Jog days are over

Horrible punny post title, check! I’m off to a good start with this one. And now I have that song stuck in my head. (You probably do too…you’re welcome!)

All to make a simple point about an inevitable eventuality: at 35 weeks pregnant, I’ve think I’ve thrown in the towel. I’m done running until after baby.

I feel like I should be more sad about this, or explain how it was some big agonizing decision, but it really wasn’t. Last week, I started getting minor discomfort in my lower abdomen and crotch after running. Nothing sharp or acute, but more like a mild muscle soreness you get after strength training. Which makes sense: my crotch has been lifting weights for the last eight months and lately the load has become substantially heavier.

I gave it a few more tries in case it was a fluke, but nope, the correlation was pretty clear: go for a run, spend the next day sore. It’s a little frustrating in that I still feel good while I’m running, but the aftermath is not worth it. I don’t need to add to my growing list of late-pregnancy discomforts for the sake of an optional activity, no matter how much I enjoy it.

Besides, I can still swim and elliptical and lift (upper body) weights with no apparent ill effects. And hey: I made it to 35 weeks running, which is a long time! And a lot of pee stops.

I didn’t go in to this with a running goal of any sort, but it’s safe to say that I exceeded what I thought I would do. Back in my first trimester, I had to stop running for a few weeks because of some bleeding, and I remember resigning myself to the possibility of months – almost a year, really – without running. Fortunately, the issue resolved itself and that wasn’t the case, but it’s a good reminder of how lucky I am to have been able to run at all during these last few months.

So there we go. I guess I’ve officially abandoned two thirds of this blog’s purported subjects. At least I am still eating?

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Closing in on 20 pounds gained! My feet have completely disappeared from view and I’m constantly spilling food on myself because I can’t lean all the way over my plate when I eat. (Seriously, I have all of these bibs for the baby, but they’re too small for me! They should make pregnant-lady-sized food protection gear.) Supposedly baby girl is putting on half a pound a week these days, fattening up to prepare for her big arrival.

I’m glad someone is getting ready. I still feel rather underprepared. We’ve checked lots of the important boxes: classes completed, diapers purchased, tiny baby clothes washed, hospital pre-registration submitted. We’ll install the car seat this weekend. But the house is still a construction zone, the nursery is nonexistent, and it occurred to me recently that we haven’t really thought about pediatricians, much less selected one. (Guess what I’ll be doing this morning?)

It’s all good, though. We’ll figure it out. 5 weeks to go!

24 Responses to Jog days are over

  1. You look so beautiful!

  2. Dude, they make pregnant skinny jeans?

    I can’t even wear that shit not knocked up… #old #yearolderthanyouyaknow

  3. I was hoping your belly would be scary big by now, but it’s still adorable. :(
    I remember that crotch pain, such fun! I haven’t had any of that yet, but I’ve started getting a stitch in my side if I don’t take a walk break every 5 minutes so I think my running days are numbered.

    CUTE OUTFITS FOR THE HOSPITAL! LABOR PLAYLIST!

    • Ha – I am actually making a labor playlist! Well a hospital playlist anyway. The place is a little on the bare-bones side when it comes to creature comforts and their TV channels suck. I don’t want to be stuck in silence if I can’t get their wi-fi to work.

  4. Yes, thank goodness for still eating! What are your favorites these days? I don’t imagine you’ve been having any weird cravings for pickles yet? ;) You are looking great; love the skinny jeans.

    • Definitely no pickles! The only thing I’ve really craved has been sugar. I am eating lots of ice cream these days. :)

  5. Congrats and good luck!!!

  6. 20lbs! That’s amazing. I gained like 50! Like you, I ran into my third trimester — until 36 weeks I think, but that was perhaps a week too long because I DID get acute pains. :) You look adorable!

    • Ouch, that sounds painful! Yeah, I think that is why I am giving up, things are only gonna get bigger and more uncomfortable from here on out, right?

  7. I can’t believe she’ll be here in 5 weeks! You look wonderful, and the fact that you were running this long is awesome.

  8. You look great! I got those pains, too. Even from just walking.

    Those jeans are awesome. Sometimes I wish I would have invested in higher end maternity jeans because they cheap ones I bought really sucked. On the bright side, maternity leggings rock. I may or may not still wear them.

    • Um…yeah I felt a little silly plopping down cash for “designer” maternity jeans but they really are fantastic. They were my one big splurge on the clothes front and they’ve been worth every cent…I wear them almost every day. And at least I got them pretty early on so I’ve had lots of time to wear them.

  9. You look great!!

    Two cheers for maternity jeans! They aren’t quite as cute after the belly is gone, but they’ll get the job done since i’m still inches from my regular jeans even thinking about buttoning!

  10. Can you wear an apron when you eat?

  11. i quit too, right at 34. too much work, too tired, just don’t see the point of pushing. and i went until 40 last time!

    we are almost theeeeeerrrrrrre! 35.5 !!!