Saturday will mark the 36th week of pregnancy for me, for the 3rd time. Some days my body will give me 5 mile runs – other days, not so much.
Monday I took off. Tuesday I had my 35/36 week Doctor appointment first thing in the morning, so again I did not run.
Wednesday morning my plans unexpectedly changed. I got to go for a sonogram to see how big this boy is already! This was exciting. It wasn’t exciting because I really take any stock into how big they think he is – the margin of error is a pound either way. It was exciting because I had not seen my little boy since 20 weeks.
Being the crazy hormonal person I am now, I had started to worry that it was actually a little girl in there. It is officially a boy and after seeing his little face in 3-D I think he looks just like Miles!!!
I needed to do some sort of movement before the appointment, even if it was just walking. I ran/walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes, completing a little over 2 miles. It wasn’t a disappointment.
Any day I get to exercise is a treat.
As a mom of two children, with a third on the way, I know how hard it is to make time to work out. Any day YOU get to exercise is a treat.
I wish in college they had classes that taught you about life. Should you rent? Is buying a house the best decision? Should you lease a car or buy it? When is a good time to think about marriage? Should you get a dog if you plan on having kids in the near future? What is it really like with kids? How much do they cost?
If you are reading this blog and you do not have kids, then I want to tell you something. Children are the MOST amazing thing in the entire world. Children are the MOST exhausting thing in the entire world. They will change your running.
Each and every run a parent goes on is a sacrifice.
Did you ask your husband or wife to watch the children? Were they somewhat bitter because they too wanted to go work out? Did you have to bring the children with you on the run? There goes any tempo or track workout you were planning on doing…… How long is too long for them to be in the running stroller? Do you work all day outside of the house – does running takes away time spent with your children? The list goes on.
I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. It is my life and I believing in owning your life, celebrating it.
I’m telling you this because I wish someone had told me when I was 21, single and had no children that training for my first Marine Corps Marathon was not the hardest thing I would do in my life. That the training and the race would teach me things I didn’t know about myself, and they would seem VERY hard at the time. But that life would get harder. And harder. And harder.
The rewards greater – but the work harder.
It’s not easy being a runner. It’s not easy being a mommy runner. It’s not easy being a pregnant runner. Who said anything in life that was worth it, was easy?
Cheers to you for being a runner! It’s not easy, but I’m sure you can agree, certainly worth it.