It has been so long since I’ve posted…approximately 3 months…YIKES! One big exciting thing that has happened, and basically changed my life, is Rob and I found out we were expecting a baby girl! She will be making her debut in May. YAY!
Now, we found out in August, so I was about 5 weeks along when I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon, which is why I took it super easy on that run. Not that I had much choice. One of the first things I noticed that seemed a bit off before I knew for sure I was pregnant was my running became way more labored. I felt like I was running so fast and hard, only to look at my Garmin and notice I was going 2 minutes per mile slower than my average pace. WHAT?! That was when I knew something was up.
Now, I’m trying to balance my growing belly while still staying fit (or at least keep moving) and it’s not easy.
The first trimester I was nauseous – all three months. Blerg. I was able to get through the Disneyland Half and do some post half marathon runs, but it got very difficult. Eventually, I just gave myself a break and reminded myself that I’m creating a human and stuff and that takes a toll on the body.
Finally, in the second trimester, I have gotten a little break from the nausea symptoms and have a little bit of energy back.
Once a week, I do strength training videos from Popsugar.com and prenatal yoga. I go for walks and try and stay as active as possible. I haven’t been running too much since my belly started bouncing, so I’ve kept it to a swift walk and sometimes jog.
I have the Star Wars Half Marathon coming up in about a month. I’ll be 24 weeks along. I’m planning on crossing the start line and seeing how far I can get…maybe even finish! But I have decided not to put too much pressure on myself if I have to bow out before I get to the finish line. I will be proud of myself for starting, but baby takes priority and if she doesn’t feel like continuing, I will listen to her.
This will be half marathon #22 for me, so not completing one out of 22 won’t be that bad. Plus, I got a really cute shirt I want to wear for the race. It’s all about the outfits really.
I’m looking forward to my husband and my final trip to Disneyland as just a family of two. I can’t wait to start seeing Disneyland through the eyes of our daughter and how she will take to the magic of the parks. It’s such an exciting time and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Also, I need to register for a jogging stroller, because she will be coming along with me when I can start running again!
QOTD: Have you every done a half marathon pregnant? How did it go for you?