While I can’t believe the second trimester has come and gone, it also feels like it lasted for a long time. I think that’s because when comparing it to my first trimester it seems like much more happened. I also started blogging about my pregnancy and running at the end of week 15, so there is much more to look back and reflect on as far as running goes.
I’ve heard people say that the second trimester is the honeymoon period of pregnancy, and I would have to agree. However, it’s not the same for everyone! It seems like everyone’s experience is so different. I had no idea what to expect going into my pregnancy and my expectations for running were pretty low. I didn’t do too much running during the beginning of the first trimester but did stay active which I think helped me to be able to build my mileage back up once I started feeling better.
There were some weeks that I didn’t even feel pregnant. I’d even say that at some points I was running better than I did pre-pregnancy (although slower). One question I’ve thought about is if I felt so good because I kept up with regular workouts or if I was able to keep up with my workouts because I was lucky enough to feel good. Hard to say.
There are a few things I did that I think helped me to be able to continue running as much as I did during those weeks of pregnancy. I went to the chiropractor every 2-3 weeks. (This really depended on my schedule.) At my appointments I basically just got adjustments but I think it helped to prevent any major issues with my back and hips. I could always tell when I hadn’t been there in a few weeks as things would start to feel “off”.
I also kept up with my strength training workouts. Drew provided me with workouts that were challenging but manageable, and I was responsible for adjusting my weights accordingly. It was nice to know that I had individualized workouts to follow and that the exercises I was given were safe for pregnancy.
Finally, I was really consistent about my warm-ups, stretching post-run, and hip strengthening. These things added a few minutes before and after my runs but I think they were well worth it.
During the second trimester I started to get really bad heartburn. This was a struggle for me with timing my runs. I started taking Zantac in the morning but if I took it too early it would wear off by the afternoon. I tried to wait until after my run to take it, which meant sometimes I was dealing with heartburn while running. Usually it went away a mile or two into my run. There were also a few times when I had some mild cramps during runs. I mentioned this to my doctor and she said it wasn’t anything to be concerned about, but to make sure I was well hydrated. Sure enough, when I made sure I drank enough water before or during my runs they stopped happening. (This became a tricky balance between staying hydrated enough but not drinking so much water that I had to stop to use the bathroom every mile!)
Personally, the biggest challenge for me during this time was the heat and humidity. It makes me wonder how running would have felt during a cooler time of year. Even still, I was able to get in several fartlek runs and long runs. My longest run of pregnancy was 13 miles and my highest weekly mileage was 35 miles.
Honestly, I am so surprised with what I was able to accomplish during these weeks. I always assumed that I would struggle with running while pregnant and would have been grateful to be running any miles at all. This experience went way beyond my expectations. Now I just hope I can keep up with running during these last 10 weeks. Well, maybe not all 10 of them but at least a few more! Once again I am at the point where I have no idea what to expect.
Here are some posts from my second trimester of running:
Running for Two: Week 15
A Quick Trip to Florida
Running for Two: Weeks 17 and 18
Month in Review: July 2018
Running for Two: Halfway There!
So Much Sweat
I’m Feeling 22!
Hitting the Ground Running
Month in Review: August 2018
Running for Two: Week 24
Fall Running: The No-Plan Plan
Miles in the Mile High City
Catching my Breath
Weird Things About Running While Pregnant
Has there ever been a time when you exceeded you own expectations with running?
For anyone who has run through pregnancy, what was the second trimester like for you?
Did you struggle with running through the heat and humidity this summer?
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