For those of you who saw the post title and clicked here thinking I was pregnant, think again – those days are definitely over for me! But I had to come up with a catchy title to get some traffic on the blog, so my 3 readers don’t feel pressure to comment all the time so it looks like I have followers!
While I was running yesterday I was thinking about my cousin, who just had a her first baby last week. I haven’t heard details of the delivery yet, but it sounded like it was a long labor. Which got me thinking about my own pregnancies and deliveries. Then it struck me: training for (and running) a marathon is like pregnancy (and childbirth) in many respects.***
With both, you are concerned about fueling your body.
- During marathon training you are trying to hydrate and eat properly so that your workouts, recovery and eventually racing can thrive.
- During pregnancy you are trying to hydrate and eat properly so that your baby can thrive.
With both you are constantly planning and thinking about the upcoming months.
- During marathon training you are planning your weekly/monthly workout schedule in advance, so that you can squeeze in the right combination of workouts to prepare for race day.
- During pregnancy you are planning: painting the nursery, shopping for the new baby essentials, picking out names for baby.
With both, you are tracking where you “should be”:
- During marathon training you are reading books and schedules and looking at each week and month and assessing where you “should be” fitness-wise, based upon your training and fitness.
- During pregnancy you are reading books and blogs and looking at each week and month and assessing where you and baby “should be” development-wise.
With both, you plan plan plan for The Big Day.
- For the marathon, you plan your race outfit, make your travel and lodging arrangements, plan your pacing strategy and plan your fueling strategy.
- For pregnancy, you plan your medical strategy (epidural? yes please!), plan what to put in your hospital bag, plan which outfit you and baby will go home from the hospital in and plan who you will call when you finally have baby in your arms.
With both, no matter how much planning you do, some things will be in God’s hands on The Big Day:
- With a marathon, you won’t be able to control the weather. You won’t be able to control whether you are having an “off” day on race day. You won’t be able to control what other racers around you do.
- With childbirth, you won’t be able to control how fast (or slow) baby comes. You can’t predict how you will react to the childbirth and medical interventions.
With both, you will experience pain.
- Enough said.
With both, during The Big Event you will swear that you will never do it again.
- Again, enough said.
With both, F-Bombs will be dropped during The Big Event.
With both, very soon after The Big Event you will have forgotten all the pain and will be planning for the next one.
- With a marathon, when you think about the training and sense of accomplishment and pride after being done with a race, you forget the pain of the race itself and start looking at marathon guide for the next race.
- With a baby, when you have a sweet smelling new born in your arms are realize that you nurtured and loved and delivered the baby, you forget the pain and start thinking about a baby brother or sister.
*** A fun comparison to make. But don’t get me wrong, between the two, pregnancy/childbirth wins, hands down.