I have quite the obsession with running and my brain thinks about my little girl 23 hours a day so you can imagine that I have absolutely loved reading, “Runner’s World Guide to Running and Pregnancy.” I feel like throughout the entire book I am shaking my head yes while I read and saying, ‘amen to that’ after every paragraph:
“When I reached the 20-mile mark in my first marathon, a man on the sidelines yelled, “Congratulations! You’re halfway there.” I knew instinctively what he meant: The hardest part, the real test of my strength, lay ahead in those last 6.2 miles. And he was right.
So goes it with the last trimester of pregnancy. You’ve undoubtedly been anticipating this time, wondering if it will be as hard as everyone says, questioning if you will still run when your belly feels more like a watermelon than a cantaloupe. Running typically becomes less and less enjoyable as the weeks pass, which is especially disappointing if you sailed through the second trimester. Some of the things you take for granted about your body will change yet again, and you will need to make adjustments.”
(From my most recent 1/2 Marathon, 29 weeks pregnant)
It is getting harder and harder to run and my average pace has dropped down 2+ minutes per mile but once again the benefits that my little girl and I am getting from running make it all worth it.
– “Studies have shown that for pregnant women who exercise, labor is shorter and involves fewer complications. Athletes who have endured labor say that their training gave them a mental edge during childbirth.”
-Sleep is hard enough as it is and I notice a big difference on the days that I run vs the days I do not run. IE I finished 1/2 a season of Malcolm in the Middle the night after taking a rest day last week.
-Let’s be honest, it isn’t easy to see your body change so much and put on weight but after I have a good run in the morning the whole day I feel so much better about myself.
-I can’t even imagine how crazy my emotions would be without running.
-I don’t know about you but running makes me crave healthier foods which is clearly better for me and my baby. On days that I don’t run I notice that all I want to eat are processed foods i.e. mac and cheese and oreos. Although, whether I run or not I always want donuts.
I have one more 1/2 marathon on Saturday and no races planned after that but there will still be plenty of running adventures in the next 10 weeks even though there will probably be more waddling occurring than actual running;)
What was the hardest part for you during the third trimester? How much did your running slow down?
What was the biggest benefit from exercise for you during your pregnancy?
What changes do you notice (sleep, eating etc) on your rest days compared to your running days?