Today, the running community is honoring and commemorating the lives lost and those injured and recovering from yesterday’s Boston Marathon attacks. Some are wearing their running jerseys to work or changing their profile photos on social media sites with one of them in a race shirt.
As a runner myself who have competed in over a dozen races including some long distance and over hundred mile relay races, I wanted to join in.
In keeping with our theme honoring and remembering the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy, here are some tips for how to continue to run while pregnant.
If we stop running or doing what makes us fell happy, content and fit because of terror, then the bad buys win.
- Avoid marathons and other long distance runs. Up to a half marathon is fine if you are physically fit and approved to do so by your OB/GYN
- Drink at least a gallon of water a day to make sure you are hydrated
- Monitor your heart rate continuously as you run to make sure you stay within a certain zone and don’t over exert yourself.
- Go at a slower pace. If you are used to doing 8 minute or 9 minute mile pace, slow that down to 10 or 11 minute to accommodate the health of your baby growing inside you. Don’t want to compromise your or him or her.
- Be mindful of the heat and avoid running outdoors in extreme heat or when the temperature is above 80 degrees. On hot days, take your running inside on the treadmill or an indoor track.
- Listen to your body. If you get any signal that you may be doing too much or going to fast, slow down and stop.
Have fun and be safe. And in solidarity to the Boston Marathon runners, keep running!