Somehow, in the last two days, I went from feeling great to feeling very ... pregnant.
Seriously. I think my left ankle is already starting to swell. Last time, my ankles basically disappeared so that my calves traveled uninterrupted into equally swollen feet. It was great.
But that wasn't until the last six weeks or so. Maybe even later.
Yesterday, though, just out of the shower, I checked out my ankles. Yep, left one looked slightly bigger.
Even more concerning, though, is the sciatic nerve pain I can already feel. It starts in my lower back as a dull yet very there pain and travels down my left glute into my left hamstring where it just sort of hangs out. All day. This is also great.
I'm only 20 weeks along. Pregnancies last 40, or they're supposed to.
And so I'm panicking, if just a little.
On the bright side, I ran three miles yesterday at a 10-minute mile pace, breathing comfortably through my nose the whole way. Then I walked a half mile and lifted some light weights. That all felt good.
But perhaps that's why my back hurts, I thought to myself yesterday.
So this morning, I went to the gym again. This time, I ran two and a half miles and walked another half mile. It felt harder today, probably because my back was still so stiff. But I felt like once I got going, it was fine. It's often like that with running for me. And the lower back pain isn't that different than the discomfort I remember feeling while training for my marathon in 2004. Only then it stayed in my back (unlike now where it just sort of keeps going into my left leg).
So I'm complaining. Yep. That's all this is.
I just can't believe I have five more months and I already feel this way. I'm scared how much worse it's going to get.
I'm also THE pregnant girl at the gym now. People look at me -- when I walk in, when I get done running, when I'm doing bicep curls or squats. It's strange for sure and just a bit uncomfortable.
But whatever. I'm glad I can still run three miles and feel OK. Hopefully, I'll be able to do that for a while longer.
And, yes, I know, in the big scheme of things, spending nine (more like 10) months growing a baby, is nothing.
And totally worth it.