Running and Pregnancy Q&A: Intro

"Running when pregnant", "what does it feel like to run when pregnant?", "does the baby feel it when you run?, "dangers of running when pregnant", "how far into pregnancy can you run?", "avoid abdominal separation in pregnancy", "injuries and running through pregnancy". What a barrage of questions! And yet these are just a mere few of the searches you would have found in my google history over the last 9 months. 

Chief Medical Officer NHS advice on exercise in pregnancy

Chief Medical Officer NHS advice on exercise in pregnancy

I should note that I *will not* be offering prescriptive advice about what people should do, I will only be talking about my own 


If I don't cover something that you want to ask, just get in touch via Nothing is too personal or silly. Go for it.

So... click here for

Part 1

  •  Q. Did you have any problems getting pregnant? I've heard lots of runners do.
  •  Q. What does it feel like running when pregnant?
  •  Q. Can you feel the baby kick while running?
  •  Q. Were you worried about harming the baby?


Part 2 (to follow soon)

  • Q. When did you run until?
  • Q. How far did you run in total while pregnant? Did you worry about max heart rate or distance?
  • Q. I'm fascinated how you’ve kept doing intervals and even long commutes so far into pregnancy. Did you make a conscious effort to do that or has it been easier than others make out?
  • Q. How early into your pregnancy did you notice it was impacting your ability to excercise like normal? Could you tell straight away?
  • Q. Are you scared that you’ll never get back to your PB
  • Q. You've mentioned support belts - what's that about?
  • Q.  Karen says: "Late to the party but always interested! I had to massively reduce my running in order to conceive after 3 years of trying, lots of fertility treatments, and finally after IVF I am thrilled to be a mere 1 month pregnant! How!!?! Too exhausted to do anything currently!!


And other resources:


Msfitrunner -  3 kids 3:41 pr. training for Olympic Trails
runfargirl - see above
Trigirl_For_Kona - 50 Marathons + Kona and a mum
Mcm_runs - Megan. pictures of running through pregnancy
Alysiamontano - Pro USA track runner, famous for competing while pregnant

My pregnant milage:

week commencingmilesweeks pregnantnotes
12/6/1712.43First race while pregnant - Maverick Gloucestershire
19/6/1749.54Sprained my ankle on the Saturday trying to do a trail run with Mr B
10/7/1755.87In Cardiff with work. Feeling very hot.
24/7/1758.29inc. 20 mile long run but couldn't hit pace 8'18/mi
31/7/1741.110inc, Orion forest 5 race
7/8/1780.411tough 18 mile long run after work
14/8/1770.112inc 20 mile long run
21/8/1751.813on holiday - found pace hard. 8'30 av
28/8/1768.214inc 23 mile run av 7'42/mi
11/9/1748.616Harrow Half Marathon 1:32:52 7'06/mi
2/10/1746.319Chester Marathon 3:13:07 on the 8th
23/10/1745.322longest was 9 miles
30/10/1750.323longest was 1o miles
6/11/1742.224longest was 12 miles with intervals. Felt it in the pelvis after. Time to cut back.
13/11/1721.225longest was 6.5
20/11/1720.726longest was 5.7
27/11/1720.227longest was 5
4/12/1723.128longest was 5.4
11/12/1722.329longest was 6
18/12/172730longest was 4.7
25/12/1715.831longest was 6.3
1/1/1826.132longest was 5
8/1/1820.533longest was 5
15/1/1820.334longest was 6
22/1/1820.235longest was 6.3
29/1/1820.536longest was 5.2
5/2/188.237longest was 5 on the night my waters broke. oops
total mileage 1294 

5 things I don't know about Boston Marathon

The "Top Tips for First Time Boston Marathon Runners" or even "10 things you need to know about the Boston Marathon"  would be a useful blog post right now, wouldn't it? But we all know I'm not that calm or organised (unless you've been ignoring ALL my instagram, strava and twitter -ing) so instead of a lovely, useful, very predictable article, I'm going to highlight some of the things I don't know, estimate the answers and then report back with after the event.

