Guest post from Lindsay of Strong and Healthy Mom:
My love for running really evolved this past year during my postpartum journey. Running isn’t something that comes easy for me. I’ve had issues for years with shin splints, navicular bone syndrome in my left foot and very flat feet that causes me to over-pronate when I run. After my pregnancy with my son Parker, I set a goal for myself to stop making excuses even if they were at times legitimate and to push through the pain (to a reasonable extent). My goal was to just run and run more often! I knew deep down how much I loved to run and how good it makes me feel but it wasn’t until I started running postpartum and taking Parker along for the ride that I really started to enjoy it.
Running is hard and postpartum running can be even harder. When you add in a completely new body, a 30lb jogging stroller and a child, it becomes a challenge that at times has nothing to do with running and everything to do with your mindset. As a mother runner you have to figure out a new way of doing things… like singing while running. It may sound silly and you may even look a bit on the crazy side but keeping your little one entertained is a big part of a successful run with a jogging stroller. I absolutely love the extra bonding time with my baby boy during our runs together because time is so very precious and once you become a parent you truly realize how fast the days go by. However, I would be lying if I said all of our runs together are successful. To keep it totally real, there are days that I set out for a nice long run with a planned 5 miles OR more pushing the jogger and as soon as I hit the pavement my son decides he wants OUT of that jogging stroller and FAST, needs a diaper change even though it was JUST changed, is hungry again and wants a snack, or tosses his toys onto the ground every five seconds only for me to stop our run and pick them up over and over and by then I finally realized I haven’t gotten very far at all but instead of being upset or frustrated, just like motherhood it’s all a learning process and it has taught me that slowing down or even having to stop while running is perfectly okay! Yes, you read that right! I used to focus and dwell on my pace and how fast I could actually run but now with stroller running it has taught me to slow down and enjoy the run and the mile that I am in no matter how fast or how slow I go. It has also taught me how to be more patient with myself and running which in return really helps me focus on knowing that I will soon get to where I want to be physically and mentally.
I have been running with my little guy in tow for almost one full year now and although I am no expert by any means I strongly feel that my overall running has improved due to our many stroller runs that we have had together during this last year. Not only that but my postpartum body and mind has become much stronger and benefited from it tremendously as well. Pushing that heavy jogging stroller has strengthened my body and has given me a higher level of endurance. It’s a full on resistance workout and that is comparable to running uphill in my opinion. When I run with the jogger I know that I am exerting more energy because of the added weight and resistance from the stroller itself and at the time it may be exhausting but I know it will only help me become a better runner. I totally get that runners high when I hit the trails for a solo run and realize how much I am benefiting from those harder days of pushing my jogger! I recently completed my 2nd half marathon without following any type of training plan as it was a spur of the moment decision for me to do this race. I was so nervous about it because of my lack in training for it but to my surprise I finished with a 7 minute PR on another challenging course. I know that my summer full of stroller runs has made me so much stronger and has really helped me with reaching that PR but aside from all of that, stroller running has made me a better runner because it constantly reminds me to be mindful in my runs and that I am always capable of doing hard things. That in itself provides me with such enjoyment as a runner and Mother Runner.
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