photo snapped on thanksgiving day 2012
i am not a pregnant runner.
i thought i would be… i was sure i’d be running into the third trimester, doing a few 5k’s here and there, keeping up a basic level of endurance.
that is not the case.
while i enjoyed playing paparazzi for the fam at the turkey trot last week, i didn’t love bringing up the rear in the walkers group.
after my first trimester (when i felt well enough to exercise again), it became clear that running was not going to be my cardio of choice. i tried a few runs outside, a few on the track, a few on the treadmill… but i couldn’t get into my usual groove. i was uncomfortable, even in a little pain, and it just didn’t feel right.
when around 16 weeks my doctor said to lay off exercise for a few weeks, i knew i had to retire my running shoes for the time being. my body felt the best after a prenatal yoga class, a brisk walk or even light strength training. i decided it was time to listen to my body and go with what felt most natural and good.
living in chicago, i’m spoiled with the perfect running backdrop and endless miles of lakefront to train on. i miss the path and the pounding on the pavement. i miss the burning in my lungs and the playlists thumping in my ears. i miss the camaraderie of my running buddies and the post-run stretches. i miss how it was my time alone and how clear-headed i felt after each and every run.
i’m so curious about how my body will feel when i start to run again. ambitiously, my dad wants me to sign up for the 2013 chicago marathon… of which registration opens sometime in february, right around the time i will have given birth. i have no idea if i’ll be able to get back into shape that quickly, and i’m cautious about putting pressure on myself to get back into the running game so soon. as important as it seems to me now, i know that figuring out motherhood is going to be my priority over getting back on the path.
at this point, i’m hoping for just a slow mile or two on the lakefront path… and we’ll see how it goes from there.
(originally posted on hellobee today)