I feel like there are a million ways that running and pregnancy are similar to each other so I wanted to chat about some of those today:
*Just like when I am doing a very long run or race, once I am past the half-way mark I switch from counting miles to counting DOWN the miles so now I get to say just 16 more weeks until I meet this little one.
*You need a good bra for both running and for when you are pregnant. A really good bra.
*Just like during a long run or race… I’m snacking on something just about every 30 minutes (thankfully not a gel like I do when I run ha but it feels like I’m eating all of the time right now).
*For the majority of my runs, the first part is the hardest. Same thing with pregnancy, that first trimester is something else.
*Each day during pregnancy and each run during your training cycle can be SO so different from the one before. One day I’ll feel as close to normal as possible and happy and the next day I’ll feel nauseated when I open my eyes in the morning or I’ll feel angry for no reason with zero patience. You just never know what you are going to get before you start a run and with each day during pregnancy!
*To go along with the above point, a rollercoaster of emotions are expected to happen throughout a race and throughout each day of pregnancy.
*Weird smells are JUST THE WORST during a run/race and during pregnancy.
*I use my ‘just smile’ technique in both pregnancy and running when I’m hurting… When you really hurt just plaster on a smile for a minute and it releases hormones to make you feel a little bit better.
*You somehow magically forget how hard a race is or how hard pregnancy is after it’s all done and you somehow find yourself doing it again later:)
*When things get hard, staying in the mile or the moment is NECESSARY! Thinking too far ahead of how much longer you have to run or how much longer you have until you have your baby makes things feel impossible when you are struggling!
*You can’t walk normal for days after a really hard workout or race… the same thing happens to me after having a baby:)
*Lots of people do both running and pregnancy and we each have our own ways of enjoying it, training for it, learning from it and coping through the hard parts! Cheering each other on in both is so so important!
Just a few things from the last few weeks!
*I wake up the second my bladder has an ounce in it to use the restroom which means I am waking up way too many times each night ha.
*The fatigue just started to really kick in this last week. Maybe that is because of the above bladder situation waking me up all night long or maybe it is because we have been a lot busier lately. I didn’t experience fatigue during the first trimester and now I feel like I could take a nap at any moment of the day.
*Somebody’s hand is always on my stomach trying to feel baby kicks and I love it:)
*The first half of pregnancy felt like it went slower than any other time of my life and now this second half seems to be going by too fast and I need to start getting things ready over here for this little one to get here.
*My sister-in-law told me that she is going to give me all of her boy clothing if we have a boy… She has the CUTEST clothes for her little boy (that is currently 5 months). Whether it is a boy or a girl, we are set with clothes now (I kept Skye’s baby clothes).
*Brooke told me that this is what I look like:)
*We had a few names that we loved a few weeks ago but we have both changed our minds again so we are back to the beginning again with names.
*I feel like I am wearing a weighted vest on the front of my body during my runs right now which makes it so I really have to pay attention to my form during each run.
*I haven’t been really having any strong food cravings anymore (my orange craving a few months ago was UNREAL and it was all I could think about) but certain things definitely sound better than other things and those things are always changing. Fruit and lemonade (or strawberry lemonade) are something that always sound though.
*I still can’t believe that Skye is going to be the BIG sister soon. I’m very interested to see how she handles the transition.
In what ways do you think running and pregnancy relate?!
Pregnant readers… how are you doing this week?