PR: Kara and I were in Portland on this long run, and I just had to keep stopping. You have to just listen to your body. You can't ignore it. Some days I feel really uncomfortable. And if I stop and get down on all fours just to kind of move the baby, suddenly running will be a lot more comfortable.
KG: I'm sure all the people in my neighborhood have seen me pop a squat. It just comes and there's nothing I can do. At first I was horrified. But then my husband's like, "Just laugh about it."
How are your husbands doing?
KG: Adam's been great; he's been very supportive. He's taken up a lot of slack around the house. Literally since we've started trying to have a baby, I have not changed the litter box. Now he can feel the baby kick, but there's a little part of me that feels bad that he doesn't get to have all of the really intimate feelings.
PR: But he will. He'll get to share so much. I remember when Isla was born, they took her to a little side room to get checked out. And I could hear Gary talking. I was thinking, He shouldn't be using his phone in there. He's going to get in trouble. Then I realized he wasn't talking on his phone, he was talking to Isla.
Kara, what has surprised you about pregnancy?
KG: I thought I'd be able to keep up certain amounts of speedwork. And then I quickly learned in the first trimester that's just not how it works. Paula was a great help on that, helping me realize that I'm not immortal. Your body changes so much. It's amazing to me how your body just knows what to do. You see these books and you see the outline of the woman, and you think, I won't look like that, and then you do, and it's just a beautiful thing. It gives you a new respect for your body. I think we already respect our bodies because we're athletes, but your body is so much more complex than that, and it can do so much more than just run.
How has running helped you with the emotional ups and downs of pregnancy?
PR: You still have that normal mother-to-be-anxiety, like, Will I be a good mom? Will I do the right thing? But running does help. Sticking to a routine is good. You also find yourself bonding with the baby and talking to the baby on the run.
KG: I have my most intimate thoughts when I'm running. That's when I'm most honest with myself, and I think about what I want out of life. I've definitely had thoughts, especially in the last month like, Wow, my baby knows me better than anyone. He's the only person that's ever been behind that curtain. I mean, obviously, he's not really hearing my thoughts, but there's just that feeling that there's some connection that I could never have with another person.
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