My August got off to a great start. I ran 5 miles on the treadmill on the 1st but, then it really went off the tracks. The next day after my 5 miler I took a rest day and I treated myself to a manicure/pedicure. That night I felt tickle in my throat. I was looking forward to attending a wedding that weekend so I was determined to "push through" whatever cold I might have. My husband and I haven't gotten dressed up for an event in months so, I was really looking forward to my friend's wedding.
One rest day turned into two weeks of not being able to do much. After the wedding my cold hit me full force. I went to see my doctor and it turned out that I had bronchitis. I was given antibiotics and I felt miserable. It's really hard to handle cold symptoms without over the counter medicine like Nyquil. A week later I went back to the doctor for a follow up visit I had started to get better, but my sinuses were still hurting. I was almost positive that I had sinusitis as well. The doctor diagnosed that I had a facial spasm on my right cheek. That spasm was causing the pain and not letting my sinuses drain properly. I had been hoping that the doctor would be able to prescribe a pain medicine that was safe for me and the baby. Instead I received an OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine) treatment. I had never had this kind of treatment before and it was amazing. The best way I can describe it is that the Dr. worked on specific sections of my scalp, face, neck, and shoulders using resistance, and pressure release techniques. The doctor worked on me for about 30 minutes and when I was done my sinuses felt much clearer. I also didn't need any pain relievers or additional antibiotics. By the next day I was able to get a light workout in. I ran 3 miles and stretched.
My body is defiantly changing. I'm 15 weeks now and my belly has started to "pop". Taking two weeks off from running was a good thing. It gave me a chance to recover from my illness but, I really missed my endorphins. Also my running fitness is starting to decline a little. I used to be able to knock out 5 miles at lunch time. Now I am happy to run 3 miles and run/walk 1 extra mile. Over the weekend I was able to run 5 miles with a few walk breaks. It was pretty warm outside so I didn't want to try to run any farther. I am so ready for the Summer to be over.
If you would like to know a little bit more about Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, I have included two links below.