I have been regularly following the blogs of so many running pregnant women, running moms and (my favorite) running, pregnant moms that I am beginning to wonder if I have lost my sense of normal. It now seems normal, typical, average, standard to:
~get up at 5 am to run
~run at 3 am after nursing and during a bought of insomnia
~run a 60 km week while in one's third trimester (actually in all honesty, 60 km/week seems low)
~run, puke, continue running (a la Bob Kempainen - 1996 Marathon trials)
~run the morning of giving birth
~run within 72 hours of giving birth (haven't done this myself but my point is it just doesn't seem that weird or extreme)
So, without much thought, I signed up for a 5 km race tomorrow (on which day I will be 38 weeks and 2 days pregnant and T-10 days to my due date) and it just didn't seem that weird or extreme. The only part that gives me (very slight) pause for thought is that this race is a little far from home, approximately 40 minutes by car. I'm not worried about "competing" while so heavily pregnant because I am, obviously, not going there to compete but rather to get out in the crisp air, see people I haven't seen in awhile and probably won't see for awhile and just drink in the atmosphere of this race which is the first of the year in the series I usually run. The physical demands of running this "race" will be no different than the demands of the "work-outs" I have been doing in the gym lately. My OB says I am not dilated, the baby has not descended, there is "no reason to restrict activity" (and yes, she does know what my activity consists of).
Have I lost my sense of normal?