7 Weeks Postpartum and Getting Back into Running

Well, it’s been 7+ weeks since LM was born and last week I got the official okay to start running again from my doctor. And let me tell you something – it has been hard. For some reason, this time around it is much harder to get back into running than it was after I had FW. I’m trying not to compare myself to last time, but I can’t help but feel a little discouraged that I’m not getting in the mileage or times I was with him.

That being said, I had the most miles this week than I’ve had in a while. That’s thanks to getting in some treadmill walk/runs while LM sleeps in the morning (and after FW goes to school) M-W, and then a family run on Saturday! Here’s how the week looked:

The 3.33 miler on Saturday kicked my butt! It was hot (but not as hot as it had been).

I pushed FW while B pushed LM and he took a pic of the three of us afterwards. 

I did stop to walk twice, but made it up one of our hills without walking.

LM was ready for her first run 🙂

I hope that this week is just as good and I’m able to get in some more runs. It’s going to be a busy one – we have B’s sister’s wedding on Friday and Thursday is the rehearsal and my parents are coming into town again, so I don’t know how much free time I’ll have for runs. It’s hard enough as it is with 2 kids now, so we’ll see!

Some questions for you:

  • How many days a week do you typically run?
  • Parents with multiple kids – did you find your recovery after each kid different?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!


6 thoughts on “7 Weeks Postpartum and Getting Back into Running

  1. You’re awesome for getting back into running so quickly! I haven’t had the experience myself, but women at my gym have mentioned that they had different recovery times with their pregnancies, even though they hadn’t done anything differently.

  2. With the birth of #2, running changed for me–I had to get up before the sun to get any kind of quality runs in. I didn’t train for any races then–it was all about fitness and mental health. You’ll find a way to make it work!

  3. Honestly I don’t remember the comeback being different for each pregnancy. It all worked out in the end and it will for you too. That pic of the three of you is precious!

  4. It took me forever to get back into running with my second kid. Part of that was he hated the stroller, so I did a lot of treadmill running during naps. I’m coming back from injury right now and struggling to get back to running on a regular basis. I know my body likes 4-6 days a week and I find running more difficult if I only do 3, but I’m having a hard time getting back into a rhythm.

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