|Don't blame me for your laziness|
You're probably wondering, after that much rest, do I feel all better?
While I don't feel completely healed, I do feel a whole lot better. I went for a 2 mile walk yesterday and felt ok after, so I decided to try a short run today. My husband suggested that I try just one mile at first, so we compromised on just three miles (marriage is all about compromise, especially when one half of the pair is insane).
The funniest part of our conversation was when he said "You should go slowly, like a ten minute pace." I just cracked up and he looked confused and I had to explain that a 10 min/mile pace sure doesn't feel slow to me nowadays. At almost 34 weeks of pregnancy, I pretty much feel like this when I run now:
|I make that same face|
I was able to run 3.1 miles with the jogging stroller (and dog of course) without any increase in rib pain, which is very exciting! I can't say the run felt awesome because running at this stage of pregnancy isn't full of comforts, but I still finished up feeling like I wanted to run further.
I was recently asked why I don't just bag the running and start again after the baby is born, and I don't really have a good answer beyond "I don't wanna". It's good for my sanity, which is key when I spend the vast majority of my day with a crazy 2 year old and even though it's uncomfortable, it's still running. It's like pizza: I'll still eat even bad pizza because it's PIZZA. Unless it's on a gluten free crust. You can keep that shit to yourself.
My game plan for running is to be conservative about my mileage and maybe try to not run so many days in a row. I had been hitting 30-35 miles a week before I took the hiatus, so I'm thinking 20ish miles a week would be more reasonable at this stage of pregnancy. If at any point I feel the rib pain getting bad again, I'm going to back off because life is so much better without pain when inhaling.
What's the longest break you've ever taken from all exercise?