But now, I'm 5 months pregnant and running 20+ miles per week for the last 3 weeks. And I'm learning about muscles I didn't even know I had. Or knew that they were important for running.
- As the baby bump grows out front, the pelvis starts to tilt, and * ta da * now my hamstrings are constantly a little tight.
- Have you seen those women in their 9th month of pregnancy waddling around bowlegged, legs turned out, feet pointed out? Turns out you have muscles on the inside of your thighs called hip adductors. And they are kinda important stabilizing muscles. The position and weight of the baby is starting to make those adductors a little sensitive, and I can definitely feel that after a run.
- Those hip adductor muscles connect through a network of muscles that run along the shin. So some mid-shin pain also.
- Finally, the round ligaments are muscles on either side of the tummy basically all about stretching to make room for the expanding belly. Last long run, wowza, I found out what those side stomach muscles can feel like when they are irritated.
Saturday included an ice bath to start the day (long run was late the night before). Then in the evening, a warm epsom salt bath followed by a 1.5 mile walk and concluded with another ice bath. A lot of work, but I woke up Sunday morning with no DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) that most would get not the day after a long run but the day after that.
I don't mind the time spent recovering to keep running because it's still better than the alternative. First pregnancy, in 2007, at 20 weeks in I was already doing physical therapy 2-3 x a week. It was a hard pregnancy, with bedrest the last couple months and a lot of pain. Not that surprising for a women with fibromyalgia going through pregnancy. This time, I feel so much better.
And I hope for a while I can keep it up!