Running Through Pregnancy

I trained throughout my entire first pregnancy, running 5k the day before I delivered, and plan to do the same for my second. I've recapped my journeys here in hopes it might help you train through your pregnancy.

Please feel free to comment and share your personal experiences!

Pregnancy #1: Gretchen (Greta) Margaret, 5 lbs 12 oz, 10-15-14
I always knew we wanted a family but always had something "else" I wanted to achieve first -- my MBA, career development, promotions, training/racing goals. Something changed in me during the fall of 2013, when all of a sudden I was totally ready!

It took us a while to get pregnant. I'm assuming that was because I was as lean as I had ever been in the fall of '13 after coming off of an OTQ attempt at Chicago and racing in the Professional Women's Division at NYC. 6 months later, though, we found out we were expecting. We couldn't be happier!

At the time I wanted to re-qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials post-delivery. I ran throughout the pregnancy, but became less and less motivated during the last trimester as I battled with constant nausea and vomiting. It wasn't pleasant. Towards the end of the pregnancy I couldn't keep down much at all and often times would vomit blood.

Despite that struggle, the pregnancy went as well as we could have hoped and I delivered a healthy baby girl via scheduled C-section (breech) on 10-15-14!

I wish I would have taken better notes on how much I was able to run, paces, etc. I don't think it was much at all towards the end? Here are recaps I did capture of weekly mileages, thoughts on training, baby preparations. Read on!

Announcing we were expecting
Finding out I was pregnant! So exciting!!: link here

Week 10: A temporary no-running order!

Weeks 11-12: Extreme nausea, but still managed 42 miles/week

Week 13: Giving myself "options" for workouts

Weeks 14-15: A 6:39 mile at the GAC Alumni meet, and baby's first win at the Faribault Nature Center's 5k race!

Weeks 16-17: the mental struggle!

Week 18: starting to show! Paces are becoming slower...

Weeks 19-21: Still undefeated in Doggie 5ks! 20 week ultrasound measurements as well!

Weeks 22-24: Heartburn, body image, and growing!

Weeks 25-26: Two 5ks!

Weeks 27-28: Cravings, baby prep, and more nausea...

Weeks 29-31: The "Baby Olympics"! Plus, motivation!!

Weeks 32-34: My version of P90x's Ab Ripper X and a 29:04 5k at the Gustavus Alumni XC meet!

Week 35: LOTS of nausea and vomiting, Talking with Olympian Carrie Tollafson about post-delivery training and a 28:10 5k

Weeks 36-37: I still have a breech baby after an attempted version :(

Week 37.5: That's one big belly!

Week 38: Body image...

Week 38, Day 6: One last day!

Week 39: Meet baby Greta!

Pregnancy #2: TBD, Due 10/21/16

This pregnancy was a little -ahem- unplanned. I felt like I had just "recovered" from a tumultuous post-partum year (read the you-couldn't-make-this-up-post here). I was back to training under Jerry and seeing my times improve to the point where I was dreaming of a sub-3 hr. marathon at Grandma's in June of '16. I had found a job I truly loved, our daily schedule was filled with joy and love, and - most importantly - I was truly HAPPY!

Then, one evening I felt a little nauseated so decided to take a pregnancy test. My eyes popped out of my head when I saw the result...

Not going to lie, I cried for a few days after finding out. I mostly mourned the loss of my Grandma's Marathon goal & the fun I was having training day-in-day-out chasing that goal.

It's funny how situations can change from "the worst ever" to "the best possible" :). Now that I've had time to process what this pregnancy means for our family, I honestly don't think I would have timed this pregnancy any differently! Greta and baby #2 will be almost exactly two years apart; I'm in love with that time gap. I hope they grow up close and look forward to the adventures they will share together.

Training so far has gone SO MUCH BETTER than with my first pregnancy! It helps that I was nearly 12 weeks along before even finding out I was pregnant (yep...), logging crazy miles in preparation for Grandma's. Through 20 weeks I had averaged OVER 70 MPW. That's crazy. Through 30 weeks I was still logging between 40-50 MPW. Paces have been faster and I've felt better overall.

Here are blog post recaps!

Surprise!: Finding out we were expecting!

At 11.5 weeks (unknowingly)
Week 15: To do an ultra? Or not?

Week 17: Track workout bearing the pasty prego belly; also celebrating 10 months sober!

Week 18: Fast and the Furry 5k in 19:36, nearly 2 MINUTES faster than at this time in my first pregnancy!

Week 20: A recap of mileage through the 1/2 way point in this pregnancy. WOW.

Week 22: Grandma's Marathon, 3:38 -- followed by a trip to the E.R.

Week 23 - running in Alaska!
Week 26: Post-Grandma's training resumes with a 41 mile week

Weeks 27-28: Mile repeat times starting to plummet, bi-polar depression days, and a fall

Week 29: 32.7 mile week including a 23:46 5k

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