an unexpected run

Weekends are definitely different now with a baby in the house.  Weekends used to be a time for long runs, sleeping in, and relaxing.  Just 3 weeks into parenting, we are quickly realizing that those things are going to be a thing of the past.

MacKenna woke us up around 6 AM on Saturday morning to be fed.  Although I used to love waking up on a Saturday morning to go for a long run, it was nice to relax in bed, nursing my little girl, and then enjoying a hot bowl of oatmeal first thing in the morning.


However, I was able to get that run in.  Yes, you heard that right.  I RAN this weekend!  It was an incredibly beautiful day on Saturday (followed up by an even more beautiful day on Sunday) and I was determined to take full advantage of the nice weather we were having for November.  Matt needed a break from baby duty (I was taking advantage of him being home to get some much needed cleaning done around the house), so I strapped MacKenna in her carseat, snapped her in the jogging stroller, and head out for a little walk.

After a quick warm-up to the top of the neighborhood, I decided to test out running a little bit.  Oh. Em. Gee.  Running felt absolutely fabulous!  I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to run due to pain at my incision site, but I felt absolutely no pain or pulling.  I did have one issue:  the boobs.  Never in my life did I think I would ever have to double up on sports bras to run, but I think as long as I’m nursing, this is going to be a must!  But, besides the girls giving me trouble, it felt nice to be running again!

I did a short 2 mile run/walk, alternating running with walking anytime I passed an intersection.  My pace was still pretty slow – 13 minute miles including walking – but I don’t expect to be back to my speedy running for several more months.  I did feel pretty out of shape for not having run in a month, but I can also attribute that to pushing the stroller.  I actually enjoyed pushing the stroller – it made running much harder and my hands were sweating like crazy, but it was fun to have my new running buddy with me!  And I’m totally up for the challenge of achieving new stroller PRs!

I will be talking more about how I plan to get back into running/training shape later this week when I talk about my post-baby bump body 1 month later.  Can you believe my little girl is going to be 1 month this week?!  I certainly can’t, but I’m glad it’s only been a month, because I still have a ways to go for both running shape + pre-preggo shape!

My reward for running…


…certainly isn’t helping me achieve that body, but I don’t care.  It tastes so dang delicious!  (Butterfinger + pumpkin – LOVED the texture of the Butterfinger, but it needed more chocolate!)

What’s your Saturday morning like?  Did you get to sleep in a bit?  It’s going to take some (more) adjusting to get used to waking up on MacKenna’s time table, but I’m enjoying those very early morning wake up calls as a time for us to bond. 

  • Ahh I’m so excited you were able to run! YAY!

  • Jen

    Ahh how exciting! I’m so thrilled for you that you were able to run already! I have a feeling you’ll be back to being speedy earlier than you expected. 🙂
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  • Wow, you go girl!! =) That custard looks delish!
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  • YAY!!! So great you got to get back out there. Makes you feel so human again. Sounds like a great run too.
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  • Hey Kristen! I recently started reading your blog when I learned you were pregnant through another bloggers site and I am happy to have stumbled upon you! I am currently 39 weeks and 1 day and ready to get this party started! I am also a runner and I am really really excited to start running again once my little miss is here. I have noticed on a few sites that new mommies are taking the little ones out to run/jog/walk at a pretty young age. Most things I have read say you shouldn’t “run” with them until they are 6 months old but I didn’t know if that meant the full out, several miles, no walking or what. What are your thoughts on this? THanks for the tip!
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    • Kristen

      You know, I really didn’t do any research on when I could start running with her. Her carseat snaps into the jogging stroller so she’s facing me. I think that keeps her head from flopping around a little bit, but of course, her head is still pretty floppy. I try to go slower when I notice bumps in the sidewalk, and I avoid the sidewalks in my neighborhood (the streets are pretty wide and not very busy) because they seem to have more bumps than the sidewalks on the main road by our house. I won’t be able to run with her much longer since it’ll be getting pretty cold out – we’ve had some unseasonably warm weather lately, so I’ve taken advantage of it. I think just use your judgement on it – if you notice her head flopping around like crazy, I would wait until she is a little more ready. But, I think her head flops around in the stroller just as much as it would in the car.

      Good luck with your labor + delivery! Enjoy the last few days of your pregnancy – you won’t have much freedom once your little one arrives so take advantage of all the extra time on your hands now. But, believe me, being a mom is amazing!

  • YAY!!!!!! I’ve officially hit my pregnant wall so the next 6 weeks seem like they are going to last forever. I love reading about your post-pregnancy adventures. I can only imagine how great that run felt 🙂
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  • Kristen’s Mom

    Wow, I didn’t know you ran over the weekend! That is so great! You are on your way back to “normal”, although I think “normal” is going to be a little different for you!

  • wooooowwww! congrats on running already! i’m so impressed. 🙂

    i didn’t get to sleep in at all this weekend either. i was kind of bummed. but it was a really fun and packed weekend!
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  • I bet that run felt AMAZING! 🙂

  • Amy

    It’s awesome that you were able to get in a run with your “new running buddy” this weekend 🙂 Congratulations! …We’ve been having some unseasonably warm weather in OH lately, so I took advantage of it this weekend, too — perfect running weather!
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  • YAY! You are running! Doesn’t it feel fantastic with no big belly? Today was the first day I ran and felt no pain so I’m excited. And I will be out of your neck of the woods one of these days to have a concrete again- grandmother in st. Louis turns 98 on Thanksgiving! I’ ll prob b out when she turns 100.

    • Kristen

      If you are ever out this way, let me know! We could get a run in together as well!