I am just now getting back into exercising, and it’s been so nice to get my body moving again. There’s no better mood enhancer than a good sweat, and it’s something I desperately needed during those dark first months of pregnancy.
I’m starting to feel more comfortable with what I should and should not be doing. I started out by doing all the googling, and of course found all sorts of contradictory answers.
Do yoga as you normally would.
But don’t do twists or backbends.
Do inversions, but don’t invert.
Running is great for you while you’re pregnant.
Don’t run while pregnant.
Exercise is important.
Don’t get your heart rate above 140.
It’s enough to make a girl feel nuts and just crawl back into bed. I’ve taken a few barre and yoga classes, and my instructors ranged all the way from giving me modifications because “I’m special” to one who rather scornfully told me pregnancy is not a disability, and used her hands and knees to push me deeper into (verboten?) twists and backbends.
Finally, I just asked my midwife, and her vague answer was the best one I’ve heard yet:
Just listen to your body.
Amen. That’s some advice I can actually get behind. I hate being treated like a fragile flower, and I hate even more when instructors don’t believe me, or suspect me of being lazy. I think I have a pretty decent sense of what feels right, and what doesn’t, and I just want to trust my body and have those around me accept and appreciate that.
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That didn’t stop me from being nervous to join my friend Erin for her Moms Run This Town run group last night, though. I hadn’t run since before I knew I was preggo, and I’ve never been more than a casual runner at best.
As we pulled into the Safeway parking lot where we were supposed to meet, my husband grumbled, “how are we ever going to find these people?”
This is how, husband. See: ALL THE PINK.
Seriously, though, I had no idea that Erin would bring such a crowd. And such a crowd of PINK! I immediately felt at home, and even more so when I spotted a few friends from high school in the crowd of runners. And then even more so when I got to meet some sweat pink ambassadors in person for the first time! It’s seriously one of my favorite activities. I know so many people just by their Instagram or Twitter handles and even though I already feel like I know and love them, there’s nothing like seeing them in person and getting to hug and laugh and chat.
Hooray for #Runday #sweatpink style. Ran 5 this morning, just in case we couldn’t make it to the @sweatpink run, but we did!! Got to meet @alysemb she was so sweet and kind! Our #mrtt is the best!! #running #runhappy #bamr #1millionminutes #ljinspired #IWILLWHATIWANT #strollerrun #motherrunner A photo posted by Hannah (@littlemrshurley) on
For the run, I immediately attached myself to one of my friends from high school (middle school?), not only to catch up, but also because I just felt more comfortable easing back into running with a fellow preggo by my side. I knew she wouldn’t judge me if I had to stop and walk a million times or if I lost my breath within the first few paces.
You guys. Running with that group, even though I had to walk at times, and even though it was hot and I need new workout clothes that don’t feel like they’re strangling my abdomen, was so fun. So much more fun than any other run I’ve ever done. I barely even noticed my wheezing and heavy breathing (and hey, I can always blame that on Moonshine, anyway).
Wow. Just wow. I am so inspired by #momsrunthistown #roseville! Such an incredible, friendly group of kickass, pink-wearing ladies! Thank you @eringallawa for making this run and this group happen! I can’t wait for next time! #SweatPink #LJInspired @lornajaneactive @fitapproach #realwomenmove #mrtt #sweatpinktrucker @lucky.jax @littlemrshurley
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Plus they all put on Sweat Pink Trucker Hats for the run which just made my pink heart stand still and then do happy dances. Hell, it’s still doing happy dances.
During the run, I caught up with old and new friends, learned all sorts of things about the crazy goings-on happening in my body (nothing like moms who have been there to tell it to you straight) and also, for the first time in my life, wasn’t painfully counting down every last second until I could STOP RUNNING.
I’m so looking forward to joining them again next time I’m in town visiting my parents, and I’m looking up the MRTT chapter in Austin, stat, so I can keep making friends and actually not hating running.
Thank you, Erin and the whole MRTT group, for letting me join for such a friendly, fun run! I actually feel comfortable running while pregnant now, especially if I get to hang out with such lovely people while I’m at it.