Throwing in the towel

I hate to admit this, although I already suspected it and have mentioned it before, I’m pretty sure that I’m done running until further notice. Thursday night I made an attempt at running, lasted about 15 minutes, and admitted that it just wasn’t working out for me. My hips feel crazy and it just doesn’t feel ‘right’.

Feeling dejected, I ended up here,

on a blurry elliptical machine. No, the machine wasn’t blurry, I was just bouncing.

I almost didn’t write about this because of a few naysayers that might catch wind of the news.

: : Casts side-eyed glances at my mother, mother-in-law, and Indian doctor, all of whom will be relieved to hear that my running career will likely be put on hold until sometime in February or March. : :

They all have my best interest at heart, but I still hate to admit to them that I am wrong. I was convinced that I would be able to 1) run up until January 16 and 2) come home from India and be able to run like I had never missed a day.

Non-pregnant, I’m fairly sure that I would have been able to come home and just start running again. I’m pretty stubborn and, while it probably would have hurt, I probably would have done it anyway. In the past, after running hiatuses of up to four years, I have been able to force myself to run for an hour on my first run back, but being pregnant seems to be a game changer. I know, right, who would have guessed?

Thursday’s run was on a treadmill in a steamy gym, important factors which may have contributed to my running fail. We know that I do not do well with running in warmer temperatures. Furthermore, I think that we have all fallen victim to wanting to push too hard when being measured, in this case by the speed on the treadmill.

That said, I figure that I have one last course of action for a redemption. Before Chris went home last, I ordered a maternity running belt. Due to some shipping snafus, it did not arrive in time for him to bring it back to India, so I have not tried it out yet. After I get home, I will try running outside, without Garmin, in reasonable temperatures, wearing the maternity running belt. Disappointingly, I have a sneaking suspicion that those changes will not help much.

I’m sure I’ll be back with a report on my outdoor running attempt soon!

Only one day left in India! Excited to go home, but disappointed that Chris will be a few weeks behind me.

Does anyone own an elliptical that they like? : : Chris close your ears (eyes?) : : I may be in the market for one.

  1. Jena said:

    Yay for only one day left in India, boooo that you can’t run like you want to. I think that if you had been able to run more in India you’d still be running now, and running when you get back stateside. Things were just working against you when it came to running in India.

    • Brit said:

      I’m going to go ahead and assume that you’re right because it makes me feel better. 🙂 I suppose that it isn’t the end of the world. I’ve definitely gone for REALLY long stretches of time without running and I have always been able to start back up. It is a bummer for me to think about though because last winter I was having some amazing long runs and I feel like I’m back to square one all of a sudden. Booo.

  2. Oh girl! I feel you on the running! Frustrating for sure, but good on your for knowing your limits!

    • Brit said:

      I’m sure I will be running again before I know it. Maybe next time around I will be able to run more consistently all the way through. I’m sure tht would help matters. In the meantime, I will look for some alternate forms of exercise!

  3. It’s frustrating when you have to admit your wrong but for right now I’d blame the treadmill…I swear any form of treadmill running can easily cause a runner to seriously doubt their ability!

    And if it turns out you have to befriend an elliptical, well, I think you should give yourself a ton if credit for still working out. It would be so easy to use pregnancy as an excuse for a long workout hiatus.

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