But that makes me really happy these days. I don't normally run when I'm pregnant. In the past, I've always laced up my shoes and walked...and for good reason. In knew if I ran I would be really sore and the wear and tear wasn't worth it. So why am I running now?
I can't stop
My kids can be not so great all day...the house can need some serious help...the school day may have been a struggle...but my run is mine, so peacefully mine, and each deep sigh during is much needed. While I think I would have paid dearly for running in the wedge shaped shoes I used to a few years back, bobbing up and down with each step...I haven't had any trouble with a smoother smaller step rhythm and slowing my pace so I can always catch my breath. While the cold temps are rather depressing at times, I have no risk of overheating my core temp that's for sure. :)
I asked my obstetrician at my 14 week appointment if there was any reason I should stop. She was a great source of information and very encouraging. The idea that the baby will "shake" while you run is not really what we imagine as they are in water. which still moves up and down when you run...or walk...but doesn't hurt the baby. And there are always benefits to getting your blood pumping whether it's walking, running, swimming or just cleaning the house. So...I don't know how long my shoes will be running before they slow to a nice walk in the spring...but for now, I wouldn't trade the sanity for the world. The end. :)