Monday, March 03, 2008

Humble Pie

Six months ago, I was fast! I was faster, stronger and lighter than I’d ever been as an adult. I was running 7 min/miles (8s with the stroller). I was psyched. THIS pregnancy (my third), I was going to be like Paula! Scaled down to human levels, of course, but there was no stopping me. I was going to run right into the delivery room this time.

Yes, well, then the “morning sickness” started. You know, the kind that actually lasts from the moment I opened my eyes in the morning until I fell asleep at night. That was a really awesome 4 weeks. Then my knee started making this really lovely crunching noise, so I scaled back even more on the miles.

Then, I got to the second trimester. Things were really looking up for about a week. I felt good; I ran; I lifted; I fixed some things around the house, and FULL STOP. When I say that “I hurt my back,” I mean I strained something, badly, where my legs attach to my lower back and could not even stand up for two days. I had to sleep in the basement because I could not get up the stairs. It took a third day of slowly shuffling sideways before I could even put one foot in front of another.

It has been almost two weeks now and things are holding together well. I jogged/walked 5 miles the other day, but it wasn’t pretty. My workouts are much reduced and as much as I aspire to run like Paula, this may be yet another walking pregnancy. C’est la vie!


channelmarker said...

Ahhh..... pregnancy #3 and #4 did me in too I was even lucky enough to have several venous valves blow in my legs so now I have lovely varicose veins ( I am planning on having them fixed this year). Trust me, you'll get back. Enjoy the pregnancy as much as realistically possible. I kept telling myself that it was one of the few times I got to participate in an actual miracle. That was my way of trying to convince myself I liked to be pregnant. Good luck! This too shall pass!

morgan said...

You will get back. Let the injury heal! By the time I was well into my second trimester, I had dropped back to running only twice a week, but doing other cardio and strength training on other days. (I hook my road bike up to a wheel, etc.) Running was completely done (with one exception) when I was 8 months pregnant, but I kept up the other stuff and was back to running 3 weeks postpartum (with permission, of course!).

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Crumbs said...

Okay...where do I even begin with this post? Your entire situation fascinates me and I think you should blog more (not that you have time!)
First of all, 7 minute miles? Lightning crazy speed. Wow.
Running with TWO non-infants in the stroller? Oh, man, that's inspiring.
Running & lifting while pregnant?
What amazing discipline & love of the sport you have.
Still completing 5 miles with all that going on? Bad A**.

I'm sorry you're not feeling as good as you'd hoped. It's so disappointing when the body and mind don't agree. Keep us updated though.