4 weeks after I had Odin, I put on my running clothes, laced up my Mizunos and went downstairs to my treadmill. I had been looking forward to running again, as it is a big part of my life. Luckily, the healing process after labour and delivery was pretty quick for me. Three days after I had Odin we were out walking 3-4km at a time.
I took a slow and steady approach to getting back into running. I started out by running 3-4km at a time and settled at a pace that I found comfortable. For the first few weeks, I would run on my treadmill (it was January at this point) after my husband got home from work. After a few weeks, I started running while Odin napped. He would nap in the same room as my treadmill so that I could keep an eye on him while he slept. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to add distance, but it took me awhile (8-10 weeks or so) to get my pace back to what it was before I had Odin. Within a few weeks, I was able to run 10km without stopping, but the distance I ran was usually determined by how long Odin napped for.
Once April and the warmer weather rolled around, I went back to running outside. It actually felt weird to run outside, which was something I never expected. It took a few runs to get use to it again, especially because I was running with a jogging stroller. Each time I ran, it was a great way for Odin to get some fresh air (and a nap!) and it was a way for me to feel more like myself again. After a week with the jogging stroller, I was fully adjusted and ready to start adding longer runs into my schedule. Odin would often nap in the jogging stroller, so some days I would run until he woke up – an easy way to get a long run out of the way.
The stroller we have is the Baby Trend Expedition. We have the green one, as we purchased the stroller before Odin was born and we didn’t find out the gender. The stroller has three wheels – one in the front and two larger ones in the back. When running, always lock the front wheel or else the stroller shakes. Once the wheel is locked, it’s smooth sailing!
The stroller is a travel system, so Odin has been in the car seat and able to face me so I can see him while I run. The stroller is easy to collapse and comes with drink holders and trays, so there is no need to purchase the extra accessories. The feature that had me sold on this stroller was the iPod hookup. There’s a spot to connect your iPod/iPhone or MP3 player to the speaker jack. The sound is actually really good, and is the perfect solution to adding some music to your run without wearing earphones. I would definitely recommend this stroller to other runners. It isn’t too bulky and is still fairly easy to push when it’s really windy out. It also goes on sale a few times a year at Babies R Us.