This week’s Friday Five theme with the DC Trifecta is “Running Tips” so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of the changes that I’ve made to my running since becoming pregnant. Hopefully these tips will work for you if you’re currently pregnant, or hoping to become pregnant down the soon.
1. Don’t try to push your pace.
While you’re pregnant is not the time to try and push yourself too hard and try to speed up your pace. While its been a bit frustrating to see my pace slowing down, I also keep reminding myself that I’m still moving and that matters more than how fast I’m running. During pregnancy is not the time to focus on speed workouts. You should instead focus on your endurance.
2. Know that your endurance will not be what it was before you got pregnant.
Not only will you not be able to run as fast as you could prior to having an extra passenger on board, but you may not be able to run as far either. To help with my endurance, I’ve been taking extra walk breaks during all of my runs. I used to be able to run a 5k without a single walk break, but haven’t been able to do that for a couple of months now. And if you aren’t familiar with the Galloway run-walk method yet, you should definitely introduce yourself to it. Using the run-walk method is the only way that I’ve been able to keep up with my half marathon training while pregnant.
3. Keep lots of water on hand.
During pregnancy its more important than ever before to stay hydrated, whether you’re active or resting. I’ve read on several sites, including on Livestrong, that for every hour of activity pregnant women should drink an additional 8 ounces of water. I never go to the gym or head out for a run without water in hand.
4. When running outside, plan a route that keeps you close to a bathroom.
With the extra water that you’ll be drinking and the extra weight from your growing baby belly, you’ll find yourself needing to use the bathroom more and more frequently as you progress through your pregnancy. The last thing you want to have happen is that you find yourself needing a bathroom and you’re far away from one.
5. Listen to your body, and take unplanned rest days if needed.
Depending on how much morning sickness you experience, and how exhausting your days are, you may find it difficult to pull yourself off of the couch. Your body is learning how to adjust to a new life, and will experience unknown aches and pains. Its critical that you listen to your body and not feel guilty about taking unplanned rest days if you find doing so necessary in order to manage your pregnancy. While there were some days that I felt guilty about taking unplanned rest days, particularly during the first trimester, I certainly don’t feel guilty about doing so anymore.
QOTD: What running tips do you have for those who are pregnant?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!