Precious cargo

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For the past 20 weeks or so, someone has been along with me for all my runs, workouts and daily adventures.

That special someone was with me when I ran my personal best half-marathon in October. They were with me when I took part in the run streak through December, and they’ve been with me for everything in between.

Yes, I’ve got a baby on board, and as my friend said today when I posted the news on Facebook, I’m finally out of the “maternity closet.”

You may have noticed I failed to set any 2014 running goals and this is why. Really, my goal for this year is to have a healthy pregnancy and become the best mother I can be!

So far, I’ve been blessed to avoid many unpleasant symptoms. I’m well into the second trimester now but I haven’t experienced much nausea, and I’ve been able to keep exercising with only holding back a bit.

After running my third half of 2013 in October – only just having found out I was pregnant – I started scaling back my mileage. I haven’t run farther than 10 K since. But I’ve kept active with at least one run a week, a couple spinning classes and strength exercises. I’d like to incorporate more yoga.

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This week the bump has really started to grow and it has made everything a little more challenging. Running is getting a little uncomfortable in the stomach/bladder area but my legs and lungs still feel great. My doctors have said to keep up the exercise because for someone already active, it can only help you have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy delivery and a healthy recovery. I’ve also heard that labour is kind of like running a marathon, so keeping in shape can only be a good thing.

I am not, however, pushing myself to new fitness levels. In spinning classes, my goal is to cycle at a challenging level, but not push it beyond my current capabilities. I always focus on getting oxygen (to the baby!) and keeping relatively cool with water and air. I also bring a snack for immediately after the workout.

I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to run – I certainly don’t expect to keep going until the baby is due in June – but I’ll keep at it until it’s either too hard or my doctor advises against it. Until then, baby’s coming for a ride, because this mama loves to run!

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April Runs On

A writer who loves to run, often while chasing a toddler on the east coast

5 thoughts on “Precious cargo”

  1. Congratulations on your baby!! And way to go keeping fit, that is just fantastic… running was my favorite form of exercise, it truly is a passion. Always refreshing to meet another fit mamma. I’m also due in June!

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