At first, you are super excited to get that positive pregnancy test, but you don't really feel any different. You constantly wonder if you're going too hard or if you should be slowing down, so you check yourself during every run.
|Too bad I didn't spring for the digital test|
As the first trimester sets in, you start to feel sick and tired. Running still isn't that bad, as long as you can repress your deep desire to dry heave long enough to get it done.
|That cat is basically your fetus|
When the second trimester hits, you are probably starting to show with an adorable baby bump and you don't feel like death warmed over every day when you wake up. Running still feels pretty good and you have to mentally remind yourself to slow down. You also finally get to rock the "adorable pregnant runner look" and people can finally see why you've been slowing down and passing on races.
|This is how you feel inside|
End of the second trimester and beginning of the the third: You don't have to remind yourself to slow down, you ARE slow. You feel your outdoor runs in every joint you have and runs that used to be short weekday runs are now your idea of a long weekend run. In group running you are now the person slowing everyone else down and you feel like an out of shape rhino running with a herd of gazelle.
|I'm basically the Chris Farley of the group now|
I'm interested to see how running changes over the next 9 weeks. Unless a doctor tells me to stop, it looks like I'm not giving this up. If I'm still running with this rib issue, then I guess I'm more stubborn than even I imagined.
It seems that my desire to keep running even if it hurts has passed to Faith because she had a little run in with the driveway today, but she didn't let it slow her down.
|You should see the other guy!|
Her problem is that her body runs faster than her legs. Every one of her "sprints" is really more like a controlled fall and I'm amazed she doesn't fall more often. She was a little upset about catching herself with her face, but within a few minutes, she was back to running across the driveway as fast as she could go.
|I'm too busy to WALK places, I must run!|
If you fall and draw blood during a run, do you cut the run short or finish it anyway? I always finish it, but to be completely honest, I've never had the opportunity to cut it short because I'm usually not close to my car or out in the woods and running back is the only option.