Question for endurance (10+ mi) runners who ran while pregnant

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@TaurianDoll:  My friend ran a half in her second trimester with her doctor’s okay because she was in shape and regularly ran distance races. She was encouraged to run until she felt tired or off balance due to her belly. Oh and she had to hydrate extra before and during races.

Post # 4
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you’ve already been running you should be able to continue as long as you are comfortable. I would continue training, and really because everyone carries their pregnancies differently, you won’t know until the time comes whether you will be able to manage it or not. At 4 months I can still run comfortably, I just haven’t been. (I got lazy in December and decided not to start running again so I’m doing other cardio). But if you train throughout your pg your chances are much better. You can always walk like you said. I do think downgrading to the half might be a bit less of a challenge!

Post # 7
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have had several friends run long distance while pregnant… I think the key for them was slowing down, hydrating, and wearing a pregnancy support belt!

Here are a few blog posts by a runner who ran halfs and marathons until the very end of her pregnancy.  She has some good tips!


Post # 8
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@TaurianDoll:  Definitely want to get back to that asap if you’re going to try a marathon. You don’t want to START training or getting back to running when you haven’t while yo’ure pregnant. I’d say the biggest thing to think about that you won’t know about yourself until later is wether your bladder can handle baby bouncing on it. I’d still get to trainin, do some kegels, hope it all goes ok 🙂

Post # 10
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m impressed that you’re even thinking of this. What an accomplishment that will be! 

My sister was a runner and ran until about 7 months…not sure of the distances though, I know I ran at least a 5 miler with her at about 5 months and she was doing better than me.

Commenting to follow. 

Post # 11
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t have experience with racing while pregnant – but have thought a lot about how to at least keep running (if not racing) as long as it’s possible.  The parameters you mention seem perfect (shady, flat, no time pressures, and support of husband), as long as you’re able to get back intor running before then.

Runner’s World has a lot of articles about running while pregnant – this one seems to have good perspective –

Post # 14
8615 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Are you going to be 24 weeks?

I ran half marathons before but at the time I got pregnant I was only doing up to 7 miles or so reguarly.  I was able to go about the same distance (6.5 miles or so) from weeks 18-23…just really slowly.  I did have to walk/jog even then.  Before 18 weeks I just didn’t have the energy (I was lucky to get half the mileage) and after about 25 I’ve been having too much ligament pain that I just can’t do it either (I’m stuck at about 2-3 miles because it’s just too much pressure).

So you might be able to do whatever you were currently doing (I wouldn’t bet on increasing!) during most of the second trimester, just slowly.  Once you get closer to 30 you might be more uncomfortable and have to reduce by a lot or quit completely.  You won’t really know until you get there!

As long as you listen to your body, I think you would be fine.  If you can’t complete it, I wouldn’t push yourself to finish.

Post # 15
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think you are going to be fine. I still plan to run while I’m pregnant, just like pp’s said, slow down if need be, walk if you have to, hydrate, etc. 

I agree with kes18listen to your body. 

Good Luck!!!! 

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