Thursday, May 26, 2016

Running for Two - Second Trimester

Weeks 13-27
The second trimester is when a lot of women report having more energy!! I felt that around 15-16 weeks, my runs felt better, I felt more energetic during the day...and was able to stop my lunch break naps (for the most part).

Fairly early in my second trimester (14/15 weeks) I ran a 1/2 Marathon.  I finished 1:48, about 4 minutes slower than my PR.  I was very happy with that time.  The first half of the race I ran on track to finish in 1:40, however, by about the halfway mark I sort of freaked out about somehow causing damage to the baby.  At mile 9/10 when I stopped at the porta john, I noticed a small amount of blood - not bright red...the old stuff...and continued to freak out.  I do want to point out that my doctor told me that was a very real possibility.  That often vigorous physical activity will cause that to happen and it's not harming the little one...That didn't stop me from slowing way down for the last 3 or so miles.  I finished comfortably, just not strong.  I checked in with my doc afterward, she said that it's nothing to worry about.  Whew.

After that race, I decided that I am way too competitive to race pregnant.  I freak out that I am going to fast, slow down, and I just don't enjoy racing if I'm not doing it to PR...or win... So, I didn't sign up for any more races from then on.  Late in the 2nd trimester I started to get the racing bug and signed up for a half marathon scheduled to be about 3 months after baby's birth day.  I'm toying with the idea of doing a triathlon before that, but I think I am going to wait to see what life throws at us before I sign up.

It wasn't until the end of this trimester that I noticed a big difference in my running times.  I noticed my pace dropped dramatically...from 7:30/8min miles down to 10:30/11 min miles.  Also, my endurance was decreasing pretty rapidly.  My 10 mi long runs turned into 7, then 6, then 5... But if I didn't respect my body and tried to overdo it I got excruciating headaches that lasted for 2 days.  So, I cut back.

Total weight gain: 15lbs (from pre-pregnancy weight)  This trimester made me realize just how quickly the weight will pile on.  See picture...the first one is 22 weeks...The second is 27 weeks.  Oh my!

Belly: Visible at around 20 the naked eye...That is when I finally told work as well.  Again, for reference - see the picture... The girls were getting huge too.

Running clothes: Between weeks 18 and 20 I started wearing almost exclusively the Oiselle seamless shorts and capris (Long Flyte shorts, Endorphin capris) and got myself a pair of the Long Rogas sized up from a 6 to an 8.  For tops until week 20 I could wear just about anything, after the belly got too big, I stuck with stretchier options.  Some that work well: Oiselle's Flyte tank sized up 1, Oiselle's In the Fold tank (it's flowy), and Lululemon's Cool Racerback (the older style)  I recommend flowy tanks if you live in a hot climate.  Tighter tanks made me feel like I was gonna overheat...the flowy ones let air in as I ran.

Running: I started noticing that my belly was heavy in this trimester.  It sat pretty hard on my bladder and pulled on my round ligaments.  So I started wearing my Amphipod hip belt to help provide some support.  That worked really well.  From about week 20 on, I felt like I'd have to pee for the first mile of my run, but that would go away the further into my run I got.  My long runs diminished greatly, and I really got into yoga during this time.  I highly recommend going to yoga classes or even using a download (I like  Near the end -  weeks 27-28 my legs started feeling like they were burning every time I ran.  Turns out - I was low on iron...more on that in the third trimester update.  

That's all for now, I'll have a third trimester update soon!


Running for Two...the first trimester

I'll warn you now.  I'm that lucky bit*h who had no morning sickness, no crazy cravings, and no terrible food aversions.  The only weird symptom I had was fatigue and from time to time I would feel a little lightheaded.

So, I pretty much felt like myself, but sleepier.  Not too bad.  

As far as running, the first month, you don't even know you're pregnant.  So that was fairly normal.  Just before I took the pregnancy test though, I did notice my splits on my speed workout were 10-20 seconds slower than I felt like they should be.  This was just before Thanksgiving, so between all of the holiday travelling and being a little extra sleepy, my runs started to feel harder.  

During this time, I really focused on just getting SOME kind of exercise in.  Unless I needed a nap... then I just napped.

Total weight gain: 5 lbs - Doctor had me at 0 lbs because i gained that weight in the first 8 weeks...oops.

Belly: was not visible to the naked eye.  I knew it was there, I was "thicker" but nothing crazy.

Running clothes: I could still wear whatever I wanted.  I stayed pretty comfortable in my normal running clothes til about 14 or 15 weeks.  My boobs were killing me though...had to get a better sports bra.  I like Oiselle's Bra-Zen.

Running: long runs stayed at about 10 mi, I was preparing for a 1/2 marathon at 14/15 weeks.  My daily running routine didn't change much (except for sometimes just needing a nap).  I typically ran 5 miles, did cross training when I could.  A lot of this was over the holidays when I usually cut back on running anyway due to family time and an excess of food.  I also cut out a lot of speedwork, but that probably wasn't necessary, I just didn't feel like doing it.

Overall, first trimester running is just listening to your body, if it still feels good, keep doing it.  After you ask your doctor of course...

To be continued...