Running over.....

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lesleynka's picture
Joined: 04/26/11
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Running over.....

Well, I think my running days are over & I am REALLY bummed about it.

I usually go run about 2 miles on my lunch break. I have been slowing down & walking more, but today when I was about 1/2 way through the park I got a pretty bad contraction. I had to walk back the rest of the way back to my office.

It has been about 45 minutes & I still have cramping & a little back pain. I think it may just be a touch of dehydration mixed w/ high activity.

Running & exercise keeps me sane. I still plan to go to the gym, but I just can't get there very often...if hardly at all.

I know there are other exercisers/runners out there....what do you think?

sugspop's picture
Joined: 02/22/07
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I was doing my elliptical and strength training up until a couple of weeks ago. The back pain during those exercises became just too much for me! I couldn't just stop activity, so I started doing fast walking with my 36 lb kid in a stroller, up hill. Ha. I'm doing it for about 30 minutes every day! I was actually sore after the first day and it feels great and seems to be helping my back. Maybe it is time to slow it down to a fast power walk!? You could add ankle weights if you feel you need a challenge haha.

Kudos to you though for running for so long in the pregnancy! That is definitely admirable! Smile

JuneorJulyBaby?'s picture
Joined: 10/20/08
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Why not just trying a brisk walk? The big thing is just push yourself but not so hard that you have contractions. Sorry you have to quit running Sad

Joined: 04/10/11
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I'm sorry. This no exercise thing really sucks. I hope you're able to at least keep on doing the fast walking.

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"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

Why not just trying a brisk walk? The big thing is just push yourself but not so hard that you have contractions. Sorry you have to quit running Sad

I started this recently but I have to admit - it killed me! I had horrible uterine pains.

I hope you are able to find a way to still work out while pg. On Baby Story this week I saw a story of a woman that did her same weight lifting/cardio routine the entire time, including the morning of her scheduled csection. Then she had the baby on Mon, went home Wed and was back in the gym on Friday. :rolleyes:

Starryblue702's picture
Joined: 04/06/11
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I would say that was just your body telling you to slow down and take it easy. I've always been told any exercise that I did before I got pregnant was OK, and since I'm assuming you ran before that you're fine... but like others suggested I would just take it down to a brisk walk or at least jogging, and if you feel those contractions coming on again, slow it down even more!

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Joined: 05/22/06
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Honestly, I used to run almost everyday, about an hour and a half at a time. Now, there is no way...I gave up at about three or four months. I am so mushy and flabby now, I cannot wait to have my runners body back! I have not been working out much at all. I do Gabby Reese's pregnancy work out from time to time. And I rode my recumbent bike the other day...and was kneeing the baby, so that is almost over too. LOL! I plan to work all this flab off like a mad woman as soon as I can after I deliver Smile

lesleynka's picture
Joined: 04/26/11
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"joyjim" wrote:

I am so mushy and flabby now, I cannot wait to have my runners body back! I have not been working out much at all.

This is what I'm scared of. Sad I am not EVEN a vain person, seriously, so far from that. But when I feel my strength & tone start to disappear it starts to have an effect on my psyche. Exercise is my feel-good drug.

I'm going to try to do workouts on my onDemand on my cable....maybe i'll start w/ The Butt Bible. lmao.

_Jessicah_'s picture
Joined: 04/21/11
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I try to stay active (like taking walks with my daughter at home, walking the track at work) but if I do too much, which really wouldn't even be exertion when not pregnant, I start to get BH contractions. It's really frustrating because they tell you to get up and do stuff but how are ya supposed to do it when it causes you to cramp and hurt??

OliveOly's picture
Joined: 08/03/08
Posts: 158

As a fellow runner I know how it is to resort to walking but at least you are excerising. I agree with pp, some days will be better than others and when you don't feel so good go easy or not at all.
Remember not to start back to your excercise plan to quickly after having the baby. I tried to run like 3-4weeks after my last and whoa all the parts just didn't go together and I hurt when I was finished. It took me a couple months to build back up. Especially since your body is adjusting hormonally and sleep deprivation is taking over.

I remember in the first trimester I would be out running have to throw up and than get back to running. The things we do to keep running. Some might say we are crazy but if you don't have a running lifestyle you can never understand. My DH calls me crazy all the time and is not in agreeance (is that a word?) with me still running.