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Thoughts on running lately.

by Christa on September 11, 2013

in Daily Digest,Just Nothing,Pregnancy

***A nation hasn’t forgotten this day 12 years ago. I hope everyone takes a moment today to remember the lives lost and thank those who serve.***

Today marks a recommitment day for me. I’ve been feeling sluggish and tired and well…FAT…recently. But I have promised myself that after last night, no more skipping workouts or making excuses. I have 8 weeks left (and something tells me it’s more like 6 or 7 but that could be wishful thinking) carrying this baby and then I REALLY will have no excuses.

My “workouts” are way toned down anyway, so it makes no sense that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them, except I am so damn tired. Yesterday I was supposed to wake up and meet some gals at the track at 6:30am. I can’t do a proper track workout, but at least it would get me out of bed, right? Right. Except for when it doesn’t. So I overslept and said, “Ok, I will go running after work.” At 6:30pm (my other track option) it was still 90 degrees out. Hell to the naw. Shane got home from work around 7 and we walked the dogs around a mile and a half. I ran/walked another half mile to make it 2. TWO. TWO MILES. That’s it. And I was sweaty. And tired. And did not want to run. That’s a rarity.

This morning I met Aimee at the pool for another fun swim sesh. We swam 750 yards, and I did try to push myself a little on the “race pace” laps – not an all out sprint, but it was a good cardio workout.

Tomorrow morning, I WILL complete four miles, no matter how long it takes me. Running just HURTS right now. My calves hurt because they’re not used to hauling the extra weight around, my back hurts because I’m probably compensating somewhere for my huge belly, and I’m out of breath the whole time. When I do run, I can keep a 10:30 pace. But for now I will stick to run/walk intervals. The 5K this weekend should be interesting.

I think my biggest fear is that I will not be able to get to where I was after I have the baby. My¬†”comfortable” pace has already slowed by 2 minutes per mile; how long will it take to get back to that speed? Will I even care about running once she’s here? What if running still hurts because of all the changes in my body? YIKES.

Only time will tell.

My mantra right now:

mile

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Marie September 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

Be kind to yourself – you’re 31 weeks pregnant (right?) and doing an amazing job at work outs. I consider a 2 mile walk to be pretty victorious when you’re carrying the extra weight, minimized lung capacity, having to pee constantly, relaxin causing joint and pelvic pain…the list goes on! You look FANTASTIC and not fat by any means!

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Christa September 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

I know, I know. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself. But it’s difficult. I’ll be 32 this week – let’s not make this any longer than it is. HAHA jk.
Thank you – I know I’m NOT fat, but I just feel it right now. 8 more weeeeeeeeeks!!! Know what I mean??? Haha

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That Pink Girl September 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

What SHE said! You’re growing a whole person – that’s gotta take it out of a girl!

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Christa September 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

You’re right – and it does. I’m trying to not beat myself up but at the same time not totally let myself go. Make any sense? GAH. Thanks!!

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Kara September 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Keep this in mind:

My first pregnancy, I didn’t run at all. I just did the elliptical and walking. 6 weeks post baby, I was running again. Had no problem coming back.

Second pregnancy: Ran the whole time, up until the day before labor. 6 weeks post baby, I was running again. It was EXACTLY the same as coming back after my first pregnancy. Like, no difference.

Ergo, it doesn’t matter. Run if you want, whatever pace, or don’t at all and do other stuff instead. BE FREE haha

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Christa September 12, 2013 at 5:24 am

Thanks for putting things into perspective. I’ll try to BE FREE for the next few weeks without badgering myself. :)

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terra September 17, 2013 at 6:29 am

You’re growing a person! Of course your tired! It might take a little bit of time effort to get your speed back, but I’m sure it will come back. You’ve just got to be nice to yourself and remember that your body is doing this crazy and amazing thing and you can’t be too mad it for being so busy incubating a baby that it can’t bust out pre-pregnancy paces.

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Christa September 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

I know!! I am going to work my damnedest to get back asap and we’ll see what happens. You’re right, I absolutely can’t be mad. It’s just different and something I’m not used to. In the grand scheme of things, I only have 7.5 WEEKS LEFT (but who’s counting?). That’s nothing.

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