Stay Back When A Pregnant Woman/Runner Eats

So, a male runner recently compared running to being pregnant in a funny blog called On the Bus … And Running.


How can this dude, you ask, know what it’s like to be pregnant?

He’s been observing a pregnant co-worker eat.

“As I sat there and watched her shovel eat, it reminded me of when I first started training for the Vermont Marathon back in 2009. I’d entered new mileage levels and all I wanted the day after my long run was a sausage and egg sandwich on an English muffin with a little ketchup. Had to have it. No questions asked.”

Yeah, I suppose he has a point.

I ate an incredible, an astonishing amount of food when I trained for marathons. And looking back at my first pregnancy, I ate a lot too. So far in this pregnancy, I haven’t had any major binges, but there’s a lot more baby growing to do, so look out.

Anyway.

In both situations, my dietary desires were guided by impulse, but there was one difference. During a long run, I had hours to think about what I’d eat when I was finished. In pregnancy, it was mere seconds – some days, my animal instincts took over and I had to turn the steering wheel immediately in order to not miss the turn for whatever fast food joint was calling my name suddenly.

The guy writes: “The old adage goes: Give your body what it wants. For me, it was the sausage, egg, and cheese, a brownie fudge sundae, and, lately, yes, beef jerky. For her, we’re riding in the car to go get Starbucks when she says, ‘I’m hungry, but I want something healthy.’ So, we drive around the parking lot, when she saw it… ‘Pizza! she blurted out.
‘“That’s healthy?” I asked.
‘“That’s what my baby wants, that’s what she’s getting.’
“Replace ‘pizza,’ with Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Five Guys, carrots, Subway, blueberries, Hot Fries (remember Hot Fries?), and … you get the idea. The woman is a culinary mad libs.”

Yeah, that’s about right for me, too (pregnant and/or running).

There are other similarities, I suppose.

For instance, pregnancy is like running a marathon: Parts of it are tough on the body, parts of it are amazing, sometimes you feel like throwing up, sometimes you really really need to use the port-a-potty, and the end is totally worth all of the effort.

Can you think of any other similitaries?

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About kareiner

I'm an active mom who loves to cook. I'm passionate about health and fitness. I'm no expert, nutritionist, personal trainer or miracle worker. I just like being active and I like good food.
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One Response to Stay Back When A Pregnant Woman/Runner Eats

  1. Ticha says:

    Right when you cross the finish line/ deliver the baby, you can’t fathom doing another one. But not so long after that you start getting that hankering…

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