Since every runner has a story whether it’s how they got into running or how they stay running, it’s worth a share. So every Tuesday I am going to have a weekly blog post called “Trek on Tuesday” or “Tot” for short!
If you’ve read my “Meet Katie Anne” page, you’ll know that I’m a Mom of 2, specifically a 3 year old and a 10 month old! After both pregnancies my mind was all there to start running, but my body hadn’t caught up yet. I was relatively healthy in both pregnancies especially with my second, but pregnancy does quite a number on your joints!
There is a hormone called relaxin that “relaxes” your joints (to make the birth process easier) that still flows through your body postpartum. That’s one reason why it is recommended that women wait to do any intensive exercise postpartum. Even though I waited the right amount of time, I went at my runs too quickly and ended up with injuries. After my first pregnancy I injured just my knees, and after the second I injured my knees AND ended up with double calcaneal bursitis and a stress fracture in my heel. It was hard.
It might be easy for me to say, “take it easy,” but really I recommend to take it easy whether you are postpartum, post-injury, or just starting out with running. It’s not easy on the body, and to enjoy running you need to build endurance and stamina.