Post # 1
Background: I’ve been a fairly dedicated runner for a few years, though you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at me now — I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, and it has made me gain back every single one of the 40 pounds I lost when I first started working out regularly in 2010. Nothing I have done over the last year — eating cleanly, working out regularly, etc. — has helped keep me from continually gaining weight.
To complicate this, at the height of my weight gain, I’ve now gotten pregnant (planned, and SO excited!). But, running is feeling nearly impossible these days. I’m 5 weeks today, and I just ran a 9-mile race yesterday. I had to start walking in spurts, starting in the third mile, which is consistent with what has been happening to me during my training. I’ve NEVER had to walk in a race or while training before! I mean, I just completed a half marathon in April without having to walk at all (about 10 pounds lighter than I am now). But these last three weeks or so, my quads have been basically telling me, “We’re too tired, we can’t run another step.” It’s so frustrating! The rest of my legs and body feel fine, and my breathing/stamina are good too. But my quads are just. so. tired.
So I guess I’m just looking for some insight. Do you think the weight gain is the issue? Being up 40 pounds with the inability to lose any of it? The last time I was this heavy and running, I was progressively getting lighter. Or do you think it’s the early pregnancy? Or the weight gain PLUS early pregnancy?
Also, is there anything I can do, besides lots of stretching and foam rolling, to help the extreme muscle fatigue?
Post # 3
Not sure about running-related muscle fatigue, but fatigue in general is by far the most common symptom of first-trimester pregnancy. It takes a LOT of energy to build a baby!
Post # 4
@KCKnd2: Haha I know, but *knock on wood* I haven’t felt the overall fatigue all that much, really. I’m gassy (burping constantly), often bloated and am seeing changes in my boobs, but nothing much else yet. But man, when I run, the quads are just TIRED.
Post # 5
It’s for sure the pregnancy. I’m not a runner but I work out pretty hard, & posted a similar topic at 5-6 weeks. I was just SO out of breath from the warmup all the way through. I found at around 10 weeks the fatigue lifted a lot & I’m able to do a lot more strenuous activities again, although it seems to distress those around me (overprotective friends/DH).
Post # 6
@LoveMikey: Haha – constant burping has also been my main pregnancy symptom! It’s not super common, but you are definitely not alone!
Post # 7
I’m at 10 weeks and finally feel like I have energy again. The last few weeks even walking up stairs was a LOT of work. I wore heels yesterday and felt sore. (seriously)
I think you’ll notice less fatigue in a few weeks.
Post # 8
Yep – I was training for a 10k when I found out I was pregnant, and for the 2-3 days before I got my BFP, I just felt like my legs were made of concrete. The first tri is rough, don’t push yourself. If you have to take walking breaks, then do it, even though its frustrating. Your body is working really hard at putting that baby together! 🙂
Post # 9
@MrsRugbee: Oh, I didn’t remember that you had posted about it too! I’ll go back and check out that thread as well. Glad the fatigue lessened for you! 🙂
@christinamarie980: Glad to hear it’s all normal and that it WILL get better! Thankfully my doctor just reviewed my bloodwork last week and my thyroid levels are stable now (I wouldn’t have been able to get KU if they were out of whack!), so I shouldn’t have to worry about such a dramatic weight gain continuing on top of baby weight. But I still would like to be able to keep up with running and keeping in relative shape!
@alliefly: Yeah, now that my 15k is over and done with, I’m going to take a little bit of a breather from running and focus on some of my other regular workout activities. I would like to get back into running at some point during my pregnancy, though, so it sounds like 10-12 weeks or so will be the time to do it.
Post # 10
@LoveMikey: I haven’t had muscle weakness, but I am definitely slower…running at even a slower pace per mile than usual feels like it takes more effort for me. I’m 6 weeks and noticed this at right around 4 1/2 or 5 weeks.
Post # 11
@LoveMikey: I switched to elliptical because I was afraid of running after I got my bfp (yes, I know it is totally irrational, but it would just stress me out and wouldn’t be a good workout anyway) so I’ve been doing elliptical, and omg it is SO hard! I thought I was nuts at first, but even with my prenatal dvds I got and really like, I couldn’t believe how wimpy I felt. Something to work up to!
ETA: my muscles when I do pilates/weight stuff are definitely more sore, I hear you!