Things the Bump is Teaching me

I’ve heard that we can learn a lot from our kids. I believe that to be a very true statement. To look through the eyes of a child is to see the world in a completely different light after all.

Going through the ups and downs of this second pregnancy and coming face to face with some of my inner demons along the way, I’ve also come to a few realizations and had a few insights along the way.

Anyone who’s ever experienced pregnancy can tell you that whether you like it or not, it’s going to slow you down. Your body’s primary focus for 9 months is growing and providing for that little person and it takes a lot of energy to do that. There are some days I’ve barely been able to roll out of bed, let alone begin to think about going to the gym. It’s been frustrating for me because I’d like to have some pep in my step, I’d like to plan a 6 mile run and actually be able to do it and would love to push my body to the max and leave feeling like I really kicked butt! That’s not always possible and I’ve come to realize that it’s OK! My goals are different now but it doesn’t make them any less important or less worthy in the end.

My original goal was to work on my speed at the 5k and 10k distances because I was really struggling to see improvement in those runs. Now my goal is to just run, at whatever pace works for me. I’m running much slower than I was (and I’m by no means a fast runner to begin with) and it feels great! Why? Because I’m running for the enjoyment of it. I’m running because I love it. I’m running because I still can.

Sometimes we place a lot of stock on the “numbers” and forget about the thing that got us hooked in the first place: the love of the activity.

So thanks go out to the bump in the front for slowing me down long enough to smell the roses.

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

5 Responses to Things the Bump is Teaching me

  1. Perspective changes. I’ve never been pregnant but I can relate to this as an injured runner who finally got clarity that running is NOT the most important thing in the world. That exercise should be fun and if I’m not feeling it, I’m not feeling it. My body knows when I should exercise and when I need rest!

    Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

  2. I ran through my entire 2nd pregnancy and I have to say it may not have been fast or pretty but I bounced back soo much faster afterwords. The Best part, I ran a Halloween race at about 8 months pregnant and a woman ran by and commented on my great costume, apparently not noticing my bump was real! My mom joked the baby was going to come out wearing a track suit.

    Look out though my second son loves to run now, and I mean RUN! I like to think I gave him that passion :)

    Good luck with the Pregnancy and the running!

  3. Too true. I had to learn that lesson too when I was pregnant with my one year old. It was hard cause at the time working out was all I had. It was my one achievement. And to give that up so my little girl could be healthier was tough but an absolute necessary.

  4. I agree, I too started with lofty goals during this pregnancy, however the round ligaments pain and no energy has left me happy just to get to the gym. But I totally agree the purpose of this is to bake a beautiful baby and I can wait another 3 months to get back to business :)

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