A Marathon of a Journey: How Marathons and IVF are Similar

I love to run, people who know me know I LOVE to run, especially marathons, it makes me ME!  It gives me energy while also calms me down.

While going through infertility treatments, I stopped running all together.  I wasn’t allowed to train long distance, and at that point, I wanted to get pregnant so badly, I was ok with stepping away from running for the time.  I walked a ton, I wish I had logged all my miles!  I still felt like a part of me was missing.  But I knew that once we got pregnant, and I had recovered, and got the green light to run again, I would that much more excited to lace up and hit the lake path!

In a lot of ways training for a marathon and preparing for IVF are similar.

When you are training for a marathon, you have to be dedicated to the training, adjust your lifestyle, eat the right things, all to get yourself mentally and physically ready for the big day (the race).

For IVF, you also have to be dedicated, this time to the monitoring, prepare your body to be tested and tried, endure the shots, patches, and meds, all to get yourself mentally and physically ready for the big day (the retrieval and transfer surgery).

Both events test you more than you ever thought possible.  They break you down, and show you just how strong you are.  Just when you think you can’t push anymore, run one more step, or take one more shot, you have success.

Crossing the finish line of my first marathon was pure euphoria, similar to the feeling I had when I heard the words “you are pregnant”.

You are cloud nine.  For a second the world stops, and also feels like it’s spinning around you all at the same time.

I am excited to be back on the road Sunday racing in the Chicago Marathon, and even more excited to have my daughter cheering me on, hopefully one day she’ll be a runner too!

Future Marathoner

Future Marathoner

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