fitness lately: December + 2014 recap

Hello to you and happy 2015! After a long and much-needed break, it feels good to be back and into a routine again. I’m so excited to share with y’all about our trip in California, just as soon as I finish sorting through all 837 pictures. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to go ahead and share a few posts I had lingering from last month.

Like most everyone else on the planet, I’m looking forward to a fresh start in 2015 especially when it comes to fitness but before getting ahead of myself, I want do a quick recap of last month and 2014 overall. {To catch up on all my monthly fitness recaps, you can find them here.}

Total mileage for December: 38 miles

p.s. I have way too many of these types of pictures in my phone. But this one is different! It was taken in California and I didn’t realize they actually had fall there, so of course I had to document it.

In November, I mentioned that I was aiming for a more conservative mileage number because we would be on vacation the last 2 weeks of the year. I came up 2 miles short of my goal of hitting 40 miles, but I’m still calling it a win in my book.

Here’s a breakdown of what each week actually looked like:

Week 1
3 mi // 3.5 mi // 4 mi
Week 2
3.1 mi // 3.1 mi // 4 mi
Week 3
3.1 mi // 3 mi // 3 mi
Week 4
3 mi //
Week 5
3 mi // 2.2 mi

During week 4, I came down with another case of the sniffles (darn pregnancy immune system!) hence my lack of runs that week. I was bummed to be sick during a portion of our vacation but I know those type of things can’t be controlled. After I started feeling better, we ended up hiking and walking a lot which was a nice change of pace for the rest of our trip.

The rest of December, we were pretty lucky to have a milder couple of weeks so that my runs were mostly outdoors and not frigid which was great. A few of my runs were even pushing the stroller with our almost-30 pound toddler, which I’m going to count as a big accomplishment at this point in the game. I’ve sure gotten some double-takes though, as I can imagine it’s strange for some people to see a very visibly pregnant woman running while pushing a stroller with a toddler inside.

This past month, I tried really hard to not focus so much on my pace and I’m glad to say that I feel like I’ve made some progress. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you my pace so much as I could tell you whether I’m feeling comfortable on my run which I think at this point is probably better. Thankfully, I didn’t experience more round ligament pain during any runs like I did in the previous month but my Braxton Hicks are definitely starting to increase more as the weeks go by.

Overall, I feel like my runs (along with everything else in December!) just went by in the blink of an eye. I didn’t get in the longer runs I wanted to but the miles I did run, I feel like I made them count. I’m definitely starting to feel the third trimester tiredness settle in on some days, which means that I need to continue making even more of an effort to make sure I stay running and active for as long as possible.

And now for a fun, 2014 infographic recap of my fitness. By the way, I did not consume that many chai tea lattes and chocolate chip cookies, but thought it was a fun way to reference how many it would’ve been based on the number of calories burned. It seems crazy when you break it down like that, right?

{Infographic made on Picktochart}

All things considered, 2014 was a good year of running and fitness for me. My body got reacquainted with Pilates (which I can’t wait to start again, post-baby!) and I was the strongest I’ve been since before my pregnancy with Kaleb. I fell in love with running all over again, after taking on my first half-marathon at the end of 2013. I kept pushing myself to run with the stroller, no matter how many times I seriously wanted to quit.

We tend to be our worst critics but instead of nitpicking things I wish I would’ve done or even done better, I choose to focus on the accomplishments I had in 2014. My biggest fitness success in 2014 was being able to run throughout my pregnancy and as I’ve mentioned in the past few months, it’s not something I take for granted. I am extremely grateful for the ability to keep doing it, for as long as I have been. Honestly, I can’t wait to see what these last 11-ish weeks of pregnancy have in store for me, in regards to running.

Bring it, 2015. I am ready for you!

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5 thoughts on “fitness lately: December + 2014 recap

  1. ali grace | cookies and grace says:

    So impressed with your running throughout pregnancy! I’m trying to get back into running, (just trying 2ish mile runs right now) but feel like I’m not making tons of progress. Any tips/suggestions? I really feel like most of mine is a mental battle. :/ But I know my body is healthy and capable!

    • Urban Wife says:

      Thanks, Ali! I’m so not an expert but have picked up a few tips over the years of running. When I’m feeling like I’ve hit a plateau and not making much progress, I actually find that pushing myself to run further/faster helps me get over the hump. You are right though, more than half the battle is mental. You’re making more progress than you think! Keep up the hard work…you got this! 🙂

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