to run comfortably

After spending nearly 2 weeks on vacation, I was more than ready to get back to a normal workout routine.  However, I have been busy filling in at my mom’s office this week, so my normal 6 AM run has been moved up an hour, and is no longer outside, but on the treadmill instead.

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I actually have been enjoying running on the treadmill.  I never in my life thought I would enjoy running on a treadmill more than running outside, but the treadmill is just so much easier. 

You see, running during pregnancy is similar to what it feels like to run the last 6.2 miles of a marathon:

  • You’re ridiculously tired
  • Your feet, ankles, knees, and hips ache
  • You can’t drink enough water to keep you hydrated
  • You are no longer running – you are shuffling

With running on the treadmill, I can actually get a good stride instead of a shuffle and the temperature is just so much more comfortable.  An air conditioned room with fans overhead is just so much better than the heat + humidity we have been experiencing in St. Louis this past week.  Plus, the convenience of having my water next to me at all times and the ability to check my heart rate never hurts.

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I’m amazed at how comfortable I feel running this far along in my pregnancy.  More comfortable than I did at the beginning of the second trimester, when my belly seemed to want to do it’s own thing.  Even with a 15 pound bowling ball attached to the front of me, I feel like I am running “normal”, albeit much slower.

Although I am comfortable, I am noticing the constant exhaustion I felt during the first trimester creeping back in, and more and more daily aches and pains.  I think rest is going to be my best friend these last 3 months and scaling back to shorter, less frequent runs is going to make my body, and my baby (and husband), much happier.

  • Jen

    I completely agree! I recently switched to the treadmill, and it is so much more comfortable. And yes, pregnancy is like the last 10k of a marathon, but analogy 🙂

    I am super impressed you’re still running this far along! I kind of doubt I’ll be able to by then.

    • Kristen

      You might surprise yourself! Walking breaks have helped a lot and I am significantly slower. I really want to run all 9.5 months, we will just see if she let’s me!

  • I am so impressed with women who can run during pregnancy! I am 16 weeks along and running+pregnancy just don’t work for me. I try to walk super fast, though. 🙂 Even that makes me way more tired than it should!

    • Kristen

      That’s awesome you are staying active! I think it helped that I wasn’t sick at all the first tri, so I never had to take time off. Good luck with your pregnancy!

  • Can you send me your motivation to get to the gym? It’s been upper 90s with 90% humidity here. I’ve even tried to wake up at 5:30 to do my runs but it’s still in the mid 80s. Too hot for me and Maute Moo. I haven’t ran in a week. eeks! I haven’t been on a treadmill in forever, but I think I’m going to give it a try. (and your times are SOOOO impressive!!!)

    • Kristen

      Yeah, we’ve had highs over 100 here. My only choice was the treadmill! I can’t run outside anymore, it’s just way to hard!