1. What am I going to do between 6am getting on the bus at starting at 10am?

Photo under creative commons from  BU Interactive News

Photo under creative commons from BU Interactive News

Will I be bored or will it just fly by? Will I have the right amount of food with me? Should I risk eating bagels etc while I'm waiting in Hopkinton? How cold am I going to get? How many times will I have to go to the loo? 
Estimated answers: both, yes, no, pretty cold, about 5.

2. What happens between the time that you leave for your starting corral an actually setting off?

55 minutes for 0.7 miles. That'll do for marathon pace.

55 minutes for 0.7 miles. That'll do for marathon pace.

According to the official info on wave and corral start times, we're leaving the race village a full 55 minutes before we set off. I know there's a 0.7 mile walk to the start and there's loos along the way (maybe let's upgrade that 5 to a 6) but will it really take nearly an hour?
Estimated answer: there'll be a portal to another world that we disappear into for a bit. Or maybe that's a portaloo?

3. Will I regret not doing the 5k on the Saturday, the pre-race pasta party or the post-race Boston Marathon Mile 27 party?

Post-race party looks... er.... 

Post-race party looks... er.... 

There's a 5k race on the Saturday before the 26.2 on Monday. Lots of people have said it's really fun and helps get into the spirit of it all. I'm conscious that I've already hijacked our holiday and that we are staying with friends of friends, so I'm not doing any extra bits and bobs. I'll go for a run on my own though. Then there's the pre-race pasta party  and the post race "Mile 27" one which is held at the Red Sox stadium. Both of these are free for me and I can purchase another ticket if I want. These fall into the same category as above at the moment so as things stand I'm sticking to the one thing.
Estimated answer: Yes absolutely. I will be kicking myself and having major FOMO about absolutely everything. If the race goes well I won't care about the pre-race bits but I'll wish we could go to the party. If it doesn't go well I'll be annoyed about the pre-race bits but won't care about the party. 2 days later I suspect I won't mind about any of it.

4. What will the weather be like?

Boston Marathon Weather Conditions

Well, the list of conditions in previous years shows that it's always pretty variable and the runner's passport says to be prepared for crosswinds at  mile 17. Over the past few weeks it's been anything between -4c and snowing to 25c and sunny. Online sooth-sayers vary between being optimistic by claiming that tailwinds may aid us or glass half empty saying that the heat may stall us. Runners world is fuelling our obsessive meteorological monitoring. Of course that later start time (10am) adds interest. So yeah, who knows?

Estimated answer: Your guess is as good as mine, but you can be sure that if it goes badly we'll all be blaming the weather!

5. Will it be fun, will it go well and will Mr B and I actually manage to see each other before I've crossed the finish line?

Yes I realise that's three questions in one but hey - "7 things I don't know" is less punchy. Will it be fun? You bet. Let me at it. I'm almost at the stage (I say almost because there's still that competitive monkey lurking) where I don't care what the outcome is, I just want to race. Thanks to the inspiration friends at Advent Running, running buddies from Euston Church, coach Ben's enthusiasm and the general hype, I suspect this is going to be an ace-race regardless of time. I don't know how it's going to go but I've seen loads of mates do brilliant things already this year in Manchester, Brighton and Paris and there's a queue forming to kick some London Marathon butt so I'm sure as heck going to get in there too and go have some fun. The one big downer of a point-to-point is that Mr B's legendary cheering efforts won't be possible. I'll miss seeing him along the way but hopefully we'll catch a glimpse before I traverse the blue and yellow line.
Estimated answer: If I have any say in the matter it's going to be a blast. Run the race, arms aloft at the finish line. That's how it works, right?

Feel free to add your own questions in the comments below and I'll go on a mission to get you answers.


Oh and by the way, if you do actually want something called "Run Your Best Boston" you can find it here. It's excellent (well I assume it is since I can't disprove any of the things it says) and it has got me even more excited.

Also, I'll talk about London soon too. I realise it's not just this race happening but, well, humour me for now.