Before I was even pregnant I came across an article HERE all about Kara Goucher and Paula Radcliffe and running while they were pregnant. They were both due on the same day and both ran throughout their pregnancies. I loved reading about how they adjusted during this time from running 100 miles a week with a 5:40 pace for an entire marathon pre-pregnancy to when they were pregnant and scaled back. It was really fascinating to me even though at the time I was just trying to convince billy that I was responsible enough to take care of a puppy.
It was inspiring to see these woman’s priorities change during those 40 weeks but also keep up their fitness and not give into the ‘I’m pregnant so I never have to move’ idea.
I wanted to include a few parts that I loved the most but you could also just go read the full article if you wanted:)
Kara craved DAIRY like no other during her pregnancy….I told you we have a lot in common. Paula craved food in general, she always kept food with her at all times!
During Kara’s 5th month of pregnancy she was hitting 75 to 80 miles a week, still doing speed work but definitely scaling back in intensity and using an AlterG treadmill once a week. Paula cut her usual mileage in half and just ran to feel really good rather than to make a certain time. Paula didn’t even pay attention to pace.
Kara (1st pregnancy) and Paula (second pregnancy) both did not use a heart rate monitor but judged according to their breathing whether they were pushing it too hard and needed to slow down. They both agreed that their pregnancy was a necessary break for their body. At times they said it was really frustrating to be a lot slower than they used to be and to no longer having control over their body.
And probably my favorite part (the part about coming back stronger because you are happier because of your new baby):
It also made me feel better to know that I am not the only one having to pee 45 times a run, and I hear it is only going to get worse:)
(Aren’t they adorable? Source)
I want to know about how exercise and running went for YOU while pregnant? Which trimester was the easiest to exercise in? The hardest?
How did the women in your life exercise while pregnant? Your mom, your sister, your bf, your coworkers?