Many women have asked if it is possible to safely train and run a marathon while pregnant. Pregnancy and childbirth are much like a marathon experience and need a lot of patience with the process. Focus on training for a healthy pregnancy.
One mistake new runner often makes when paring for a half marathon is thinking that the 12-week plan takes you from the couch to the finish line. Anything less than this weekly mileage or longest run mileage will overwhelm your body’s ability to acclimate. If you have a solid base under your feet, then when you start your training, you’ll only be acclimating to the demands of the demands of the half marathon training workouts. If you have a weak base coming into the training, then you will actually be asking your body to build that base while at the same time as acclimating to the new training demands.
The timing of when you start exercising again post pregnancy depends on how much you exercised during the pregnancy and what type of delivery you had. If you do start running during the first 6 weeks makes sure that you take it slowly to avoid getting injured. Even if you were an avid marathoner you don’t want to jump back into heavy training right away.
Exercise during pregnancy results in babies that have healthier blood vessels even into adulthood and helps protect against heart disease. A healthy mom results in a healthier baby.
Flexible with long run distance:
The kind of distance is unnecessary when you are going to be cruising along at a conversational pace on race day. Don’t expect to follow a traditional plan where you are building the long runs and doing something like 8 miles each consecutive weekend.
What are the benefits of running during pregnancy?
Going for a run is a quick and effective way to work your heart and body, giving you a mental and physical boost when you feel tired. Pregnancy’s also not the time to start training for a marathon.
The first trimester is when the baby’s major organs are forming, and over heating’s a real issue. If a woman’s core temperature gets too high, it could cause problems with the baby. Instead, train for the marathon of labor by strengthening your abdominals and pelvic floor muscles.
What to prepare for a marathon?
First of all, you need to prepare a training schedule. You need to be discipline and never skip training. Prepare all the necessary running gears during your training day and race day. If the plan has you running every day and you know that’s not going to happen, then that plan is not for you. Second, find a plan that matches your running fitness level. If the first long run in the plan is 8 miles.
Consider running on a track as your pregnancy progresses. Not only is the track surface easier on your joints, but you may feel safer running somewhere where you won’t get stranded in case of an emergency.