"Hello everybody 👋! I've found two nice people that love each other, so I decided I want to spend my future with them. Hope to see you all in some months."
Petr and I have big news to share with you all and that's that we will become a family. 😊
So for some time now my main focus will be on this little one now growing up in my belly.
For this reason, I will skip the whole racing season of 2019. However, if everything goes well, I plan to come back to elite orienteering once again. And World Orienteering Championships 2021 held in homeland in the Czech Republic are a big motivation. But that seems so far ahead right now.
So far, everything is going well and I feel good. Even the baby feels better while running and being active than while sitting at home or in a car.
/ Further reading for other mums-to-be or others who are interested:
- I'm still running but of course not so often as I used to be and definitely not as fast as I used to. The best thing to do, is to listen to your own body and what it tells you. So my good pace is now about 6.5min per km (I used to run 3.5min/km). When I want to, I go out for a jog, when I don't want to, I don't, simple as that. Definitely different from what I was used to.😄
- I don't do any intervals and anaerobic training as I believe it's not good for the baby.
- However, I was downhill skiing and skimo/skitouring. And it was totally fine and fun. Going up to 3000m (doctor approved) or enjoying freshly groomed ski slope. If I was going high, fast, I was concentrated, not scared. One day I was a bit moody from the early morning, I got on the black ski slope (as I did other days) and didn't feel like I want to, I went down, but I was almost crying, just because I didn't feel like I want to and I didn't have fun (reason: hormones). But fine, so I took the easy slopes next time, got myself some hot chocolate and did other things that day, simple as that. Just listen to your body, it will guide you.
- In the first months I flew to Gran Canaria with friends. It was such a pleasant trip and I could also feel that after being sick with some sore throat and running nose the warmer climate and ocean was perfect both for me and for the baby. However, at that time, it didn't come to my mind that flying can be risky for the baby in the first few months and then towards the end of the pregnancy. Luckily, everything worked well for me. But I surely recommend to wait with flying to the second trimestr, when it should be safe and comfortable too. I did then fly once again to a training camp in Turkey and it was totally fine and maybe even better than travelling longer distances by car.
- In the beginning the body (baby) told me everything, even what it wants to eat 😄. I guess as athletes we are more used to knowing our body and listening to its needs and signals it gives us. In the beginning I knew exactly when and what my body wants to eat. Like: "Forget pasta, I want some real meat with dumplings and cabbage!"