At 22 + weeks pregnant I was beginning to think that maybe my running was coming to an end. Being that at times I do have a flair for the dramatic I think I may have slightly over exaggerated to myself the extent to which my not-so-great runs lately had discouraged me. Must remember it’s MIND over MATTER.

Tuesday I decided to take the kids for a run, thinking the worse that would happen would be that I would have to walk. People walk when pushing two kids in a double stroller, its normal.

It happened to be a special day because it marked the 4 months till my due date, date. Maybe I’m reaching by considering it a special day…but if you have never been pregnant before I’m telling you, you need these little things to help get you through 9 months of getting fat and slowing down.

It was hot as heck so I decided to forgo a shirt. Honestly I run shirtless most summer days, so why have I changed my attire now that I’m pregnant? I get looks when I run regardless – people wondering if I just have a beer belly or if there is something in that belly. What a sight we were the *four* of us running together.

Mile 1 – Running – 10:34
Mile 2 – Running – 10:01
Mile 3 – Walking – 14:41

The most exciting part is that I didn’t feel the burning sensation in my thighs!! Hooray.

A belly pic of me – 22 weeks courtesy of my 3 year old daughter Chloe. Maybe she will be a photographer when she grows up?

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  1. Yay for you.

    Awesome photo Chloe!!

  2. Too funny – I had to text my husband on Tuesday and tell him it was only 4 months to go! :)

    I think I've stopped running until December. It's kind of sad, but it just doesn't feel right anymore. I might try it again this weekend… but then again, I'd rather eat a bucket of Ben & Jerry's.

  3. I love this picture! Pregnant bellies are so beautiful. Amazing job with the recent 10 miler. Speedy!

  4. busyrunningmama says:

    You look awesome!
    There is no shame in walking, it's just great that you are having a fit pregnancy and staying healthy!

  5. superwoman_4002 says:

    aww!! adorable!! congrats!! and way to keep up the running!! 😀


    I'm a friend of Megan P and have been reading your blog for awhile. You are such a good writer. I'm recovering from a c-section after having twins and CAN NOT wait to start running. I discovered the runners high right before I got pregnant and have anxiously been waiting to get back to it. I'm bummed to have had a c-section but I'm sure there are many runners out there who have had c-sections and been able to run again. Any insight you can pass my way on that? Keep up the good informative blogs!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Dorothy – just found your blog. I am 30.5 weeks pregnant and still getting out there with my non-pregnant running partners. Got through a slower 4 miler on Tuesday, hoping to do the same tomorrow. My goal is to fully run a 5k at 32 weeks. Last pregnancy I only ran until week 28, so I am happy I beat that!

    You are brave to go shirtless…I am tempted because none of my running shirts fit & its hot as heck!

  8. Well I am jealous! I'm having some SPD issues and pretty sure I can't run anymore. If I see you in the neighborhood I won't give you any bad looks because I know how hot it is and how uncomfortable running with a top on right now is :-)

  9. Team Yacob says:

    I am right behind you, girlfriend! Realllly, behind you, occasionally walking and lifting free weights. 😉 Ugh, I gotta pick up my game. I am 21 weeks, due November 30th. I don't walk with my shirt off, but maybe now I will try it out. I bet it feels great!

  10. The Happy Runner says:

    Yay! Running preggo really IS mind over matter. Some days it is just tough but some days it rocks.

    You look great!

    And I'm due 10/4 :-)

  11. Jessica says:

    i love this pic of you! still running at 13 weeks :o) and i hope i will be running when i get to where you are! xoxoxo

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  13. That's a cute belly picture! Good shot, Chole!

  14. Staci Dombroski says:

    Way to go on the run!!! You look awesome!

  15. The Gittelman family says:

    Hey Powell Family – read your comment about running after a c-section. I had a c-section with my first child and got back into running just fine. Just go with how your body feels and don't push it for the first few months. You're recovering from major abdominal surgery so you don't want to go too crazy. Good luck!

  16. Liz Jones says:

    I just started following your blog (I'm a little behind…)and am so happy to have found it. I am trying to get pregnant right now and have fallen in love with running over the past few years since my first son was born. I can't imagine giving it up and I'm so happy to know there are women out there still running with a speed bump! Thanks for the inspiration!

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