Another Mother Runner? You bet I am.

I’ve got about ten posts in the draft folder that will have to wait, because this:

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OMG, guys. It’s me.

If you’re wondering what this is all about, read this; it’s an incredible blog post. I dare you to not come away completely inspired by the women in this post.

I’m incredibly flattered, honored, amazed, THRILLED to have the chance to participate in this. The postpartum road has been rough. And I know it’s early – Clara is just shy of three months old – but she seems like she’s a year old. It feels like it’s been a year since I’ve felt like myself, and well, it’s pretty accurate. The pregnancy was tough – mentally, physically, emotionally – and I haven’t been able to run – really run – for at least nine months, I’d bet.

I ran more in this pregnancy than I did in the previous two and foolishly thought this would be cake. I figured, no big deal. I’ll pop out the kid, get the OK from the doctor to run and go back immediately to feeling awesome. At least that’s what I dreamed about when I was counting down the days to childbirth and not being pregnant. And there might be some women out there who bounce back really quickly, or are able to go out and knock off a 10K at 39 wks pregnant like it ain’t no thang, or who are professional athletes whose job is to be elite physical specimens and snap back like that.

Let it be known that I fall into neither of those categories.

I’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences on getting back my running mojo with fellow runners – mother or otherwise. I’ve been pretty lucky in my running life to avoid major injuries, but I’ll be honest – childbirth feels like an total-body injury. This time, at 39 years old, everything feels broken. This feels like starting from zero, and truth? It kind of sucks. I imagine this is what it feels like to rehab from an injury. So hey, non-mother runners; I think we have something in common, too.

The most incredible thing about this whole deal so far are the kind words and encouragement and congratulations I’ve gotten from other runners. You guys, it’s awesome. For someone who’s an introvert and not really used to much attention, this is a little bit of a shock to the system. It’s a testament to just how freaking awesome the running community is, especially the Another Mother Runner community. I mean, I knew you guys were cool, but you’re blowing me away here. You’re inspiring me and making me wish I wasn’t stuck here in my office so that I could lace up shoes, squeeze myself into some lycra and hit the road.

I have to cut this short because it’s time to pick up kids and do the whole after-work/school/daycare ritual. But I just wanted to say thank you. Thanks to Dimity and Sarah and the Another Mother Runner community. Thank you, Saucony. Thank you, everyone, for following my story and for encouraging me; I hope I can return the favor.

I can’t wait to get this party started.

 

9 Comments

  1. Congratulations! From the pictures, it looks like you are in Houghton/Hancock. My son is a sophomore at MTU, studying CSNA. I would love to meet up with you for a run when I come up to pick him up in May, or drop him off in August!

  2. Congratulations, Amy! I can’t wait to hear about your journey — thank you for sharing with all of us!

  3. Congrats Amy! It’s definitely a great community! I’m a MI native (downstate though), looking forward to hearing about your journey. Also currently contemplating a 3rd kid…You’re making me nervous about that choice 🙂 Thanks for sharing honestly.

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