I love running. I love the endorphins a run can produce, as well as sore muscles and a clear mind. I love how running can really take your mind off of something and help you feel like you're taking care of your body. But I haven't run in 9 months. Although I ran one of my best 5K's in years when I was 6 weeks pregnant with Cooper, I had to stop running when I was 8 weeks pregnant. Unfortunately the doctor put me on moderate bedrest because I started bleeding, but thankfully it stopped around week 12. By then I hadn't run in 4 weeks, and I thought it would be too much on my body to get back into it. So I stuck with walking, swimming and lifting weights to stay in shape while I was pregnant. I loved doing each of those things, but I really did miss running. I was looking forward to getting back into it after Cooper was born.
That's why I was disappointed at my 6-week postpartum check up when my doctor told me I had a few more weeks to heal. Running was going to be delayed. Thankfully those few weeks have passed and I am finally feeling that my body is strong enough to start running. I've slowly eased back into it, but I am loving every step! I've signed up for the Komen 5K Race in Charleston on October 15, but I'll likely be walking with my sister Jenny who will be 6 months preggo (Michael and her husband Josh will be running in it). I plan to attack the Greensboro Gobbler 5K with only one goal to finish while running the entire time.
Bottom line: I am ready to get this post-baby body back in shape!
(And a blog wouldn't be complete with a weekly picture of Cooper. Here he is at 2 months!)