It’s easy to let your expectations of a run get in the way of actual running. I do this all the time and have been a lot during my pregnancy. I’m now on a mission to embrace any run I can do!
Diary of a Running Chick: January 30th, 2017
A few weeks ago I went out for a run as I do most mornings and felt this incredible pain in my lower back area. I continued to run through it, because that is just what I do. I thought it would subside as I continued to run, but I quickly realized that the farther I ran, the worse it felt. I didn’t want to let that stop me, yet ultimately I had to walk that day. I was faced with excepting my limitations as a pregnant lady and embracing whatever run I was able to accomplish.
I don’t run as fast as my man, so we have check points where he’ll wait and I’ll catch up. That day I was so thankful to stop when I finally caught up to him! I told him about my pain and we decided to walk it out for a while. I tried to run a bit more, but it was very painful and I was extremely bummed afterwords. I didn’t want running to hurt, but it did!
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Since that day I’ve been doing mostly indoor workouts. I’ve tried to run a few times, but the pain was too intense. I needed to rest until my body felt strong enough and today it did. I decided to try another run. I wanted to see what I could do and how I felt so I could adjust. The thought of being inside in a gym for the next few months until my daughter is born completely bums me out. I’d love to be able to get out there and run! I need it.
My run today was by no means like my runs before, but it felt great to get outside and run as much as possible. It was a run/walk and I’m okay with that because I just loved being outside and taking in my surroundings. My back pain was still there, but it was minimal. I’m embracing whatever run I can do!
I made sure to listen to my body and I embraced what this run brought me. It showed me that I can still run and if I want to continue running like this, I’ll just have to do it! I’m okay with that. Running is such a large part of my life and the idea of not running is just something I don’t want to accept! I don’t completely feel like myself without my morning run.
From now on, embrace any run that you can do. Every day is different. Your body is always changing and I know that for me, my body is changing every single day! I’m seven and half months pregnant and I have to embrace what life gives me at this moment. If I can still get out there and run, then I’m going to do that! I will embrace whatever those runs are. They won’t be as fast as they once were and maybe I won’t be able to run as far, but it’s only for a moment in time. It will pass and I’ll soon be embracing different types of runs all over again!
Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp. She’s an actress, writer, and producer. Get lost in her youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram
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