Mother Runner Surprise *WARNING* It’s a Long One.
WARNING. This is a longer post. I have lots of fun little details to ramble about. 🙂 But, if you read through to the end it’s well worth it for a sweet little tear jerking moment. Love ya all.
I know I’ve been MIA my friends…but for very good reason! I’m not the best at keeping secrets…
So, remember when I announced that I would be racing the Virginia Beach half-marathon this September in hopes of breaking 1:30 and then run a marathon this December in Alabama so I could have perfect weather and a perfect course?? Well, all that just went out the window.
Surprise! Yup. You see that right! Little bean ran her first marathon about five weeks in (remember that record heat setting day in Nashville?? yeah. We didn’t know at the time we were expected!!! Explains why I walked through every single aid station to consume liquid and boy I am so glad I listened to my body!!)! Then she/he ran the Legacy Run 5k the weekend after. Already a runner. 😉
It’s been twelve years since my body has been pregnant! I’m so excited to start this new journey. It truly feels brand new. When I was pregnant with my son 12 years ago I was NOT a runner. I kinda “worked out” but not really. I was in a bad place emotionally and mentally. I became a mother runner when my son was about six or seven years old. So, I’ve never experienced running while pregnant or running with an infant. I will def need a learning curve!
So I’ve been on the ball about soaking up all the other running mommy blogs like: Salty Running, The Running Wife, Mommy Run Fast. It’s been so helpful and refreshing to know I can still run (probably won’t be racing until 2018 obviously) and even run well. And on the whole weight gain issues… after reading that I’m only supposed to gain about four pounds in the whole first trimester and nine weeks in I’m already 4 pounds in I thought whoa nelly! I didn’t think I was eating too much lately? Maybe drinking tons more water. I am a small frame to begin with so it could just be that. After reading NYC Mamma’s post about weight gain and how it can vary from woman to woman I felt loads better. Do not compare thyself!
First signs & symptoms:
- Extremely thirsty!! I remember walking around the race expo at Nashville (before we knew!) just dying of thirst and getting dizzy headed. I turned into the grouch until my husband and bro-in-law scooped me up some free plastic cups from Publix and filled them all up at the water-fountain. I literally drank 4 straight cups one right after the other on the spot.
- Peeing in the middle of the night three nights in a row…That just isn’t me. I thought that was weird…
- Bloody nose. I’m not sure if that was a sign but I totally got one the day before I took a pregnancy test.
- Sore boobs. (sorry guys but this is real life yo.) Like don’t even hug me!! Don’t brush up against me on accident. Just stay the boob away. I’m still feeling that way. Just fair warning if you try to hug me. This is what really prompted me to take that little pee stick test the week following the marathon.
- Two weeks late. Duh.
- One emotional outburst and broken pot lit. oops. #MyHusbandStillLovesMe
- I would say fatigue was a sign but I was already so used to being tired from marathon training I figured I was just waaaay tired from training. I still struggle with fatigue some. Again, some days are worse that others. Like I can’t even image cleaning one freaking dish, don’t even ask me about dinner…unless it’s what I’d like to eat and you’re buying and spoon feeding me…. then we can talk. Running continues to give me the burst of energy I need to get through the day though. As long as I get a run in first thing I’m usually pretty good until 2:00 pm or so. I do not like feeling so lazy…
I am not experiencing any morning sickness, nausea or vomiting praise The Lord! I truly think my healthy diet and exercise helps this 100%. When I was pregnant with my David I always felt sick. bleck. But, then again I wasn’t in a healthy place. So if you take one piece of advice from me as a pregnant woman or trying to conceive: stay healthy! Eat the good fats, get that walk or jog in, and keep stress low.
My Biggest Fears:
Naturally as a planner I’m way ahead of myself…
- Becoming slow and gaining weight. But, that really is just vanity. ha! I’ll admit it. I haven’t seen big and slow numbers in a long time! It’s hard to watch all your hard work from the past 12 months slowly slip through your fingers. (However, my coach says that his wife ran her marathon PR just 6 months postpartum. I am hanging onto that!!!!)
- Resuming running postpartum. How will my body respond this time? Will I be too tired to get up and run? With my husband’s work schedule I would have to run at 4:45 am then come home and relieve husband for work.
- Losing my personal trainer space downstairs. Things in the house will have to move around to accommodate the new family member. I’ve been researching places to rent for business in town but, dang! Overhead is ridiculous. I would basically be working 24/7 just to cover rent and utilities. Unless I charged more or held bootcamps year round with a solid client base of 10-15 ladies. And that’s a lot of work! So I’ve got some decisions to make financially and professionally….
