I’m always asked if I notice any difference between my two pregnancies. Physically, I’d say not at all. I’m carrying almost the same (weight gain, how I look, the size of the babies)…But it’s hard to compare other aspects because the circumstances are so different – especially when it comes to running. I was fortunate enough to work from home for most of my first pregnancy. The last four months were spent at home. I had the luxury of keeping my feet up, napping, and running when I felt was best for me. I was able to log some high miles – especially during the last few weeks of pregnancy.
This pregnancy couldn’t be any more different. Having an almost 20 month old toddler makes my day not really my own. Since my chiropractor does not want me to run with the running stroller until after the baby is born (to prevent my PPP from returning), I am limited to run either first thing in the AM or late at night when my husband is home. I *can* run on the treadmill when my son is napping, but I have been really trying to nap (or at least keep my feet up) when he naps otherwise I’m exhausted by 3 or 4pm.
I’m usually a 5am runner, but even getting out the door by 630am while 37 weeks pregnant is tougher than I thought it would be. I’m not sleeping great and my body feels achy and stiff for the first 45-60 min of being awake. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t head out earlier. So I have been limited with how far I can run because my husband needs to leave for work. If I try to put off the run til my husband comes home, there’s a 99% chance I won’t be running – I’m just too tired by the end of the day!!!
What does this all mean for my running? Two years ago, my priority (while taking into account the health of me and my baby) was on the mileage I was logging each week. My day revolved around running. These days, I’m finding that I can’t go much more than 5 or 6 miles (at this point in my pregnancy) without being totally wiped out for the rest of the day. I would love to try to go out and run 8-10 miles. But then I’ll likely spend the rest of the day on the couch recouping from the stress I just put on my body. And I wouldn’t have the energy to teach my son how to hit a baseball or play with him on the beach.
So given all that, you can see why I’m on cloud 9 from my last week of running. Most days were fairly comfortable (and I would have tried to go longer if I had more time). I’ve logged 24 miles AND (most importantly) had the energy and desire to have some fun days with my priority – my son.
- Wednesday: 5 miles – 48 min (9:35 pace)
- Friday: 6 miles – 55 min (9:10 pace)
- Saturday: 5 miles – 47 min (9:20 pace)
- Monday: 4 miles – 38 min (9:30 pace)
- Tuesday: 4 miles – 38 min (9:30 pace)
- Week total: 24 miles
(Note: most of the times/paces are estimates – I haven’t been running with my Garmin so I only know the start/end time of my runs from my phone!)
Did you take a different approach with exercise / running during each pregnancy?
Did you find that your priorities changed?