Monday, September 16, 2013

Pregnancy Running Chronicles

Hello friends and Happy Monday!
How was your weekend? I had a pretty productive weekend, but I mostly rested and watched a bunch of Scandal  episodes- it was just perfect! Let's see on Friday morning I went to the Pearson Vue testing center in Miami and I took the Florida Real Estate Licensure exam. It was a pretty tough test, but thankfully I passed. Later that day, I went for a 5 mile run at around 5:30 pm and I thought I was going to puke all over myself. Could it be because of this big and fat belly?
Or maybe because the temps were in the 90s with a humidity of 100%? I don't know why, but running in the afternoon versus the morning is a completely different animal. Needless to say, I felt like I was running with anchors on my ankles and I was huffing and puffing like the wolf from the "Three Little Pigs." It was dreadful!
I woke up on Saturday morning at 6:30 am for my usual long run. My body practically yelled at me and said, "Don't you dare get up from bed!" I was tired and sore from the 5 mile run. "Are you kidding me," is all I could say back to myself. How could I be sore from such a short run? I succumbed to my inner thoughts and stayed in bed until about 8 am.
You'll notice a bit of whining in this post as I complain about gaining weight, running slower and being tired all the time. The truth is that I am truly blessed to be running at this point in my pregnancy. I take my tiredness as a sign that I must slow down a little, after all, my body is creating a human being within it.
Anyway, I ran a bunch of errands on Saturday (that's about the only running I did!) for my baby shower and later in the evening Milo and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I had the "Luau Salad."
Lettuce, carrots, mango, macadamia nuts and grilled chicken.
On Sunday morning the hubs and I went to church and then to our birthing class. Fun! NOT! I nearly cried during the class when our instructor showed us a video on natural labor. It just didn't look natural! It looked quite painful and uncomfortable. Oh, in case I haven't mentioned it, I am planning a drug-free birth, so I am taking a birthing class that teaches us pain coping mechanisms. The premise of these techniques teaches us how to use certain strategies to distract ourselves during a contraction. For example, there's certain ways of breathing, there's auditory stimuli that can distract us, there's visualization techniques that could be used, etc. Sounds pain-free huh? =/
Anywho, after all that was said and done, I went home to release some tension. Can you guess how? No, I didn't grab a bag of potato chips, I went for an 8 mile run. Oh what a feeling it brought to my body!!
Happy feet =)
Dinner followed...
Baked eel roll and a vegetarian roll on brown rice. It hit the spot ;)
My fortune cookie said...

Hmmm, I wonder if my mind could distract itself from labor pains... Gulp...
So there you have it, my bitching about being pregnant and fat pregnancy chronicles of the weekend.
How was your weekend?
I am grateful for the sweet smelling
cinnamon bun candle I bought at Home Goods.
It smells like Fall inside of my house.

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  1. You are all belly! Even though you feel fat you definitely aren't!

    Don't dwell over what you see on birthing videos. It's different for every woman! Preparing yourself mentally will make a big difference. I'm an epidural fan but my first delivery was very difficult and my epidural failed me. I found myself unprepared for managing the pain on my own. My second delivery was so smooth and I really felt in control that time because I had done more educating before hand. I did have an epi that worked with #2 but it ended up I was actually fully dialated when they did it so I had fully labored on my own and only pushed pain free. My experience was so good I sometimes think I could do a future #3 med free.

    1. Allyssa that makes me feel a lot better. I suppose that since I don't have a reference point to compare the pain of the contractions, I'm kind of freaking out.

  2. Have you seen the "business of being born?" I know this is a biased film against hospitals and I wouldnt take it at face value, but watching the three natural labors in contrast with the one that was not, made it seem so wonderful... I did not have a natural labor, but I figured itd be worth waching because I really enjoyed it. I always thought about pregnancy and the excitement and all that, so doing a little studying didnt hurt :)

    1. Nicole, I totally agree with you. Even though the natural labor looked painful, it did seem more natural than hospital labor. The cool thing about a home delivery or delivery at a birthing center is that they allow the women to birth how they feel most comfortable. Whether it's crouched down like a dog, or in a toilet or in a tub, they let you choose whatever position you want.