Running so far in First Trimester:
- I have a feeling that the first question folks locally (and family) will be asking is “Will you continue to run?” My answer is most assuredly: YES. Not only has there been plenty of research (more research) to prove that is beneficial to both baby and mom, there have been plenty of mother runners out there proving it daily with perfectly healthy little babies. So far I just take each day as it comes. Some days I have more energy and run longer and some days I’m just done at four miles. But, I will tell you this, running gives me more energy! Also, it’s beneficial for dad and it puts mom in a much better mood. 😉
- Workouts: I have added a few “hill sprints” and 200 meter repeats here and there just to keep my legs kicking. Keeping my workouts short and less intense. From all the research I’ve read it’s perfectly safe to keep up your regular fitness routine. I simply modify as needed and really listen to my body. If there’s one thing marathoning has taught me it’s how to listen to every signal my body sends. Focus on staying cool, hydrated and keeping the heart rate controlled.
- I’m sticking to my core and weight lifting routines. It’s safe to keep up with core exercises (although some movements are not advised if you struggle with diastasis recti. Be sure to research proper exercises for that condition.) I just got back into kettlebell swings! It makes me feel strong. I however, do not go for heavy heavy. I keep the weight light to moderate. Just enough to stay strong.
- Racing: I will keep up with my race schedule except for the marathon in December. I’m hoping they will let me defer my entry for 2018. That will be my big “A” goal next year! I plan on running the Brevard Rotary White Squirrel 5k this Saturday with hopes of keeping the run around 20 minutes. However, I can not really go into it expecting anything other than to feel good. Virginia Beach will still be on the calendar in September as well. Naturally I will not be racing that one. I would love to finish around 1:45-2:00. Just nice and comfortable. Again, time goals at this point are really irrelevant.
- I was able to pull out a 20:40 5k this past Saturday. I felt good but winded. Def not a PR but I am proud of what little bean and I can do so far. And since all my vitals and blood work results came back perfect (including my hemoglobin!!) I plan on just going on how I feel. I attribute my solid levels to my on point (90% of the time) nutrition. And chugging HeartBeet from Green Heart Juice has def helped keep my iron levels up!! Although, the drink may have to go on hold for a while now due to the fact that pregnant ladies are NOT supposed to consume unpasteurized foods/drinks.
And for all you who are dying to know, yes, we have been trying but “not trying”. We thought the Lord might know best for our future so we left it up to Him. We knew another little family member was in our future. And we are just so grateful He’s blessed us right on time. I just kept saying…”one more marathon.” ha!
How I told the husband: a quick little scavenger hunt! I’m not the most creative gal in the world so it was a plain jane index card game. Still, I wanted to make it fun. 🙂
His reaction? I’m sure you could guess. Thrilled! Says I made him the happiest man alive. aw. <3
And for the sweetest bit of info, we told our son at lunch after church that following Sunday by telling him we bought him a pair of new shoes. Then, we scooted a pair of white booties across the table to him.
His face got beet red and his eyes filled up with tears. (now here come my waterworks…everything makes me cry!!!) And he kept asking, “is this for real??”. “Yes, David. These are your new shoes.”
“You guys are kidding right? Is this for real?”
Tears…”THIS is what I’ve always wanted…”
David is so excited about his new sibling on the way. <3 If that doesn’t melt your heart I just don’t know what would do it…
So welcome to a whole new kind of marathon Monday (sorry it’s late on a Tuesday)! I will be honest, some days I’m bummed about not racing fast this year, because I felt like I was finally getting fast, but most days I’m beyond thrilled for the chance to slow down and enjoy running for the sake of running with no expectations. And also to share something so special with my little bean. Nothing sweeter than a running partner.
Naturally my Monday’s may contain pregnant lady running updates. But, the posts will be much shorter and to the point with basic details along with other fitness and running related things. If you’d really like to follow along you’ll find most of my updates (and yes, including those future baby bumps! Right now I just look and feel bloated. ha.) over on Instagram and Strava. It’s so much easier for me to find the time to post quick snippets. Reading others’ experience helped me feel better about running while pregnant so maybe others will find mine encouraging too. I’ll do my best to keep up with Workout Wednesdays but I hate to promise things…taking photos of exercises then blogging with instructions is time consuming and challenging for my brain currently. haha!
Current stats: Baby Payne due: 12/31/17
- 9 weeks (and 2 days)
- weight gained: fluctuates but around 3 pounds
- cravings: grilled cheese sandwiches!!!! Don’t ask me why…
- current symptoms: general fatigue otherwise I feel pretty normal! I was so excited to see the baby and hear the heartbeat. I’ve been feeling so good I was wondering if there really was a little baby in there. 😉
- mood: generally happy! Maybe even more happy than I’ve been in a while. Occasionally I’ll get a bit moody and wish everyone would shut up but that’s only if I’ve gotten beyond tired.
- MPW (for future reference: miles per week): averaging 40
- workouts: Kettlebell (only 15 lbs.), some core work and dumbbell/body-weight circuits twice weekly. Some yoga. But, the upside down poses now make me dizzy.
If you’re not a pregnant woman (or maybe you’re my male readers) what summer races do you have coming up?
If you have been or are currently pregnant: did you continue to run? How was your experience? run pink.
30 May 2017 / runpinkjess / 4
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