first run post baby! huzzah!

Let's go for a run!

I’m sure Indie thought this day would never come again. I don’t think I believed that it would come again either. But this morning I woke up after a third good night of sleep to a vivid rainbow just outside the kitchen window and I had a feeling that it would be a good day. So I waited for T. to get home from work, handed him baby C., and headed out the door with Indie.

A few things I took care of before going: I nursed C. to make sure she’d be full while I was gone (a full baby is a happy baby) and with that also ensured that I’d be carrying a lighter load on my run. I also put on two sportsbras.

T. snapped a photo of Indie and me to mark the occasion and then I hit play on my favorite running mix. The one I listened to on countless runs and during several races. And I put one foot in front of the other and ran.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect of my first run. The last time I ran I was about five months pregnant. It’s been five months since then. I’m also carrying 16 extra pounds that weren’t there pre-baby and there was also the question of how my new milk carrying accessories would fare. Not surprisingly, I started out slow and felt pretty heavy. But I also felt strong and capable and once I made it to the half way point without stopping, I vowed to run all the way home. The three miles I ran today were probably some of the most meaningful miles I’ve covered yet. There was no crowd cheering me on and no medal or finish line to cross but they made me feel like my old self again. This Thursday will mark two months since I gave birth to my daughter and I’m thrilled to be back to running. By no means did I return quickly to running nor do I feel like two months is a very long time either. It was the time my body needed to feel ready to run again, which makes two months just perfect.

And Indie, my faithful running partner, was more than to join me again. Here we go, pup, and thanks for waiting.

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14 Responses to first run post baby! huzzah!

  1. Heather says:

    Huzzah indeed! I am so, so, so happy for you, S.

  2. Julia says:

    You look wonderful (and that raspberry color is gorgeous)! I’m so glad that you’re back to doing something you love so much. I know about the miles that mean more than the distance they represent. It’s a great–a special–feeling.

  3. Dave says:

    I knew celebrations would be in order :D

  4. Nice work! That must feel good to be getting back to it. I know taking time off running and coming back is always tough, but rewarding to know that it will get easier from there.

  5. Nadine says:

    S, you are amazing! Well done. Your loyal readers are the crowd cheering you on. :)

  6. LC says:

    Yay! Congratulations!! Great to see you both (including Indie) so happy! x

  7. Fiona says:

    Congratulations! I’m very happy for you :-D

  8. Great going! And impressive you completed 3 miles on your first time out there! Congrats :)

  9. Deidra says:

    Hurray! I remember my first run post-baby. I was slower than slow, but man I felt strong, capable and so good!

  10. Miss Sarah says:

    Well done! I’m not much of a runner so I can’t precisely relate, but I do on many other levels! The post-baby body is so strange, because you’re still sort of recovering and losing all that water you were carrying around, etc, but I found my metabolism to be crazy high.

    I understand what you mean about two bras too. Being very petite, I always wondered what it would be like to have bigger boobs. Then, after the baby, every time I looked in the mirror I was like, “Whoa…” and it felt like I was looking at a stranger.

    One of my students’ moms bought me a bunch of cotton bra liner things (leak protection) and told me she had probably gotten me the most useful new baby gift there is.

    She was right.

    You’re looking amazing! Hope the runs become more frequent now that you’ve broken the seal:)

  11. Shalini says:

    Congratulations! Very inspiring for this, uh, three years postpartum mama to get off her butt.

  12. Simply Bike says:

    Thank you for the nice comments, everyone! I am definitely sore today :) But despite my legs being sore and tired, I feel great to have returned to this aspect of my past life that means so much to me.

    S.

  13. Raena says:

    Congratulations on your first run! Inspirational! :)

  14. Franca says:

    Congratulations! so pleased for you! and also congratulations on your little one, i’ve been away from the blog world for so long i didn’t know it was a girl! I’m also aiming to get that bike date post to you soon!

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