Running while pregnant with Elise was so different than it had been with Carter. Read about running during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters when I was pregnant with Carter here. The 1st trimester I had a lot more energy and was running much faster than I had with Carter. When we hit the 2nd trimester I didn't get the huge surge of energy like I had with Carter, I think mostly because my fatigue hadn't been as intense. So running during the 2nd trimester was more similar this time around although I was running much faster this time. I was hitting the same paces I had when I was pregnant with Carter but this time I was pushing the stroller. Without the stroller I was able to run 9 minute per mile pace. My races were also much faster. I ran my fastest 2nd trimester 5k this time in 23:05, almost a minute and a half faster than my fastest 2nd trimester 5k when pregnant with Carter.
Running was also a lot more comfortable. My hips weren't sore and I didn't feel off balance and wobbly. Honestly, up until the very end I never felt that big and swore I wasn't waddling like I had with Carter (but I'm sure I was). Most of my soreness was in my lower back/upper buttock. I think it stemmed from carrying Carter around because I noticed on days when I didn't carry him as much I wasn't as sore there. I believe I have my pregnancy with Carter to thank for being more comfortable. All my muscles were already stretched out so I didn't feel so tight and sore.
|Ready for the Jingle Bell 5k.|
|Walking to the start of the last race during our pregnancy with Elise.|