Post # 1
Ok – I’ve been having this internal struggle for awhile now and I just have to vent/get some other perspectives/possibly get a kick in the butt….
In January, I signed up for a half marathon in April – I’ve ran 3 half marathons before, but I haven’t been running regularly since last fall (life gets busy..) I normally start training in early February, but I got sick and busy and lazy and all of that good stuff and I’ve still only managed to get maybe a couple short (like 2 mile) runs in per week so far this month.
So now I’m in my FW – potentially ovulating any day now – and I’ve been reading all sorts of stuff online (yes, Google is the devil) about how you shouldn’t do strenuous exercise during possible ovulation/implantation unless your body is very used to it or you may not be successful in conceiving… Of course, if I was regularly running 25 miles/week, I would feel comfortable continuing to do so. It’s the fact that my running has been so sporadic (and low-mileage) that I’m doubting myself. I’m supposed to do a 3 mile run tonight and a 5-mile run this weekend to stay on track for my training (and then continue on with three 3-4 mile runs during the week and longer runs on the weekend).
It could be that I’m just looking for an excuse to be lazy, but I am also legitimately concerned about doing anything to wreck my chances…
So bees, if you were in my shoes, what would you do?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t necessarily consider a 3 mile run super intense or strenuous, unless you’ve literally not been working out at all for the past couple of years. Do your 3 and 5 mile runs, but don’t kill yourself with pace. Then see how you feel.
Post # 4
I would run. Honestly, running isn’t nearly as strenuous as interval training. If you can, wear a heart reat monitor and don’t go above 70%. If that means you have to walk/run or take breaks…then you walk/run and take breaks.
Post # 5
you might not be running, but i take it you are still active doing other activities.
since i don’t want to commit to any triathlons not knowing when i would be pregnant and i certainly wouldn’t swim in any of the lakes around my way if i were pregnant, i stopped running and running is my least favorite anyway. but i bike any chance i get, especially with crazy alternating 20 degree temps with 50 degree temps.
i didn’t think that biking during ovulation time would impede implantation, so it hasn’t stopped me from riding, some hills are more stenuous than others, but overall i wouldn’t call a 30-50 mile ride strenuous.
so i would say, you have muscle memory from running in the past. starting slowing 2-5 miles and working your way up shouldn’t be a problem.
probably best to ask your gyn’s opinion.
let me know what you hear, i don’t want to have to stop cycling until i have to.
Post # 6
I would run, but don’t push yourself too hard until after you test in early march.
I haven’t been running much, but in the last few weeks I’ve done some 2-3 mile runs, while TTC and I feel much better for it. I’d say just listen to your body, worst comes to worst you can walk if you’re not feeling the run.
Post # 7
That sounds like a crock to me. You should go, 2 miles when you are used to it is not strenuous, and upping one more mile, is not a huge jump. It’s completely fine to exercise, including running even WHILE you are pregnant so I don’t see why during ovulation would make a difference!
Post # 8
@E_Lynne615: I did two 5K’s while we were TTC and I got pregnant shortly after the second one. I also did five days of HIIT (CrossFit) and played AA level volleyball one to two days a week which was grueling. In other words I didn’t see any negative correlation between my activity levels and getting pregnant, we got our BFP in two months.
I actually believe that because I was so active and I eat healthy that this contributed to my ability to get pregnant. I am not thin, never have been, but I live an active and healthy lifestyle. I truly believe that if I had abandoned my activities I would have had issues. Exercise keeps your body moving, keeps it healthy and working right. That is exactly what you need when you are TTC. Now doing 13 mile mud runs or running a marathon is a different story and totally dependent upon your physical abilities but continuing to do what you are already doing I think is really important to maintaining your health for a healthy pregnancy.
Post # 9
@E_Lynne615: A couple days after I ovulated, I went from sea level to high altitude in Colorado to ski fro four days. I was NOT used to altitude and I hadn’t skied for months. I also went for a run there, and it was hard because I wasn’t used to the altitude. I got pregnant that month and am 18 weeks now. I wouldn’t worry about it, 3 to 5 miles at a moderate pace is not that strenuous if you know your limits. I probably wouldn’t do a 100 mile endurance race or something, but a few miles wouldn’t worry me.
