You may have noticed it’s been a while since I’ve talked about running (or anything exercise related, really). The truth is I had to stop running right around 30 weeks. I tried – really, really tried – to make it work (I even bought a support belt!), but the belly was getting too big and the crazy side stitches I had didn’t seem worth it. It was a good run, I mean, to make it to 30 weeks while consistently run/walking three miles every other day is something I’m really proud of. We had some good times (like the 8K I ran in Seattle at 23 weeks or the fourth of July race I did with my sister at 27 weeks), but I knew taking it easy for the last 10 weeks was what my body needed.
So after I stopped running, I started walking. Maddie and I have continued to walk 2+ miles every day. I’ve also been taking prenatal yoga classes at a local studio (that I love) every Sunday. Prenatal yoga is awesome. I wouldn’t say it’s a hardcore workout, but it’s definitely relaxing and great at giving my muscles a much needed stretch.
Now that I’m nearing the end of pregnancy, I find myself itching to run again and register for races. We’re just now entering running season in Florida and it seems like everyone is signing up for ALLTHERACES. I can’t tell you how tempted I am to put my credit card down and start making a plan, but I know that’s not very realistic. I’ve had friends who were able to jump right back into running after pregnancy and achieve amazing PRs mere months after giving birth. I’ve also had friends who struggled with returning to running (especially while breastfeeding). At this time I have no idea where I’ll fall, so I’m saving my money and crossing my fingers for the best.
Of course, none of this stopped me from registering baby girl for her first diaper dash…
I know, I know, the odds of her crawling at 6 months are pretty slim (or nonexistent, really), but it’s the only runDisney diaper dash she’ll be eligible for since she’ll age out of the 2016 Wine & Dine Diaper Dash. I still think it will just be cute to put a bib on her and gently assist her across the finish line. 🙂
If you can believe it, the one thing I miss more than running is strength training. I gave up CrossFit after my miscarriage last year and really miss it. Because of my funky uterus, I was told at the beginning of the pregnancy not to do any “heavy lifting” so I’ve shied away from any strength training the last 9 months. I’d really love to return to CrossFit, but I’m afraid the post-baby budget (daycare is $$, yo!) isn’t going to allow it. I’m currently researching other plans and alternatives that have similar CrossFit-esque style. I don’t have any official plans yet, but I’ll let you know once I do.
I know the topic of getting back to “pre-pregnancy shape” is frowned upon but, if I’m being truthful, a big motivation to wanting to jump back into running and strength training is to fit into my old clothes again. I miss my old clothes, I miss the way I looked, and I miss feeling good about my eating and exercise habits. I’ve let a couple of things slide the last few months (particularly my ice cream and french fry consumption) and while I have zero regrets, I think I’ve had my fill for a while. Again, I don’t know what life will be like post-baby, but I’m hopeful it will contain a lot more vegetables and maybe some wiser choices when ordering from my favorite take out menus.
How was your post-baby transition back into exercise?
The Run Chat
Brooks Running will be hosting the Brooks Blog Ambassadors for a live Q & A on September 30, 5 PM – 6 PM PT (8 – 9 EST). The Q & A will take place at Brook’s newest online running community, The Run, and cover personal running journeys, motivations, training, and blogging tips/tricks.
Yes, the chat is the night before I’m scheduled to give birth, which will honestly be a great distraction! Hopefully I’ll be there (unless baby girl decides otherwise!)