Returning to Running

Running is something that I do. It’s been a strong part of my life for the past 6+ years, and even though I have had my ups and downs with it, it was part of me. From a beginner to marathon runner – I loathed it and I loved it.

But since I got pregnant, running has been something in the past, something that the old me did. My medals are hidden away under the bed, my shoes only used for walking.

Hawkes Bay Marathon Weekend 2016 Race Recap

It’s exactly a year since my last race, my last medal. I was just a teeny tiny bit pregnant then, and every part of my being was scared that something might happen by continuing to run. That thought is completely irrational, as for most people it’s completely safe (and recommended) to keep exercising while pregnant – but for me, running wasn’t something I felt comfortable about and so I stopped. I continued at the gym, walking, yoga and swimming (while my body let me) – but running was off my list.

Body after baby

And now, my beautiful healthy bouncy baby is four months old. I want to start running again, and I want running to be a part of the new me.

I’ve got all the excuses as to why I haven’t tried a run yet – but if I am honest – It’s mainly because I am scared shitless.

I have next to zero fitness.I don’t have a “goal” race to train for. My boobs don’t fit a sports bra. My biggest leggings cut into my squishy belly. I can only go out on a weekend, when Jase is home to watch Stella. How does it work with my milk?- I don’t want running to impact on that. I’ve lost my favourite yurbud earphones. I know it’s going to hurt. I’m starting from scratch again and my confidence might take a beating because of it. What about my core? My pelvic floor? I don’t want to damage these weak parts of my body any more than they are now. How do I even know I am physically ok to return to running?

I can only go out and try, one foot in front of another.


  1. Tara Sutherland May 17, 2017 / 10:19 am

    All these reasons will disappear after your first few steps because you ARE a runner. And I bet you are fitter than you think. And you are a damn lot stronger than this! You got this babes X
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  2. Bronnie May 17, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I agree with Tara, you’ve definitely got this! It’s just that daunting first step – like when you go for your first Brazilian wax. Once that first strip is off – you’re away and you know the pain can only be so much.

    Start light, walk/jog/run until you feel up to running the full distance x
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  3. Richard May 18, 2017 / 12:48 am

    Glad to hear you are well Leah and are at least thinking about it. Maybe a few questions to your health visitor may be a good idea before you start? Like you say, one foot in front of the other and I bet you get your fitness back, no problem. All the best!

  4. Kathy May 18, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Start easy, listen to your body and ALWAYS feed and pee before you go! It took me a while to get back into it but now I find I can push myself much harder because I did childbirth and nothing is harder than that!

  5. Deano May 18, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    I wish you all the best with your return to running! Go girl!

  6. Kate May 19, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Just start from the beginning. Follow the advice you’d give to a new runner. Keep doing your kegels, don’t worry too much about your milk at this stage. Once you get past the initial hurdle you’ll remember why you love to run. You’ve got this!!
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  7. MrsB | Mind over Matter June 1, 2017 / 5:23 am

    I’m afraid I don’t have any advice for you. I didn’t try to run for a year after my second baby (I wasn’t a runner after I had my first). It was mostly my boobs that held me back. I know people pump and run but my kids didn’t take the bottle for a long time so that didn’t work. I did do mums & babies bootcamp type of stuff though and really enjoyed it. Short runs, bodyweight stuff, fresh air. And I walked a lot. And then the little dude was 1 and weaned and I could run!
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  8. Paul June 5, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Hi Leah, how sis you get on? I’m pulling my runners on soon and I haven’t ran for ages. Little bit nervous if I’m being honest.

  9. Val June 10, 2017 / 12:48 am

    I agree with Kate, just start from the beginning and see how you go.

  10. Sarah June 12, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    I’ve been in and out of running lately. I need to step up my game! Looking forward to reading your need post Leah, hope all is good with you and the family.

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