My workouts have been really, really tough the past couple of weeks. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, I almost felt like giving up halfway through. I can't even remember what we did at High Def last Tuesday but whatever it was it really kicked my butt! Wednesday's TRX/kettlebell class was equally daunting. By the end of the week I started feeling somewhat normal, fortunately. Friday was TRX, with a lot of jump rope intervals thrown in. And on Saturday, we did 33 minutes of sprinting intervals and kettlebells. At first, I was moving really slow -- but I was able to pick up the pace as the workout progressed. I even outran a lot of people (which is great for my pregnant-and-gaining-weight ego). Oddly, I was sore within two hours and stayed sore until Monday night. I was so sore I even skipped yoga (probably not the best decision I've ever made -- yoga likely would have helped).
As for today, it was like last week all over again. We started with ladder drills and handstand push-ups -- no big deal (by the way, I really dislike the upside-down feeling, so for now I'm doing handstand push-ups on a plyo box). The workout itself actually seemed pretty doable at first: 5 rounds of 12 pull-ups, a 400m sprint and 12 squat cleans. In reality, though, it was a killer. By round three, I thought it would never end. Eventually it did (each round took five minutes, so it was a long one), and I scrapped my plans for an afternoon run because I had clearly done enough for the day (who knows, though, maybe I'll still go -- it is super nice out)!
I don't know if the difficulty with today's workout has to do with pregnancy, but I suspect it does (not that it would have been easy otherwise -- it was definitely just one of those tough ones). It almost seems like the baby is going through some sort of a growth spurt and is using up a lot of my energy. That might explain last week, too. Looking back, I probably should have taken some time off. Pregnant or not, a few recovery days here and there are a necessity.