Hi! Remember me? It’s been quite some time so I wanted to give an update on how things are going in my life as a new-ish mom of two.
It’s been about 4 1/2 months since I had my second child. Physically, I feel normal and have for a while now. Sometime last month, I lost the last few pounds (of the 37 I gained). It could be because of time (I had lost all of the weight with Jennie around 4 months as well) or it could be the fact that I had stopped eating dairy for about 5 weeks (baby pukes A LOT, like 30+ times a day and was willing to try anything to help him). Either way, the weight is gone (yay) but I’m still quite self-conscious about my postpartum body this time. There is a bit of skin hanging around and I am just shaped differently now.
I wrote a post about similar feelings when I was 5 months postpartum after Jennie. I felt stuck between “go body, look at what you did” and “WTF body, why do you look like this?” I am at that point again. I always see posts online celebrating the postpartum body and telling the woman to own it and be proud. I get that, I really do, but at the same time, is there anything wrong with wanting to look awesome and feel comfortable and confident? I’m having a hard time.
Life with two kids is not easy but it is extremely fulfilling. Christopher is getting fun. He smiles and laughs and grabs things (like my neck skin, with a death grip).
Jennie is a typical toddler, really sweet one minute and exhibiting questionable behavior the next. She loves Peppa Pig (even though I think Peppa is an asshole), fruit snacks, and kicking a soccer ball. She is also very smart. We have full conversations and she always makes me laugh (except when she is whining MOMMMMY for the 900th time that minute). She is always sweet to her brother (minus the one time I was pumping and she tried to drag the car seat over his head when he was on the play mat and I had to rip the pump off and jump across the room), and that makes me happy.
The good stuff! The reason why this blog exists!
Postpartum running after Christopher is > postpartum running after Jennie by a landslide. I think it has a lot to do with having a better pregnancy (physically and emotionally) and the fact that I was active up until his due date. I didn’t struggle when I started to run again and I even found some speed while on the track and while running a few races over the summer. I ran two 10k races (53:35, 52:05) and two HOT 5k races (23:43, 23:54). Overall, I am satisfied with how I felt and with my finish times and I am excited to start training for my half marathon.
Combing the two
The only worry I have about training is how to manage my level of exhaustion. Chris doesn’t sleep very well and I am always tired. I am doing a lot of nursing and pumping and making sure I eat well to keep producing enough milk. All of that plus commuting and being a mom in general makes me tired. When I am tired, I can’t possibly perform my best in terms of running. I am going to take it day by day and don’t plan on putting too much pressure on myself because taking care of myself is a higher priority than a race time. I want to have fun and I hope to see gains!
I have a bunch of races on my schedule for the remainder of the year (some will be for the 9+1 and hope to use for speed work) and some will be long training runs for my goal half.
Saturday 8/6: 5k Walk/Run for Veterans
Sunday 8/21: NYRR France 8k
Sunday 9/18: Newport Half Marathon (come run with me! Local NJ/NY/PA friends I will have a giveaway for an entry early next week)!
Sunday 9/25: NYRR Bronx 10 Mile
Sunday 10/9: NYRR Staten Island 5k
Saturday 10/15: Baltimore Half Marathon
Sunday 11/13: RnR Vegas Half Marathon – GOAL RACE!
You can also follow along on Instagram and Snapchat (username: runningbun).