Note on the Joys of Pregnancy

The purpose of these “notes” is to serve as possible ideas for essays/longer posts. If you see one that you think would make a good essay/post or that you just want to see what I would do with it, please let me know in the comments or in an e-mail! I would love to take on a challenge like that and give you more of what you want.

–lizzie.

So, I’m quite pregnant. And still running 4-6 miles at a time, 3 or so times a week. I have lots more to say about this kind of thing, but for now my big question is this: If I stop drinking 2+ hours before a run and empty my bladder several times in the minutes before I leave home, how is it possible that I have to stop twice to empty it again while I am out. Six miles! That is less than an hour! And where does it come from!? I’m pretty sure the challenge of the 10K I’m running in a couple of months is not going to be the distance. It’s going to be seeing if I can make it to the restroom in time.

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  1. lizzie

    April 5th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I wish I could go swimming! We don’t have access to a pool, but I did that with my first pregnancy and loved it. I’m also doing yoga once a week and feel like I’m in better shape now, overall, than I was a few months ago because my muscles are so much stronger. I’m hoping it will keep me comfortable as long as possible!

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  2. The longest race of my life was not a marathon, but a measly 5K that I ran while 5 months pregnant. Three minutes into the race and I was certain I’d never survive to the finish line without wetting myself. Fortunately for me, it was pouring rain, so nobody ever would have been the wiser if I had.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I can only hope that if I need to go and their are no restrooms nearby that it is raining. I would count it as a blessing. 🙂 Of course, at 5 months pregnant, I don’t think anyone would have judged you for wetting yourself on the race course.

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  3. How fast are you running these days? I did four eight minute miles without having to stop yesterday and was so excited! But what is the best recommendations you have to increase speed and endurance? I’m getting really nervous for the Ragnar relay in June. At least I won’t be needing to run to the porta potty every so often. Hopefully not, anyway! I’m just so impressed that you’re running so much this far into your pregnancy!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Oh, it depends. Last week I did a couple of sub-8:00 miles in a row, but when I’m pushing the boys I run about a minute slower per mile. I guess my average pace without the boys is about 8:15ish.

    As far as adding speed, practice running faster. Seriously. Add some near-sprints throughout your runs to get started, just whenever you feel like it. And as for endurance, just add it a bit at a time. Go 4.5 miles next time, then the next week do a “long rung” of 5 miles, and keep adding on like that. At some point you may realize that you can do a lot more than you thought and it was a mental barrier you needed to hurdle.

    Good luck with Ragnar training! I’m super jealous.

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  4. Have you given depends a try?

    I am (mostly) joking here.

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    Rachel Reply:

    okay, so I haven’t used depends but I have used . . . other products 🙂 But that was for post-pregnancy runs.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I haven’t, but it seems like it might be something to consider. At least for my peace of mind. I’m pretty sure that if I did get them, suddenly I would never have to go while I was running. Something about my distance from relief is directly related with the urgency of my bladder. Probably TMI. Sorry.

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  5. Oh, man, good for you going 4-6 miles. I get a couple miles in a couple times a week, and I think my running days are coming to an end before too long, at least if my uterine ligaments have anything to say about it. I’m at 27 weeks right now, and I feel like people are beginning to stare when I go for a run.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Yeah, I’m starting to get looks when I go out, too. That may have something to do with wearing shirts that are not quite long enough any more . . . time to go shopping!

    And what kind of shorts/pants are you wearing? I have a pair of shorts that have a really wide, supportive band that has worked well for me near the end of my pregnancies when the ligaments start to give me issues. Also, my midwife recommended getting a support band. I don’t know where to get them or how much they cost or anything, but I’ll do some research.

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    Rachel Reply:

    Hmm, getting supportive pants/band is an excellent idea. I’m just using old yoga pants that will at least span my girth.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I hope it works for you!

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