One of the biggest surprises during pregnancy was how good I felt when I was running. I had always hoped to continue running while pregnant, but I assumed it’d be a horrible chore, something I’d have to force myself to do. Instead, I felt most myself while running. Instead of tired,achy and huge I felt strong and healthy (of course, it helped that I had running partners that didn’t mind slowing down when I needed to, but the point remains). I ran until I was 37 weeks pregnant. My rule was that I’d keep it up until running no longer felt good. At 37 weeks running most certainly did not feel good, so I hung up my running shoes.
Back when I was about 13 weeks pregnant and still under some delusion that pregnancy/child birth wouldn’t change my body/life that much I had a goal to run the Richmond Half-Marathon November 12 (that’s less than 3 months post-partum, y’all. Seriously. Delusional.) That said, I have a better grip on reality, but I’d still like to get back to running as soon as possible. David’s only five weeks old (today!) so I still have some recovery time. Plus, adding something to my day that makes me more tired sort of sounds like lunacy right now.
The other day I took David for a walk and I wanted to try running just a few steps. Ya know, just to see how horrible it’d feel (secretly hoping it’d feel awesome). Welp. It felt horrible. Horrible in a ohmigosh-gasp-for-breath way. In short, running feels a long way away.
When I got home, I immediately googled “post-partum running” and guess what came up? Hardly anything. In fact, the top hit was a blog that said, “I decided to blog about post-partum running because there’s no info on the Internet.” Awesome. The only other articles I could find were stories by women who said things like “I started running 4 days after a c-section.” Great, that’s really helpful.
If anyone has experience, I’m all ears.
How does running work when you’re nursing? How do you deal with the body changes? Schedule? Lack of sleep?
I sort of can’t believe how much info there is out there about exercising while pregnant, but nothing about post-baby. Come on, world wide web, get it together.
Remember that half-marathon? Well there’s an 8K the same day, and there’s still the chance that I could maybe handle that distance. If not, Tom’s running the marathon, and cheering for daddy would be more than enough excitement for one day.