Hello dear ones! So much for weekly posts then.
Week 2 went beautifully, though here are 2 lessons learned...
Lesson 1: its definitely time to charge up the headtorch (I should have learnt this, I've got form: healthunlocked.com/couchto5... - running in the woods in the dark, deserted landscape, thinking about nothing, and suddenly a terrible unquiet spirit/forest monster/banshee rises clattering and shrieking in my face. It takes a good minute for me to realise the demon is in fact a startled pheasant, and another few to get my frantic heartbeat under control. Don't run blind, folks!
Lesson 2: that beautiful flat bit of untouched snow in the middle of the field? The one that's begging for footprints? Yeah; no it isn't. It is flat because the snow is over ice, not scrubby grass. And the ice is over 6 inches of thick muddy water. And it is not, oh no indeed most emphatically not, thick enough to support your weight. Don't wear your nice socks for running on the grounds that they can't get yukky from half an hour; you are wrong.
And the slightly crummy outcome of the week: running without a proper bra is too uncomfy, but my snazzy new Shock Absorber has given me mastitis, a persistent milk blister, and a cloggy milk duct that feels a little bit like having razor wire buried in my boob. Have decided I need to give it a rest until things are properly better, and since taking it a bit easy my post-birth collapsey pelvic floor has noticeably improved as well, so I am grudgingly listening to my body and calling it quits until after Christmas - I'll be back for a second attempt with all the new-years'-resolutioners!
Have any other breastfeeding runners got bra advice? I need support (after a lifetime of beestings I have milk-induced E cups and am not keen to give myself a black eye), but can't seem to tolerate any compression: my new, well-fitting Shock Absorber is great for support but it's ruinous to my milk ducts. Do I just give in and let gravity have its merry way?