You guys. IT’S SO HOT HERE. Even at 6 a.m. Part of me misses running and marathon training a lot… and part of me is like, wow, I’m really glad I’m not trying to do long runs in this heat and humidity like I was last year for the Marine Corps Marathon…
I met my friend Sokphal this morning for an early walk – yes, I’ve officially switched from the walk/jog approach to fully walking. I was thinking on my way to meet her about how the whole running (or lack thereof) thing while pregnant has been different than I anticipated. I didn’t think I’d run throughout my whole pregnancy, but I’m not sure I thought I’d be done with it quite so early, either. (I’m 22 weeks today, and while I’ve been walking and hiking a ton, I haven’t been doing much running at all besides maybe a short jog once a week for the past 2 months.)
As a runner, it’s weird to all of a sudden not be a runner. It’s something that has been a big part of my life for the past 10 years – I’ve pretty much been training on and off for some sort of a race since then, and I love it, as you guys know. I love the routine of my 3 weekly runs, I love my social runs with friends, I love frequently seeing the sunrise on weekdays from my running shoes, I love talking about running/races, and I love setting a goal and achieving it, even if it isn’t easy. I know that obviously this phase is very temporary (and completely worth it) and that I’ll be back to running soon – but it’s still weird, you know? To all of a sudden not be doing something that was so much a part of me (and so much of my social time – that’s one of the biggest bummers) for so long.
It’s also hard to not compare myself to pregnant runner friends, or people I follow online. Part of me wonders: “Am I just being a wimp? Does running not really feel that great for anyone who is pregnant, and they just push through unlike me? Or is my body just different and it legit feels worse for me?”
Part of it is certainly timing with the heat – I think maybe I’d be more into keeping the jogging going if it were cold out – but still. You guys know I’m a big fan of intuitive exercise, just like intuitive eating, meaning that if something doesn’t feel great or I’m not enjoying it, I won’t force it. (Not that doing 20 mile training runs always felt GREAT, but you know what I mean – I still enjoyed the challenge, even if not every run was awesome.) And running just doesn’t feel fun or good physically for me anymore. I feel heavy and slow, it’s way too hot out, and most importantly the pounding on my bladder and awkward bouncing on my pelvis just don’t feel good at all.
Anyway – I’m not sure why I went on this long winded tangent, but I just felt like sharing. 🙂 Sometimes it’s nice to work through this sort of stuff in writing! It’s also a good reminder that even if it’s hard not to compare, I need to do what works/feels best for me, not for someone else. So – walking and hiking it is, for now at least! I’m fortunate that both of those activities are still enjoyable and feel good. 🙂 It was great to catch up with Sokphal this morning via our walk date, and since we’re walking now instead of running, we might bring the doggies along next time!
I threw together breakfast when I got back from the walk – toast with nut butter plus a refreshing and cold yogurt and fruit bowl with some slivered almonds. Plus a shot of espresso with a splash of milk. Necessary after an early morning!
I was pretty tired this morning because I didn’t get to bed quite as early as I wanted to last night – but it was worth it because I had a really special treat: a dinner date with my grad school BFF Elle!
Elle and her husband Rob are in Maryland for a few days visiting his family, and I’m so glad we were able to make time to catch up! It had been WAY too long – they live on the west coast and it makes me sad we are so far away… phone dates are just not the same.
We met up at Ris in Foggy Bottom in DC and basically talked nonstop for 2 hours. Elle is also pregnant right now (with their second!) and only a few weeks ahead of me so it was fun to talk all things pregnancy, as well as work and life. We started with salads and then I had the chicken milanese for my entrée. The salad was really good (and creative – a unique take on caesar but with a vinaigrette dressing), the chicken was meh – way too greasy and heavy and not as delicious as I’d hoped. Same with the potatoes it came with – greasy and not crispy. Lame!
Thankfully, dessert was delicious enough to make up for my entrée fail. 😉 We shared two – a puff pastry with berries and cream and a mini coffee ice cream sandwich. Yum!
Thank you for the fun night Elle – missing you already!
And now, time to tackle the to do list. Have a great day guys, and stay tuned for my 22 week pregnancy update coming at you tomorrow!
Any thoughts on running and pregnancy to share? And if not, let me live vicariously – tell me about what you’re training for/what your running goals are right now! How is training going so far? 🙂
p.s. Completely unrelated, but did you see that those of us born between 1977 and 1983 now have our own “micro-generation”, called Xennials? Finally! I saw the article in theSkimm this morning, which is my fave way to get quick news updates every weekday. If you aren’t already subscribed, do it – theSkimm is free. 🙂