When you run a marathon… and then find out you’re pregnant

January 12, 2016|Posted in: Health, Personal, Pregnancy, Running

I ran the Chicago Marathon (my 4th marathon) back in October. In my recap post I talked about how the race did not go as planned and I did so much worse than I thought I would. These things happen in any race and to any runner but there were a number of factors I identified that led to my poor performance. What I didn’t realize at the time was that one of those factors was that I was pregnant!

I knew during the race that I was just not feeling great. I kept telling Brett that I just felt “off” and something just wasn’t right. It just wasn’t my day. I felt more tired than usual and the biggest thing was I was feeling short of breath. The race ended and I beat myself up pretty bad mentally for not doing well.

I moved on though and enjoyed the rest of my time in Chicago! Once we got home I realized that there actually might be a chance that I was pregnant. I honestly did not think I was but I just knew there was a chance. I really thought there was no way and it was silly to even take a pregnancy test but figured I should do it anyway.

I took one in the morning around 4 am. It looked negative like I thought it would be so I left it on my counter and went back to sleep. I woke back up at 6 am and went to throw it away. I picked it up and saw a faint second pink line. I really couldn’t believe it! My first thought was that it couldn’t be right and I need to take another one. I knew these tests are pretty darn accurate though so I figured it must be true – pregnant! (Although I ended up taking 2 more just to confirm, ha!)

Brett was still sleeping so I walked over to the bed and sat down. I nudged him and told him that I think I knew why I didn’t do well in the marathon. He asked why and then I told him because I’m pregnant… he popped out of bed pretty fast after that!

So yes, I ran a marathon while pregnant and didn’t know it! It was very early in the pregnancy and don’t worry, my doctor has said it’s totally fine.

I want to point out that the shortness of breath is the main pregnancy symptom that was holding me back during the race. I don’t know if it has to do with my asthma but once I found out I was pregnant again I remember having these exact same issues when I was pregnant with Adyson. My doctor said it’s a normal thing that happens to a lot of women and usually by the 10th week of pregnancy it goes away for me. It’s frustrating but it’s just part of how my body handles it I guess.

So do I suggest running a marathon while pregnant? No, I honestly don’t think that would be very fun! But I now have a good story to tell all my running friends!

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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