After going full circle and finally accepting the fact that I wouldn’t be running until after baby #2 is born at the end of September, I have been able to run again without any pain. Isn’t that weird how that always happens? It’s like we have to have no expectations before we can really begin to make any progress.
In my last pregnancy update, I said I was turning my attention to biking. After going to the gym a few days in a row and having some awesome bike workouts, the pain in my back started to lessen more and more. I don’t know if it was from biking, stretching more (I was stretching before AND after biking), or just the extra few days of recovery, but after an hour long bike ride at the gym on Thursday, I felt ZERO pain. With absolutely no expectations, I decided to hop on the treadmill and see how I felt.
My plan was simple – run at a nice, easy pace and stop at the smallest feeling of pain. I ran 1 pain-free mile in 9 min. I really wanted to keep running, but kept telling myself to have patience. I had run 1.5 miles the week prior – and although I felt okay during the run, I woke up the next morning in pain. So I stopped at the 1 mile mark. I stretched, went home, and enjoyed a day with zero pain.
No pain the next morning either. So, I decided to give myself a day off and try a run on Saturday. Success. I’ve run twice more this week – slowly increasing my mileage and leaving enough rest in between runs to get my body used to running:
- Thursday – 1 mi: 9 min: 9:00 pace
- Saturday – 3 mi: 28 min: 9:20 pace
- Tuesday – 4.5 mi: 43 min: 9:22 pace
- Thursday – 6 mi: 56 min: 9:20 pace
- Total Mileage – 14.5 miles
Yesterday’s run was the best yet. Nice, slow pace – no pain during or after. And no pain for the rest of the day – even when I was on the beach with my son. As much as I’m itching to run this morning, I am trying to be smart about what my body can handle right now. I will likely try to start running back-to-back days next week, but for now, am BEYOND happy with running even 3x/week.
Have you ever given up on running only to find that once you do, you were able to run again?
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!!