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Pregnant and Running: 26 Week Update

As you guys may know, I clocked an 80 mile week last week which is unbelievable, I know. I GET IT. It’s weird. So many people have told me over the years how much I’m ruining my knees, or wrecking my body, or all of those things that high mileage runners tend to hear. Sure, there are a lot of people who run a lot of miles and get injured. Or don’t get their period, or die of an enlarged heart, skin cancer, or who sell their souls to their running shoes while their families feel unloved, neglected, and starving for food and attention. That really sucks, and I’m not taking anything away from those people or those dire situations when I say that I am so thankful that I’ve been able to dodge those bullets over the last 20 years of long distance running. So far, so good.

My speed has taken a nosedive, which is fine because something’s gotta go, obviously.

I also eat like it’s my job. A lot of people are curious to know what I eat in order to fuel my body for baby production and high mileage running and man, I really wish I was a food blogger so I could make my diet look glamorous but alas, I’m not. But I still want to give you the inside scoop on my nutritional habits because I feel like it’s important and useful; you’ll just have to use your imaginations when it comes to picturing it all.

First off, I weigh 134lb this week, up 1lb from last week, putting me at a 11-14lb weight gain (I started at 123lb but went down to 120lb in the first trimester or something). Running 80 miles and growing a baby requires MAJOR food focus.


I always start off with a cup of coffee with cream (at around 6 or 7am) then I fill up my 1L container with ice water and start nursing that bad boy. Then, I carb/fat-load. I’ll either eat a couple slices of toast with butter, peanut butter and sliced banana, or a big bowl of oatmeal with raspberries and vanilla ice cream, or 2 Nature’s Path chocolate chip waffles with butter and peanut butter and banana. Those 3 things are pretty much my go-to breakfasts and I finish my first feeding by around 9 (making sure to finish drinking my 1L of water by then, too).

I usually run after this, so I’ll wait until around 11 to run otherwise my tummy is way too full. I don’t drink any more water until after I run either, or I’ll be stopping every 5 minutes to pee.


After I run, I chug another 1L of water, easy. Then I’ll make a smoothie of spinach, raspberries, strawberries, frozen cauliflower, vanilla full-fat Greek yogurt, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Cookies, peanut butter cups, nut butter-filled Cliff bars are good too (they’re SO GOOD warmed up in the microwave!).


Honestly, I’m not much of a dinner person because I usually eat too many snacks and then lunch gets pushed back until like 2. I usually eat mixed greens with GOBS of feta, a can of tuna or something, all rolled up into a tortilla and drenched in honey mustard dressing. I’ll also have a grilled cheese sandwich or a bowl of macaroni, chicken strips, or whatever I’m making Callum. Then of course, I need more chocolate. I start another 1L of ice water but usually end up having some sort of iced coffee in the afternoon with a cookie, or maybe some chocolate milk, and then I get too full for water.


By the time I get everyone’s dinner ready, my belly is too full from late lunch, so I just work on my ice water. Indigestion starts getting pretty bad at this point just because my digestive system is working hard at all the food and liquids from the day. I’ll nibble a bit on dinner with the kids but not enough to really write home about; I more just sit there so I can listen to their stories about their day.


Callum usually goes to bed at around 7 or 8, and then I usually get out the snacks at around 9. Some crackers and cheese, or rice chips with salsa, or cookies and milk, or a bowl of peanuts and Coke Zero (hey–I’m being honest!).

Before bed:

I NEED to eat before bed, or I’ll wake up in the middle of the night starving. I usually have a bowl of oatmeal (I’ve been soaking oats and chia seeds in almond milk, leaving it in a container in the fridge and scooping it out whenever I need to fill my belly with something neutral), or some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk, or a bowl of cereal. Just something. And yeah, I usually burp it like crazy but at least it’s not something that’s spicy or whatever.

