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Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving 2015

I ran a turkey trot this year only barely, but I am happy about it anyway.

There were several turkey trots this year but I only made it to one. I originally planned on running it with the family – my husband would run the 5k with a double stroller and I would run the 10k. It didn’t quite work out that way because we went to Lake Tahoe before Thanksgiving to fulfill the promise of showing our kids snow. To make a good trip of it the kids also went to ski school. In the chaos of packing up the car for a trip with 3 kids, my suitcase somehow didn’t make it into the car. I ended up buying a couple of base layers (which I never had before) so that I wouldn’t freeze, but I pretty much had to wear what I had on me. I managed to not suffer too much but I came back with a more severe cold than I had in the beginning of the trip.

I had to skip going to the gym after I came back not so much because of how I feel but I was coughing and sneezing enough that I would not be in good condition to hit a gym class. To be a good gym citizen, I stayed away.

The morning of the Turkey Trot, it was freezing, and it was hard to motivate the whole family to go. I wasn’t sure about taking the baby because I was feeling tired for the broken sleep so we ended up improvising – no strollers, just me and my 6 year old would go. I would downgrade my 10K to a 5K so Roger and I can run together. Roger would run as my husband James and use his race bib.

DSC_0864I managed to stay get to the race on time even after arguing with my 6 year old about his running clothes. He had wanted to wear his t-shirt and shorts because he didn’t believe me that it was freezing outside since there was sunshine. I talked him into his long sleep, jacket, and sweatpants by telling him I wouldn’t take him if he wasn’t properly dressed. He later (after the race) told me that he wish he brought his gloves, and agreed to listen to me next time about clothes without arguing.

Getting Back, and Feeling the Pain

Last Friday I finally went back to the gym. I had started to get sick around week 7 of my pregnancy and then I felt better after week 16. However, I was then struck with a nasty cold with cough week 17 to week 19 of my pregnancy, and finally felt like a normal person (more or less) at week 20. I went back to one of my favorite classes, BodyPump, and because of the long hiatus, really did go light.

This was me last Friday
Warm-up: 10 x 2 = 20
Squat: 10 x 2 = 20
Chest press: 7.5 x 2 = 15
Back: 10 x 2 = 20
Lunges: 7.5 x 2 = 15
Shoulders: 2.5 x 2 = 5
Biceps: 5 x 2 = 10
Triceps: 5
This was me June 2014
Warm-up: 10 x 2 = 20
Squat: 37.5 x 2 = 75; Did 40×2=80 on 6/13 for a short track ’84.
Chest press: 20 x 2 = 40
Chest fly: 10 x 2 = 20
Back: 22.5 x 2 = 45
Lunges: 22.5 x 2 = 45
Shoulders = 10 x 2 = 20 (Damn my levator shoulder issues!)
Biceps: 10 x 2 = 20, sometimes using drop weights 12.5×2=25
Triceps: 10

And boy was I feeling sore already during the session! I can’t take any ibuprofen either, so I am just starting to feel less pain today. I realized during the class that I really took my strength for granted. I have lost a lot of muscle as a result of my pregnancy, and I will have to work hard to get it back. My ego was definitely bruised by the experience. I used to be able to squat more than even the burly men in the class! I had lost a lot of fitness during the 3 and 1/2 month break from strength training. I hope that I can keep going at least once a week. I am not sure if I will be ready to go back on Friday but will give it a try!

I managed to mostly walk a 5K at the local Fremont Run 4 Education — a run that benefits the Fremont elementary schools. For us, it was a wonderful family event and Roger has been itching to do the kids run for a while. I was very slow moving and at the end, waddling mostly due to my muscles being so sore.