It is so easy to compare myself to myself. To compare my current fitness to what I was able to do 5 years ago. But the truth is I can't run those paces anymore, but I can run. I can run at my current pace and I will get faster if I stick with it (well after Baby anyway). Sometimes I get discouraged, but I have to remember where I started when I started running 10 years ago. I could barely run 1.5 miles, but because I didn't give up, within months, I could run 8 miles. Running pregnant has been very hard for me. I look at other pregnant runners and wonder why I even try. I try because I love to run, because running is good for me and Baby, and because I am not them. I am me and that's all I can be. I can run what I can, but that's all. I am determined to continue on running pregnant (even though I have not run since last Saturday due to strep throat). I will continue on. And after Baby is born, I can go back to working on running longer and faster.
Running pregnant seems to be somewhat controversial. I had a friend tell me I shouldn't run races pregnant. She is not a runner and doesn't exercise at all. I was very bothered by her comment, like I am doing something bad. I have slowed down and I listen to my body no matter how hard that may be. There's so much information out there on both sides of it. But I really liked this article sharing motherly advice by Runner's World. Everyone has to come to their own conclusions. This is my third pregnancy, but I didn't run through pregnancy with either of my boys, but started again after they were born.
Janae at The Hungry Runner Girl also posted the same Runner's World article on her blog and there was a ton of great comments from people sharing their experiences. For me personally, I love hearing what worked and didn't work for others.
Did you run during pregnancy? What advice would you give?