“Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.”
It has been quite some time since I’ve updated everyone on where my running is at. To be honest, I am extremely superstitious so I really didn’t want to write anything until completely in the clear.
Unfortunately at about week 27 of my pregnancy (early August), we were camping in British Columbia and I started having pain in the middle of the night. Long story short, we headed back in Calgary the next day and I went to the RGH to get things checked out. Following that visit, I was treated for suspected pre-term labour, which involved resting and Netflix (which sounds awesome, but it’s not really.) It was at this point in my pregnancy that my OB recommended that I no longer run and to limit walking to a leisure pace (even 15 minutes brought on pain.) It was very disappointing for me as I had a laundry list of races I wanted to complete during my pregnancy; I felt failure in many ways. After spending a few weeks resting, I headed back to work in September. My intention was to work as long as I could, ut after having a fairly emotionally draining pregnancy, my husband and I decided that I would finish up work on Oct 21. I kind of felt guilty to be leaving the office at just about the 37 week mark, but it is a good thing I did.
Our baby was born five days later in what I would describe as the most optimal delivery experience possible (literally pushed for five minutes.) October 26th we welcomed our perfect baby Tessa to the world. She was petite in stature but full of frigging personality and it certainly was love-at-first-sight. I was relieved that she arrived safe and sound – my new little running partner. We’ve got to wait a little while before she can hit the trails with me, but I’m so thrilled to get back at it!