Every woman who is pregnant is different, here are 5 modifications that helped me be a stronger pregnant runner… I hope it can give some advice to other #mamalete and #mamalete to-be runners
Running is huge part of my life. My day doesn’t quite feel complete without a run, and everyone around me knows it. My husband has looked at my frazzled self many times and asked me if I needed to go run. My kids assume that when I step out of the house I’m running somewhere. But it wasn’t always that way. My husband learned what my outlet was and #theGs weren’t always the hugest fan of my sport … although I feel that we came to terms with my running some time when they were in vitro.
This pregnancy is different. This boy is stubborn. He doesn’t love my running and although I have had extensive conversations with him about it, we are still not on the same page. It doesn’t stop me from trying but it absolutely proves to me that all pregnancies are different. If running with a twin pregnancy can feel easier than running with a singleton … there is just no rhyme or reason to comfort while running in pregnancy.
However here are a few tips that have helped me in both pregnancies.
1. Get comfortable shoes.
This is not a time to try out anything minimal. You’re carrying more weight than you are used to, and your joints are more malleable than normal. Put on some supportive stability shoes for maximum balance potential.
Brooks Ghost or Hoka Cliftons are my shoes of choice
2. Sports Bra, Sports Bra, Sports Bra.
I cannot tell you how many moms-to-be and new moms tell me they don’t run because of their boobs. I get it, they’re swollen and painful … and any kind of bounce is agony. Before you set yourself up for frustration, get a good sports bra.
I don’t know if this is normal or not, but I typically grow 3-4 cup sizes in the duration of a pregnancy which means I can absolutely not squeeze into my much smaller bras. I have tried A LOT of bras between this pregnancy and last … my absolute favorite are Lynx No Bounce Racerback Sports Bra. They are magical and life changing.
My stride shortens in pregnancy. I think its because I want to slow down, I also think its because my balance isn’t the same. I recommend consciously taking a shorter stride. I find that it leads to less hip pain and allows me to run at a deliberately slower pace.
4. The Talk Test
This is a controversial one. According to my doctors and the new medical research on active pregnant women, the advice to keep your heart rate below 140 is outdated. The new advice is to test your ability to talk easily. I find that I can get up to 160 and still be able to hold a conversation easily. TIP: when I am not with a buddy I will try singing a song to myself out loud. People may stare a little – but you gotta do what you gotta do!
5. Ditch your Garmin
This is not a time to think about pace. Follow your breath, do the talk test … but don’t go out for a run with a base pace in mind. This one is particularly hard for me, I tend to plan something like 4 miles in 35 mins . Somedays that may just happen, but more often than not it takes me longer to run 4 miles. Rather than be worried that I’m too slow and therefore running late to the next thing I have to do, I now set out for an amount of time. I tell myself I have 40 mins and I can either run, or walk or a combo of both. I never feel stressed about it, and I never feel pressure to run faster.
Most of all … celebrate yourself. Celebrate the fact that you are moving and shaking through these huge life and body changes. Also, running is a fantastic form of fitness, but its not the only one. Any kind of active mama is a winner in my book!