I know what you might be thinking: Running while pregnant? Like, while carrying 20 extra pounds? And feeling exhausted/nauseous/all sorts of hormonal?
Why, yes. That's exactly what I'm talking about!
If you've ever wondered if you could continue to run while pregnant and what that would be like. Or if you've wondered how on earth to get your fitness back while breastfeeding and barely existing on two hours of sleep a night, then I've got some information for you!
See, I did it. I ran through my pregnancy, up until 38 weeks.
And, people, let me remind you that I'm no young mama. I turned 40 while I was pregnant with my second son so, believe me, if I can do it, you (provided you don't have any complications) can do it, too!
|Love the t-shirt my awesome friend, Jen, gave me!|
I loved "running for two." It made me feel strong. It kept my weight in check. Kept my energy levels up. Just generally made me feel good.
Jaws Youth Fund 5K (6/10 -- 6mos. preggo): 29:35
|That's me in the blue at the Jaws Youth Fund 5K, 6 months pregnant|
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Because I ran throughout my pregnancy, I was able to bounce back fairly quickly after giving birth. I started running again two weeks after my son was born (after stopping at 38 weeks) and ran my first race exactly two months after he was born:
|That arrow? Yeah, pointing to me in my first post-baby 5K, which I finished in 25:50.|
After feeling pretty good in that race, I picked up the running and decided to train for a half marathon. Getting out to run during those first few weeks and months helped me to feel like I was "back to normal" quicker than I probably was. I needed the mental boost, especially because my son wasn't a very good sleeper and was pretty cranky when he was awake. Having a plan to follow forced me out the door even when I was beat -- and I always felt better when I returned from my run!
I ran a 15K as a tune-up race, when my son was four months old:
|It was freezing that day!|
And then went on to rock a half marathon when my son was 5 months old and still exclusively breastfeeding. Want proof? Here I am breastfeeding, right before the start of the race:
After that half marathon, I continued to run well. I set a new 5K PR, a 15K PR, ran another half marathon and set a new PR, and I won the women's division of a 10-mile race. All within that first year after my son was born.
I am, if nothing else, proof that you can run strong after having kids.
Am I the fastest runner around? Um, no. Not even close. But, I'm getting it done. I'm running well. I'm balancing my time with my little guys with my dedication to my running. And I thank all of my pregnancy runs for setting me up for those new PRs!
The point of all this is that you don't have to give up the run in order to have kids! Pregnant? Keep running! Breastfeeding? Run ON! Juggling sleepless nights, dirty diapers, toddler tantrums, and all the many, many other things moms have to do? Run, run, RUN!
For real. Run.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!
(More of my posts related to pregnant running are HERE.)
Disclaimer: Yeah, I'm no doctor nor am I any sort of pregnancy expert. The information provided in this post is based on my experience and research. Please check with your doctor if you decide to run while pregnant.