Exercise for today: 1 mile run, 1.5 mile elliptical
So this morning I decided to register for a 5k race in early December. I can de-register later if I'm not up for it, but I figured I was still feeling good and running well, so I felt comfortable signing up.
And then I headed to the gym for my planned 3 mile run, and my body said:
Obviously I'm a huge believer in listening to said body, so I pushed through a mile just to make sure I wasn't being a baby, and then quit and switched to the elliptical. It was the right choice, even if it wasn't the planned workout.
Most runners / racers seem to be pretty attuned to their bods, but I wanted to share a few things about how I've learned to differentiate wanting to stop from needing to stop while pregnant. When not pregnant, I don't worry about this - if I have a run on my schedule, I run it regardless of how I'm feeling, unless an injury or illness keeps me from even starting. But once I've started, I push through. And for the first bit of my pregnancy, I still felt comfortable doing this. Now there are certain things that set off warning bells and let me know it's time to stop.
- About three minutes in to my run I got really warm and my face flushed. This has been fairly common in my runs the last few weeks, so I wasn't too worried. I took a sip of water, which normally calms it, and kept running. About a minute later I still felt warm, but wasn't as aware of it because I was more focused on:
- A side stitch. For as common as side stitches are in running, I don't get them that often. When I do, it's typically deep in to a long run, and a few minutes of really concentrated breathing (in through the nose, out through the mouth) resolves the issue. Today, the stitch didn't go away and seemed to be spreading a bit deeper in to my abdomen. I think the culprit was actually my running belt - I think it was positioned too high and too tightly, because I loosened it after I:
- Slowed down. When I was about three quarters of a mile in, still feeling warm and dealing with a stitch, I decided to slow down my pace to see if that helped. I dropped from 5.5 mph to 5.3 mph, and then down to 5 mph to finish off the mile. I figured the slower speed might help, and it did for about 20 seconds, but then I started feeling rough again. I finished off the mile just out of pigheadedness, then slowed to a walk for a few minutes.
And for the record, now I feel totally fine, and Lil W is moving a normal amount, so I'm not concerned about doing any permanent damage. It was just an off running day - tomorrow is another chance.