I ran today! For the first time in 3 weeks I went running!
It lasted 2 minutes and 38 seconds.
I started out feeling pretty good. Definitely a little different – 3 weeks is a lot of time for both me and baby to grow! – but good. A couple blocks in I could feel my hip a little bit – not pain, but I could feel it. So I thought maybe I would try running and walking together, to help it ease back into running. So I walked a little, maybe 15 seconds. Then I started to run again. I instantly noticed my hip felt noticeably more stiff and more sore than it had before I started running. So I stopped, turned around, and walked home. I could have pushed the run, but I’m really not interested in returning my hip to its constantly-in-pain stage. Post-run my hip is definitely more sore than it was before I ran, but not terrible either. So, at least for now, running is still off the table.
Surprisingly, I’m not really upset. I had a really good 5.5 months of pregnant running – which were probably the most important months for me to continue being as active as possible – and I know that running will still be there for me post-baby, too. It’s not like I’m losing it forever! And who knows, maybe I’ll still have a few more pregnant runs in me before the baby comes, if my hip heals up!
The past 3 weeks I’ve given my hip total rest, which is exactly what it needed and what was right. I don’t want to continue in that though, because inactivity isn’t healthy for me or the baby. I’m hopeful that I can start doing some small walks and gradually build those up as my hip continues to improve (I’d say my hip is at about 90-95% right now). I’m going for a walk with a friend today at lunch, so I can test this out for the first time. I plan on keeping the walk short – about 20 minutes – and seeing how I feel afterwards. If it’s good, I’ll walk 20 minutes or so tomorrow, maybe 30 another day, etc. The goal is just to make sure I’m getting some activity every day. I should also start doing some light weight lifting at home. I say “should” because I’m really bad at following through on weight lifting (*cough*30 day strength challenge that I never really completed *cough*). We’ll see. I know Kimberly does a great job of working in weight lifting, so maybe she can give me some tips!
Random question of the day: what’s your favorite breakfast? We had scrambled eggs and blueberry baked oatmeal with homemade yogurt this morning. It was awesome.
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