Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Running "with child"

Running is hard stuff, running while prego, whew, thats even harder. I'll list my top 5 gripes.

# 5- No, I am not weirdly fat only in my bulging tummy. I am indeed 5 1/2 months pregnant, so stop staring at me.

# 4- For the love of all things good, can someone please design workout maternity clothes.  Not all pregnant women want to wear yoga pants for every workout.  I bought several pairs of large shorts, which are big enough, but don't give extra room for the expanding belly and just end up in your backside.  It's a permanent wedgie.

# 3- Don't tell me that your doctor told you, or you read on the internet, that running while pregnant is bad for the baby, can cause birth defects, or even miscarriages. I keep track of my heart rate, my breathing, and any odd pains that might pop up.  If anything is out of the ordinary, I slow down, or walk.  No doctor has ever, or will ever tell you not to walk while you are pregnant, so hush up well meaning, but ill informed old school advice givers.

# 2- Speaking of slowing down, if I slowed down anymore, I will be standing in place.  This is no joke, and very frustrating. I am not a fast runner to begin with, so slowing down my pace because I physically can't make my body move any faster is less than ideal.
# 1- I can not go one mile without feeling like I have to pee.  And with each step I take, I feel like I need to pee more and more.  Oh, and heaven forbid I have to sneeze while running...

Even though it kinda sucks, I don't want to lose the "fitness" I had a couple of months ago. And sitting on the stationary bike at the gym for 25 minutes doesn't compare to the cardio workout that you get from running. And, I have tried prenatal yoga, and it kinda sucks.

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