Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley
I signed up for The Color Run 5k in San Francisco months ago–it is on March 2nd and I’ll be around 6 weeks pregnant. Does anyone know if there are any risks with the color powder that they throw? The website says that the powder is “food grade cornstarch and 100% natural and SAFE,” but I’m a total worrier.
And is it okay for me to be running? Any other running moms to be?
Post # 3
@moniquaa: When it comes to exercise and pregnancy the rule of thumb is if you already do it (ie; run) then doing it while pregnant isn’t an issue or typically a concern within reason. I would consult your doctor especially if it is something relatively new.
Kerri Walsh played in the Olympics when she was newly pregnant and I know of a lady that played volleyball in our league until she was nearly 8 months along. I do powerfit and the doctor said that with minor adjustments it should be fine (once I am pregnant…not yet trying) as my body is already accustomed to these work outs.
Post # 4
I think you should be fine… I did have a tough time breathing and coughed up some colored phlegm (tmi sorry!) so maybe you should have a bandana to cover your nose/mouth with as you run through the color zones. Otherwise I got color in my eyes and it didn’t even irritate them. I’m not pregnant, so I can’t weigh in much more but I do think you’ll be fine!
Post # 5
I think you should be fine because 1) there’s not much running and 2) they have really diluted the cornstarch color to the point where it’s not very saturated. I did the CR when it first came out and then I did it again a few cities later and the colors was more saturated and vibrant at the first run. There were also less people at the first one. It was really difficult running in the second one without running into people or falling into potholes (the second one I did was in a stadium parking lot). To avoid inhaling too much cornstarch, I suggest bringing a bandanna. You’ll only need it in the color “tunnel” and not the entire run.
I would keep in mind that because it is very crowded, you run the risk of slipping and falling. Since you are only six weeks pregnant, I would guess it would be fine since you won’t be falling on a more pronounced tummy.
If you are concerned, you can do a power walk rather than run (a lot of people walk) and then just do a light jog through the colored areas.
Post # 6
It’s okay to run, but don’t be surprised if it is a lot harder than you expect! Even if you don’t really *look* pregnant your body is changing so much! There is a lot of research in this field right now actually. Good points above though about the other risks associated with this event like potentially falling. Congrats on the happy news!
Post # 7
A friend of mine did this at 20 weeks pregnant. It is definitely safe!
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn
Definitely. I ran last year and even as an asthmatic I didn’t have trouble with the color powder. It’s mostly food dye and corn starch. If you’re concerned, just stay on the outside of the path in the “low color” zone or cover your mouth with a bandana
Post # 9
Do you run frequently? I set out for my usual Sunday morning 10k at 7 weeks pregnant, and found I was exhausted, and 7kms (when I gave up) took me longer than 10 usually does. I’ve continuously gotten suckier at running since. But I wouldn’t think there’s anything about the actual colour that would be an issue.
Post # 10
i don’t see a problem doing it- but like others said- I was WAY winded at even 6 weeks pregnant due to the body changes I was experiencing. I was pretty fit at the time but had a hard time catching my breath even walking my usual route with hubby.
Post # 11
My doc tells me to keep my heartrate at or below 135, and that I should be able to keep up a conversation while I workout. Though, I’m not sure how much this really applies to someone who is 6 weeks pregnant.
I’d say just go for it and don’t worry about it.
Post # 12
I’m doing the color run in May, I’ll be 7 MONTHS pregnant, lol. I’m not a runner so my team is walking, but I’m not concerned about the color dust at all. I’ve done it before, the color is annoying to breathe in, but not toxic or harmful.
Post # 13
My co-workers and I all signed up for a CR months ago (the race passed already), and then one of the girls got pregnant. Her doctor advised her not to do it; his answer was, “Who knows what the paint is made of, so I would suggest not doing it.” But hearing now from all of you that the color powder is totally safe, I wish that she was armed with that knowledge at the time so she could have run with the group!
Post # 15
@Treejewel19: THIS. (She took the words out of my mouth!)
Post # 16
@Paper Rose: Hi there! I am doing the Color Run in Philly in July; I will be 7 months pregnant then, too. I am curious to know how it goes for you. Do you have a running background? If so, have you been consistent during your pregnancy? I was a runner for 15 years, but a knee injury about 2 years ago turned me on to Yoga. I still miss running and go for regular brisk walks, usually about 3+ miles, though only recently. The first trimester was really rough for me and even a small set of stairs seemed like Mt. Everest! I did more sleeping and sitting than anything those first few months.
Anyway, congrats on your baby-to-be, good luck at the Color Run, and please keep me posted!! 🙂