This weekend I couldn’t help but thinking about some of the weird things about running while pregnant. Maybe I’m just starting to notice a difference now as I’ve entered my third trimester. For the most part I felt pretty normal running during the second trimester, although I was much slower. The first few months of pregnancy were a real struggle. I could barely run for more than a few minutes at a time!
Weird things about running while pregnant
So I guess from what I just said you can see that one of the weird things is how much variety there can be in how even just one person feels while running throughout their pregnancy. And it differs even more from person to person.
While running has started to feel harder over the past few weeks, my paces have stayed consistent or even improved. I think that’s due to the weather. It makes me wonder how much of my slower running over the summer was due to heat and how much was due to being pregnant. (Although I know it’s a combination of both.)
While I grew out of my regular clothes months ago I’ve managed to be able to still wear the same running clothes so far. Now that it’s getting cooler I need to get some maternity capris and long-sleeved shirts because the ones I have won’t work. (It’s been really hard to find maternity workout clothes! I ordered a few things from Old Navy but they didn’t fit well.)
Throughout the day I go to the bathroom constantly, like at least once an hour. But when I’m running I can distract myself enough to not have to stop. Usually when I start my run the bouncing makes me feel like my bladder is full, but I remind myself that I literally just went like 3 minutes ago before leaving the house, and the feeling goes away (for awhile).
Things that are harder than running 10 miles right now:
- Putting on/taking off shoes and pants
- Walking up the stairs
- Getting off the couch
- Rolling over in bed
- Stretching after my run
- Picking things up off the floor
Ok, enough about all that! Here are my workouts from last week:
Monday: 6 miles + mobility
It was another rainy day and super dark outside. It looked like fall but was still pretty humid. I got in 6 easy miles that didn’t feel all that easy after running 5 miles the day before. (I’m used to starting out the week on fresh legs!)
Tuesday: Strength training + 4 miles
I started out with my strength training workout (1st workout of phase 9!) and then headed outside for 4 miles Our treadmill occasionally makes a squeaking noise (I notice it when I first get on and start walking) so we are trying to not run on it much until we get it figured out. Oh and it was raining again.
Wednesday: 7 mile fartlek run
This turned out to be a really strong workout! Even though my warm-up and recovery intervals were slower than usual, my “hard” intervals were much faster than most other weeks.
1 mile warm up
2,3,4,5,4,3,2 minutes hard with 2 minutes easy in between
5 x 1 minute hard with 1 minute easy in between
cool down to 7 miles
Thursday: 4 miles + Strength training
I decided to run first and then lift. Not exactly sure why. I was pretty tired and felt like running would help to wake me up…even though it was super dark the whole time.
By this point in the week I felt like I needed a rest day. It was nice to relax a little on a Friday morning!
Saturday: 10 miles
I thought my legs would be feeling fresh after my rest day, but it was kind of tough getting started. The weather was so much better than it’s been, although I could still feel the humidity in the air. I was pleasantly surprised with my pace even though I felt like I was running slower.
Sunday: 5 miles
It was even cooler than Saturday: a lovely 57 degrees! While I normally don’t run on Sundays, sometimes it’s nice getting out for a few miles when it’s quiet and peaceful. Unfortunately the rest of the weekend was really busy, so running was my time to relax!
Total weekly mileage came in at 36 this week! This will likely be my highest weekly mileage during pregnancy. First of all, it’s getting harder. Well actually the running isn’t necessarily harder but after I run I feel like I need a nap, and unfortunately work doesn’t approve of me napping at my desk! Also, there’s so much going on over the next few weeks I don’t think I’ll be doing long runs of probably more than 8 miles or so, and there will be generally less time for weekend running. I think I’d rather run more often than do more mileage anyway.
How were your workouts last week?
Do you like to run or rest on Sundays?
What else is weird about running while pregnant?
Any tips on where to buy maternity workout clothes?