Week 28: Getting to the Finish Line Pain-Free
I’ll start with my week, so that the learning journey concludes with the summary…
Monday – 2 mile walk in the morning. I hope I get into a good habit here!
Tuesday – 2 mile walk in the morning with hubby, then a 2.5 mile brisk walk with my PRB (preggo running bud). She was dressed up for a run just in case…I wore jeans…I wanted to make sure I didn’t run yet! I want to work on my speed while walking so that I can complete the half. I can’t imagine being told at the halfway point that I’m too slow…lol…
Wednesday – Yoga for runners with the hubby. I couldn’t believe how great I felt after. My legs, back, and front pelvis all got a good stretch and strengthen, and I can confidently say I am past the injury! I’m not pregnancy free though, things are still growing and changing so I’m still going to take it easy.
Thursday – 2 miles in the early morning with two jogging intervals (so much for taking it easy lol). I didn’t break! The first interval was an awkward wobble but I played through the uncomfortable feeling until my body said walk. Lo and behold, the next interval was more comfortable, and my watch showed an inspiring sub-10 minute pace! I managed the two miles in under 30 minutes. Went for a second walk with a friend at lunch too!
Friday – The measure of how much is too much is how you feel the next day, and now the front of my pelvis is complaining again. Hobble hobble!! It’s really becoming apparent that if I want to be pain free I can’t run at all…
Saturday – Driving around all day, followed by the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Ceremony at night = no time for a walk! That’s ok, I’m hobbling again from my upper inner thigh pain. Feels like something needs to “pop” back into place, like it did in the grocery store a while ago. Alas, no more sleeping with the kitties on the soft bed downstairs, I need the good support of the master bed!
Sunday – Spent the day in Montreal with Mom! Happy Mother’s Day! No time for a walk, but that’s probably for the best since I’m hobbling. Guess it’s back to the doc for me again this week.
I refuse to be in any kind of unintentional pain. I am sure that there is always a way around the unnecessary aches with diet and appropriate exercise. I (thanks to my ART provider) healed a 10-year chronic back issue last year in a matter of weeks while training to run a full marathon. Most often, if you “play through the (bad) pain” without changing something you are only doing more damage – but if you use the pain as a guide you can effect positive changes which help you increase your physicality.
In the case of pregnancy, what I can do differently to ease pain is a stab in the dark. Change in my body has been so dramatic and swift I barely understand it before it shifts again. I have to give some things up (eg., bending over – to pick up a dropped pen, a dime, food…I didn’t realize how much I drop on the floor over the course of a day). I have to stop attempting to run. Despite the fact I have healed my lower back misalignment and subsequent muscular spasm, it put a long enough dent in my training/routine that running now stresses the muscles in my inner thighs. It creates pain in my front pelvis, where walking would not. My weight quite obviously shifts side to side while I run bow legged like a cowboy, so my tried and true ChiRunning form is compromised.
All signs point to give up the running altogether this pregnancy, and walking/yoga will do just fine as a workout in the third trimester. I would much rather get 5 pain-free miles of walking in over the course of each day, than take 2-3 days off and book an ART session every other week. I love the road too much, so I’ll be back to fast marathons when I’m ready. It won’t be the first time I’ve built my training up from couch to 26.2.