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Pregnant: Starting a new Fitness Journey

Happy Thursday!

As a reminder, these pregnancy posts are mainly for my benefit, and for the sake of having everything recorded. Every pregnancy is different, and everyone has different experiences. So take mine with a grain of salt!

I’ve had a few people ask me if I plan to run during my pregnancy, so here it goes. I briefly mentioned yesterday that my fitness game as of late, ahem, the past 8-9 weeks, has been rather slow. And by slow, I mean almost non-existent. It’s hard to believe I ran a marathon on January 11. I can’t even fathom running that far right now! Much less, even just a few miles! Just three days before we found out we were expecting, I ran the Nashville Hot Chocolate 5K. Ah, ignorance is bliss. Had I known I was pregnant I may not have pushed myself to run it as hard. I felt great though for the most part, but did have to walk for a few seconds up one of the hills, which looking back should have been a sign!

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Before we got pregnant, I was in MARATHON shape. 26.2 freaking miles. I was working out a ton, and felt like I was in decent shape to say the least. I thought for sure when we got pregnant that I’d still be feeling great, and would be able to maintain at least a lightened up version of my workouts during the first trimester. I’m a big proponent for active pregnancies, but boy, when it’s YOUR body, my oh my how things change!

I went from several workouts a week at the gym to…nothing. Literally! The couch has been my best friend. Growing a baby pretty much kicked me to the curb and said, “haha silly you for thinking you’d still have energy!” I guess I always thought people were exaggerating when they’d talk about the pregnancy fatigue or the nausea and how draining it is. It can’t be that bad, right? I survived many a 8 am college classes after just a few hours of sleep. Surely you can still get a small workout in everyday. I mean, how hard can it be? Once a runner, always a runner right?

Good heavens I was wrong! It’s amazing how even the tiniest thing inside your body can completely throw you off your game! And not just your physical game, but your mental game! Ya’ll, I’ll be completely honest, I was scared to run or workout or do anything remotely too strenuous that could possibly, in some crazy way, hurt the baby. I was so paranoid that something would go wrong, and that it would be my fault. And besides the fact that morning sickness prevented me from working out in the first place, just the mental pressure of suddenly being in charge of a new life was tough on me, and I think caused me more anxiety than I’d like to admit. First time mom for ya, eh? I know, I know, crazy thoughts!

I think you can dream and talk all day long about “what you’ll do”, but when you’re finally the one wearing the shoes, things change. And that’s ok! Embrace it! That’s been my new motto as of late, to embrace it. Go with it. Things aren’t all about just me anymore. I had no idea how my body would react to being pregnant, and so far it has been quite the eye opener.

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We’re 13.5 weeks now, easing into the second trimester, and I’m already starting to feel better! Whoohoo! But, I’m still not sure that I’ll be running through my pregnancy. Not because I don’t support those that do, I think it’s awesome and so great!! And while I might try a light jog here or there, I’m not holding myself to being “that pregnant runner.” I’m re-thinking my workouts, and accepting slower, gentler forms of cardio. I’m hoping to add in some light strength training as well, just enough to help me gain a healthy weight and maintain some good muscles for labor! I almost feel like I’ve had to start over from scratch in a sense. In some ways I feel so out of shape and distant from that marathon runner in January, and on the other hand, I feel stronger in new ways. And really, I’m just training for a new kind of race!

My primary goal is to walk for at least 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week, and try to do something different once a week, like biking at the gym. I think that’s a pretty feasible goal, especially with the weather starting to be so nice. My trusty walking partner, Truckee, I know is already loving it. However, once I turn beached-whale status I think Adam will have to do the leash holding because she could very easily pull me over! So until then, us girlies will be walking until our hearts content. I keep telling her that she is being a good big sister. I think she’s proud of herself.

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So with that said, I hope you’ll still follow along during my pregnancy journey! I want to be as active as possible, (assuming my body is telling me it feels up to it) and try to set a good example, but don’t be surprised if you don’t see many runs posted over the next few months. Every pregnancy is different, and maybe for baby #2 I’ll feel more game to run! Pregnancy #2 might even feel like a breeze!

But, do know that I am already counting down the days until I’m recovered from having this little kiddo and can get back into a race! Half marathon #8 maybe?! What what!

This is such an exciting time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I get more and more excited every day. Tonight I started a HUGE Amazon wish list full of registry ideas and basic needs for Baby Ingle. Ah!

Anyone have any guesses on what it is?? Boy or girl?? I’m thinking we’ll find out towards the end of May, which feels like an eternity away.

