Though I've been taking running one day at a time for a quite a while now, I've always had this goal in the back of my mind: Run till the 30 week mark. I haven't been running any half marathons or crazy distances, but have been maintaining a solid 10 to 12 miles a week for a while. 30 weeks came and went . . . and we're now at 31.
So, how is running going?
Not terrible. Not great, though. I'd say: FINE. My body feels bigger. Sluggish. As a result, I've been having more aches and pains. Ligament woes. I'm also feeling much more tired throughout my day in general.
Still, those morning runs are helpful. However, now that I've reached my initial goal, I am choosing to scale back despite how I may feel on any given day. I don't see myself continuing my 4-milers. Maybe not even the 3-milers either. 2 seems like a good number. Interspersed with walking, I think my energy levels might benefit from taking yet another step back.
Speaking of steps, I've been wearing my Merrell gloves for most of my runs lately. My center of balance is different. I haven't tripped, but I feel more comfortable in a shoe that allows me to feel each footstrike. Better control. Thankfully, my feet aren't terribly swollen yet, so they still fit like -- well -- a glove.
Overall, though I don't feel specifically like I have to stop running, the third trimester has felt different to me. Pequeña, too, feels different. Very much so. She feels . . . gigantic. Her movements, at times, are quite shocking. So, I'm paying way more attention to her than I am to getting in my runs.
Maybe the last couple days of exhaustion have something to do with my flu shot. I'm not sure.
Regardless, from here on out, I am focusing on feeling the best I can feel. Admittedly, when I read through forums/etc. about other more hardcore pregnant women runners, I feel like I'm bowing out . . . or at least limiting unnecessarily . . . when I could be doing more. But I'd rather feel energy throughout my e.n.t.i.r.e day than be too tired to get done all that's left to finish before she comes.
Right now, I'm not able to have it all. And that's cool with me.
On that note, I'm going to go relax. I'm sooo tired. Have a great Friday!
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