It was a great week running with the belly and I discovered a few things this week that might be of interest. First is what type of back and belly support to wear while running was a big question for me. I searched for any reviews and advice from other runners and the best suggestion was the Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt found in several locations but I ordered my online through http://www.fitmaternity.com/. I am measuring at 36 1/2 inches so having a support belt while I run is crucial. I love how this belt is adjustable and it really gives my lower back the support it needs.
I have also been searching for a running shirt that will cover my belly. I always run in shirts that are made with dry wick breathable fabric but my belly hangs out the bottom of all my shirts. I looked all over town looking for a shirt with the idea that I could just by a bigger size and it would work. What I discovered is that they just don't fit right, it either looks like a huge tent or my belly hangs out the bottom. I was getting a little frustrated and figured I would check to see if there was anything online. I only found one shirt that had all the features that I was looking for so I gave in and ordered it even though it was a little spendy. I am so glad I bought it because it fits perfectly and is so comfortable. I also found it on http://www.fitmaternity.com/
it is called the BornFit Lindsey Maternity Tee http://www.fitmaternity.com/maternity-clothes/bf002.html (I bought the light blue). So if you want a great shirt check this one out!
My running this week consisted of two four milers (half mile walking to warm up and half mile cool down so I ran three miles in between) and a 6 1/2 miler on Saturday (I walked a mile before and a mile after so actually ran 4 1/2 miles). I also did two days of cross-training during the week (spinning, cardio/weight class). My running seemed easier than last week and my legs did not seem as fatigued. I notice that it takes me several miles to warm up and get into a rhythm, which is double what it takes when I am not pregnant. My breathing is a little heavier than normal but feels in control. I think walking before and after I run is very important. I have found that the motion of a slow jog is actually more comfortable sometimes than a brisk walk. This is a motivator for me to just keep running. I was a little stiff and tired after my Saturday run but nothing that made me worry that I was pushing too hard. I actually feel really good and have noticed that underneath the layer of fat pregnant mommies carry, my muscles are getting stronger and feel good. I am just going to take it a week at a time, so this week was good and I will continue on with another week of training. I hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions let me know.