Let’s Be Candid: Third Trimester Running/Fitness, Exercise Obsession, and Running Goals!
*If this feels too heavy, go ahead and wait until tomorrow’s post! I’ll share random life pictures with you all and scenes from the weekend.*
Moving on >>>
I’m going to be honest and say running while pregnant/exercising while pregnant is hard. Sure, I’ve had great runs, I’ve been running even before I knew I was pregnant, and most of the times, I feel great. But, there are runs that leave me discouraged and workouts that make me wonder if I will build up the fitness I had before getting pregnant.
Through this third trimester, I’ve been learning to listen to my body (waay more than I normally do…how’s that for a confession?) I’ve been learning that even a little run, a short circuit workout, a nice long walk, or a stretching session counts toward something. I’ve been learning that not every run has to be a PR- crushing or as hard core as possible.
For years before getting married or pregnant, exercise wasn’t just something I enjoyed, but it really came to a point where it controlled my life.
Earlier this week, I was thinking about how much life has changed. I love the feeling after a hot and sweaty run, I crave miles and the endorphins I get from every mile I finish. But, it has no longer become something that controls my life. Instead of letting a missed run ruin my day, I now take a deep breath and move on.
I am so grateful God has taught me so much through my running journey and I look forward to all the other lessons He will continue to teach me!
Of course I do! As much as I’ve grown in not letting running control my life, I’m still a runner. I’m still the same girl who dreams about running in her sleep, who plans out her runs, and who looks forward to the racing season.
- Get my pace back! During this pregnancy, my pace per mile has decreased about 1-1.5 min. I can’t wait to get my speed back again!
- Run a half marathon in November 2016. As long as the delivery goes as hoped, I plan to hop into half marathon training fairly shortly after having baby T! Thankfully the base mileage I’ve been running through my pregnancy will give me a decent foundation to build on.
- Enjoy the treadmill and run outside when possible! Hopefully, I’ll be able to run outside while Landon is with baby T, but more than that, I want to be home with my family. Aka- I’ll be running many, many treadmill miles! Praise the Lord for treadmills!
- Embrace each run! Basically, even if my run doesn’t go as planned, my run has to be cut short, or I nail it, I want to embrace each run, because a run is better than no run!
I’m so grateful for this pregnancy, for the ability to run during the last 8 months, and the joy I’ve discovered through the process. I can’t wait for my run tomorrow and the many miles to come.
- Have you ever been addicted to running or exercise?
- What are your current running goals?
- How long have you been a runner?