Post # 10
I would run. I don’t consider 3 miles to be THAT difficult or strenuous unless you’re crazy fast and you run like a 17 minute 5k. 😉 Maybe just slow your pace down some and keep on trucking.
Post # 11
I would go running, your plan as you have it sounds fine to me.
You can run while pregnant so I don’t see how running during ovulation/implantation would hurt anything. You are already running. It doesn’t sound like you’re pushing yourself too much with that type of schedule.
I don’t consider 5 miles to be strenuous (unless you haven’t run in 2 or more years or something)…I’m thinking maybe they’re talking about something like 20, 30, 40+ mile runs or something you’re not used to that could throw your cycle/body out of whack. Or maybe long distance runs in excessive heat.
Post # 12
@kes18: Definitely no excessive heat here, it’s freaking cold! 🙂
@thenewmrsmax: I do wear a HRM, but when I jog/run, my heart rate is almost always in the 160’s, with spurts into the 170’s if I’m going at a nice clip… 70% of my max heart rate is only 136… I wouldn’t be able to run at all and maintain that low of a heart rate..
@ajillity81: You’re right, it’s not like I’ve never run before, my body knows what it’s doing.. just like you and your cycling..
@MsJ2theZ: Yeah, it’s not the 2-3 milers that I’m concerned about, it’s a jump up to 5 this weekend.. Maybe I’ll just aim for 4 miles, and if I’m feeling good, I’ll stretch it to 5.. I’ve just heard that it could delay ovulation, and if you’ve already ovulated, it could potentially impact implantation or your LP.. but I think you’re right that that would only be for super strenuous workouts..
@Treejewel19: I do play AA vb league once a week also – it’s good to hear that you got your BFP while running also – did you cut back on running once you got pregnant or continue on? I’m thinking if I get pregnant this month, I probably won’t be able to do the half marathon in April because it would be increasing my mileage too much..??? Thoughts?
Thanks for all the input! It made me feel much better – I’m going to head home and put on my running shoes after work today! 🙂
Post # 13
@E_Lynne615: I wouldn’t bother trying to stay below a certain heart rate. I’m pregnant and I’ve been exercising with mine around the 150s (and I consider that to be not pushing myself at all). Staying at 140 bpm or below (during pregnancy) is considered outdated even for pregnant women.
I was doing all my normal workouts (I usually did 6-8 miles for longer runs and 4 miles for shorter runs, plus 2 hour bike rides) when I got pregnant, even pushing myself and in the middle of the summer. I also pushed myself before I realized I was pregnant.
Unless you’re having infertililty problems already, I wouldn’t be concerned with the level you’re doing. Exercise is good for you!
Post # 14
@kes18: +1 the 140 HR is outdated. My Dr is even conservative and she scoffed at that. She said just don’t over exert yourself.
Post # 15
If I really wanted to get pregnant soon, I would not train for a full marathon but I think a half is ok. The worst that would happen is that you won’t get pregnant until after April, so decide if that’s a deal breaker for you. If you get pregnant, ask your doctor about continuing to run for the half marathon. You can do a half on pretty minimal mileage (20 miles/week with longest run of 10 miles once or twice), so I’d assume it’s fine as long as you were running when you got pregnant.
Post # 16
@E_Lynne615: I had to cut back the moment I got pregnant. In fact if I had paid attention I would have known I was pregnant a week before my BFP because I was absolutely exhausted during workouts and couldn’t figure out why.
At this point I do on average two days of HIIT, hoping to get to three here soon, and one to two days of volleyball a week. That is the absolute max for my energy. Anything more leaves me feeling very sick and my recovery is worthless at this point. As for running I don’t. I walk, briskly when I can, and that is it. I wasn’t a huge runner to start with and once I was preggo and my energy disappeared, it wasn’t going to happen.
Everyone is different though so who knows! The half marathon would be in April so really it would depend on your first trimester. I wasn’t too sick but as I said I was just void of energy. It would really depend on how your pregnancy goes and how much you would have to push yourself. I wouldn’t have been able to go from a 5K to a 10K based on how I felt adding on those extra miles but maybe you can!