Running Again

I started running again two weeks ago. I've really missed it. I tried running when Burl was a few weeks old, but this is what happened when we used the jogging stroller (I know, he didn't fit in it).

And this is what happens still if I leave while he's awake.

So I haven't made running a priority until now. I was lucky to lose the pregnancy weight without having to try very hard. I lost most of it within a couple months after his birth, I think because I'm nursing.

I have noticed a decline in my milk production since I started running. So I'm back to pumping and taking herbs (fenugreek and blessed thistle) to increase my milk supply. It's been a constant struggle for my body to supply my baby's demand. I'm determined though.

Anyway, I want to express my love for my running shoes. They're some of the few mass-produced items I have in my life, and they're probably made in a sweat shop in China. But several years ago, I started getting really painful injuries in my legs. My running store fit me into the Asic 2100 series and recommended I rotate my shoes. Ta-da! I strayed once with a pair of Mizuno's, big mistake. I donated those to a charity that supplies running shoes to people in Africa. I thought, "Who would want my used shoes?" The charity sponsor reminded me that it's better than no shoes at all. That humbled me.

I have several pairs (thanks Rich and Barb!) that I rotate throughout the week. I love my Asics! My current routine is shorter 4-6 mile runs throughout the week and longer runs with mileage increases on the weekends. The Seattle Marathon is Thanksgiving Day weekend...we'll see. I've said it before, my plans since becoming a parent are all subject to change at any moment :)


Natalie said...

That is awesome!!! I am so excited for you! i have been running a few times a week since Abby was born. I love it. I am not as amazing as you though... my runs are like 2-3 miles. But I guess they could be longer if I made the effort. I am proud of you. Now when you say you are pumping, do you mean just as a stimulus, or in the middle of the night, or what??? I should probably be doing something like that for my milk supply!!!

Natalie said...

Yes, it totally makes me fall in love with josh again when he blessed Abby! We wished you guys could've been there too. Josh totally wanted Alex in the circle! You guys are great! We love and miss you too.

georgia said...

you probably need more calories if your supply dipped once you started running. remember it takes like 500 calories a day to make milk (i bet it takes more for a super handsome baby like burl). it would be a good question to ask at LLL next time you are there.