Monday, June 14, 2010

marathon while preg. and quote :)

Rae Lynn posted a question in the previous post about training for a full marathon while pregnant. I am afraid her question might get lost in the comments... so please check it out below and do what yall always do.... give great advice :)

I watch Akela and the Bee today and just had to find this quote from the movie....
Fantastic! I love this:::


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

8 comments:

Momma Twitch said...

I just got done running one, but I'm only 6 weeks along. It worked out for me. I say it's ok as long as you feel good, drink lots of h2o, get your fuel, and listen to your body.

noelle said...

hello marathon mommies! i frequent this blog often and love love love it so much! (also, this is a fantastic quote that will be going in my favorites box shortly).

i am currently training to do the provo river trail 1/2 marathon in august (i'll be 7 months pregnant). i'm charting my running progress over on my blog, so if anyone else is in the same boat, they can check out this post:

http://noelleandbruce.blogspot.com/2010/06/exercising-while-pregnant-beginning-and.html

as for a full, my personal opinion is that if you are already doing long runs of 12+ miles, you might be fine to continue training. as long as one pays special attention to hydration and avoiding overheating and overexertion - the usual suspects. i think the first trimester tends to be a more delicate time than the second. with the second trimester, one might be more concerned about the shift in her center of gravity and the added weight on one's joints, increasing the risk of injury.

but there are wiser girls than me out there!

Amber said...

I ran a half marathon 4 months pregnant. my 12 week training program actually started the day after I found out, but my husband and I decided I should still go for it (with the doctor's permission). she was fine with it until I started losing weight instead of gaining (so I just ate more ice cream!) and I was able to finish the race. That was only 4 months, not 7, but I have heard stories of women running marathons that far along. I am not allowed to run right now due to a low placenta (doctor's orders), but I would still be jogging at least if I was able. if your health care provider is ok with it, there should be no problem, especially if it's something your body is used to. But probably don't push yourself to finish with a PR..good luck!

Cal said...

I really don't have any great advice about running while pregnant. I always had great dreams of continuing running during my pregnancies but because of problems with my uterus...I would end up getting put on bed rest and not even allowed to walk up stairs. I'm always jealous when I see pregnant girls at races :)
I would just make sure that you really talk to your doctor about it and make the decision with him/her. Good Luck!

Roxanne said...

The dangerous thing about training for a race while pregnant is pushing it too hard and not realizing it until it is too late. I know because I made this mistake...I was training for a half and would be running the race a 30 weeks. I figured even if I walked half of it I could pull it off. Because of the pressure I put on myself to accomplish my goal I overlooked or ignored when my body was telling me to stop. It took me over a year after I had my baby to recover and it was horrible not being able to run comfortably for that long after the pregnancy.
Everyone is differnt so it is hard to give advice on this topic. I know several mommies who run up until they are due and then others who can't run at all during pregnancy. I am one who does okay up until about 20-25 weeks and then it's time to stop. The best advice I think I could give is not getting too caught up in your head about "the race" and focus on taking care of your body. If it feels good and works out great but be mentally prepared to let go of the idea if your body is telling you to stop. Good luck!

Melissa said...

I think I'm with Roxanne on this one. I really can't run past 20-25 weeks either. At that point I walk, a lot! And I have to take it easy after I have my babies too, and ease back into it. I never get back to my full distance running until my babies are 8-9 months old. Everybody is different, so just listen to your body. If you feel good, keep it up! But don't feel like a failure if you need to take it easy and slow things down. Whenever I feel frustrated that I have to take it easy with my running or back off, I just keep telling myself that I want to be able to do this for the rest of my life...not just now. So I need to listen to my body and take care of it. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I know a lot of moms have had good luck running while pregnant, but I'm more conservative because I believe the stakes are so high for the baby. While many women who have run during pregnancy have been fine, the only women I know who lost babies during the 2nd trimester both ran during their pregnancies. Running long distances raises your body temperature for long periods of time and potentially affects oxygen supply to the baby. I am a believer in exercise during pregnancy, but I do worry about running, which is a high-impact sport. Barbara Luke's book "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads" discusses physiological effects of intense exercise on the fetus and discourages high intensity exercise during pregnancy because of elevated temperatures, dehydration, and oxygen supply issues (oxygen is the one thing the body will not route first to the baby at the mother's expense). It's worth reading the parts about exercise as they are applicable to ALL pregnant women. Even though many OB/GYN's give the okay for running, questions remain about the safety of running during pregnancy, as was reinforced in a Danish study which was reported by the BBC on September 26, 2007.

Anonymous said...

You need to be extremely careful because even mildly elevated temperatures in the mother are associated with increased risk of birth defects in the fetus. The way the baby cools down is through the mother, and if the mother is overheated the baby can't cool down. I have a close relative with a disabled child and can tell you the worries last a lifetime. It's not the end of the world to take some time off during pregnancy and walk or do other lower impact exercising in order to give your baby the best odds possible. Most babies will be fine, but for the one who is not, the implications are huge.