fit pregnancy, pregnancy, Running

Pregnancy Running Grievances

Running while pregnant can be pretty uncomfortable. I have not faced any major issues, but below are my top complaints.

Decreasing Speed: I had no idea how early on in my pregnancy I would start to slow down. I thought it would happen in the later months, but for me, it was almost immediate. Before pregnancy, when I would go out for an easy run, I would run about 9:30 minute miles. Now my easy runs are coming in at around 12 minute a mile and I get slower each time I go out. The decreased speed really bothered me at first, especially before I started to show. I had the false notion that people were judging me. I still have to constantly remind myself why I am slow and I try my best not to look at the clock.

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Before and After 😦

Increased Thirst: I have been thirsty all the time! This isn’t just occurring when I am running. It is something I face when I am just sitting at my desk or at home doing nothing. I have also found if I do not drink enough water, my hands and feet swell slightly. I have started carrying Gatorade with me on my long runs because water alone isn’t cutting it now. I also try to run in areas near my home with drinking fountains so I can have both.

 

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is by far the most annoying aspect of pregnancy I have had to face. I can’t really even explain how this horrible sensation feels because I’ve never experienced anything like it before, but it is an absolute nuisance! Running doesn’t aggravate this problem very much though and it is at its worst when I am trying to sleep.

Increased Urination: I constantly feel like I have to pee (even when I don’t actually have to). On my last 12 mile run I had to stop to use the restroom twice. I would have stopped more if there weren’t so many tourists out by the time I was able to run.

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beagle, cold, DC, Fitness, run, runner, Running

Running After Illness…My Epic Failure

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Bad week for running but great company

I went for my first run on Sunday after being sidelined for a week with a cold. I tried to keep the run short and quick, but to be honest with you; I was slightly disappointed in my performance. Breathing was definitely still a challenge despite feeling a lot better and I was forced to use my sports bra as a Kleenex dispenser. Even though I knew my first run back would be a challenge, I still ran significantly slower than I even anticipated I would. I kept a 9:05 pace. I was hoping to keep it under 9:00 since I am still recuperating, so I guess I wasn’t that far off, but I still felt disappointed.

I decided to give it a shot again this morning and I did even worse! I was less congested, breathing was easier, and it was a beautiful day outside. Despite all of that, I just couldn’t get moving. I was extremely slow and kept a 9:36 pace, which was very discouraging to me, but in addition to my slow pace, I stopped early too. I usually try to make my morning weekday runs the distance of a 5K race and add more distance as time allows, but today I only went 2.80 miles. There is a store near my home that sells flowers and they already have their Christmas trees out (not okay…). One had fallen down and blocked the entire sidewalk. Instead of redirecting myself and pushing forward, I used the down tree as an excuse to end my run and go home.

I know some super tough people who are able to work out despite being ill and I thought that maybe with all of this internal willpower I have right now that I could too. I was wrong. I am clearly not someone with that ability and right now I am just hoping that I bounce back quickly and that I do not lose too much of the progress I made over the summer and fall months. I plan to do yoga tomorrow morning for a little extra rest and hopefully my next run will be more successful!

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Cold Weather Running Survival Plan

It is officially cold out and I hate it! I have been sick since Monday (which I blame on the rapid temperature drop) so I have been resting. My ability to breathe has been so messed up that even light exercise is out of the question. Once I recover, I do have an action plan to try to stay active.

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Even Nigel knows that winter is the worst!

One would think that as a transplant from the Pittsburgh area I would thrive in DC’s slightly warmer climate; however this has not been the case in years past. I have never been an individual who enjoys the cold and this is sadly the point in the year where I usually I fall off of the wagon and break out the blankets. I call it my hibernation period. I am extremely determined to be better this year, which is why I am taking some steps to prevent this yearly hiatus.


I already have some cold weather gear, but I decided to beef up my cold weather wardrobe a bit. I recently went to TJ Maxx and purchased two pairs of fleece lined running tights, a pair of thin gloves, and a thicker fleece lined pair for when it gets really cold out. I was able to walk out spending under $100 on all of those things, along with a few extra items (body wash and fancy chocolates). I was extremely proud because a good pair usually goes for over $80 and I could see high original prices on the pieces I purchased.


It was definitely a challenge for me to find the right fit in a pair of running tights. I am on the short side but I have an hourglass figure, so most of the medium sized tights I tried on were about 4 inches too long and most of the tights in size small fit lengthwise, but they were painfully tight and I would risk splitting my pants if I tried to run in them. I have worn my capri length tights for as long as possible because of this problem. I actually did not own anything longer, but I dedicated over an hour of my time to finding something full length that would work for me because I am sick of being cold. I finally settled on 2 amazing pairs of pants (both different sizes). The first was made by a brand called Avalanche and the other was by a brand called Marika tek.

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My winter running swag

I was so proud of my new gear that the following morning, I woke up and went on a run with the thicker pair of my new tights (the Avalanche Pair), my new gloves, a thick fleece lined shirt, a headband to warm my ears, and a windbreaker. At the time, I believed the windbreaker was necessary because the wind has been unbearable here; however I actually ended up being far too warm. My run was difficult because I was only able to focus on how warm I was the entire time. I made the same mistake at the race I ran over the weekend and struggled there because of the heat too.


I also took the opportunity to try out the Marika tek pair. I think they may be a bit too large for me because I had trouble keeping them up and noticed they are slightly large in the waist. I may see if they fit my sister since she is slightly taller than me and I will look for them in a smaller size. Despite the fit, they were great quality and they were sufficiently warm.


I know that even having warm apparel may not be enough for me when things get really cold. That is why I also purchased a Living Social Deal for a month long membership trial at a local gym close to my workplace. I am typically anti-gym because they are so expensive here and they are usually overcrowded, but I was able to get the deal for about $20. I haven’t activated it yet and I am holding off until conditions get bit worse outside and my cold goes away. For now I will make good use of the sidewalks and enjoy running outdoors until things become too cold or unsafe outdoors.


I am pleased to say that I think I have set myself up for success and I hope I will be able to keep pumping out runs this winter.

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