Since I found out that we were having a bub, my running experience has changed dramatically. I’m not sure if it’s because my body was already changing, or if it was because I was out of practice, but the first run I went on once we knew was much harder!!
SB came too for moral support, and we had reached about the first kilometre from our house when we came to a big hill. My chest was much tighter than normal, and it felt like I was going to get a stitch pretty soon. So, we walked up the hill. And thus began the run-walk that I have been practicing ever since. At first I would try to walk roughly after every kilometre, but these days I am more confident in going further before walking. Â That was the first thing I noticed: I became out of breath much more quickly.
The second thing I noticed was that it is generallyÂ much harder. My pace has slowed by about a minute, or more depending on the day. I used to feel light on my feet and really enjoyed pushing it. Now I feel like I’m trudging along, and I don’t think I could go much faster without getting one heck of a stitch. Â Again – I’m not sure if this is to do with hormones or whatever, or simply because I have been eating aÂ lot and not running as fast/far, so I’m just not as fit!!
So. I’m not trying to run fast any more, and am purely going on intuitive running: if it feels good I continue, and if I need to slow down or stop then I do. It’s a nice to run without any pressure at all. As you know, I’ve re-built my distance back up, and I’d like to maintain 10k as long as I canâ€¦. though I guess the day might come when I have to trade my sneakers for swimmers (the thought makes me want to literally burn my swimmers in an effigy. I hate swimming for exercise. I am not good at it, and it’s boring).
I definitely miss working towards a goal (I guess there’s just a different goal now), and planning which races will be next. Maybe I might try one more 10k event before I get too big – more for the experience than to try and get any kind of time, but sometimes you just gotta chill and see what happens.
Some people are very nervous about running when they’re pregnant. I did aÂ lotÂ of research before I decided to continue, and I also asked every single medical professional I came across, and they all give it the thumbs up. Different articles will tell you different things, but the main idea is that keeping fit is the best thing you can do during pregnancy, as long as you don’t push it. If your body is used to one particular exercise, then there’s no reason why you can’t continue when expecting.
The exception to this is pole. I have stopped pole!!!!!!!! Â Â I can’t believe it. That was one thing I did think was too risky, and I cannot waitttttt to get upside down again!Â Apparently pregnancy can affect balance later on, and even though I’m not there yet, I didn’t want to risk falling off – there’s more at stake now (FYI, I have only really and truly ever stacked it twice in 7 years)!
It’s weird doing everything with a little sidekick now. Even though we can’t see it yet, it makes itself known: whether it’s the twinge in my stomach, or the head rush I get when I stand up every. single. time. Which isn’t annoying whatsoever. And when running, sometimes I can feel my stomach adjust, and I like to think it’s in there hopping around like I am.
Yep, so this post ended up being more informative and less fun than I thought! Bottom line: running with a sidekick is slower and harder. Has anyone else found this????Â But still worth it and something I really look forward to. Except last night when it was windy and 2 degrees and pitch black, so I went to the supermarket. That was one time when grocery shopping was more appealing than running. But other than that, loving the running still.