Running in the 2nd Trimester and WIAW

Hi everyone!

It’s Wednesday again! I did remember to catch my eats for WIAW, but before I dive in, I wanted to share a few things about running lately.

Running in the 2nd trimester
I’m just over 19 weeks and halfway through the second trimester (and the pregnancy- how did that happen?!)  So far, running has been very similar to my first pregnancy.  Here’s what I’m noticing:

  • I have much more energy than the first trimester… my body really wants to run these days!
  • I’m slower on the treadmill than outside
  • My breathing is coming more easily than it did in the first trimester (that will change again toward the end!)
  • My bladder requires me to stop and empty it every 3-4 miles
  • I have to pay close attention to fueling before my run or I fade quickly
  • My sports bras are tighter and I am limited to my longer workout tees and tanks

Around 22-23 weeks with L, I ran a double digit run and had sore hips the rest of the day.  This is about the stage where the ligaments are stretching around the uterus and some women experience round ligament pain.  I’ve felt fine on longer runs so far, but am aware that this could quickly change.

By the way, I’m sharing full updates every other week, but if you’re looking for more belly pics, I post them more frequently on Instagram.

On to the food:


Breakfast #1 (pre run): Oats, pb and banana; Breakfast #2 (post run): Ezekial toast with cream cheese; two eggs with sautéed kale, feta, avocado and sauerkraut plus strawberries; Lunch: Lentil vegetable soup (lazy day- Amy’s soup from the can) + popcorn; Snack: PB pretzels from TJ’s, these are dangerous! Dinner: Lasagna + salad with salmon, avocado, mushrooms, carrots + oil and vinegar. Unpictured evening snack: plain yogurt and banana.

I made the a Turkey Veggie Lasagna Sunday night, and after last night’s dinner, it was gone! That’s what happens with a pregnant woman in the house.  🙂  My appetite continues to be huge, but I’m also staying very active and I know my body needs what it’s asking for.

Turkey Veggie Lasagna

I’ll leave you with the image that made me smile all morning after I dropped her off at preschool:


She’s suddenly obsessed with pigtails and I love it. By the way, random side note, but if you have a young daughter, be warned before you watch Broken Circle (one of the Oscar nominated films).  I think I cried for the entire hour and a half!

Is there a meal you will happily eat leftovers from for days?

Have you seen any good movies lately?


30 thoughts on “Running in the 2nd Trimester and WIAW

  1. My “running” really started to feel hard in the middle 20’s weeks. Now at almost 31 weeks, it’s a thing of the past! Luckily I’m still loving strength, bike and walking and look forward to getting back into running after baby girl arrives.
    PS- my sports bras are tighter too- not comfy!! 🙂
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  2. That sounds like a meal I would go back to over and over. Another is your quinoa minestrone–it is truly one of my favorites. I am making some this week just to have the leftovers for lunches!

    I’m glad you are feeling so good and able to run so strong still. I hope it stays that way for you!
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  3. This is so interesting to read about Laura! I have always heard about many of the things you mentioned above when it comes to running while pregnant, and now I am seeing they are true! Especially the peeing one! Lauren Fleshman talked a lot about that. It is very interesting to follow you as you go through this!

    I actually have a lot of my meals for days in a row, as I tend to cook a normal meal (4 servings) but I live alone, so it usually lasts me 3 meals (I think the serving sizes are often too small…that or I am just a piggy :P). I also have night classes so cannot cook 3 days a week!

    Thanks for sharing all your knowledge with us 🙂
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  4. Glad running is still going well! The 2nd tri is the best minus the pee breaks! I had very sore hips after running a 1/2 at 17w. Glad you haven’t had that this time. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

  5. I am glad you are feeling energetic and good! My friend is at 34 weeks and she said her hips and back really hurt after she exercises. Surprisingly though, I used the restroom more times than her when we went on a walk the other day!

    I eat a ton of leftovers. I even made tiny lunch salads when I am making my big dinner salad and that way I don’t even have to prepare salad each day. My favorite leftovers are probably soups, stews and lasagna/casseroles; they are always better the second (or 5th!) day.
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  6. Lasagna leftovers don’t last long in our house either! So glad to hear running is going so well. I remember the frequent potty breaks all too well. More than anything, I just felt like I needed to go. Then it would only be a few drops! And treadmill sessions became so slow & tedious. I was always happy when I could get outside with a friend!
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  7. So glad it’s going well and you feel good. Your little girl is too cute!

    I am not a movie goer anymore, other than IMAX and last week I saw PENGUINS,and GREAT WHITE SHARK. I loved them both.

  8. Those eggs with kale look delicious! I got really sick eating eggs in high school and went on an egg-fast for about 8 years. But I’m slowly reintroducing them, starting with egg whites. But I find that I have to cook them with something, bell peppers, tomatoes, etc. So I’ll have to try kale tomorrow 🙂
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  9. I would have never thought to do sauerkrat for breakast, but lots of good probiotics in there!!! I love how despite being pregnant, it doesn’t appear that you’re succumbing to unhealthy cravings that so many others do. Way to set an example by still continuing with healthy eating!
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  10. Mmm your turkey lasagna is making me DROOL. I love your updates on your pregnancy. I tried to run through my pregnancy two years ago and I wasn’t very successful at it. My favorite leftovers (that I will eat again and again) is meat sauce with zucchini noodles. Actually, meat sauce with almost anything is delicious the second time around.
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  11. What a cute picture of your little one.
    I haven’t heard of the movie (Broken Circle) – I’m pretty lame at keeping up with movies – even though I don’t have a daughter, not sure I will watch it!!
    Glad that your energy is up and that your running is going so well right now!!

  12. I will happily eat your leftovers! Your food this week look amazing and so comforting! I haven’t seen any good movies but just finished watching The Borgia’s on Netflix. I became addicted–I am a glutton for historical fiction.

  13. Time is flying! I’m 16.5 weeks and I’m still running but I’ve noticed I get side stitches more often. I just stop to stretch them out, and thankfully my brother who is my running partner is patient with me 🙂 I’m just happy to still be running and cross training!

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