Motivation Monday: August 2, 2010


This is my Mamavation post for Monday, August 2, 2010.

Hey everyone!

How was your week? Are you still drinking your H2O, eating your fruits and veggies and being active every day?

This week was much better for me – I kicked my lingering cold to the curb, ate a ton of fruits and veggies (thanks to the pre-cut platters available at the grocery store), and followed my workout plan almost to a T! My runs were getting super duper hard which I totally was blaming on my pregnancy, but later in the week the temperatures cooled down (a bit) and I found it was easier to run. I have switched from doing a straight run to doing a 4 min run, 1 min walk interval. The 1 minute walks really make it more bearable. In summary, here’s what I did:

Monday: Kick boxing work out with my awesome trainer at lunch
Tuesday: 3K walk with hand weights around the park on my lunch
Wednesday: Boot Camp work out with my awesome trainer at lunch
Thursday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch (3 min run/2 min walk)
Friday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch (4min run/1 min walk)
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: Rest day

I looked up my annual and monthly mileage totals on and found that so far this pregnancy I’ve run 393 km – just 107 km to go to make it to 500 km!! To put that in perspective, in 2009 my annual total was only 280 km. No wonder I feel stronger, fitter and happier than I did last year!! I have 3 months of this pregnancy to go, so I’m setting a goal of making it to 500km: 45km in August, 40 km in September, and 25 km in October! (Instead of a baby pool based on birth date, sex etc… I should start a pool based on how many km I can complete before baby arrives 😉 ).

READ:  My Favorite Fall Workouts

Here’s my workout plans for the week (which will put me at 20 km for August – a great start towards my goal):

Monday: It’s a holiday weekend here, so I’m going to walk/run 5k around my neighbourhood.
Tuesday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch
Wednesday: Work out with my awesome trainer at lunch
Thursday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch
Friday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: Kick the family out of the house so I can spend 2-3 hours cleaning…

This week my mantra will be: “Just keep running, just keep running” (Shamelessly adapted from Dori of Finding Nemo).

Congrats to Rachel S (aka @rachelsteffen) on being Mamavation Sista of the Week!!

Erica's Wish 5K

PS – I’m considering doing a 5 km “race” on August 15th called “Erica’s Wish” – do you think I should walk/run it? Hubby is a little concerned by my optimism…

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  • Shawnee H in OR
    August 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Wow, Janice … all this and you’re six months pregnant! Impressive!!

  • Scarlett Black
    August 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I maybe need to steal your mantra “Just keep running” to get myself running again?

    Have a great week!

  • Kimberly @christlikemommy
    August 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I am going to just keep walking til I can run, run, run! Way to go! You are a great inspiration for mom’s to be!

  • Shannon
    August 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I voted you should do the race. It’s for a great cause! Also, you do 5k’s at least 2 times a week as it is. Just take it easy and listen to your body. You have already set yourself up so well for success. I think your a phenomenal lady! Great job this week! Hope you have a fantastic week next week as well. Enjoy your August long weekend!

  • Rachel
    August 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    You are such an inspiration! I love coming here and seeing all you have accomplished the previous week… adn what is in store for the next! You rock girl!:)

  • Laila @OnlyLaila
    August 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Gosh I feel lazy after reading this post. But keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Leah @bookieboo
    August 1, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I just saw that you are going to Blissdom Canada. I’m so jealous. Give Alli a big hug for me. Wanted to go, but you know I’ll never get to see anything other than the hotel. Doood, have fun!!!

  • Julie M
    August 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I say plan for the race and see how you feel the day of. You can always walk it if you don’t feel up to running the whole thing. You can do it. I am truly amazed at your fit preggo mommas!! WTG

    Last week you asked if I would consider guest writing about nutrition. email me or DM me on twitter @jamnsfld76. Lets work something out. Not sure how good I will be but I will try. 😀

  • Carrie Symes
    August 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

    You did awesome last week! Keep it up! I would love to eventually be able to run! I have always delt with really bad side cramps when I run for as long as I can remember.

  • Marie
    August 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I am so jealous of your running abilities!! You ROCK!

  • Lori @ My Kinda Rain
    August 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    You rock Janice. A great inspiration.

  • Laura
    August 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    WTG on the meals and your workouts. You are ROCKIN it!

  • Rachel -- Following In My Shoes
    August 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I wish I’d known you (and our other preggos) during my pregnancy — I WISH I’d been active while pregnant. You’re amazing.

  • Amanda
    August 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I just want you to know that your post always push me to do more thank you!

  • Lisa @ljenator
    August 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I really think you can do it!!!!!!!

    Best wishes babe!

  • CJ
    August 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Wow…you are amazing. If I tried to run a 5k on my lunch break I think I’d get fired for being sweaty and smelly and taking 3 hours. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Danielle
    August 2, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Just wanted to say great job with the running! You’re very inspirational!

  • lorrie
    August 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    wow good for you i wish i was that dedicated to workouts but right now im good with walking i can do it anywhere even if im working away from home

  • Krista
    August 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Wow! That’s about all I can say as I sit here in awe lol You are amazing!!

  • Roxy
    August 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    You know, when I was younger, I used to think, “What is wrong with those people who do risky stuff like this when they’re pregnant?” I read about a lady who rock climbed with a huge bulging preggo belly and I kept thinking, “Isn’t that just an unnecessary risk?”

    But now, it’s like, MORE POWER TO YA! Way to stick it to the man when he tells ya you can’t do somethin’. LOL

  • Greta
    August 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Wow is all I can say. I had heard of women who run marathons while pregnant, but I’ve never “known” one!! You’re amazing! Have you run through a pregnancy before?

    I was lying on the couch eating ice cream at 6 months pregnant!! : )