I finally have given up running at 31 weeks . Bump was still perfectly happy with it but my weight gain was starting to make my hips properly creak after a run. Still gyming, swimming annd ctycling (mountain bike only) though. Cant wait to get my trainers back on again but understand that you have to wait until at least 6 weeks post birth as all your bits and bobs need to go back into place and your hips stablise.
Mingo I too have been looking at running buggies and am gutted they cant be used before 4 months.Good luck and let us knoww how you get on.
No I dont wear a heart rate monitor. My midwife told me that its irrelevant really as different people need different rates, the key thing is that I can easily hold a conversation whilst running and if I can do that then I am running at the right pace. It means I have to walk up hills but i'm now 27 weeks and still running although I am dropping my distances. I am now running no more than 5 miles, mainly because that is my bladder capacity now and the length of time that bump will happily sit still without trying to fidget! I did my last 10k the weekend before last. I bought a fitmamma running top which is fab and a sports bra is a must!
The best thing I have done and can reccomend is to get someone to draw you up a gym programme suited to the bump. I got a nice lady at the gym specially trained to do so to put something together that feels challenging however wont do any harm and adjusts your core muscles as the bump gets bigger. I get it adjusted every 5 weeks as certain excercises need swapping out.
Ha ha Mingo I agree with the yoga comment- its very tea and biscuits!
I thought I would re-post with an update. I am now at 19 weeks and on sunday I ran the London Marathon.I'm still running happily as long as I drink lots of water, have food straight after and just chill out and enjoy it. London was my last 'long' run and i'm not planning on exceeding about 10-12 miles from now on but it was awesome. I was about an hour longer than wwhat would be a normal timme for me for a marathon but it was so lovely to be there and I was fully prepped to drop out if the bump got grumpy.
In terms of breathing I always find I have to walk, then trot, then run to 'warm up' that way my breathing settles very quickly. I am only out of breath if I set off too quick and bump doesnt have a chance to catch up with me chat and run, then you know you are going the right speed.
My midwife has been brilliant and essentially is telling me to listen to my body. If it says I can run then there is no reason at all not too. My cycling days may be limited though as being hunched up on a bike is getting more difficult. Swimming is lovely. She is actively encouraging me to stay active and it apparently best to stay fit if you can.
I bought the Runnersworld guide to pregnancy and running which is on amazon and it was sooooo helpful.
Thanks for this Mingo. Yes I am going to chat with them. Still plodding along quite happily and if anything it clears the stress away from a working day so mentally its a good thing as long as I don't do speed work. I have however stopped running on my own and always carry water now...ha ha my poor husband is now getting very fit