I am doing something completely out of my comfort zone this spring. I am running the Mississauga Marathon 10K race on May 2nd.
Let me back up to put things in context. Before getting pregnant with my first child, I would run a solid 5-7K after a lazy Sunday breakfast. Oh, the luxury of a weekend, pre-children! I’ve always been an active person by nature, and running was a regular part of my fitness routine.
Everything changed when I became pregnant; I slowly stopped running. And then my first was born in winter 2017 and I never got back into it. It seemed daunting for some reason. Oddly, I never flinched at doing a spin class, Zumba, TRX or Pilates, but running… go figure.
In October I gave birth to my second child. Queue jumping into the fourth trimester—yet again—in the height of the winter. Add to the mix not being off on maternity leave, and finding time to workout seems almost impossible.
Out of the blue around Christmas a friend of mine asked, “Would you like to run the Mississauga half marathon with me?” I didn’t really know what to say and told her I’d think about it and get back to her. I confess that since I stopped running I’ve been dreaming about running a half marathon. A little seed of thought constantly in the back of my mind. “Maybe one day, when the girls are a little older…”
That same night I found myself on the Mississauga Marathon site registering for the 10K race. 10K feels right to me right now. Starting to train just three months postpartum, having only two times a week when I am able to get out for a run. I’ve never done an official race, and I am very excited and a little nervous.
This is something just for me. Not for my girls. Not for my husband. Not for my work. This is for me, for my mental health, for my postpartum body, embracing all the thoughts and feelings, how my body now moves, where it feels tighter than it did, looser than it did—heck, where it jiggles more than it did.
And it feels good.
*I will be collecting donations on behalf of Mommy Connections Mississauga for a local charitable organization. Thoughts on where we should donate? I’d love to hear them. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org