Great Expectations

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PR: It's different. There are some times I think, Well, it doesn't matter if I'm running slow, or if it's a run that's not measured. I'm taking the opportunity to explore new trails. So it's nice to have that side of it, and to have the pressure not there. It's good for your body to have a break. It's a way to recharge. At the same time, because we're so used to being in control of our bodies and being able to push them to perform, it's kind of frustrating. Like, Oh God, I just don't want someone to see me running so slow. The last time I was pregnant, I missed being able to just go out and run hard and that feeling of really pushing your body.

KG: There are days when I appreciate that I'm running just because I love it. And then there are days where I'm running so slow. But it's good. In our sport, we don't take a break. There's always an other race, there's always something to be reaching for and another goal. So this really forces us to just take a break from it all. Watching the spring marathons was tough though -- we were both itching.

What has it been like to not be the leaders of the pack?

PR: The last time when I was pregnant, I ran 5-Ks and 10-Ks for fun. Obviously you're never going to beat the buzz of winning. But it's a whole different race when you run with the pack. There are women who have different goals, and I liked being a part of that and that camaraderie. A couple of times I paced groups. It's fun to see a much more relaxed side of the sport. That's what we both love about running -- that it's this whole big family and that it's fun.

KG: In this time away from racing, we've both taken advantage of that -- to interact with people who, normally, as elite athletes we don't get to interact with. I've gotten to travel to different races to experience that. It's been really rewarding. It reminds you of why you started running in the first place. You meet people who are running because of their pure passion for it. It's been really fun to be a part of that other side of the sport.

How have people reacted toward you -- and your bumps?

KG: I was at the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego, and I did a little talk and then met with people afterward. And there was a lot of belly-touching. I was like, Wow, we're that close? I love meeting people and they're so friendly; it's just something I'm not used to yet. It threw me for a loop. And then one of my neighbors pulled up the other day and she's like, "Make sure you don't lift anything -- a friend of mine went into labor early because she lifted a box." I know she meant well, but she would drop dead if she could see me in the weight room, because I'm still squatting, and throwing medicine balls, and doing everything I did before. Some people are shocked. But our bodies are used to working hard, and I'm not doing as much as I normally did. It's just all relative.

PR: You feel like saying, I'm not sick. There's nothing wrong with me. I'm just pregnant. Even people I know really well will come up and say, "Are you still able to run a bit?" And then they'll see me on the track and say, "Should you be doing that?" And I'm like, yeah, 'cause if you look at how slow the times are compared to what they've been before, it's not really comparable at all. But at the same time, it is keeping me fit, it is good for the baby, and it makes me feel better.

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