At 24 weeks, I am visibly pregnant. For Monday Runday, I thought I’d share my own 9 rules for running with pregnant.
I am no longer the nauseous, overly exhausted runner that I was in September. I no longer feel like I am simply getting over the flu. Rather, I’ve gained a healthy amount of weight, I have girth, and I am often lulled to sleep at night by the tiny thuds of a kicking baby girl.
As for running with this newfound girth…it’s different. My tummy can sometimes get in my way, and now I find my upper legs getting very tired very quickly. It’s interesting because sometimes running actually makes my minor discomforts go away…but 4 miles feel like 15 miles and I eat like a garbage disposal for the rest of the day.
Seeking advice from the blogs of a few runners that I admire, I set these 9 rules for myself that I wanted to share. Keep in mind that, just because these work for me, they will never work for every woman. You should ask you doctor about running every time that you have any questions, like I do.
- If anything ever feels even remotely painful, I stop. No questions. Now is not the time to be a hero.
- I give myself little breaks during my run, either through walking or stopping all-together.
- I never go more than 25 miles a week, no more than 6 miles a run….and lately, I have been between 18-20 per week.
- After I finish running, I chug my entire 33 oz water bottle. Coconut water also proved to be AMAZINGLY HELPFUL to combat nausea during my first-trimester runs.
- Unless the weather is too good to pass up, I run indoors. I am pretty clumsy (even when I’m not pregnant), and I don’t need any help from wet leaves and ice patches.
- I find time after my runs to works my arms, back, and legs so that my whole body stays strong and ready for labor. I also try to squeeze in yoga, and cross-training is a priority.
- I work to find other ways to stay fit during the day, so I don’t rely on running so much. I stand at work for at least an hour a day (I have a desk that rises up), I take the stairs.
- If I wake up and I can’t do it, I don’t push it. It’s not worth it. Sleep is more valuable.
- I work-out as early as I can, preferably before my body knows I am awake. That way, I have less time to feel pregnant and tired.
Today, these rules are my guide. Tomorrow, they may be replaced by one simple rule: don’t run. I don’t know for sure. However, I do know when to run, I know when to walk, and I know when it sit.
I read somewhere pregnancy is like I’m “in training” for my due date. Whatever it takes to get there healthy and strong is what I should do. As for now, I plan to keep taking things one slower, more wobbly step at a time.
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