How Tapering for a Marathon is Like Waiting for Labor
Welp. Here we are 40 weeks and 3 days still fat and pregnant waiting for the real deal labor to come on. I’ve been dealing with on and off again contractions for the past few weeks (apparently there’s this thing called prodromal labor?). Something I didn’t experience with my son nearly 13 years ago…Since I’m still waiting
How Waiting for Labor is like Tapering for a Marathon
1.You begin to question everything and every choice you’ve made, did I eat the right foods? Did I work hard enough? Did I hydrate enough? Did I rest enough? Am I strong enough?
2.Everything hurts and you’re dying. There’s definitely no way you can do this.
3.You go in-between extreme hunger and nerves that make you sick to your stomach.
4.You go in-between emotions faster than Usain Bolt.
5.You hate everything.
6.You can’t believe how much love and courage you have in your heart! It’s overwhelming!!!!
7.You hate everything again (see point 4).
8.You’re afraid of pooping yourself. True fear of labor and delivery! And long runs!
10.Therefore you’re always peeing.
11.You’ve packed, unpacked and repacked your race day (hospital bag) at least 10 times.
12.You debate on getting just one more workout in…but, this may be where pregnancy differs. You debate on getting one more nap in. 😉
13.You review your training log (hospital plan) and decide that YES. You have done the work and YOU ARE more than ready for this! God has designed our bodies for this very moment…
Ha! Some serious and some funny obviously. This week hasn’t been all so terrible though. Like I mentioned on New Year’s Eve I won a prize pack from the good folks at Fleet Feet in Asheville and ROLL Recovery (the only ‘recovery tool’ I had prior was a foam roller so I’m excited to learn more about these products and how to get the max benefit. Especially when I get back to running and training hard)! And they snapped probably one of the few photos I actually like of my pregnant self. Especially at 40 weeks large and in charge. haha! I never did get professional maternity photos. Money and time. Time and money. Always seems to be an issue.
All in all, I’ve had a wonderful pregnancy. VERY blessed to remain healthy and complication free this entire time. But, I will admit the past few weeks I have gotten VERY lazy. I just feel so tired. Zero energy or desire to workout. I have been walking as often as possible. Getting 10,000 steps in a day was never an issue for me before but now I see why some folks struggle. If you’re not constantly walking or moving it’s a hard number to reach. Obviously when training for a marathon those steps way surpassed that number. Ah, I must admit also that it does sadden me that I didn’t start my year off running. I know the sport will still be there for me when I’m ready. And I’m praying that all this rest will enable for a strong, healthy, injury free come back! I know many women run through their 9th month of pregnancy but I can help but wonder if this is beneficial for the pelvic floor?? I have some more research to do on this…
anyway. keep running my friends!
patiently waiting on baby R!
Did you start your year off running and/or racing? Have you heard of ROLL Recovery?
Any big PRs you’re chasing this year? If you’ve been a pregnant momma how many months did you run through?
3 Jan 2018 / runpinkjess / 2
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