A journal of a pregnant runner: running with a growing life (1)

By Eszter Csillag

This is the first part of a series of articles focusing on issues related to female runners who are mothers, or pregnant but still keep moving along the trails...

Special thanks to Jenna, who will be translating all Eszter's articles into Chinese.


This time I have to start with a confession. I am currently in the fifth month of my second pregnancy with a due date at the end of April. Indeed, the current circumstances made clear the direction of our upcoming writings: we will write on my running journey during these upcoming months.

Beside this, we will also write about some amazing women who with their running achievements challenged the scientific view on the limitation of a pregnant woman. There have been some who run marathons at their late stage of pregnancy, others who run 100 mile trail running races shortly after giving birth. I will be honest and open about the difficulties I am going to face, but most of all I want to shed light on the incredible possibilities of a women’s body.

Throughout this journey one has to keep in mind, that I didn’t start running when I found out I was pregnant. I have been running for years and my body is trained enough to keep going in the current condition! Certainly, I had to adapt my training routine to my current condition, I had to shift my mind, change my priorities and therefore today, I choose safety over speed. I also need to make sure I don’t fall (I just fell for the very first time while pregnant just after writing down this sentence)! I need to make sure I don’t get dehydrated. I also need to accept that in the coming months just keeping going will be the challenge itself.



But still, I can remain a happy person as usually I am thanks to running.

Finally, keeping all these necessities and limitations in mind, I can continue what I really love: running. I can keep fit instead of losing control over my body and I can also continue being grounded and connected to nature. Running on the trail, surrounded by nature allows me to be connected to Mother Earth and when I am tired it will be the greenery and the view that will recharge my batteries (beside the gels)!

Beside this, it is also one of the sports which is totally fine to do while pregnant. Boxing would be harmful, but the waving movement of the running body is harmonious. If we think what happens to the embryo during this activity, the movement of a flying butterfly comes into mind. In fact, this ensures me that while it is good for me, it is also good for the baby. In addition, scientists proved that babies can hear while in the womb, therefore letting the baby hear the flow of the river, or waterfalls, the blow of the wind and the birds’ song is just the best natural music one can expose them to.


To conclude, Jenna and I will write about my personal achievements, difficulties or challenges, daily running routes, tell stories of other women who went through the same experience and still kept running with incredible results, in the hope that other trained women will not be scared to continue running while pregnant.


懷孕跑者手記: Running with a growing life (1)


(本地跑手 Eszter Csillag)

記得月前我翻譯本地精英跑手Eszter Csillag寫有關自己如何和解「跑者」與「母親」這兩衝突角色的文章嗎?我和 Eszter確立了一個寫作計劃,我將會為她翻譯她寫作為女性跑者的經驗的文章。事實上,我十分期待這個系列的內容,因為如題所示,Eszter懷孕了!她將會分享作為一個仍然跑在山路上的母親、孕婦所面對的各種事情。

讓我們跟著Eszter的節奏跑一趟吧!

英文原文連結。

譯文如下。

首先,我有一個重要的現況更新。我正經歷第二次懷孕,胎兒五個月大,預產期是明年四月底。我的身體現況已消楚指向未來數月我寫的東西將會與懷孕有關。不過,除此之外,我也想分享一些傑出女跑手的故事,她們當中有的是在懷孕後段完成馬拉松賽事的跑者,有的則在生產後不久便參與100哩山賽。她們以自己的身體,一步一步地挑戰傳統科學觀念對懷孕女性的種種限制。當然,我無意把她們的成就說到是輕易之舉,但我想展現、強調的是,女性身體的奇妙和無限可能性。

我希望讀者注意,我在剛得悉懷孕初期並沒有輕舉妄動地去跑。我是一個受過多年訓練的跑者,換句話說,我的身體是受了足夠訓練讓我承受這種挑戰。當然,我也不得不對跑步訓練的內容和目標作出調整。今天,安全比速度為重。而且,我要確保自己不會跌倒(我一寫完這一句就「跌倒」了,是懷孕間的第一次 ),不會缺水。我也要接受無論跑不跑,未來數月也絕不容易。

不過,正正因為持續跑著,我才可以一如以往,保持愉快。只要注意著自己的需要和限制,我仍然能繼續享受這項我最鍾愛的運動——跑步。我可以保持體重,不必為身體不再受控而煩躁擔憂,而且還能接觸大自然。除了能量啫喱外,自然景色就是我最佳的打氣。

事實上,跑步是其中一項適合孕婦的運動。激烈如Boxing可能會對胎兒有害,但跑步產生的波浪動態卻是和諧的,我們可以想像胎兒在這種動態下就如舞動中的蝴蝶般擺動。所以,跑步,無論是對我,還是胎兒也是好事。而且,科學已證明胎兒在體內也能接收外界聲音。我想,風聲、流水瀑布響聲和鳥兒的和唱是給胎兒最好的自由交響樂。

總而言之,未來數月,我會透過Jenna,分享我作為孕婦在跑道上的高低起伏、我的訓練路線和那些「曾一邊孕育生命一邊跑出好成績,啟發女性,不必因孕婦而放棄跑步」的跑者故事。



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