What I Learned from My First Race Post-Baby

Thank you all for the amazing responses to my first {5 Miler} race postpartum! All the kind words made me feel fantastic! I have loved getting back into the swing of things in terms of working out post-baby. My body has been a little shaky at times, but it knows what to do & I find it best to just jump right in!

Since my 5 miler race 2 weeks ago, I’ve taken killer spinning & barre classes, have been going on long walks with the babe & the dog all.the.time and I think this week will be the week I take my shiny new BOB out for its inaugural run with Brooks! It feels so amazing to be getting my sweat on once again – and it’s perfect timing because the weather has finally been cooperating, it’s been a beautiful week in Philly!

I took some time to look back at what I learned from my first race, post-baby & I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to add any of your best tips for getting back into shape & fitness expectations after pregnancy!

finish line

1- Expect the Unexpected – Prepare for the worst/hope for the best! When I signed up for this race, I had no idea if I was actually going to be able to leave the house that morning. I wasn’t sure about Brooks’ feeding schedule, how he would be feeling, how I would be feeling, how the night before would be or really anything! At this point, nothing’s up to me – everything revolved about Brooks and his wants/needs. I was  hoping the stars would align and I would be able to run, but I was prepared for anything to happen. Luckily, everything worked out, but as a new mom it’s easy to see my time and my schedule is no longer my own.

2- Enjoy the Time Alone – This was one of the few times since giving birth two months ago that I have been alone. I’ve had the little man attached to my hip {or my boobs?} every day for eight weeks at the point of the race – I’ve loved every minute of it and wouldn’t want it any other way, but it’s crazy to think that this 5 mile run, for a little under an hour, was the time for me to be alone with my thoughts. It was almost like I didn’t know what to do with myself all by myself {with 1,000+ other runners!}

on the run

3- It Felt Amazing to Just RUN! – Like I mentioned in my race recap post, I planned on walking/jogging most of the race, since I had just been cleared for exercise post giving birth 2 weeks prior. I hadn’t had much time to train, other than taking lots of long walks but I was excited to just get out there and start moving again! I didn’t plan on running but when the race started my legs just wanted to RUN, and I let them!

halfway there

4 – Holy Boobs – Since I am still nursing, let me just say that the girls are rather large & in charge. I need to invest in some new sports bras because my old ones, just aren’t going to cut it with the current state of things! Running while being a breastfeeding mama is a different experience than just being a regular runner. Did I mention I need to go sports bra shopping?!

thumbs up

5- Best Finish Line Crowd – Ending the race with my little man at the Finish Line was the best thing ever. I think knowing that he was at the end waiting for me made me run that much faster! Doesn’t get any better than that {even if he was taking a nap!}

finish kisses

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Now it’s YOUR turn to share your post-pregnancy fitness experiences! 

What are your tips for getting back into the {sweaty} swing of things?

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3 Comments

  • Reply Kat April 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Oh man, I hear you on the sports bras. My little man is 12 weeks old and while I’ve been working out in some capacity since about 5 weeks, I really can’t run quite yet. I found that I was getting plugged milk ducts everytime I ran, so it’s been elliptical and power walking for now. I have the Moving Comfort Juno bra which was great during pregnancy but it just isn’t cutting it anymore!

  • Reply Patty O April 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Isn’t it funny how the little things in life are so important now that you are mom! Yes, you need some good support while exercising pronto!

  • Reply Desiree April 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Yes to the sports bras while nursing! I loved Moving Comfort ones- I found two of their styles really helped. And now being in the first tri again, I’m having the same problem.

    I did Couch to 5K after giving birth. I had to ease into running a little more than you did! Way to go!

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