Running and pregnancy so far

Before I got pregnant, I knew I wanted to try to run through my next pregnancy.  I did not run when I was pregnant with Zain because I was not running consistently before I got pregnant; therefore, running while pregnant wasn’t even an option.

I found out I was pregnant 2 days before I ran the Iron Girl Half Marathon.  Not running the race never crossed my mind because I had trained for it and felt good about still running it.  I knew I might have to adjust my race plan and I was okay with that.  I planned to walk if I needed to or slow down to a more comfortable pace.  I was only 4 weeks pregnant at the race so the real only symptom I had at that point was the occasional dizziness.  I felt dizzy a few times during the race so I just slowed down until it passed.

The funny thing was that during the race, I kept thinking, “I’m pregnant and I’m running a half marathon!” A couple years ago, I never thought I’d run through a pregnancy at all, let alone a long distance race. Granted, it was so early that most women wouldn’t have even known they were pregnant yet! I managed to pull of a big PR at that race and that’s pretty much the last time I ran fast since I found out I was pregnant.

After the race, I had my mystery injury pop up.  I agonized over that injury more than I would have had I not been pregnant.  I was concerned that if I had to take 6-8 weeks off to heal, I could say goodbye to my chance to run through my pregnancy.  Thankfully, a little bit of rest and some KT Tape fixed me up and I was able to get back to it.

Since I was coming off that injury and pregnant, my running changed drastically.  I have slowed down to a pace that most people could probably walk at.  After spending over a year busting my ass to get faster, it sucks to be slow again.  I’m okay with it though.  When I wasn’t pregnant, I could abuse my body all I wanted when I ran to make it go faster, but now I’m not just running for me.  I’m running for 2 and the little person inside me needs me to slow down so I can, ya know, breathe and stuff.

The first trimester was not kind to me.  I didn’t experience much morning sickness with Zain so to make up for that, I’ve had all-day sickness this time around.  The nausea plus my perpetual state of exhaustion hasn’t made it easy to keep running.

What has kept me moving is my running streak.  When I first heard about Runner’s World Summer Running Streak, I wanted to participate, but figured that I couldn’t because I’m pregnant.  Then I thought about it a little more…if I take it really easy, keep my mileage low, and include some walking, why can’t I do it? I also googled “pregnant and running streak” and came upon Run Inspired’s blog.  She is pregnant and streaking, plus she just completed her 4th half marathon while pregnant so she’s pretty much my hero.

My streak has kept me moving when I don’t want to move.  Running gives me energy and makes me feel better, even if it’s only for a little while.  I guarantee that without the streak, I’d be lucky if I ran 2 or 3 days a week.  I know that if I ran that little, I’d end up giving up on running because I’d lose my fitness even faster than I already have.  But not to worry, I’m not out there running as hard as I can every day.  My runs are at a very easy pace and almost always include at least one walking break (or sometimes 6, just depends on the day).  If I had a day where I really did not feel up to running, I walked at least a mile.  No, it’s not running, but I’m still doing something.  Maybe that makes me a running streak phony, but so be it.

That’s everything that I’ve been wanting so badly to say for the past 2 months, but couldn’t because I was still in the pregnancy closet.  I’m so excited to be running through this pregnancy (and I do have my doctor’s permission to do so).  I’m also thrilled to be able to share my journey through my blog.

Thank you to everyone for all your kind words yesterday! I’m so thankful that I’ve connected with so many wonderful and supportive people through my blog.  I also have to add a big thank you to my hubby who has not only endured painfully slow runs with me over the past 2 months, but also my occasional frequent constant whining about not feeling well.  Today is our 4th anniversary so Happy Anniversary, love! :)

Happy running!

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Still streaking

Today will be day 24 of my running streak. It’s hard to believe it’s more than halfway over. I’ve really enjoyed the extra motivation to get in at least a mile everyday since I started.

Thankfully, I’ve remained injury-free. If I do feel like my body needs a break, I just make it a very easy one mile day and that’s usually enough of a rest. The biggest drawback to a running streak I’ve found is more laundry to do!

In addition to my streak, I’m enjoying a break from race training. I love having races on my schedule to keep me motivated, but I feel like I was in constant training mode for a year and a half and it’s nice to run just to run, not because I have to. That being said, the excitement of hearing about other runners starting marathon training now for the fall does give me a little race itch. I won’t be doing a fall marathon, but I’ll probably add a shorter distance race to my schedule at some point soon.

Do you like to always have a race to look forward to or do you prefer the freedom of running without a training schedule? I like both. When I’m training for a race, I sometimes long for that freedom, but without a race to train for, I miss my schedule!

Is anyone else streaking? How is it going for you?

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Running streak update!

Today will be day 12 of the Runner’s World Summer Running Streak. I actually began my streak 2 days before the RW streak so here I am 14 days later and I feel great!

What I love about this streak is that since I’m not training for any races at the moment, I still have something to keep me motivated. Everyday, there is not a question of if I will run, because I will run no matter what. Sure there have been plenty of 1 mile easy days, but at least I’m doing something when I probably would have been doing nothing otherwise.

I am very lucky to have a treadmill so that’s where I spend a lot of my 1 mile days. It sure is easier to stay motivated on the treadmill when you only have to go a mile!

I have been feeling great injury-wise. My mileage hasn’t been that high (only 24 miles last week) so I think that’s helping. I did have a minor panic attack last week when I had some soreness on the top of my foot near my ankle. It lasted for less than 24 hours and I think it was from tying my running shoes too tight. Oops!

My foot/ankle injury from last month hasn’t bothered me a single bit until I did something stupid at the beginning of this week. I decided to try my Saucony Kinvaras again even though I had been suspicious that they’d played a role in my injury. I only wore them for one of my one mile runs. I felt fine during the run, but then I felt that same tightness return to my ankle afterward. It’s fine now, but that does confirm to me that those shoes don’t work for me. It’s such a bummer because I really liked them!

Other than that minor setback, I’m really happy with how my streak is going. Is anyone else streaking? How is it going for you?

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