7:00 AM: REST DAY – COMPLETED/IN PROGRESS
[Wednesday – 4.5-Mile Run – COMPLETED]
Yes, this entry is coming in on the late side. I’ve been so busy at work with this project that is a little on the annoying side. Hopefully it’ll be out of the way soon enough.
As the weeks start adding on and my belly begins to protrude outwards more, the comments are rolling in. “So, how long did your doctor tell you that you can continue running for?” and “Are you sure you’re supposed to be running still…?” There’s also the, “Is this safe for the baby for you to be bouncing around back and forth?” If I could have a million copies of Chris Lundgren’s book, Running & Pregnancy, I’d hand them out to each person that questions what I can or can’t be doing.
I’ve been reading this book a chapter at a time. Basically, as I enter the sixth month, I read the entire chapter. The last segment of Chapter 9 (The Fifth Month) talks about running with friends, safety, and racing non-competitively. I have two upcoming races; a 10-mile and a Half Marathon. I’ll be 26-weeks and 28-weeks respectively, but am not running to PR or race. I just want to have fun and maybe wear a shirt that says, “I’m not fat. I’m pregnant”. I’m just getting started on the sixth month – there’s a whole lot of details in this chapter. So I’ll have to introduce this in a future entry.
So far, this book has been nothing but informative and everything has been right on the button. A classic example that I tell everyone is, when I first had my consultation with my OB/GYN, I asked her about the whole, “having to keep your heart rate under 140bmp”. She responded back with, “It was never medically proven that a pregnant woman must keep her heart rate at 140 bpm and it’s impossible to run and keep your heart rate at 140 or lower. Simply just go with how you’re feeling. Don’t push yourself to run your normal pace.”
Chapter 1, under ‘Find Dr. Right’, paragraph 3, reads “At your consultation, assess whether your doctor will support your running and how well-informed she is about exercise during pregnancy. For starters, does she approve of your running through pregnancy? Can she point you to recent studies on exercise and pregnancy? Has she had other pregnant runners as patients, and if so, what advice did she give them? How does she recommend you measure whether you’re running too hard? Many doctors encourage their pregnant patients to run but are not up-to-date on the pertinent medical information. If the doctor focuses on maximum heart rate, she’s following outdated guidelines on exercise and pregnancy, and you should consider finding a different doctor.”
And that was why I left my OB/GYN of 11-years. For one, she was not supportive of my running. She not only urged me to immediately stop running while trying to get pregnant, but when I do get pregnant, I shouldn’t run altogether. It was definitely time to part ways with her and our differences.
My running has definitely toned down as far as pace. I’m not sad or depressed about this at all. I’m just happy to be out there running or wogging, whatever you want to call it. I am definitely not looking forward to swollen ankles — and am doing everything in my power to prevent them from happening now or soon. I wore my compression socks all day, but I still have to see if that is safe. I am definitely looking forward to having babies to play with and run with in a few years.
See, I’ve been practicing.