November 12, 2012

and i'm done.

Well I'm pretty sure I'm done.  Running during this pregnancy that is.  After two weeks of not running because my hip flexor had been bothering me, I decided to attempt some intervals on the treadmill yesterday.  I'd gone a couple days without hip pain, and I was itching to get moving.

goodbye feet

I started with .15 miles of walking at about 3.6mph, and then turned the treadmill up to 5.6mph for a nice jog.  My plan was to jog half a mile, and then walk .15, and repeat that for a couple of miles or so.  Breaking for a walk earlier if I felt like I needed to.  Things were going just fine, the belly definitely felt heavy, and running felt a little weird, but not painful.  But at exactly .45 miles into my first jog I felt something move or pop or who knows what in my hip and the pain came back.  I was devastated.  I awkwardly jog waddled through the last .05 miles, because I'm stubborn like that, but I think that may very well be my last 'run' of this pregnancy.

Of course I'm bummed.  My goal was to make it through the second trimester running, preferably until 30-32 weeks.  Longer if I was lucky.  But it just doesn't look like my body can handle it anymore.  I am proud of what I accomplished, and thankful I was able to run as much as I did.  Now it is just time to learn to love the elliptical (I'm trying, I promise!) and taking lots of walks.  I really also want to find some short arm/upper back workouts to incorporate into my routine.  I keep saying that, but, well, I really want to.  I need something else to focus on.  If you have any favorite elliptical or arm/back workouts please share them with me!

My goal cardio/mileage wise from here on out, is to maintain an average a minimum of 10 miles per week between walking and the elliptical.  I'm sure as I get towards the end of the pregnancy those 10 miles will take me a little longer to accomplish, but I also don't think it is an absurd goal.  I'd love to walk a mile a day 6 days out of the week, and then tack on some extras here and there.  But we will see how it all pans out.

I wanted to discuss the mention of a chiropractor by multiple people.  I have never been to a chiropractor, and to be completely honest, the idea kind of scares me.  I'm not sure I'd be relaxed enough to receive any help.  I plan to talk to my OB this week about the hip pain and see what she suggests (if she agrees with needing to stop running for the remainder of the pregnancy, seeing a chiropractor, whatever her advice might be to keep me as active as possible).  So we will see.  I'm not the best patient in general, and I hate going to see a doctor about anything (ironic, no?) so... :o)


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Dawn said...

I don't know if you're a believer in chiropractors, but when I was pregnant with my daughter I had pain similar to you and my chiropractor (who is also specialized in sports medicine--which is an added bonus!) adjusted me and it was amazing. No more pain!

Amanda said...

I commend you for trying! I think staying active will definitely make you feel better and hopefully help with labor (I wouldn't know because I'm a c-section Mama)!

I think setting goals is something that helps me stay accountable for sure! Good luck and I look forward to hearing how it goes!

Amy said...

You've done a fantastic job! Towards the end of my pregnancy I walked and did a prenatal pilates DVD. It's super low impact but it made me feel like I was doing something.

Crazycurls said...

Staying active was one of the things I wished I did while pregnant. I didn't go to the gym once, It was too hot in the summer to go out for walks. But it made losing the pregnancy weight that much harder. Good job staying active. Even if you're not running, walking is wonderful! You'll be back at it in no time after the baby comes!

Elisabeth Frost said...

I grew up in a home adamantly against chiropractors (my mom was a nurse and told some horror stories of things gone wrong)...but I married into a family of chiropractor success stories. I decided to give it a try this year, and I can say without a doubt it has changed my life.

I have suffered from chronic foot problems for years, and no number of expensive orthodics seemed to help. Two adjustments with the chiropractor, and my feet feel better than ever before (I exercise 5-6 times/week). Same with lower back pain that has been plaguing me since my first pregnancy several years ago.

I highly recommend visiting a chiropractor. Or, if you're a little suspicious, think about massage therapy or acupuncture (once skeptical of both, I can now attest to how wonderful these treatments can be!)

Nicole said...

I had (what I thought was) horrible round ligament pain when I was pregnant with my daughter but it never went away. I was talking to my chiropractor about it and he asked where it was and what movements made it worse, etc. He suggested stretching my psoas muscle and it has helped tremendously - more than chiropractor and massage therapy combined. Just a suggestion...

Jenny said...

If you don't have the Nike Training Club app on your phone or iPad I highly suggest it! It is free, and the work outs are really great. Some of them might be a little difficult for you right now, but post pregnancy I think you would really enjoy it. There are some great work outs on there when you want a change from running or can't make it to the classes at the gym. The "Get Focused" area targets different areas of the body and provides 15 min workouts.