Monday, March 17, 2008

Running While Gestating

Of late, my exercise schedule has been fairly rigorous. I am running between 10-12 miles a week, spinning once a week, lifting 3x a week, doing prenatal yoga once or twice and I just started the "Perfect Pregnancy Workout", which I would recommend to anyone else who is currently gestating.

I feel good.

For now, I am trying really hard to refrain from thinking too far ahead. I am hoping to keep this up to 40 weeks. Yes, 40 weeks. That may sound crazy to some, but my midwife is ok with me continuing as long as I can on this modified plan. And, quite frankly, it is less than I did before I was pregnant.

The other day while I was running, my legs were burning and I thought they might just split in two. 14 pounds is a lot of extra weight for a runner. Still, I am not too exhausted when I am finished, so I will continue. My worry is that in 10 weeks or so, if I am still running, it will get too hot to continue outside or the weird looks I will get will push me inside. Although, even inside on the treadmill, I get some weird looks.

I can't control the amount of weight I gain. When I am hungry, I eat. But I can control how out of shape I allow my body to get. I am hoping that this pace of exercise will allow me to have an easier labor and a fast recovery physically from the pregnancy.

Please run over to Shoe Tube and check out my latest post as well.

But more important than any of this is my friend Kristi at Interrupted Wanderlust. Today she finds out if she is pregnant after undergoing a frozen embryo transfer 12 days ago. She is such an amazing person and I am hoping with all I have that this procedure was successful. Please send her any good thoughts and positive energy you might have today.


Lis Garrett said...

I am so impressed with your workout regime! Good for you!! I can't stand it when pregnant women use their pregnancy as an excuse to let themselves go, although I certainly didn't exercise near the rate you do (and nor do I now!).

In regards to Kristi, she has been on my mind all day!

Kristi said...

That's an incredible workout schedule. I wish I could continue to run. I miss it so much, and it's only been less than 2 weeks since my last run.

Thank you for all the good wishes. They worked!