Since getting injured, I've heard from a lot of concerned friends and family members. First, they ask how I am physically, and then they cautiously inquire as to how I'm handling the whole being immobile situation mentally.
Honestly? I'm fine. Really.
When the stabbing hip pain occurred, I didn't think about running. I didn't even think about walking. I only thought about childbirth. How could I push and give birth to my baby vaginally with a messed up hip?
The sports doctor eased that fear quickly, though. My injury is on the outside of my hip. He showed me that I have a ton of mobility in my hips (which is probably shocking to any friends who have done yoga with me ). I can lay down and finagle my hips into any position without pain. As long as my injury doesn't get worse, childbirth won't be a problem.
Of course, it sucks being hurt. I'm sad I can't walk Nati. I hate that getting up to use the bathroom is quite the ordeal. Using crutches when you're carrying around extra weight and trying not to fall on your face is challenging to say the least. But it's really not that bad.
As for running… I don't miss it. Gasp! This injury is only temporary; I plan on being a runner my whole life.
Since I started distance running 8 years ago, I've only been really injured twice, including this time (I tore my meniscus 5 years ago and was out for 3 months). I credit my lack of injuries to luck, good genes, and having 24/7 access to a chiropractic care and physical therapy. But I also do something else: I always back off at the first sign of injury.
Of course, it can be tricky to tell which aches and twinges are normal and which ones aren't*. But for me, taking a few days or weeks off- and even missing a race or two**- trumps getting seriously hurt and being out of commission for an extended time or dealing with a recurrent injury.
*I had no idea my hip pain was an actual injury until after Monday's run- especially since it never hurt during a run. I woke up with hip soreness on both sides almost daily throughout my pregnancy and assumed it was from sleeping with so much extra weight on my hips. I wish my hip bothered me during a run so I could have backed off sooner.
**While my meniscal tear caused me to DNS my first marathon, I've never been injured right before a huge race. I could not imagine BQing or qualifying for Kona and then getting hurt right before race day. If that happened to me, I'd need to be heavily medicated to handle that mental anguish!
Last time I was injured, I took the time off to reflect, re-evaluate my race goals, and rehabilitate my knee with water workouts. Then, I eased back into running very slowly. I was so scared to get hurt again that I didn't race for a full year. I doubt I'll play it as conservatively this time, but I will take my time to fully recover. I won't run another step until I'm completely healed.
For the next 12ish weeks (6ish until labor + 6 more to recover from childbirth), I'll sit on my booty, cautiously eye some (short) spring races, and live vicariously through your race reports. I'll take comfort in knowing that this ordeal won't last forever and I'll be running again before I know it- with a jogging stroller.
After all, many difficult situations are just temporary. Remembering that usually helps me get through them. Though I have a feeling those words may not ease my mind once I'm in labor…