Saturday, 20 August 2011

Rude Awakening

Having been an avid runner (read: obsessed junkie) literally all my life, I've always imagined happily running and training throughout all my pregnancies a la Kara, Paula and even our very own Elana.  But, rude was my awakening when I fell pregnant with our first little one a short while ago and I morphed into one of the ladies so delightfully described in Chris Lundgren's book, the Runner's World Guide to Running and Pregnancy:

"If you held a cross-country race for 10 women in their second month of pregnancy, here's what might happen: Six would make it to the starting line, three would be at home throwing up, and one would be stuck in the Porta-Potty, constipated.  All six at the starting line would stare bleary-eyed at you while they would wait for the gun to go off.  One would cry (then laugh), four would slog to the finish line, followed by one who'd stopped for a catnap and another holding a doughnut in each hand after a detour through the corner bakery."  I could not have said it better myself.  That, in a nut shell, has been me for the past few weeks.  In addition, I would have wandered off in the middle of the race because I've forgotten that I was actually in a race and, as a grand finale, I would have tripped over the finish line because Clumsy has become my middle name.  Wow.  Not at all the graceful pregnant running mama ideal I've envisioned all those years.

But, even though my (once) beloved running sounds about as appealing as a rich, hearty stew to me right now (don't even bring that stuff close to me - you've been warned!), I'm sure that things will eventually take a turn for the better and that somehow, at some stage, I'll morph back into my old, running-and-almond-nut-butter-loving self.  Until then, I'll just smile and know that nothing that these 9 months can throw at me will even come close to dampening my spirits about the precious bundle of joy growing inside of me!    

1 comment:

  1. Sweet post and funny! I didn't run when I was pregnant, I hated the way it felt. I did enjoy being pregnant for the most part though, enjoy!


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