Middle of the night:

About 3 out of 7 nights, I wake up and deal with Callum, have bathroom breaks, change positions and go right back to sleep. The other 4 out of 7 nights, I come downstairs and chow down on cookies and chocolate milk, some chocolate or a granola bar and milk. We had peanut butter chocolate ice cream this week so I’d have a few forkfuls of that with some milk too. I’m obviously not lactose intolerant. 😉 Sometimes I even wake up twice and eat something at around 1am and then again at like 3 or 4am.

Only one more week of the second trimester, and then things start to get real interesting! Woohoo!

If you’d like to read the details of last week’s mileage, here is the Mileage Monday post from week 26.

What do you think about my foods? Does anything surprise you? Sound gross? Sound good? What would you add or take away?




{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Jen May 30, 2017, 4:23 pm

    You’re like my nutrition hero

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 30, 2017, 4:34 pm

      You’re being sarcastic, aren’t you? You know me better than this. I eat like crap when I’m not pregnant.

  • Helly May 30, 2017, 8:24 pm

    I’m lactose frustrated–I can do some things but others, my body goes haywire. I wish I liked oatmeal. I wish I liked peanut butter (not really, but it would make things a lot easier). Basically, I’m a hot mess when it cones to food.

    You are amazeballs.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 31, 2017, 8:01 am

      I like your food posts because I relate to you so much in the junk-eating department. I wanna know more about how it’s been going for you!!!

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile May 31, 2017, 1:46 am

    Ive never been one to wake up in the middle of the night and eat but is it hard to fall back to sleep after? I feel like my body would think its time to get up for the day.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 31, 2017, 8:00 am

      You’re right—sometimes it IS hard to fall back asleep after but it would be even harder if I didn’t eat because my stomach would be growling and I’d feel SO hungry I’d get nauseous.

  • Allie Capo-Burdick May 31, 2017, 3:08 am

    Holy moly 80 miles? You are my she-ro!!!! WOW! And can I just get an “amen” about all the food you eat and how much of it is just real food? I love this so much. You are the best running mama ever.
    I used to keep snacks by my bed when I was pregnant with the twins because I would wake up in the middle of the night starving but didn’t want to have to go to the kitchen :-)))

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 31, 2017, 8:00 am

      I only eat this well when I’m pregnant. The second I give birth, my nutrition goes out the window. I thought about having snacks beside the bed but I almost always have cold milk in the middle of the night so I’d have to go downstairs anyway. Maybe I’ll get a little bar fridge for our room. HA!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe May 31, 2017, 4:36 am

    I ate 1000 calories of cornbread last night. I’ve got no excuse. Just thought you would like to know.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 31, 2017, 7:57 am

      I can’t even remember the last time I ate cornbread. I love bread of any kind dripping with salted butter. YUMMO.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home May 31, 2017, 6:13 am

    I just can’t get my head around this. I don’t even do this not-pregnant!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 31, 2017, 7:56 am

      I’m not normal!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes May 31, 2017, 9:07 am

    You’re just awesome – I love how much you can run and how well you are fueling your body! I now have a craving for oatmeal chocolate chips cookies. I’m not even pregnant but they just sound really, really good.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 31, 2017, 6:50 pm

      Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies make for a perfect first breakfast, especially with coffee or chocolate milk!

  • Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com May 31, 2017, 11:19 am

    Love this! Lots of c-milk! Sounds like a pretty yummy day of eats. Your next challenge- since you CLEARLY aren’t busy enough, is to get a days worth of food in pictures, even if they aren’t pretty 😉

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 31, 2017, 6:49 pm

      Oh, I totally could! It’s more a matter of not having enough storage space on my phone. Also, I have food issues, I think. Not so much to do with the nutritional content of it but more so just the vibes that are attached to eating and sharing food with people. I was thinking about writing about it! I’m curious to know if anyone out there has the same issue!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 3, 2017, 6:50 am

    I filled up on beer last night so I couldn’t drink water. Alright fine, it was one beer shortly after my afternoon coffee so yeah I was full on liquids. Not full enough to turn down some of Ave’s potato fries or the pizza we made for dinner though.

    I like reading about your pregnancy eats. I used to eat loads of salads with a side of fried anything…onion rings, fries, some really fatty and delicious though. The salad was purely for nutrients then. 🙂

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