Running While Pregnant – 24 weeks

I meant to do an update last week but I was in El Paso all week for work. It was hotter than hades there in the afternoons and after walking and inspecting buildings all day I had very little energy to get a run in. I took some solace in knowing I was walking at least 2 to 3 miles during the building inspections each day. That’s something, right? I also forced myself to get in a short 3 mile jog one day in the hotel.

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I am happy to say I was able to consume mass quantities of delicious Mexican food while I was there. The Mexican food here in New Orleans is good, but it’s just not the same as the Mexican food in west Texas. I think it’s the green and red chiles they use. SOOOO yummy.

So we hit 24 weeks this weekend. Eep! Here’s an update.

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How I’m feeling:

To be completely honest I’ve been struggling these last couple of weeks. Stomach issues are still plaguing me. I eat and then a little while later I’m miserably full. I really have to make a concentrated effort to eat SMALL portions. That’s difficult for me. I love to eat. I’m not the best at portion control (one of the many reasons I run!). Our hotel was REALLY bad last week and I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep either. I probably averaged 5 hours a night. So that equated to no energy as well. Now I’ve been sleeping like a baby since I got home and I’ve felt much, much better.

Weight gain:

Between 9 and 10 pounds depending on what day I step on the scale (and how much Mexican food I consumed the night before).

Cravings:

Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon with a little cantaloupe thrown in for good measure. Also chips and salsa and guacamole. Can’t get enough.

Running:

It’s getting more and more difficult. I’ve completely thrown pace and mileage out the window at this point. With the warm weather, extra weight and baby belly pulling on my back I just run (jog/shuffle/schlog) as long as I can and take walk breaks until I recover. I try and get 3 miles in a few times a week and do some cross training at the gym with weights and the elliptical. I still don’t quite need a support band but my FlipBelt is almost acting like one! It provides enough support around my hips and lower belly right now to actually be comforting. Dual use! If you haven’t checked them out, I recommend one. I love my FlipBelt and have used it for several half marathons as well as daily runs. They’re wonderful for holding all your stuff in one place without it flopping all around.

 

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