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My First Run as a Mom

It happened!

The last time I went for a run was in mid-September. Four months and one baby later, also known as yesterday, I got back out there. My outfit had been pre-assembled and waited patiently for me by the front door for almost a week. Such is life with a newborn.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my friend Tara — she was in town for a visit and offered to watch the baby while I ran. Not to mention she also cooked brunch for us! She is my hero.

The run lasted approximately 20 minutes. The weather was fabulous; I only needed one layer! That made things infinitely nicer.

For the first block or so, my body was…confused. Everything felt weird. I went slowly, oh so slowly, because hello, four months. I felt aches in various places — some expected, some not expected. No sharp pains, though, so I kept easing along until I had finished my loop.

During the run, during my cool-down walk, and during some truly delicious stretching afterwards, I realized that my return to running will be long and slow. Even with an enthusiastic green light from my doctor, my body still has lots of readjustment and relearning to do, and I intend to let it do just that. I didn’t run today to let the soreness dissipate, and my next run will be…I don’t know. Tomorrow, maybe.

As for how it felt mentally/ emotionally? I wish I could say that my heart and spirit soared and I wanted to sing and that the run felt lighter than air, but truthfully, it was a relatively anticlimactic event. I was quietly happy to once again be out in the fresh air, exerting myself, experiencing the world in the unique way that is running. It was like reuniting with a great friend after a long separation: there isn’t a lot of fanfare; you just pick up right where you left off, even if it’s been years.

Come to think of it, I can’t think of a better way to get back to running.

Here’s to the future!


16 thoughts on “My First Run as a Mom

  1. Congratulations on the baby and on getting out there for a quick run! (I have those same shoes and just got out there again after plantar fasciitis. I get that confused sense!)

  2. Congrats and good luck with getting back into running! So encouraging to hear mothers picking up their exercise routines after delivery.

    If you are looking for more supportive community to push you with staying active I actually have created a facebook community with lots of runners to address injury prevention, motivation, and accountability to help people stay moving.

    Feel free to check it out or recommend others here:

  3. Yay! Way to get back out there! As a fellow new-ish mom, I raise a fist of solidarity as we make our way back to some kind of running normalcy 🙂

  4. My running outfit is also waiting for me. I intend to use it this week still if Baby Emilia allows 🙂
    Good job on going out there and of course the first run after such a break was a slow start. I am definitely worried, my last run was in August of 2017 😳

  5. Well done… I’ve dropped off the running circuit occasionally and it’s always those little things that keep me coming back… PS… love the kicks, they’re the ones I have 😉

  6. Ahh that’s awesome! I remember getting back at it after my little girl was born. It was a slow treck back and core strengthening really helps cuz it went through the ringer being pregnant. Best of luck and happy running!

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