Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Slowing Down

This post is literally about slowing down while running pregnant and listening to your body's cues.  It's actually a really hard thing to do.  Whenever one of my running buds asks me if I want to go for a run now I preface it with "sure... but I am really slow now".

How much slower? About 45 seconds/km which might seem like small beans but when you are so used to banging out 5 km in say 25 minutes, as the Garmin creeps up to 30 minutes you just feel slow.

I will share a typical run with you:

Last night I went out to run 3 miles.  It was muggy and humid but  just went with it.  3 minutes in I start to wonder if I should start putting body glide on under my sports bra because it feels like I have just completed a marathon with all the chafing going on. I don't feel the baby bouncing (yet) but it does feel weird. Like a pulling sensation.  I decide to run 5min and walk 30 seconds because the run just isn't going well.  It's not impossible, it's just different.  Like way back when I first started running and each km logged was a new victory.  Then when I get home I am ravenous after 30 minutes of running.  It's quite funny really. So I refuel with carbs and loads of lemon water and pat myself on the back for getting out there and taking this baby for a run. I think he's happy about it.

When I make it to 7 or 8 km now it impresses me. I think if I slowed down more I could crank out a bit more mileage but I don't feel I need to. I am happy just staying active for the duration of this pregnancy journey. Which now has 17 weeks left!!

Did you run through your pregnancy? What did you do to stay active? I would love to hear from you!



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