Back in the day, pre kids, and, in what feels like a previous life, I used to be a runner. I ran fast. I ran a lot. Running was my life. And then I fell pregnant and had a baby. And I stopped running. I was just starting to run again, when I fell pregnant again and had another baby. And then another. ( Baby - not running attempt)
Anyhoo .... Fast forward 11 years ( gulp.. Yes 11) ... And here I am, like a virgin runner again. I am older. I am slower. But I am loving it just as much. And I feel I can once more call myself a runner. Yay!
However, it's not all sunshine and roses :(. Back when I was a Gazelle, I ran and ran and ran for years and had zero injuries. I was bullet proof, and I guess because of my personal history, I have never really appreciated how blessed I was to be able to run injury free for all those years! Being a Physio, I guess I SHOULD have appreciated it... I mean runners make up a large bulk of my patient population.. You would think that I would think how lucky I was that it wasn't me. But I didn't. You see there's a certain arrogance that comes with youth...
But I am not a youngster anymore. Starting out running again in my 4th decade is no easy feat. Compound that with 3 pregnancies, a horrible c - section scar, weak muscles with a muscle memory that only remembers strong muscles... And you have an injury waiting to happen. And happen it did. I am injured and limping. But not beaten and not broken. And in true runner style, I am searching all the avenues that I can to "run through" this injury rather than taking some time out. Good news is - I think I can. Yay.
Which brings me to the title of this post... Are you born to run? Sadly ... Some people just should not run. Luckily I am not one of those. I have a long history of running, and that counts for a lot. Unfortunately, the underlying reason for my injury ( my self diagnosis) is as a direct result of 3 pregnancies,traumatic childbirth, c - section scars and weak stabilisers! Muscular control is the key to injury free running. Back in my gazelle days, it wasn't just genes that gave me a washboard stomach! My lumbopelvic stability was more than stable! It was steadfast and rock hard ( could also be why I failed hopelessly at letting a baby go during failed childbirth)... But now... My lumbopelvic stability is less stable than the San Andreas fault line... And that is the root cause of my pain. So... I am addressing it with exercises, KT taping and some sensible running. Fingers crossed you will see this gazelle bounding down the road soon :)