Every time I hear that I think to myself that my body won't tell me to stop - I barely run over a walking pace as it is. And I secretly cling to my hope that my body will allow me to run all the way through my pregnancy.
I often wonder how exactly, my body will tell me to stop running. I imagine that my stomach ligaments will just ache too much each time I run and that I won't have the energy for it. Then I tell myself to stop being a wimp.
This week my body is definitely trying to tell me something.
I worked out 5 times this week, none of those workouts were runs. I did a weight workout - where I would do a 15 rep exercise and then jog a 250m lap in between for a total of 20 mins. And then I went for a walk and did 30 mins. on the elliptical three times.
My body told me this week that it hates me.
I have never been so tight in my back and legs than I have felt this week. This also coincides with an Active Release (ART) session with my chiropractor - where she told me my entire body was tight. My chiro is a runner herself and has been very encouraging about my running. She told me this week that the running I am doing through my pregnancy is good for me.
And we both blame the incline on the elliptical for making my body so tight. (She's the only one who's with me on this whole running thing in the healthcare world).
This week for the first time I also tried acupuncture. Apparently I was still tight after my ART because my acupuncturist bent two needles in my arse!
Yep, that's the truth folks. Apparently that hasn't happened to her before. And I tell you what, if I wasn't wearing the wrong type of underwear at the time and didn't have my butt hanging out mooning her then I probably would have made some sort of buns of steel comment.
But clearly, this was neither the time, nor the place for it.
My acupuncturist told me my muscles are so tight that I should no longer be running.
Then she scheduled me for a second appointment the next day.
My original purpose for seeing the acupuncturist was/is to fix my shoulder - I have some major knots throughout my rhomboids, which runs along the outer edge of my shoulder blade. It means that I can barely lift a grocery basket with a gallon of milk before it aches too much.
I certainly didn't come there with hopes that she would fix my hips and tell me not to run. My chiropractor didn't say that my hips were the worst she has seen them, and she's been dealing with my weak hips and IT Band issues for the past year.
So, this leaves me to wonder if the reason that my acupuncturist told me not to run is partially to do with her position in the world.
Let me explain here....
When I think of someone who practices Western Chinese Medicine, and is an acupuncturist, I can't help but imagine a hippy. This is of course a gross generalization - but I live in Victoria where even I could be considered a hippy because I am going to cloth diaper my child. And in fact, I take the hippy comment as a compliment.
But I certainly don't ever picture hippies as they type who run. Their Birkenstocks would surely be ripped to shreds.
Chiropractors, well I don't often view them as granola - so perhaps to them, running is a more natural form of exercise and movement...
And perhaps I'm too tired that I'm beginning to grasp at straws here.
Either way, I certainly am not ready to stop running just yet. It definitely takes more energy than it used to, it isn't nearly as fun as it was before, but it is part of what i enjoy. I am going to tell myself that when my acupuncturist said to not run, what she really meant was, Don't use those lame elliptical machines. And I will take that advice.
I'm waiting for my body to tell me when it's time to throw in the towel and give my Mizunos a break until the new year.
But what about you guys, if anyone is reading this (besides Alesia - hi! - who doesn't have a baby yet - lucky girl), how did you know if it was time to stop running?