It has been awhile since I have updated my blog about my personal journey with fitness. My son is now 12.5 months old. If you have been following my blog you know that after I had my son I suffered from constant pain in my hips and pelvis. I underwent several doctor visits, months of physical therapy, x-ray and MRI exams, a cortisone shot in my pelvis, and still suffered from pain at 9 months postpartum. It was at this time that I was referred (by a friend) to another physical therapist who specializes in pelvic issues. She was amazing! She read my charts and was able to find the root of a lot of my pains caused by certain injuries during my labor as well as put into practice techniques to ease those pains. We focused on specialized strengthening exercises using biofeedback equipment, along with massage and education on biomechanics to protect my injury as it healed. I found so much relief in one month of being her patient that I wish I had found her earlier. During this time I found out that the root of my problem was more internal than I realized (deep pelvic floor issues/damage) and I needed special help with that. With her guidance I was able to not only find relief and healing from pain, I also was able to very slowly ease back into jogging! That was something I had almost given up on completely.
My “jogging plan” started out with brisk walking (wearing an SI stabilizing belt to help stabilize my hypermobile hips). Then I started jogging for a minute each walk. I have increased that amount VERY slowly…taking as much time as my body needs. My goal is to build up the right muscles to keep good form and biomechanics as I run (as well as strengthen my pelvic muscles to endure the impact). I don’t have any desire for long distance runs, knowing how that would affect my injuries, but I do hope to run a 5k this summer. Right now I am completing 2.5 miles of walking and jogging intervals. I can run 3 minutes at a time before I take a walking break. If I run more than that (right now) certain pains come back that tell me my body is not ready to support that much work yet. I am still learning to be patient and more importantly, put my long term health before my own ego of wanting to be a marathoner again. I simply jog for the health benefits and the way it makes me feel. I love being outside in the morning before everyone wakes up. I only jog a couple times a week. The rest of my week is full of cross training, strength training, yoga, and dynamic workouts. I find the variety in my workouts keeps me from getting bored and helps me to have a well-rounded routine in which I am training all my major body parts. This training routine also strengthens my body for my daily jobs as a mother and trainer as well.
I am also falling more in love with personal training. I love supporting and helping other women reach their physical goals! Having a physical therapist who supported me physically and emotionally, who helped me learn more about my body and how to take care of it, and who helped me reach goals to be able to be a healthy, active mama has been such a joy and blessing in my life. I hope to be that to other women as well!
During this season of my journey as a mom, trainer, and active woman I have learned some key lessons. One, having professionals who take the time to address EVERY concern you have physically and prepare themselves by reading your files is so valuable and important to diagnosing the correct problems as well as finding solutions. It is worth it to look around for such a person instead of settling for anyone with the qualifications on paper. Two, healing (and every physical journey for that matter) takes time. Get ready for the long road…quick fixes rarely help long term. It’s good to find ways to encourage yourself during the long journey. Just like the saying, “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” There is a deeper transformation going on in your person during hard times and trials that molds you into the person you become for yourself and others. Embrace this change and don’t fight it. Be real in it (with yourself and others) and be patient with the amount of time it takes to “reach the other side”. Three, listen to your intuition and body. I knew that there was still something wrong with my pelvis after seeing a physical therapist for 6 months. I am familiar with pain and discomfort from being a long distance runner, however, I also recognized there was something not “quite right” about the pain I was still experiencing. I continued to search for answers despite advice I got from several people that pain was “normal” after giving birth. My condition wasn’t normal, and waiting just delayed relief and healing that I needed to get better again. Four, be ok with the new you. When you do “reach the other side” of a trial you won’t be the same person. I am different, even physically after my injuries and giving birth. I am learning to embrace the new me and not even waste time wishing I was who I use to be. Because the reality is, it takes more courage and strength to be where I am now than it did to run my marathons. Five, when things don’t turn out the way you envisioned, look for the new blessings in where you are at. No, I won’t be the buff mama who pushes her kid in a stroller across the finish line of a long race. But there are many other things he and I will do together. I am blessed with a healthy body and I intend to not waste any time before using it to fully enjoy time with my family! Taking walks to the park and being able to stand and swing my son is a HUGE gift I hope I never forget about!
That is the update on my journey. I am in a better place now than I was last time I posted. I am so happy and so thankful for the healing and revelation that has happened in the last six months! I will keep you posted as I continue to strengthen my body and grow as a Strong Mama!
If you are struggling with pain or complications from an injury or labor, feel free to message me! I would love to be a voice of encouragement and sympathy during this trying time!