into the world after hours and hours of labor that I have blocked out and four hours of pushing. Needless to say, I know that exercise allowed me to keep my birthing experience natural.
I ran miles and miles and well throughout the month of December. Then January came, and depression about no Boston set in, and motivation was destroyed. I definitely slacked off of the running during January and February. I have been confined to the treadmill or running with a partner by the doctor. As much as I love the treadmill, it is hard to slog slow steady miles on it. I love a good progression run or track workout on it. However, those were not allowed or feasible for me. Needless to say, I found myself a little out of running shape.
One might argue that my lack of fitness might be due to the growing stomach. While it is certainly a factor, I ran when pregnant with my son until 37 weeks or so. So, I decided to start anew. I realized that I could do intervals on the treadmill to stave off boredom, just with walking instead of running. It is my pregnant pause!
Here is what I have been doing on the mill. It is a basic beginner running workout and definitely not specific to 20 week pregnant ladies .
Warmup- Walk 2 minutes
Run 2 minutes
Walk 1 minute
Run 3 minutes
Walk 1 minute
Run 4 Minutes
Walk 1 Minute
Run 5 Minutes
Walk 2 minutes
Repeat as desired
I love the progression, and I love the change of pace. It has kept me motivated, and I have managed to crank out 6 miles in an hour with this. It is definitely off my prepregnancy pace, but it is working for me right now!