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Counting the weeks…

13 March 2013

12 weeks since I last ran.
34 weeks pregnant.
6 weeks (ish) til I give birth.
12 weeks til I can run again (hopefully).

It feels like my life is all about statistics at the moment, but like all statistics they’re mostly meaningless. You could easily spend 9 months obsessing over percentage chances and due dates and centimetres long and pounds gained and be none the wiser or better for it. The only sure thing is that at some point within the next 8 weeks a baby is going to arrive and I will no longer be pregnant. I am very excited about this for a number of reasons:

1. I will no longer feel like a weeble when standing up. At the moment I have to force myself into Tadasana pose at all times when upright, or the muscles in my bum tense into agonising pain. This is harder than it sounds, particularly when leaning forward to do basically anything you need to do standing up (washing up, making dinner, selecting chocolate bars in tesco).

2. I will be able to turn over in bed without having to wake up and perform a 5 step procedure involving lifting and lowering my knees and moving 30 degrees at a time.

3. I will be able to drink a cup of tea without needing to take an ice bath afterwards to cool down.

These are not complaints- I’ve really enjoyed being pregnant and it’s forced me to slow down and appreciate life in a different way. I put so much pressure on myself to get stuff done, tick things off. When you can’t physically do things it makes you question why you need to, which is good, though does mean I may never shave my legs again (who cares?).

Of course, the main thing I’m looking forward to is running again. I don’t miss it, because the thought of doing it now is like landing on the moon- I appreciate that others have done it, but there is no way I could even if I wanted to. No, I don’t miss it now, but I do miss what it used to be like and I’m excited about what it will be in future. We’ve got many years together to look forward to, running and I.

And if the running doesn’t work out, there’ll always be the baby…

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 March 2013 8:54 pm

    Gina you look FANTASTIC! This is so exciting..!!! xxx

    • 13 March 2013 9:07 pm

      🙂 thank you my love! I’m not sure it’s as exciting as your imminent arrival however, can’t wait to read it. x

  2. 13 March 2013 9:02 pm

    You look so great! I hope all the perks of being pregnant (eating for two, getting a seat on the tube, etc) are as good as I have been led to believe that they are! x

    • 13 March 2013 9:08 pm

      Thank you! The eating isn’t as good as marathon eating I have to say- you’re only supposed to get a measly 300 extra calories a day! Pathetic 🙂

  3. 17 March 2013 11:08 pm

    How excellently fabulous you look 🙂 x

  4. kat_rocket permalink
    15 April 2013 2:01 pm

    I love this picture of you. And from a mum who ran her first marathon after having children I can guarantee you that running will always be here for you! As someone who’s a seasoned runner you’ll have no issues getting back into it xx

    • 15 April 2013 3:08 pm

      Thanks Kat! I am definitely using you as my inspiration for getting back into it. Cannot WAIT. Can barely walk at the moment, not fun.

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