I’ll be back soon with my notes from weeks 9-10!

What types of emotions did you experience during your first pregnancy? How did you exercise throughout? Did you exercise? If so, go you!! Tell me about it!

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Heather @Fit n Cookies
    April 16, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Working out will be there whenever you can get back to it! You did the best thing for you and your baby to rest and try to get food to stay down during the first trimester. We find out if we’re having a boy or girl May 14 and it feels like so long! I can’t wait, though, so I can really start planning for things 🙂 We tried checking out jogging strollers last night. I’m even more confused than I was! Gahh I need someone to tell me just what to get, lol.
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      Sweet Miles
      May 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Did you ever pick a jogging stroller? And I’m so excited to hear about your half marathon went this weekend!!!

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    Natalie @ Never Serious Blog
    April 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Love your honesty here! I admire those kick-ass pregnant runners that race all the way to full term, but I’m pretty sure that won’t be me. Kudos to you for prioritizing what’s important for you and baby and listening to your body!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thank you dear! I know, I think it’s amazing that some women can continue to rack up serious milage while pregnant..maybe I’ll feel like it the second time around, but whew, ain’t happening now!

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    Shay @Great, Now What?
    April 16, 2015 at 10:41 am

    You’re the only one that know what will be right for you- so bravo! Sounds like you got it under control! Half marathon #8 will always be there 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      May 4, 2015 at 10:41 am

      🙂

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    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
    April 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    It’s so funny because I just assumed you were taking a rest from running since you just trained for a freakin’ MARATHON! It made sense to me because 2 years ago my bf and I ran a ton of half marathons and then I totally got burnt out and wanted nothing to do with running, so I figured that’s how you were! 🙂 I think walking is an awesome idea! I feel like I’d be paranoid running while pregnant because isn’t your balance all off?! I’d be scared that I would trip and fall, ha!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 4, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Haha, I WAS taking a break from the marathon for that reason, and then BOOM prego! And I am a little paranoid to run…that really is a part of it!

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    Molly Rose
    April 16, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    HEY I am proud of you for listening to your body. I think there’s this expectation that we all make up that we somehow must be so super active all the time, always in training, and letting nothing stop you, blah blah. But every body is different and you are taking it perfectly. I love reading pregnancy updates (seriously I’m following like 5 pregnant bloggers right now…?!) and I can’t wait to see how my own journey will ride out. One day 😉 Keep it up and enjoy those walks!!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 4, 2015 at 10:40 am

      I’m with you, I feel like EVERYONE is pregnant right now! But that might just be because that’s what I’m paying attention to 🙂

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    Amanda
    April 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I just wrote a post on Monday about my thoughts about running with Baby Bum 🙂 I definitely know what you’re talking about with anxiety and feeling like you’re going to hurt the baby by exercising. However, I actually have been feeling BETTER after I run than if I hadn’t. But that’s been my experience so far 🙂 Everyone is different, and definitely do what feels best for you and your body!
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      Sweet Miles
      April 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      That is so awesome!! I wish I could run right now 🙂 I’ve been having lots of lower back issues the past week or so! It’s so weird, it’s like my low back right above the back of my pelvis if that makes sense. I think if I tried to run right now I would fall over hahaha. I’m really hoping though that later on in the second tri I might be able to squeeze in a few jogs. When I’m walking, I definitely feel the urge to take off! I don’t think I knew you were expecting, Amanda! CONGRATS TO YOU!!!!!

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    Sabrina @NutritiouslySweet
    June 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Everyone is different when it comes to activity! Some women can push like crazy until their due date, others stop in the first three months and take it easy. I can say for me I just taught my classes (3-4 times a week) and then at around 21/22 weeks, I got back a ton of energy and pushed like crazy. Now at 32 weeks, I’m cutting back again. Just too tired and doctor’s orders. Just going to do yoga, walking and a little Barre. Congrats 🙂

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    Leigh
    October 10, 2016 at 5:53 am

    I love this post! Its so great to hear other women’s experiences with their pregnancy. I experienced the same thing when I got pregnant, I was so exhausted ALL THE TIME and it was so hard just to get myself off the couch! The second trimester was better (and I started working out again) but now in my third trimester Ive slowed down again! Congrats on your baby =)
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      Sweet Miles
      October 10, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Haha whew pregnancy exhaustion is REAL!! But just wait until that baby gets here 😉 I definitely feel like the second trimester was the sweet spot – you feel good and feel like you LOOK good too! Congrats on YOUR baby!!!

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