It has been a busy year leaving little time or energy for blogging after I announced my pregnancy to friends and family. Since my last post, I went from being in my first trimester to being days away from meeting my little boy. Part of my goals during pregnancy were to stay healthy by eating well, exercising and listening to my changing body. I am pleased that I accomplished those goals.
Before I got pregnant, I scaled back my mileage. After suffering a miscarriage and then having a rough year trying to get pregnant (details in a post to-be-written), I was hesitant to ramp up my mileage. That made it easier mentally to tone down running as my pregnant body gave me signals. Within days of the positive pregnancy test, I immediately saw my “easy” pace get much slower; I took it in stride and was happy to be able to run. Running actually helped me with nausea, though getting out the door was tough due to exhaustion; after a run, I felt much better energy and stomach-wise. I stuck to 2-3 mile runs during the week and my longer run capped out at 6 miles. I mixed in strength training, yoga, PiYo and other cross training activities to keep my energy level up and nausea at bay on my non-running days.
I was extremely careful on trails since I was terrified of tripping on a rock or root, falling and having a miscarriage. I wanted to run one or two races while pregnant as “baby’s first race” and one at the park miles from my house was a perfect choice. At 18.5 weeks pregnant, I completed Race Revolution’s XTERRA Pedernales 10K trail race. I had a blast taking it very easy running the technical trails. With safety on my mind, I asked people to pass me when entering more technical single track sections because I wanted to be very careful without holding up others. Towards the end, I kicked it up a notch and started passing people (most of whom were doing the 21K). It was cool hearing people encouraging me as they saw my “Future Runner” shirt. Since my finishing time was much slower than I have ever run that race, I did not bother checking the results until I got an email and noticed I was 3rd in my age group.
During my second trimester, I continued to average about 20 miles per week and kept my pace slow. I traveled a lot for work and getting up at 5am to run was tough but gave me energy for the day. When at home, I utilized the treadmill a lot due to the heat. We went to LA in June for about 36 hours (super short trip); I planned on a 20 minute jog before the baby shower but the temperatures made running so much easier that I squeezed in 3 hilly miles and loved every minute.
Alan and I continued our 4th of July race tradition by running the Lago Vista Firecracker 5k. The course is somewhat hilly and being almost 29 weeks pregnant made it felt much tougher this year than last year when I won my AG. Alan started out faster than I planned but I settled into that pace within the first mile and carried it through the race. I finished in 26:48, which made me realize how easy I really was taking my runs compared to what my body could do.
The third trimester saw the return of exhaustion and my belly popped out more daily. In my 33rd week, I started feeling more pressure in my pubic area; after a 4 mile run, I felt lots of pain and talked to my chiro about it. She said my pubic bones were starting to separate and did an adjustment – ouch!!! The FitSplit I was wearing for additional support on my growing belly did not help with the pubic pain. I resorted to walking for a week and, in week 35, mixed short job intervals in to my walks. The discomfort I felt running had me worried about damaging my pelvic floor muscles, so I decided to cut out all jogging at week 37. Thankfully, power walking did not cause any discomfort, so 3-5 mile walks replaced my runs and I continued strength training and yoga.
At 39.5 weeks pregnant, I cannot wait to start running again. Power walking, weights, yoga and barre are keeping me active- something my doctor has encouraged. I know it will take time for me to recover from childbirth and get cleared to run. Being patient is tough for me but I am thankful I was able to run for most of my pregnancy.