Run Nelly Run

Run Nelly Run

Running through life as self-proclaimed house wife, mother, homeschooler, and wanna-be chef

Running pregnant-Learning your limitations

Today was a great aha moment…apparently I thought I was just severely nauseated and growing a bigger belly for the fun of it.  Today, however, I really got that I was a pregnant runner.

Okay, so maybe I’ve been very aware that I’m pregnant.  But, after today’s run, I am learning my limitations as far as what I can and cannot do in this stage of my pregnancy. 

Why was today’s run so significant?  It really wouldn’t be to anyone who wasn’t pregnant.  But, I was getting tired of putting in my running log another run on the treadmill and with the sun shining…I loaded up my 135# stroller (Bodhi and Trout are getting heavy together..add the weight of the stroller, what was I thinking!)

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Sun was shining, dogs were off there leashes, (and loving life), but the wind was blowing in my face, and I was not enjoying myself one bit.

I had my watch running the entire time, but I didn’t look at it other than to pause while the boys yelled something to me.

I felt tired, forced, and I immediately thought, “why am I doing this? I love to run and this is not love, I am more concerned about baby then I am about running outside to prove a point, just stop!”

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I did end up finishing my 6 mile prescribed run.  However, it took me a little under an hour to complete, I was not in a hurry to prove anything, my goal at that point was to soak up the sunshine….enjoy how happy my two furry loves were to be out and about.

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See the joy in Rouix’s face?! it’s infectious!

It is quickly dawning on me thatI really just want to run for the love of it, after all, I am not training for anything anytime soon. I am still running, (which is a daily blessing) but, I am not really in it to win it…I just want to relax and enjoy the journey, (did I mention it goes by way to fast!?)

I am trading in speed work for hiking, (via treadmill)

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Most importantly, I am learning my limitations and taking everything one day at a time.

As long as baby is healthy and happy, I will continue to run.  However, my running is just going to look a bit different then it did and that is more than okay.

I do want to point out that the boys and I had a playdate with their friends and mommas.  I was chatting with the girls and they asked if I was running still and how far.  I got lots of wow’s and, “I don’t even drive that much in a week” comments.  I feel completely honored to be where I am at and able to continue at the pace I can.  If I hadn’t been in the middle of a peak training week when I found out I was pregnant…running probably would have looked a lot different for me right now; my body was already conditioned for more miles.

 

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