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Back on the Run!

You guys – I’m back on the run!!

running while pregnant

And by back on the run, I mean I’m back to incorporating some jogging into my walking routine, but this is really exciting because I seriously miss those endorphins!

I wrote a few weeks ago about how pregnancy and running for me have not really been a great combination, and while I’m certainly not going to be busting out long runs anytime soon, the cooler weather (and way lower humidity) we’ve had lately seems to have made a HUGE difference in how I feel out there. Shocker, right? I mean, no one feels good running when it’s 90 thousand degrees and 400% humidity (slight, but only slight, exaggeration).

running roosevelt island

My sweet spot seems to be no more than 1 to 2 miles of jogging interspersed with some walking – I’ll take what I can get! :) Trails definitely help, too, since they are softer on the body than pavement – I discovered that on Sunday while out hiking with the dogs and adding in some trail jogging.

My friend Sokphal has been really cool about meeting me for jog/walks (or just walks!) instead of runs, which I appreciate so, so much. It’s just really nice being able to still feel like my normal self and meet up for an early outdoor adventure, you know? On Tuesday, we did a 4 mile loop and jogged about half of it and walked the rest. It included Roosevelt Island per my request – love those soft trails!

roosevelt island running

We had fun chatting, as always, and she had just done a track workout the evening before so this was a perfect recovery/shake out workout for her! :)

sokphal tun

I’m hoping I can continue to do these jog/walks once or twice a week for at least a little longer, and especially as the weather continues to cool down. It’s amazing what a huge difference running endorphins, even from just a couple miles of jogging, make in terms of my mood and ability to manage stress. I really love my boot camp workouts, yoga classes, and swimming, but they are not quite the same in terms of that runner’s high!

Anyway – I hope you guys are having lovely weather where you are, too, and that you’re getting out to enjoy it! And while we’re on the topic of running and pregnancy, I wanted to share that I am on my friend Heather’s podcast this week! Heather and I have been friends since 2009, and she hosts a great podcast called “RD Real Talk”, where she chats with fellow dietitians. In addition to talking running and pregnancy (we’re both pregnant right now, which is fun – and she also has a puppy so now our previous running dates have turned into “watch our dogs spaz out together while we sit and relax” dates), we also chat about being intuitive eating dietitians in a world of constant dieting, how we got more comfortable incorporating intuitive eating with clients, and share our recommendations for new or soon to be RDs looking to break into social media/blogging. Here’s the podcast on iTunes – I’m on episode 23! Thanks for having me girl!

What’s your favorite thing to do when the weather is nice? Mine is running, of course, or hiking!

Comments

  1. 1

    YAY for being back on the run!

  2. 2

    I have loved going for walks when I get home from work when the weather is nice. But, I have especially enjoyed weekend runs when I can run outside once the sun is up and run to the beach and back for a nice little 3-4 mile loop.

  3. 4

    I’m starting to get into running, goal is to run a 5k before I turn 40, but like you need that cool weather. Loving the hiking, taking walks and overall doing anything I can outside.

  4. 6

    yay! that is so exciting! glad you’re getting to run!

  5. 8

    That’s great news! I only ran about once a week when I was pregnant too, but that was enough to make me feel like myself, makes a huge difference. Happy running!

  6. 10

    Glad you are able to enjoys some runs again, you have such beautiful areas to run in there!

  7. 11

    Congrats on getting a few runs in! That’s so exciting it’s feeling better! In AZ we don’t have the humidity but the runs are still miserable I can’t hang and I’m not even pregnant lol!

  8. 13

    So glad to hear you’re back at it! It was very obvious from your posts that you were missing it like crazy, and I feel like Anne is basically synonymous with runner in my mind, so you not running just felt so strange :p
    Excited to listen to the podcast episode; I’m subscribed to Heather’s podcast, and it’s always super informative.

    • 14

      I know, so strange! It’s hard when your #1 stress coping mechanism gets taken away, unsurprisingly. :) And yes, Heather’s podcast is great!

  9. 15
    Roadrunner says:

    Great to see that you are back at it!

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