My name isn't Brian, it's Cint. I'm logged on as Brian as I am in the middle of dealing with on line race entries under his log on and don't have time to mess about. I can understand how you would feel less inclined to stress yourself out with running when it's your first. I felt the same with my 3rd one as there was a 14yr gap and it felt like my first. I have slowed a lot and take a lot longer to get going but it isn't something I seem to have any control over. I am doing 4 sessions a week, 3 of about an hour and a long Sunday run of mostly 8 to 12 miles. Despite running in a more sluggish manner these days I feel I have much more energy now I've passed 12 weeks. I am suffering from sciatica a little and I think if I had to lay off because of this I wouldn't bother to go back until after the baby. As I said previously, I still have my sights on the Great North. I'm 39 and on my 4th and all my family say I should stop running but none of them have the qualifications to tell me that. My husband is kind of quiet on the subject! Go for a few plods when you feel up to it but if you're too tired then rest is what your body wants. Hope this helps and sorry about the confusion over the name.
Thank goodness I've never had one late! I put my hrm on today to run home from work. I think being freaked out by the monitor made my heart rate faster than ever. At one point it went up to 230 ! I haven't run since Monday which is not normal so my calves felt like bricks and it was hard to get going especially in this heat. Tomorrow I do my last real race, a 5k, but I don't think I will necessarily be going at it eyeballs out. How much did your 5yr old weigh at birth and what did you call him? I think mine's a boy too. I have 2 girls and boy so I'm not fussed either way.
I haven't actually put my heart rate monitor on since I've been pregnant. Sundays 10 was great and as you've said it all seems to happen naturally as I seemed to slow considerably on the steeper hills. I have decided my last speed session will be this coming Friday and I won't bother with hill reps any more but I would still like to continue running for an hour or three at least 4 times a week (up to 15 miles on a Sunday).
I haven't time to read all the back messages so I will be rude and ask Monique, are you still pregnant or do you have your bundle?
By the way, Brian is the Chair of our club and I am logged on under him for dealing with race entries and didn't bother to change it!
Monique, so glad to hear you say it all happens naturally as reading all the articles and even speaking to the "experts" left me feeling confused. I asked my doctor if it was safe to continue as I was doing but her answer was given without even asking me what I am doing!!! My midwife said don't start anything new but continue with what you already do. That is contradicted by seeing that I should worry about my heart rate and distance as I am still doing speed work and training for The Great North Run. I am now 16 wks. After I get over the initial crampy feeling which I think is caused more by my bladder than anything, I feel as good as I always have done. I am just off for a 10 miler now.