6:30 AM: Weight Training – COMPLETED
Yesterday, I completed 3-miles instead of 6. I never really researched which training plan I’d do for my half marathon in April and am modifying an easy peasy plan. I don’t intend to PR or run fast, but just run for fun, maybe get a medal and call it a day. My two races are in 9-weeks and 11-weeks respectively. I discussed the races with my husband and also told him those will be the last of my “bigger” races until the baby comes. I may run a few 5-ks, but one will be with a beginner runner friend and another with Girls on the Run (though I may pass on this as I’ll be hovering in my last final weeks of pregnancy).
In any event, today marks 17-weeks of my pregnancy. I’m close to the halfway point. So, what’s going on in Week #17? If you don’t know, this was taken from ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel.
“Week 17 Take a look at your hand. Your baby is about palm-size now, with a crown-to-rump length of 5 inches and an approximate weight of 5 (or more) ounces. Body fat is beginning to form (baby’s fat, that is, though yours is probably forming pretty quickly these days, too), but your little one is still quite skinny, with skin that is practically translucent. This week, your baby is all about practice, practice, practice in preparation for birth. One important skill your baby is sharpening now; sucking and swallowing – to get ready for that first (and second… and third) suckle at breast or bottle. Your baby’s heart is regulated by the brain (no more spontaneous beats) and clocks in at 140 to 150 beats per minute (roughly twice your own heart rate).”
It’s the last week before I hit the 5-month mark. How amazing is that? On the brighter side, I haven’t had to buy maternity clothes, so that’s good. I’ve been enjoying my pregnancy books.
And preparing this coming week’s running plans, thanks again to Allie.
Now before I go observe MLK (by going to work, that is), here’s a sneak peek of my 17-week belly shot.
What a difference a week makes. Though, I have to say, this picture makes my belly look bigger than what it really should look like. Perhaps it has something to do with a camera adding 10 lbs.? I don’t think so.
My weight’s finally moving upwards. I wasn’t too concerned with having to gain 10-lbs. in 3-4 weeks. I think I’ll be close to that by my next doctor’s visit. At least my appetite is coming back.
Now, must get my breakfast/lunch ready for work.