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To Run or Not to Run?

April 5, 2010

That is the question!

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful emails, comments, and tweets about our good news!  Solomon and I are so excited to be parents, and Rufio for sure can’t wait to be a big brother!  He loves babies!

Well, I actually didn’t get a ton of questions, which was actually really nice, because everyone was just so excited for us instead!  I did however get a few questions about the half marathon, and I wanted to see what you guys think!

My doctor said it’s OK for me to run, as long as I am comfortable.  Generally, if you ran before you got pregnant, running throughout your pregnancy is not a problem at all.  However, in the first few weeks, running was the last thing on my mind.  The thought of it literally made my stomach turn.  I didn’t do much, except stretching and a lot of walking (I still have to take care of my current baby!  Rufio needs his exercise too!).  Last week I finally felt up to running, and thought I might collapse.  I was a wheezing machine, I couldn’t believe it!  I couldn’t go very far, and mostly walked/ran for about 4 miles.  I finished, and that’s really all that matters.

So now I don’t know if Solomon and I should change our race entry to be walkers, or walk and run when we are comfortable.  Following my training plan is obviously not going to happen to the T.  This is what I’m supposed to do this week:

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Actually, not a terrible week all things considered, but honestly, it’s going to be rough!  In the beginning, I remember looking at a week like this and thinking “Sweet, an easy week, this is awesome.”  Now, not so much!

Staying healthy throughout this pregnancy is super important to me, both for myself and the baby (plus, I want to bounce back pretty easily after!).  I’ve gotten really good at listening to my body lately, I just need advice too!

Oh, and I hope everyone had a great weekend, and those of you that celebrate Easter had a wonderful holiday and time with your families.  I love being in Boston, especially on MLB opening day!  We didn’t get to see the game because we were flying, but that was awesome!

Oh, and one more thing.  Total fail on my part…I managed to click “Mark All as Read” on my Google Reader, so my catch up is going to be limited.  I’m sure you all talked about your awesome weekends with this great weather, and I’m sure you all had fun!

So does anyone have any experience with this?  Do you know anyone who did?  Would you just suck it up and walk the race, running when comfortable?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2010 9:22 am

    If you have already paid the entry fees and don’t want it to go to waste AND if you know you would have lots of fun just walking the race, then I say you could do it. However, if both of those don’t line up I wouldn’t recommend it.

    I 100% stand behind working out and keeping up with healthy habits when you are pregnant. Heck, I did kickboxing the day I went to the hospital! However, you have to be able to listen to your body. And what if on race day you really weren’t feeling up to it or were feeling up to something else. You would probably still end up making yourself go because it was planned.

    I say you don’t want anything adding extra stress to you. Your workouts should be carefree and really be based on what you feel like doing any given day. There are plenty of races out there. Why not do one after the baby? Even before you are back in top shape, just for fun?

  2. April 5, 2010 9:25 am

    I was wondering if you were still planning on running! I don’t know the answer, but have heard that if you did it before, it’s usually ok to continue once you check with your doc!

  3. Madeline - Greens and Jeans permalink
    April 5, 2010 10:36 am

    I have a friend who actually ran a marathon while she was pregnant! I think as long as your doctor gives the a-okay and you feel up to it, I would go for it!

  4. April 5, 2010 1:21 pm

    OMG OMG where did I miss this?!?!! congrats girl!! ahhh so exciting! I am so happy for you two!! YAYAY MAZEL TOV!

  5. April 5, 2010 1:28 pm

    YAYY RED SOX!!
    I don’t have any experience with this topic but I think you should just see how you feel, as long as you’re up for it I don’t see why you can’t still run it!
    I’m not sure if you know of the blogger: http://crosscountrysquared.blogspot.com/
    But she is newly pregnant with twins and has continued to run so far, she talks a lot about her pregnancy and she’s awesome so it might be worth checking out! : )

  6. April 5, 2010 3:40 pm

    I would say stick to whatever you are comfortable with. If you feel it will be too difficult, then walking will definitely be great!
    Hope you had a great weekend!

  7. April 5, 2010 5:02 pm

    Congratulations to you and Solomon! I am so happy for you, and it is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear all about the upcoming months and your experiences!!!

  8. Jillian permalink
    April 5, 2010 5:09 pm

    Congratulations! I ran with my second child until about 5 months but I was training for a half marathon and bailed on the actual training towards the end but I have stopped running with this third one (i was too sick for like 16 weeks and by the time I felt better i tried running and it was miserable – so now i stick to walking!) I would say do what your body is comfortable with! I have had a few friends who ran throughout their pregnancies and after delivery the babies were best soothed by intense rocking (mirroring the running, they thought) but that is a just a thought 🙂 good luck!

  9. April 5, 2010 8:27 pm

    I’ve heard opposing things about running while pregnant. I’ve heard it’s totally fine if you were a runner before, and I’ve also heard you shouldn’t do it. My friend, who was always a runner, was told not to run while pregnant. Who knows! I’d say just do what your doctor says and listen to your body.

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