The other day I was reading a pregnancy running book and throughout the book they have stories from different women about how they ran throughout their pregnancy. As I was reading about one woman’s account of her running/leaping/skipping/dancing across the beach at 8 months pregnant I found myself comparing myself to her and wondering why it doesn’t feel so easy for me.
It made me think about any readers that are currently pregnant that may feel the same way when reading running blogs. So, I wanted to make it clear….
Running is plain old hard when you are pregnant. You are tired, you have a lot of extra weight to carry around, your back hurts, you have to pee every 48 seconds etc. etc. etc.
The other day after a 7-mile run with Billy I looked at him and said, “Remember how I was planning (when I was 6 weeks pregnant and had no idea how different running would be) on running/walking a marathon this next month? I think I was taking crazy pills. The thought of doing any run that long makes me want to curl up in a ball and go to sleep.”
For the first while of my pregnancy running was fine and it really helped with the nausea but the farther along I am getting the harder it is to run and the better it feels to lay down:) (Don’t worry I was only on my back for the picture then I moved onto my side)
I still have those runs that feel great but overall I am continuing to run for the AFTER feeling and because I know that it is good for me and for my little girl. I continue to run because running really is a part of who I am, I LOVE races, it makes me feel alive and I go crazy (literally) without it but it sure isn’t easy.
I guess I just wanted to write this quick little post for pregnant women that may be getting down on themselves because they can’t do what they once could in terms of exercise. Doing any form of movement during pregnancy is incredible and that is something that I have really been focusing on when I start to think about how much has changed in my running. I just tell myself how awesome it is that I am out doing something that I know is healthy for me and my baby and before I know it I will be happily pushing that little one around in a jogging stroller (PS expect a post in approximately 6 months about breastfeeding and running being even harder than being pregnant and running).
Get it out there….tell me your thoughts about how you felt/feel when exercising and pregnant!