Post-pregnancy Running

So I’ve been at this game of getting fit after baby for about 5 weeks now. I got my a-okay from the doctor around mid June and I literally hit the ground running two days after my appointment for my first run sans belly. Oh man did my feet ache! I thought I was going to have to buy new sneakers which sucked because my current ones weren’t that old. Turns out my body was still not caught up to the fact I was no longer carrying around 30lbs. Apparently our feet change during pregnancy to accommodate the extra weight so they strike the floor at different pressure points.. At the end of my pregnancy and after I got home from the hospital, my feet turned out a lot and I walked on the outer edges of my feet. The more you know 😛

On my first run, I clocked in an average of 13 minute miles (that’s a combination of running and walking which I still do). While it’s about 2.5minutes slower than my usual pace, I was elated! It felt amazing to get back out there! Sure my feet hurt and my body felt lumpy and bumpy in my pre-preggo workout gear, but it was worth it! I had such a strong runner’s high that I signed up for a 5k that night with a race date only a month away!

From Howard County Striders

I signed up for my local edition of the Women’s Distance Festival 5k. Apparently there are a few versions of the race around the state. The 5k is women only and my good pal Lucy will be tackling it with me. The race encourages mother-daughter sign up and I am not going to lie, I would be so tickled pink if my little miss decided to join me one day 🙂

While I am thirteen pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight (down 17 from my final pregnancy weight), I have seen some results from my return to the pavement. Just the other day, I tried on my usual summer shorts and I can now pull them on and button them! That’s not to say I’m ready to be seen in them yet but it’s a victory nonetheless. I had to buy a couple of workout shorts and non-workout shorts to get me through the summer. Shopping for your shape clearly does not end at delivery. Lesson learned! Luckily my usual workout gear is more forgiving than my regular summer wear and I can now fit into those. But hopefully with my current workout routine which I’ll discuss in another post, I may fit into my favorite chino shorts before the summer is through! Summer doesn’t end till Labor Day, right?


One thought on “Post-pregnancy Running

  1. Maria

    Yay! I’m so happy that running is going well for you. And the fact that you are doing it outside in summer? I always knew you were a little crazy. You’ll be rocking 1/2 marathons by October, easily 🙂

    I think you make a great point about buying clothes that fit you now. While I obviously haven’t dealt with pregnancy weight fluctuations, I seem to cycle through various clothes and sizes depending on what my body is doing at the moment. The best way to be in a foul mood all day is to wear something that doesn’t fit you just right. Clothes can be such a mood booster when they fit you correctly, regardless of size.

    Also, feet changes? Geesh. Our bodies are weird…or just really brilliant.


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