So when I got my BFP last week, I was almost halfway in my training for a half marathon Labor Day weekend and a full marathon in November and have been feeling strong, despite training in the crazy heat here in VA. Looking back, pretty much the moment I got pg it seems, I started to struggle with my training and was feeling WAYYYY tired, getting more cramps that were harder to run through, and just feeling like I needed to stop and walk a LOT. I was so frustrated! But now it makes so much more sense...
DH and I went out over the weekend for my scheduled long run (so far, I've kept up with my training and have been planning to still do the race next month, but skip the full marathon this time around) and I. could. not. do. it. Everything I've ready says just listen to your body and that now is not the time to push through it. So, I thought, ok, maybe I just need to take it easier, take more walk breaks, be sure I'm paying attention to hydrating, etc, etc, etc. I rested Sunday and yesterday, and then went out this AM for a 3-miler, usually an easy, baseline distance for me. I headed out without my watch, ran just for feel today rather than paying attention to pace. Again, I seriously struggled and had the same painful cramp up under my left ribs and ended up cutting it short and walking the last half mile. I'm so frustrated I could cry...I certainly will NOT do anything to jeopardize the baby and there will be a million other races for me to do, but I'm still wondering what in the world happened to me and why I just can't do it...
I'm just curious how any of you handled running when pregnant, and if you had to stop all together, or if it gets easier again. With DS2, I ran up till about 6 months, so having my body boycotting me is new territory for me.
Sorry to whine, and thanks for reading I appreciate any advice you guys have!!
Not a runner, but I do run a mile in the mornings before work. I've found my daily mile to be much more difficult lately. Keeping up with what I can, and when I feel like I have more energy again, I'll do more. And when I can't run or do P90X anymore, I'll probably get a prenatal workout DVD.
I am also due mid April 2011 with my 2nd and was an active pregnant mama with my first child. He was a September boy, so I was early pregnancy in January - February. I am a runner, but here in Wisconsin, winter is cross country ski season!
Believe it or not, I actually salomn downhill raced in January the year I was pregnant (with the blessings of my ob!) and skied the 23K Korteloppet in late February at about 2 months preggo. I took it easy and enjoyed the race. You are going to feel more tired for sure, but if your body is used to strenuous activity already, you should be able to run well into the second trimester.
I ran a half-marathon in early May of this year, but will probably stick to swimming and biking over the next few months. Just because I prefer them not because I want to avoid running.
HH9M and looking forward to getting to know you better! Kendra