Pregnant & Running

I’m halfway home! Almost at 21 weeks. My pregnancy has flown by and I’ve honestly not had any major issues. [knock on wood] I don’t think I realize how lucky I am.

Disclaimer – this is going to bore the daylights out of some of you – please feel free to hop over to something like Outside Magazine or Men’s Health and entertain yourself.

Three Perks of Prego Running & Workouts

  1. Running has been amazing. I ran straight through my first tri, same pace as non-prego. Regular exercise of any type builds stamina and prepares and strengthens muscles and body for delivery. Oh fun times.
  2. You feel like a bada**. Yes, people stare at my midsection but I’ve had so many people tell me that I’ve motivated them to “move.” I’ve never been more proud of my distance running.
  3. Even as my pregnancy progresses, if I run a 15-minute mile or 8-minute mile, the fact I’m continuing to exercise has positive benefits for me and the babe.

Three Downsides to Prego Running & Workouts

  1. My Garmin mocks me. I didn’t really have problems running until around week 17. And by problems I mean it felt like my legs were made of lead. It now takes about 3 miles until my body will relax and I can get into a comfortable pace. You really have to work for every mile. Shortness of breathe is a pain. I had to throw out the mantra of if you run a mile and you don’t feel good you should stop – it’s about powering through now.
  2. Normally running 20 miles a week would keep me pretty fit, but now the scale loves to go up!
  3. You feel like you have to pee. All. The. Time.

FitPregnany has a great article for those considering working out while pregnant: 33 Reasons To Exercise Now.

Always consult your physician before starting a new fitness program, especially during pregnancy!

Where’s the worst place you’ve been on a run where you’ve realized you really have to go?

22 responses to “Pregnant & Running

  1. Love, love, love the belly shot!
    I think pregnant women who exercise are SO inspiring! If you guys can exercise, shouldn’t everyone be able to!?
    I have a terribly small bladder and always have to go pee. I have my “hidden” spots on my usual routes!

  2. Yay for you (and baby!)!!! I have to agree with you in that any running, even slow-as-molasses running is better than doing nothing at all. BUT doing it while prego tops it all :) Keep it up, I’m sure the lil guy enjoys more than you even know.

  3. You are SO CUTE with that little baby bump of yours!! Can’t believe how fast the time is FLYING by!!! If I ever wind up pregnant, I’ll totally be remembering this blog post because I’d love to be able to keep running throughout if I can. Go you! (even if its frustrating at times)

  4. Ah, your bump is so perfect! I can only imagine how bada** you look, running those UK streets and enjoying every minute (or so…). :) The babe doesn’t know how lucky he is….(he will soon!)

  5. I think it’s awesome that you’re keeping up with your running. I can say for certain that you’re getting more miles in than I ever will if I’m pregnant! :) And you have a great attitude about the changes, I have to say.

  6. awww! happy half-way!
    “you feel like a bada$$” <–I love that!!
    keep up the handwork, you will be so happy when you return to running post-baby recovery that you ran through those hard-miles now, I know you will feel SO GOOD once you return without your little love-bug riding along inside you!
    xoxo!

      • I admire your ability to still run at this point in your pregnancy. I am now 30 weeks pregnant and I had to stop running at 20 weeks. It was just becoming too painful for the baby and I. There was also some episodes of nausea and dizziness that made running unbearable. Pre-pregnancy I was running 50-60 miles a weeks so I had high hopes that I would continue until I delivered. However, I had to recognize that each woman is different and that I have to listen to my baby and my body. I have committed to doing 20-30 miles a week of activity, which has been walking, biking, using the elliptical, and I also add in some weights and yoga. It has been a humbling but very rewarding experience. Keep up the running and I hope you continue to feel well! It is such an exciting time!!

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