Today, we are honored to introduce Jen, an ultra-fit mom-to-be (who also happens to be a health writer). Jen shares how her pregnancy has impacted her previously very vigorous routine, and plans to check in with us for the rest of her pregnancy so we can hear more. We are looking forward to those updates, Jen!
A few short months ago, I was the girl who couldn’t get enough exercise. Long, hard workouts and two-a-days for triathlon and marathon training were how I rolled. I always thought if I was lucky enough to conceive, I’d keep up my current fitness level.
Then I got pregnant, and realized I could not be more wrong…
Before I saw the second pink line on the pregnancy test, my runs felt off. Then, my doctor asked me to stop running for three weeks until my first ultrasound.
THREE weeks?! I haven’t had that long of a running hiatus since an injury sidelined me five years ago. But I happily obliged because nothing meant more to me than the health of my baby.
Finally, I was given the green light to lace up my running shoes. But running felt completely different:
Though my weekly mileage is only a quarter of what it used to be, and my pace is slower than my former “easy” runs, I could not be happier with my running during pregnancy experience. I even ran a race at 11 weeks pregnant!
Pregnancy does crazy things to your body and mind. But pounding the pavement reminds me that I’m still me. I also know so many women aren’t able to keep up their fitness routines during pregnancy and would love to be in my (running) shoes. So I will savor every mile, no matter how many walk breaks I need
Jen has run more than 30 races. She’s due with her first child on December 14, 2011. Jen blogs about running, triathlon training, infertility, pregnancy, her Ironman husband, and adorable dog at www.runnerstrials.com. Follow her on Twitter, too!
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