If there is one thing I have learned while running during my pregnancy it is that things never stay the same! My body is in a constant state of change and it is difficult to keep up. Usually when I train for a race I notice progress and feel like I am moving forward. Things don't really work that way when you are pregnant. It is almost as if I am running in place. My belly growth cancels out any progress made by running and brings on more challenges to overcome.
The past two weeks of training have revealed some new obstacles. I no longer experience an easy run. Every run is a challenge and requires concentration in order to keep moving even if it is only two miles. I ran a 5 miler last Saturday and realized how hard it was to mentally get through it. My legs really feel the extra weight and work hard to keep me going. I also started to feel a dull ache in my pubic bone after this run. It is a feeling that is all too familiar (from previous pregnancies) and I was hoping it wouldn't inhibit my running. Luckily it faded away after a day of rest and was not too uncomfortable. I went to visit my sister for spring break and planned to run with her to test out our pace for SLC. We did our long run on Thursday 6.25 miles with a mile of walking before and after so a total of 7 plus miles. Oh baby was I hurting after this run! It was great to have company while running to distract me but I could feel my legs burning and pubic bone the whole time. It did not feel better with waking and in fact hurts the same whether I walk or run. It made me realize that things are only going to get harder as I look towards race day. The whole day after this long run my pubic bone ached and my hip joints felt a little stiff. It faded by the next day and the longer I rest in between the better I feel. Has anyone experienced this pubic bone problem? It is hard to know if it just goes with the territory or if it could be potentially harmful. I plan to be very conservative over the next week and just take it a day at a time.
I did make a good discovery that helps me feel more comfortable while running that may be of interest. Has anyone ever used a Belly Band during pregnancy? It is basically a piece of stretchy material that looks like a buff that you can use to hold your pants up. I found one at Motherhood ($16) and use it under my support belt so that I have something soft on my skin. It also helps hold in any bulging at the top of my belt considering that I want the belt tight enough to hold my belly up. I can also use it for many other things like covering my open button and zipper when I want to wear non-maternity pants, and when I need an under layer for shirts that aren't quite long enough. I would recommend this to anyone who is pregnant or planning to be.
Wish me luck these next few weeks I am going to need it!
Oh I almost forgot, has anyone experienced their feet going numb while running? My left foot usually goes at about 3 miles and then my right. It faded out around mile 4 1/2 but it feels really weird running with lead feet.