Y’all I am not doing well on my goal to get back to running/walking as soon as possible. I started a new job and this past week I have been leaving early in the morning and totally beat by the end of work. Next week my schedule gets a little more manageable so I hope that I will be getting back to moving more!
That said I am starting to realize that there are a lot of similarities between running an ultra and being pregnant…so until I get back to actually running, this is what I have to share!
- You might spend a lot of time soaking your feet. To be honest this is totally what started this train of thought. I am sitting in my living room soaking my feet in epsom salt as I type this. Super glamorous right? The last time I had to soak my feet like this was after The North Face ECS 50K when sand took off a lot of skin on the bottom of my feet….now it’s because my feet are swollen. Maybe not the same symptom, but sitting here with my feet in a bowl of water certainly feels familiar.
- You get hungry…like really really world-is-ending hungry. Post ultra I feel like I always spend a couple days eating everything I can possibly get my hands on. Now it is happening again without the initial calorie burn to make it all make sense. Nevertheless I spent most of my Sunday searching my kitchen for food I could eat with minimal effort.
- It’s easy to get dehydrated. In both cases your body needs an extra boost in the hydration department. This similarity is less amusing and more of a daily reminder that I need to be constantly drinking water, and then some more water.
- You’re emotionally and physically drained. Before this adventure in growing another human I never thought anything could compare to that crazy crash I’ve felt after both of my 60ks. I was so incredibly wrong. Now a day of standing around at work can make me feel just as tired – every single day.
- It doesn’t look like the postcard. Long distance running pretty much never goes according to plan. Both of my 50ks got a lot warmer than I thought they would and there were just so many factors that went into the experience. It never felt like I thought it would which isn’t really a bad or good thing. It simply is. And you realize that there is no way to 100% control the situation and you cannot force it to be what you want. With regards to pregnancy this is something that I plan to share a lot more about in the future, but the short version is that it is certainly not “as advertised.” I am so incredibly grateful to be having the experience, but it is not at al what I thought it would be!