I keep catching myself comparing this summer to last summer. This time last year, I was training for a marathon and my first Olympic triathlon. This summer, my body is in the midst of a new challenge.
Training for an endurance event and being pregnant may seem different. But they actually have a lot in common:
1. Your life will revolve around numbers. Mileage per week, the average pace of a run, the beats per minute of your baby's heart, how far along you are, how many weeks are left, etc. It's all the same. Rocking your first 20 miler of training or making it to the 2nd trimester will leave you grinning like a fool.
2. No matter how much you eat, you'll still be starving. Hunger will attack you from no where. If you go too long without eating (you know, like 2 whole hours), you won't be able to tell if you're hungry or nauseated. But it'll likely be hunger. For best results, inhale your food as quickly as possible.
3. You and the scale will become BFFs. Last summer and this summer have been the two times in my life when I've weighed in the most. Last year, I was trying hard not to lose weight. Two-a-days called for a lot of calories, but the heat took away my appetite. This resulted in a lot of cupcakes. Now, I'm trying my best to gain a healthy amount of weight for baby. This is resulting in a lot of cupcakes.
4. One minute you'll feel awesome, and the next you'll be SO tired. Training and being pregnant take a toll on your body. Weakness and fatigue can hit you like that. Relaxing is a must.
7. A lot of people will give you advice. Everyone who has done at least one marathon/ triathlon or given birth one+ times will tell you everything you can expect during the event. (I'm not hating, I do it too ). But you know their stories are just their experiences and won't really help.
8. But their friendly advice will terrify you. You just keep telling yourself that no matter how much marathon or childbirth input you receive, you won't know what to expect until you've gone through it yourself. Oh and remind yourself that your friends are wimps and you have a way higher tolerance for pain than they do
9. You'll wonder why you're doing this in the heat of the summer. You'll constantly be sweating, feel dehydrated, dizzy, and pray for a cold front. Then you remember that you hate winter. My doctor treats more pregnant women for falls on the ice in winter than for dehydration in summer.
10. You'll second guess everything. You'll register for a back-up marathon, you'll go back-and-forth on cloth diapering. But don't worry, a lot of people will tell you what to do. See #7.
11. You'll be consumed by the event. I think it's pretty obvious that marathon training and pregnancy both completely hogged my mind. Don't believe me? Compare this summer's blog posts to last year's.
12. You know things won't go as planned. Since you've DNF'd in a marathon, you know not to get too hung up on planning your perfect childbirth experience. In the end, you just need to do what's best for your body… and your baby