I have a confession to make: I haven’t started running postpartum. Gasp! I know, I know. I’m just as shocked as you are – but for some reason, it just feels right.
I ran (slowly) for 41 weeks. 12 weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. 6 weeks ago I was cleared for exercise. But I have no desire to run.
If you would’ve asked me about running postpartum, I’d likely tell you that I’d run home from the hospital once cleared. While I was still pregnant, I had dreams of running as soon as medically possible. I even told a friend that I was hoping to run a fast spring marathon. Yea, that means I would’ve started training in late December.
Maybe it’s because this is the first time, in a really long time, that I’ve taken a break from running (I’ve been running since middle school and haven’t stopped- middle school, high school, college track & field, post-college running/racing). Maybe it’s because I want to spend every single second with the little guy that I’m blessed to call my son. Maybe it’s because I’m still (yes, 12 weeks later) exhausted. Maybe it’s because my body is still recovering. Or maybe it’s because I know running will be hard (like really, really hard). Whatever it is, I just don’t feel like running.
And I’m okay with that.
Don’t get me wrong, even though I’m not running, I still make it a point to move everyday. LJ and I walk 3-4 miles at least 5 times per week. And I’ve even introduced some ab/arm exercises back into the mix. Last week I told BJ that I thought I was ready to try running again… and it’s true, I think I am ready. I know I’ll come around but for now, I’m enjoying this little break.
When did you return to working out postpartum?
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