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Pregnancy – Sleep

Oh how much I miss a good sleep. Any pregnant woman, at any stage of her pregnancy, will agree with me. A decent sleep makes a huge difference to how you feel, think, eat, performance and of course mood.

I think in the last month of your pregnancy it is nature’s way to prepare a woman what lies ahead of her. Motherhood with sleepless nights, feeling exhausted all the time but still perform to the highest level and have a clear mind. Thinking that way helps me to cope with my tiredness bit better at this stage (it is not always the case though).

So what does keep me awake at night?
Blocked sinuses, don’t get enough air. Probably the worst one at the moment. Dry mouth. Thirst. Itchy skin due to hormones changes (once again). Countless trips to the toilet as baby is engaged and pressing on the bladder. Pelvis and hip pain (!) Logistics of many pillows plus bump when I need/want to move. Hot flashes followed by “deadly” freeze. Cannot find comfortable position because I am huge. Once I found semi-comfortable position baby thinks 2 o’clock in the morning is a good time to perform gymnastics (already showing off his/her skills). Or it thinks that the position I like is no good for him/her and pushing on my organs to make me move (and of course I give in).

Some nights I have semi-decent sleep with solid 3-4 hours uninterrupted sleep (what a blessing!). And than there a nights if I am lucky I get 3 hours on and off sleep which could go on for days. But since being on maternity leave I don’t really mind it as I try to have naps during the day.

We’re already having such fun and it only will get better, I am sure of that 🙂

Happy reading!

Irina

 
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Posted by on 5 April, 2014 in Health & Wellbeing

 

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Signing back in

We both have been very quiet the last few months. Not intentionally but sometimes things don’t quite go to plan. But that one is a very pleasant surprise.

Last August we’ve found out that we were pregnant! Wow! We talked a lot about family planning and trying for some time but it just didn’t want to happen. I was training like mad for my series of Half Marathons in July, September and October. Plus taking up an acting up role, I was stressed out. So I put it all down to rigorous training, high demanding job and a very, very  hot summer. I ignored all the signals, completed Frome Half Marathon at the very early stage of my pregnancy in extremely hot conditions (well extremely hot for UK I would say). I took my PB that day. Felt great! Couldn’t’ wait for next one. Plus I became hungry for full Marathon. And then BOOM!

It took 3 pregnancy tests to convince me that I was pregnant! Plus first visit to midwife and couple more weeks after that. Probably when we had our first scan it hit me hard. Seeing teeny tiny human shape inside you and the heartbeat, growing, breathing moving, was very emotional and amazing moment for both of us!

Now we are 2 weeks until due date. Our emotions are mixed. Super excited, terrified, happy and absolutely cannot wait to meet our little one.

Over the next few weeks (too ambitious of me?!) I will capture and share with you my pregnancy journey. How things went? My training schedule, nutrition, emotional roller-coaster and realisation that that we will be a family! I will be a mum! All I can say now is that my priorities have changed, my mind adapted, I gained pretty healthy weight and I CANNOT wait to be able to sleep on my back and lie on my stomach again!

Happy reading!

Irina

Happy, Healthy and Huge!

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Posted by on 5 April, 2014 in Health & Wellbeing

 

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Take responsibility

Couldn’t agree more! Every individual must take responsibility for their own health (in fact for ALL the choices they make in life).

 
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Posted by on 24 February, 2014 in Health & Wellbeing

 

There is only one runner

Great sentiment and the perfect start to improve your running mind for events… 🙂

 
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Posted by on 11 November, 2013 in Health & Wellbeing

 

August Mileage

August was a varied month for Team PI, Irina ran a LOT of mileage again, preparing for the Bristol Half on 15th September, and Paul had his first two swims in a wetsuit, first in the sea of South Devon and then at our local lake Triathlon Training Centre (I’ll blog about that after my next visit).

Meanwhile it is a testing time physically, mentally and emotionally with both of our jobs reaching their [very intense!] busiest time of the year in the next week or two. We’ve been trying to keep the training up (which is also a stress reliever and source of enjoyment), and been carefully managing our energy levels through sensible nutrition.

Paul also went on a two day mountain navigation course in Shropshire at the Long Mynd, with Marshall Cale of Love The Hills, which was fantastic and I’ll need to get out and practise soon to solidify those new skills! Hoping to use them to do some camping/hiking and solo hikes next year.

Paul’s August Running: 17.9 Miles
Paul’s August Cycling: 49.9 Miles
Paul’s August Swimming: 1.7 Miles
Paul’s August Hiking: 16 Miles

Irina’s August Running: 84.4 Miles!!

Irina is penciled in for the 25th Bristol Half Marathon on the 15th, unfortunately Paul has to work that day! However, Paul is hoping to find a suitable Sprint distance Triathlon to fit into the busy next month, watch this space…

Paul.

 
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Posted by on 1 September, 2013 in Mileage & Stats, Running

 

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Swimming paddles… whats the point?!

A bugbear of mine whilst swimming at my pool is people who use hand or finger paddles! Personally I just don’t see the point of them, and the use of them by swimmers on a Sunday morning lane swimming session really annoys me…!

I understand what they are used for, swimmers can increase their (stroke) strength by using them. However I strongly feel that they are counter productive (especially for a Sunday morning swimmer, who judging by their body-type does not undertake any other form of strength or conditioning training!).

  • Firstly, you will never be able to use them during any event or race
  • The sudden added resistance could potentially cause an injury in the very complex shoulder joint
  • Your technique changes when wearing/using them, but will that really benefit your stroke when you don’t have them on? (I can see people just slipping back to their usual technique when not using them!)
  • It could mask (and even promote) a poor technique because your times are good due to the extra force they create…

Personally I feel that casual swimmers simply use them as an ego boost at the pool, and it really bugs me when lane swimming in a busy pools’ fast lane that those users don’t space themselves, insisting on banging into my feet for the few lengths (at a time) they wear these things for. It doesn’t prove anything, and for the rest of the swim I simply adjust my stroke or starting space accordingly so as not to impact on their swim (as generally I am faster than them over a sustained swimming distance).

For me it is far more important and sensible to work on several stroke techniques, one for powerful strokes to sprint or create extra lift when you need to, and one for endurance and efficiency, keeping energy in the arms whilst maintaining a decent pace over distance. To enable me to develop my power I have been supplementing my swimming with a varied strength and flexibility training program, which is seeing real positive gains in the pool/lake/sea whilst greatly restricting any injury issues…

I’m no expert, but I’m starting to dread my pool sessions because of these people… I hope they aren’t out in force tomorrow morning!

Rant over… 😉

Paul.

P.S. I would love to hear what swimmers reading this think, please leave a comment… do you use paddles? 🙂

 
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Posted by on 31 August, 2013 in Injury, Swimming, Triathlon

 

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