Friday, 20 April 2012

A mini runner's high

Wow.  This journey back to physical fitness after pregnancy and giving birth is a lot tougher than I expected.  And, mind you, I'm no skirt.

First of all, it mentally stinks to be back to square one after comfortably (well, sort of) running a marathon just before falling pregnant.  Yip, I'm back to battling through group classes and huffing through run-walk intervals.  It's almost as if I've never run a  single step in my life.  Which stinks indeed.

Then, of course, there's the acute shortage of sleep.  Baby Girl sleeps really, really well during the night, for which I'm so thankful.  But, for someone who was used to (and loved!) nine solid hours a night, this momma is kind of struggling to get by on the three/four hours she gets now.  Which is sadly causing her to choose naps over exercise whenever Will watches Baby Girl and there's a free hour or two.  Not so good. 

There's also my brand new mommy's body...  I know things will (hopefully!) improve over time, but for now I can definitely still feel the aftermath of pregnancy and birth - let's just say that there's a whole lot of bruisin' that still needs to heal.  That, plus my support needs have skyrocketed - if you know what I mean.  All of which makes for a really interesting running experience...  And an even more interesting running style.  I really, really hope it doesn't look as weird as it feels.

BUT, despite all this, I'm sure I experienced a little mini runner's high during my run on Tuesday.  You know that runner's joke that did the rounds on Facebook and Pinterest a while ago?  This one?

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Well, on Tuesday, that was me.  I felt so good.  And tough.  And hard core.  I might even have heard 'Chariots of Fire' playing in the background.  All of which, sadly, I'm sure wasn't accurately displayed outwardly.  Good thing then that us runners will never really know what we look like when we run.  And, that it doesn't really matter.  Because, all we need to know, is that it feels pretty darn good.


4 comments:

  1. I remember how hard it was to motivate to exercise when all I wanted to do was sleep too. It will get better, and soon you will be back in marathon shape!

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  2. That picture cracks me up everytime I see it! So funny!!

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  3. This is the right spirit. If you feel good you are good. Keep on running and very soon you will come back to be the runner you were before giving birth.
    All the best.

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  4. I remember how hard it was coming back after pregnancy - and the shock I felt about how hard it was.

    I'm so happy you got a runner's high today!

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