Thursday, November 6, 2008

TIART - Transitions

This post is my contribution to Runner's Lounge - Take It and Run Thursday . . .

Fall is always a reminder that life is constantly changing. As I have gone through transitions - to lawyer, to wife, to mother - running has been a constant. So no matter what I may becoming, I am always still a runner.

This really hit home to me in my first few weeks as a new mom. Those bleary-eyed days of wondering "what have I done" left me feeling like a stranger in my own body (and by my own body, I mean the post-partum, flabby stomached version of my own body). I mourned the loss of my old self while telling myself that I was a terrible mother.

Then, three weeks after Sophie was born when I had the okay from my doctor, I went for a run. It was hard and it was difficult to coordinate. My husband was terrified to be alone with the baby for 45 minutes. I had to nurse her quick before I left, and hurry home before she was due for another feeding. But it was wonderful. As I plodded along, gasping for breath, I felt like I had come home.

Running through those post-partum days and reclaiming my lost fitness was a reminder that there is a part of me that, no matter who else I may be, will always be a runner. And no matter what change may be happening around me, I can always throw on my stinky running clothes, lace up my shoes and hit the road.

5 comments:

DatabaseDiva said...

I became an aerobic dance addict after my son was born. It was the 80s, and we were all running around in spandex anyway. Mine came equipped with smell! It did a lot of good things for me, but running is so much better! Congratulations on making it through the transition to motherhood.

Marcy said...

OMGosh! I can't even imagine trying to run with nursing boobs. I did exercise during that time but dang I don't know if I could've ran LMAO! YAY YOU!

I Run for Fun said...

Amen to that! What would we do without this dreadfully addicting habit?

Marlene said...

It's nice reading posts like this - lets me know running will be there to restore my sanity when my time comes. :)

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Happy weekend!