Murphy Runs Column: Running through pregnancy

Murphy Runs shares some exciting news and the changes she’s seen during runs.

Hello happy runners!

This month I have some news that I am excited to share with you – I am expecting my first child this September.

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for me that’s for sure, and I wanted to bring you up to speed with my pregnancy running experience.

At the time of writing, I am 20 weeks pregnant – half way!

So far, I’ve had a really positive experience. I have been incredibly luckily to have had minimal symptoms and my routine of running 4-5 days per week has been able to stay put.

Running always has, and always will, be an activity that soothes my mind and brings me energy. By keeping up with running, even on the days that I don’t feel like it, or perhaps needing to run a shorter distance than planned, I genuinely feel this has helped keep many symptoms and stresses at bay.

However, some things have definitely changed for me.

My pace dropped pretty instantly. It was actually during a 5 mile tempo run that I realised I should do a pregnancy test.

I just could not get up to speed without having to stop every minute or so. I jogged back home and there it was – a positive test!

At first it was disheartening to see my pace drop, but pretty quickly I got over it as I understood my body is now working much harder, and I am actually really enjoying running without any pressure or expectations.

I’m excited to see how long I will be able to continue to run. My dream would be to continue right to the end, but my main goal is to stay active every single day.

Staying strong and active will ensure a smoother return to running after the baby arrives and will help me cope better with the physical changes I will go through.

Let’s hope this little one is a fan of a running buggy when they’re a bit older – they’ll be spending plenty of time in one!

Follow Anastasia’s running adventures on Instagram @MurphyRuns

This feature was published in the June and July 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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