Good news: I have someone to run with during a pandemic. Bad news: my new running partner has slowed me way down since day one, when they were the size of a sprinkle.
The sprinkle is my second kid, which makes me feel like I know what to expect and also surprised when it turns out I don’t (a lesson I’m sure this kid will teach me again and again).
Last time I knew running was perfectly safe (despite the remaining naysayers that claim running is bad for the baby—just like it wrecks your knees—doctors agree it’s really good for you and the baby), but worried about summer running, since it’s approximately one million degrees and a billion percent humidity in Virginia where I live. Fear kept me on the treadmill for the early weeks since some books caution about heat (especially hot yoga, saunas, and hot tubs). But after more research and assurance from my doctor, it turns out it’s unlikely that my body will overheat by exercise alone. Having dealt with this weather before, I feel more confident in my approach: go early when it’s cooler, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (no matter how much I need to stop and pee), and listen to my body when it says take it easy or slow down.
(As a neuroscientist, I can’t help but mention that the molecule that helps create some of the cognitive benefits of running, like better memory and new brain cells, also reaches the fetal brain. Running during pregnancy makes smarter babies. Take that, naysayers.)
And OMG, Congrats!!! Send you all the positive vibes for happiness and good health!
This was wonderful to read! Thank you for sharing your experiences thus far. I’m far from elite but am a marathoner and have wondered what it will be like when we head down that road in a couple years (we’re still newlyweds) and it is reassuring getting to read all the experiences of those that kept running, kept training, or had to switch to cross training. Thank you again!
Thank you so much for sharing this. I am 11 weeks pregnant with my first and have been so humbled in my running from about 2 weeks in. My body gave me so many signs something was off and it was right! Also, the worries are so deep it is exhausting. I feel all of this. And also, congrats! What a time to be pregnant!