Monday, September 13, 2010

Running For Two

I went on my first run on Saturday with the kiddo in the BOB Ironman stroller... ok-- I get all the hype now.  When you are just walking with the stroller you don't get a feel for how light the stroller is and how easily it can turn when going at more than a walking pace.  It was great!  Granted, I did not have any major turns, but I am a fan of the stroller.  It was smooth to run with and to turn. 

Also, the adapter kit has worked just fine with the Chicco Keyfit carseat.  My little man fell asleep and was out the entire time.  I love that he faces me during runs, so I can see that he is asleep and how little his head moves even over a bump!

It takes about 50 times longer to get ready for a run with a baby, but it was well worth it... and bonus... it gives me no excuse to not get a shower in for the day.  : )

On a walk one day-- he is in the carseat and adapter for walks (and runs) now.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I would like to give a quick shout out to the book-- Exercising Through Your Pregnancy for the encouragement to run through my pregnancy and the science and data behind it being safe-- I made it all 41 weeks!  I would also like to thank Nikki with the blog Slow is the New Fast.  It was the first blog I found of someone running during pregnancy.  Though it was archived posts, it was an inspiration to read your story and see you running after all you went through-- so thanks!  That blog helped me connect to lots of other running mamas! 

Running helped me ward off lots of icky-ness during pregnancy and I think helped me keep my weight in check.  I gained a total of 26lbs and was back in my normal clothes when I got home (though my belly doesn't quite have its original firmness, I am back to my usual size!)  I credit running to that.

So, I hope this encourages others-- if I can do it, you can too!  And lots of ladies have done it even before me, so you can feel safe running!

And now I leave you with a couple photos of my new little man-- no one could have really told me how hard these first couple weeks would be, but I also can't explain how in love I am with my son and how blessed I feel to see my husband embrace his new role as a great dad!

These are of little man at 1 week-- he'll be 2 weeks old tomorrow!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Didn't even see the Hare

Today I got out for my first run since birth (8 days after little man was born and about 10 days since my last run).  It was SLOW.... really, really slow.  I think I got passed by the Tortoise, but as he jogged by he reminded me-- slow and steady wins the race!  So, my "run" was almost more of a speed walk, but I needed some time out alone and to get this body and blood moving.

It's hard work having a newborn and being new parents.  Someone forgot to give us the instruction manual on him, so its been a little bit trial and error.  Parenting books and classes can only go so far once you actually have the real thing with you.

Well... my little man just woke up.  More later.