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Half Marathon with a Baby in My Belly!

Yep, I did it! I completed the first of 3 half marathons I will be doing during this pregnancy!  Half Marathon While pregnant

I will say, it wasn't my best run, but that wasn't because of the growing baby in my belly. No, the race was great! The route was awesome, around lots of water, which I always appreciate. Really I would definitely run this course again! Great job to the West Texas Half Marathon peeps that put this together. 

No my problem was my darn knee. I was so thankful that my husband decided to get up early that morning and be around during the race rather than just at the finish line. 

By mile 5 my knee was hurting, and my husband and my friend's husband were on the course with fun signs in hand to cheer us along! I was thankful and asked him to get me some Tylenol to mile 6! I had intended to take some before the race but forgot to pick it up, and since I'm pregnant, ALL I can take is real Tylenol, so my friend's Advil wouldn't due. 

Half Marathon While pregnant

Thankfully this sweet husband of mine got me the Tylenol, but shortly after I called again asking him to see if my knee brace (which I haven't used in 4-6 months) was in the back of my car. Thankfully, he found me around mile 9 with the brace. 

Due to my knee being in some seriously pain, it was definitely one of my hardest runs. Half the time from mile 7-finish I was 25 yards behind my running partners doing a little skip of jogging/speed walking. But I FINISHED! and that's all that matters! 

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A few tips for running while pregnant! 

STAY SUPER HYDRATED!! I ran with my SPI Belt Water Bottle in hand and still took advantage of the water stations throughout the race! 

HAVE A GOOD BREAKFAST! I had a banana and a Quest Bar.

HAVE SOME KIND OF FUEL FOR DURING THE RACE! My running partners and I had the perfect plan! We all liked using the Honey Stinger Gummies, so we had multiple flavors and would take turn passing them to each other when we needed another! It definitely kept things interesting with different flavors! 

EAT A LOT AFTER! I devoured the banana slices they were giving out, then we had a huge celebratory lunch as well! 

USE A HIGH-QUALITY, GOOD PRENATAL VITAMIN! I took mine the morning of the race! 

Prenatal vitamins are super important, and I'm loving these from Smarty Pants! Unlike the ones I took during my first pregnancy, which I swallowed and had a terrible after taste, I look forward to having these each morning. Even on days when my morning sickness isn't going great, I can still enjoy some Smarty Pants Prenatals! They are gummies that taste incredible and you can take 3-6 a day! 

Plus you don't have to worry about them having any junk in them! They are full of GOODNESS! and the goodness that you need for a healthy pregnancy, and that comes in handy, especially when you are working hard and running 13.1 miles while pregnant! 

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Smarty Pants Prenatal Vitamins

So although it wasn't my best race, I'm thankful to say that I finished it, and it felt good to complete it! Now to get ready for my next one, the East Texas Half Marathon which I will be running on November 15, 2015! 

Remember if you want to join me, REGISTER HERE and use Code LEGACY for 10% OFF!! You can do the half marathon or the 5K! 

Half Marathon While pregnant

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