Training for a Race While Pregnant
I signed up to run a half marathon when I was 6 weeks pregnant. I signed up, fully aware that I was already pregnant. Since I started running on a regular basis almost 3 years ago, there have been a lot of challenges and triumphs. Running during pregnancy is a whole new experience for me. I walked a lot with my other two pregnancies, but never ran. I’ve battled with feeling sick and have been spotty when it comes to working out and running. This is really frustrating for me as I’m used to working out 5 days a week. I’m starting to get some energy back and have been having some good days without feeling sick, so I thought I would jump more into my training this last week. After 3 days of running, I started to get so much pain in my left hip that I could hardly walk. I’ve taken the last 3 days off and decided that I’m definitely just going to have to listen to my body when it comes to running. I’ve never had hip pain like this, and I’m sure it’s due to the joints loosening from pregnancy.
When I went to my first OB appointment, I fully expected my OB to shut down the idea of running a half marathon. Instead, he encouraged it. He told me to just listen to my body, walk if I needed to, and not too push it too hard. I’ve already noticed a difference in my running and pace. Normally, I run very comfortably at a 10 minute mile for miles on end, and can push myself to a 9 minute mile for a half and 8 1/2 minute miles for a 10K. I’ve been averaging around 12 minute miles right now, but I have to remind myself that I’m pregnant, and what’s important is that I am continuing to stay fit and active. I know that it will not only benefit me, but baby as well. (Below is a pic of baby about a week ago.) Growing just like he/she should be!
When I trained for the Rock N’ Roll Marathon, I created a training schedule for myself that I stuck to. I used Hal Higdon as a guide. Normally I would train with his intermediate half marathon schedule, but I decided to stick to Novice and add an extra day of cross training in place of the running.
I’m really hoping that my body cooperates and that I’m able to train like I want to. If not, or if I have to take days off, that’s ok too. I will finish the half marathon, even if I have to walk some of it. No shame in that. I’ll be almost 22 weeks when I run the half, and I fully expect to have a good sized belly at that point…I always do.
Below is my half marathon schedule which starts this week! I’m pretty excited but nervous about it too.
Have you run a race while pregnant? How did it go? Any tips?