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 :)