HALF-WAY THERE!!!! About 140 days until we meet our little girl! Okay, I shouldn’t write out how many days because that still feels like it is forever away ha! It’s kind of like a marathon, I shouldn’t count down the miles (weeks) until the final 10k… just gonna take it a mile at a time:)
*43.38 miles last week including one really great long run of 10.18. Temperatures make the world of difference for my running right now so if I get out early enough (like I did for my long run last week) I feel so much better!
*I was looking back to my pregnancy posts with Brooke and at this point I was at around an 8:30 average pace for each run. This time around I am usually averaging a 9:22 pace or slower. They are right… each pregnancy is definitely different!
*Each week the chaffing continues to get worse:) Even body glide isn’t fully doing the trick anymore.
*Pancakes are still a very big deal in my life and if they aren’t thick and fluffy, I want nothing to do with them.
*I got the pillow. It’s amazing. I will be using this for the next 20 weeks.
*The heartburn is already out of control ha. Maybe that is because she already has a ton of hair;) Isn’t that an old wive’s tale? I had a dream she came out with hair down to her shoulders ha.
*At 20 weeks the baby now weights about 10.5 ounces! She is as long as a banana now!
I’ve had a few questions about what my plan is in terms of getting back in shape after I have the baby. I’ve also had a lot of time to think about this question and come up with my game plan so here it is:
My conclusion: I’m going to be doing this quite differently than I did after having Brooke. Do I regret how I jumped (ehhh sprinted) back into running like I did with Brooke? Nope. My life at that time was very different. I needed running to help me to get through some of life’s challenges. I would NEVER recommend it or do it again though. With Brooke I think I was back to running about 2 weeks after I had her. I was running up until the day before I had her (and also in the parking lot of the hospital;) and jumped right back into 10 milers on the treadmill and racing a half marathon when she was 7 weeks old. I was able to jump back quickly with Brooke BUT…. I experienced major pain in my pubic area starting when she was 4-5 months old and lasting for a few years after that (it wasn’t as bad later on but for the first mile of every run I FELT IT). It wasn’t good for my body. At all. I learned from my mistake but I also know mentally that I really needed it at that time. It is what it is.
One pressure (that I put on myself) I have felt in the past has to do with writing a running blog and the fact that it is the thing that supports my entire family right now. I instantly wonder if it is important for me to get back in shape quickly after having the baby. But then when I really think about it, I feel like the most important thing for me to be is a good example this time around. I’m taking the full 6 weeks after our little girl is born to NOT RUN. To not put any pressure on myself to do anything but care for my little family (and of course share pictures of our life during this time.. but I’m warning you, they will probably be a bit shorter posts with fewer words because I’ll be sleep deprived). I want to be an example not for getting back to my normal body quickly but for truly taking care of my body and waiting to run until everything is healed up. I also really want breastfeeding to work this time and I think that giving me time to build a good supply without the stress of running will be good for it. These six weeks will be during my least favorite time of year to run anyways so I won’t be missing out on much! I’ll go for walks and probably share some selfies from that occasionally but I’m not doing what I did last time. I don’t think Andrew would let me either ha;) As my sister always says, ‘it takes 9 months to gain the weight with having a baby, you better believe it is going to take at least that long to have it come off.’ There is no rush. There is no pressure. Running will always be there for us when we are ready and I have my whole life to run. I only have so long with a little newborn to cherish. I only have one body to take care of.
I definitely have running goals up ahead of me that I’m really looking forward to in the future. I’m excited to work towards those goals and have a running coach again BUT the way for me to get to these goals means I have to be smart. I will need to wait to start running until my body has healed and to slowly increase my mileage and speed. I might stick to 5ks and 10ks for a while before I build up to the half-marathon and definitely the full marathon. Whatever I end up doing, I’m sure I’ll talk your ear off with all of my different plans.
Long story short… I’m going to be waiting the full six weeks to run. And I can’t wait for those 6 weeks of snuggling, bonding our family together even more and healing. If my clothes don’t fit again for a very long time… I am totally okay with that. I would be lying if I didn’t say that of course there will be times where I will struggle with my post-baby body but that is normal for a lot of women. I’m going to be gentle with myself and do what is best for the baby, me and my family. And I can’t wait to share the whole process with you!
What worked for you after you had a baby? Did you experience any pain with your running after having a baby?
I’d love to hear any tips or lessons that you learned about post-baby body/running/etc!!
I’d love to hear some of your biggest cravings NOW (if you are pregnant) or for your pregnancies in the past?