I thought that for today’s post I would share a little bit about my experience with first trimester running. I know personally I was kind of lost when I found out I was pregnant and didn’t know what I should do in terms of running. The main thing I learned is that it’s different for everyone, and above all you should listen to your body (and your doctor). I will say that running during those first few weeks was hard and humbling. Let’s go through a quick timeline of the past few months.
Mid-April: I found out I was pregnant and backed off ALOT. I just wanted to play it safe plus I had no energy. I stayed active by doing run/walk intervals, a little bit of biking, and yoga.
May: I gradually started getting back to more running and less walking over the course of the month. At first I was trying to monitor my heart rate which was very defeating. I’m pretty sure my HR got around 130 just from walking across the room! By the end of the month I was back to running around 4 miles or so, but it was still really hard.
June: I started to feel better around the 2nd week in June (around 11 weeks), which happened to also be around the time that the weather got really hot. So while running was feeling better for me personally, it was also feeling harder because of the heat and humidity. Luckily, after the previous months of struggling through runs I was pretty much used to it and just happy to have my energy back.
One thing I learned along the way was that as hard as it was some days to run, I always felt better on the days I got in a run (or any sort of workout). I was nauseous pretty much from weeks 5-11 and definitely noticed that I felt my best on days I ran.
In early June I started to increase my mileage and long runs. While I felt pretty good running, I was exhausted after! Luckily I do my long runs on the weekends so I was able to nap later in the day. (Seriously, I’ve never napped so much in my life as I have over the last 3 months!)
One other thing that made running/working out a struggle was that I was sleeping terribly at night. I would wake up at like 1am and not fall back to sleep for hours. I tried to get up at my usual time to stick with a routine (and hopefully sleep better the next night) but I was still pretty tired throughout the day. Again, working out seemed to help and give me a boost of energy, at least for a while!
Luckily, I haven’t had any risks or complications so my doctor gave me the green light to pretty much continue what I’ve been doing with my workouts. Personally, I don’t see the need to do any type of speed work right now. All of my runs have been easy- and slower. I didn’t think I would get back to doing long runs, but over the last few weeks I’ve had the urge to run longer so I’m just going with it for now.
My paces have been MUCH slower than before. I really don’t care about paces right now, it’s just weird to see splits that I’ve never seen before. I get oddly excited when I run a mile in under 10 minutes.
Right now I feel so lucky to be running while pregnant- and I won’t be taking a single mile for granted. I know that I may need to stop at any point and I am prepared for that. I just want to keep going as long as it feels good. And when it doesn’t, I just hope to stay active any way I can.
I’m not sure how many people are even interested in these types of posts, so I will definitely be keeping them to a minimum, but let me know if there is anything specific you want to hear more about!
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If you’ve been pregnant, did you run through your first trimester? Did your times slow down a lot?
Do you feel like it’s weird when your paces are significantly slower than usual?
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