The third trimester is well underway and I am definitely starting to feel pregnant! Running while pregnant hasn’t been easy by any means, but my body did seem to settle into a “okay, this is the ‘new normal’ pregnancy” state of being for the majority of the second trimester and into the beginning of the third. While each day has been an adventure and certain weeks have been more challenging than others, overall I’d say that I have been able to maintain a solid base and a not-too much slower than normal pace for the majority of the pregnancy. (I realize that I am extremely lucky in this regard).
Now it’s starting to catch up with me. The added weight is noticeable now (making for extra achy shins) and my feet are starting to swell a bit where my already borderline tight shoes are feeling awfully cozy. My pace got slower (literally) overnight by about 30 seconds/mile. Some days I just look in the mirror and wonder how I am possibly going to keep getting bigger (if my due date is right, I still have a little over 9 weeks)!
The funny thing is – despite these aches my body still feels its strongest when I am running. Walking fast feels more like a waddle (I am constantly yelling at Mike to slow down). Sleep and sitting can be almost impossible (I can’t stay in one position too long before my back starts acting up). But somehow – my body is more or less okay with me plugging away with the mileage. It doesn’t feel effortless the way that it used to – but it is the closest to normal that I feel on some days.
One of my biggest complaints has been the chafing. My sports bras don’t fit and have left a deep gash-like wound across my chest (despite having sized up substantially and tried all different brands). Now that I have given in to the belly band, I have chafing all across my lower back and onto my hip. I finish every run looking like I have gone into battle.
I have still been trying to keep my weekday runs around an hour and get in a two hour run on the weekend. I have already been able to maintain this much longer than I ever expected, so I’m just taking it on a day-by-day basis.
Week 28/29 39.46 miles (long run 13.23 miles)
Week 29/30 47.41 miles (long run 13.25 miles)
Pregnancy Miles to Date: 1120.4 miles