Thursday, June 23, 2011

Running will have to wait

Today I'm over at the For Two Fitness blog, writing about my decision to put running on hold until after the baby is born. Can you relate?

3 comments:

  1. I'm in my late 30's and in my first (surprise) pregnancy, I didn't want to jinx anything so I too put my running on hold. It's worth it for me and baby's health, and peace of mind. The track and field will always be there to greet me post-pregnancy.

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  2. If you really miss it, you could always try scaling things back a bit and seeing how you feel.

    For example, try running early in the morning or later in the evening if you're feeling overheated in the afternoon.

    Run for EITHER distance OR time, but not both (i.e. either run 5 km in as long as it takes you to do so, OR run for half hour, regardless of the distance you cover).

    Don't be afraid to take breaks and walk as needed, to catch your breath, bring your heart rate down or take a few sips of water.

    Running Room sells hydration belts that hold several small soft plastic water bottles around your waist - they're a great hands-free option (although, if you keep your runs down to 30-45 min and hydrate before and after, you might find yourself a little thirsty, but certainly not in any danger).

    You don't have to worry about hurting the baby if you trip and fall - she's enclosed in the most high-tech impact protection system known to mankind :)

    I think the toughest thing I've had to learn during my pregnancy is to exercise without ego -- to let go of my constant need to go harder and faster, and to just exercise in the moment, based on how I feel on that particular day. I've also learned that just because something seems easy one day doesn't mean it will be the next day, but likewise, just because something seems difficult one day doesn't mean it won't be easy next time I try it.

    There was a period during the second trimester where I found running quite challenging. It made my pelvis ache and I kept feeling like I had to pee because the baby was bouncing off my bladder. I also found that I got out of breath very easily. But now, well into the third trimester, I can still run short distances with relative ease, so you just never know.

    All this is to say, don't rule out the idea that you might start wanting to run again in a few weeks, and that it just might be possible for you to do so :-)

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