If I have to summarise in one word how I felt this last week it would be “hungry”! I am quite sure the baby has had a little growth spurt, because no matter how much I ate throughout the day I would often wake up at night with a rumbling stomach. Needless to say, the only way to quieten it and go back to sleep would be to loot the kitchen.
Apart from my exploding belly, the other reason I think baby has been preparing for life outside the womb with some extra inches and fat reserve is that I have been feeling more tired this week. Eight hours of sleep just don’t seem to do the trick anymore!
Despite this, sleep has been hit and miss. On some days I fall asleep as soon as I hit the pillow, only to wake up after eight hours of deep sleep; on others, I keep thinking and thinking or – worse – I wake up at 4 a.m. finding myself unable to get back to sleep. I guess it’s all normal third trimester stuff.
On the running front, I have made a little progress! Following the loooong jog-walk at the end of week 34 (10.27 km in total!) and only slight stiffness the day after (despite an active day trip to a natural reserve) I decided to take things up a notch and try a run without walk breaks. (Okay, the real reason was that my watch battery died so I did not have a proper way to see how many minutes I had been jogging or walking, but who cares?)
This continuous running went well the first couple of times; some pubic bone pain inevitably entered at the end of the third run, a rather fast run that I happily shared on Instagram; yesterday’s run, the fourth one of that week, was simply awful. It surprises me I can walk today! Although I must add, it was awful not only because I was in pain, but even more because I was actually too tired to go out for a run after an active day of going to the farmers’ market in addition to some other shopping. I simply need to realise that my energy levels aren’t that high anymore and if I go for a run I already use up half of my daily quota.
On the days I didn’t run, I tried to get in some activity by cycling to places or going for a walk. The weather has been nice and a bit cooler, which makes biking more enjoyable to me.
In related news, last week I finally bought a stroller that I can hopefully use for some light jogging as well. I say “light,” as I know it’s not a real running stroller. Those are very lightweight, minimalistic, and not so convenient for daily use. As I didn’t want to buy two strollers I went for this one, which I think is a good combination between a city stroller and a more sporty one. The huge discount I got on it aside, I like that it has large and pneumatic tyres (more comfortable for baby) and a front swivel wheel that can be locked as well. Both are a necessity if you want to run with it. I will definitely share my experience once I have tried it on a run, though that may not be any time soon.
My workouts during week 35 looked as follows:
Monday: 7.39 km (only running)
Wednesday: 7.83 km (only running)
Friday: 7.12 km (only running)
Sunday: 7.39 km (7 min jogging, 3 min walking)
Total: 29.7 km