my growing belly :: second trimester running
This morning I went for a run. It was 38 F here today, which felt like summer after weeks of single digit temperatures. Indie and I got our running things together and quickly rushed out the door. And then just as quickly came to a slower huff and groan as I realized that not running (and barely cycling) all of the week until today (Saturday) left me less then nimble out there. We made it through our short run together and I managed to continue running with only one brief walking break after a hill. I kept telling myself that taking a week off from running definitely takes its toll and that I need to be more consistent about it again.
And then I got home and T. took my (almost) weekly belly picture and I uploaded the results. And I realized why I was huffing and puffing all along the route. Sure, the week break from excercising probably didn’t help. But I’d guess that neither does carrying this extra load around with me …
Behold my 16 week belly. Compared to my pre-pregnancy belly (although documented here at 4 weeks when I looked essentially non-pregnant), I’m carrying quite the extra weight on my runs these days. I used to read Runner’s World religiously and they always said that dropping only as little as five pounds could help improve your speed and pace significantly. I was forever trying to drop those five extra pounds to get just a little bit faster but it never happened. I love food too much. Now, about ten pounds heavier, I’m pretty sure that I won’t be setting any PR’s anytime soon. Instead, I get to enjoy slow and leisurely runs with my dog, my baby, and my growing midsection. Actually, that’s not that bad of a trade off.
Other than become significantly slower, I can’t say that pregnancy has affected my running all that much. I feel fine while I’m out there, no new aches or pains, and I’m still managing to squeeze into my old stretchy running clothes.
Cycling has been affected even less. Because my poor bike does the work off supporting my weight, my legs just have to pedal. Just like with running, I’m conscious of keeping my heart rate below 140 (as prescribed by my midwife) and so I just pedal less vigorously than I might have before. But that’s about it in terms of changes thus far. And as the weather has gotten nicer, I look forward to not only more outoor runs but increased bike rides all of next week as well. Happy running/riding! ~S.