(Closed) Pregnant Runners Thread

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Woohoo!  Not pregnant yet (and probably not for awhile), but I’m a runner!  I’ve done 2 marathons and am training for a half right now.  I’d love to do at least one more full marathon before babies.  🙂  Right now, I plan to run while pregnant for as long as it’s safe and I feel comfortable.  I know people who have run half marathons while pregnant, so I guess I’ll just have to figure it out when I get there.  Thanks to all the pregnant runners for the advice!

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just out of curiosity what do your docs have to say about running during pregnancy?

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I just talked to the chief nurse at my practice and asked about soccer.  She said I could continue doing anything I was doing before.  That seems to be the key difference, whether your body is used to it or not.  I’m still not sure about indoor, but I feel much better talking to someone official!

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Before I was pregnant I ran about 20 miles a week. While I was pregant I maybe only ran 5 miles a week and stopped when I was 26 weeks pregnant because it was just uncomfortable and not worth the trouble. After my son was born, I resumed running about 4 weeks post partum. It was like starting over again, but now 4.5 months out, I am starting to pick up my speed and distance.

 

 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@winniewolf:  I used to wear a heart rate monitor until I could get the hang of just jogging instead of running.  But then my doctor told me to go off of my RPE (rate of perceived exhertion) instead of my heartrate, since it tends to jump up just walking around.  I also speed walked for a week or two so I could adjust my body to a slower pace.  So I continue to jog until I feel like I couldn’t keep up a light conversation while jogging.  Today I went about 3/4 of a mile before I needed to slow down and power walk until I got my breath back. 

It definitely takes a little time to get used to it, because I was used to pushing myself with each workout.  But now I have to think about my daughter’s safety.  🙂

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I need to go for a run SOOOO badly. Got to wait for my hubby to get home in case he wants to go with me (which he said he does). Just feeling really bummed and know that a run is the cure.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@BabyBoecksMom:Thanks for sharing that info–I guess I have to watch out for some of my old injuries!

 

I just did 2 miles today (with my hubby! glad I waited)– 10:15 min miles (I’ve been down to 6:59/mile, with longer races at 7:30-9:17/mile depending on distance). Much slower than usual, but it was pleasant–and I needed it. I actually feel better now!

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

A question from a bee not TTC but planning to within the next 6 months – 1 year. 

How long was you running before you became pregnant? I recently a few months ago started running (treadmill stlye!) haha But I want to bulk up my running, alot! Would running 6 months to 1 year be long enough to keep running once TTC/pregnant? Does running mess with your cycles at all? Thanks so much!

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:Ask your doctor–you’re going to need clearance from your doctor no matter what. I’ve been a runner for 5-6 years, but actually not as much in the past year. Running will only mess with your cycle if you let yourself get WAY to skinny and aren’t eating right.

One thing: running makes you VERY hungry. When I first started running, I actually put on weight (not an uncommon reaction)–so as long as you’re still in the normal range it shouldn’t mess withyour cycle. Check with your doctor if you have any specific issues/questions that might be different for your case.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee

Best wishes ladies!

I ran through most of my pregnancy and I think the best things you can do is listen to your body and err on the side of caution.  I ran D1 CC and track in college (not a great athlete at that level, just average) and have been out of college for a good number of years but kept up running good distances and added in biking too. I had a bit of a worry about body fat since I usually stay right around the % needed to maintain my cycle but I would wake up starving so putting on fat didn’t end up being a problem even with continuing to run and my Drs never showed a bit of concern about it since baby was growing fine.

First trimester I was sooooo tired.  Some of that was that I was not in pregnancy mind frame yet so you go from feeling great and doing plenty of miles at a good pace before pregnancy to a few weeks later feeling like you want to sleep on the pavement when you workout, it took me by surprise.  The Drs at the practice I went to all said heartrate was an older recommendation and to go more on what I was feeling.  When I let myself relax and stop thinking of workouts or covering a certain distance or wondering how fast I was going it became a lot easier and enjoyable to run when pregnant.

Second trimester for me there was renewed energy but the beginnings of an awkward pregnant belly.  I bought insoles for my shoes to help with my arches and that helped a lot.  Even putting on 10 lbs made my body have a lot more aches and pains.  I also wore my husband’s cloth back brace for a few weeks while my body adjusted to the new belly.  But I think I was running faster at times than I was in my first trimester since I wasn’t as tired all the time and would still run 4-8 miles 6 days a week.  Light stretching helps work out some of the aches too.

Third trimester was just awkward.  My little girl dropped quite early at like 32 weeks and running after that just wasn’t really running.  I took a few week break and just rode the bicycle trainer inside since everything hurt after she dropped.  My body got used to her dropping after a bit and I could do walk/runs, where it was mainly walking but I’d throw little jogs in there.  She was just in such an awkward position for me it felt like I might do damage to do anything more than short jogs, so biking was my main source of exercise here.  Swimming I think would have been even better but the smell of chlorine made me want to vomit.

After baby was born – I was so surprised here.  I started running 3 weeks after I had her.  I had a v birth with 2nd degree tear that retore and mastitis at 2 weeks, so I was in a bit of rough shape the first couple weeks.  At 3 weeks jogging felt like I was still 8 months pregnant and my stride was sooo short.  Everyday felt better but it’s like working at a slightly faster pace from being super pregnant back down to not being pregnant.  My little girl is just about 4 months and I’m feeling more normal now.  I pulled some lower abs at some point during delivery or afterwards (don’t try to walk the dogs during your first weeks of recovery) so running has been a bit of a sore thing.  Biking is basically back to normal at this point, running though my stride is getting longer but there’s still some soreness in my lower abs that keeps me from having a long stride on longer runs. 

Runners world has a daily thread devoted to pregnant runners.  Don’t feel like you have to jog the whole time, doing walk/runs was great for me during pregnancy or just taking a few minute breaks here and there.  And make sure you know where the bathrooms are because babies like to dance on your bladder!

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