I’m on my graduation week and felt really emotional on today’s run thinking about how far I’d come.
A bit of context: I’m 42 and have 2 kids. My second labour was pretty intense and, like an estimated 40% of women, I suffered some minor pelvic floor damage.
Despite being fit and healthy my whole life, after my second baby I literally couldn’t walk to the shops. It was awful and I think it led to post natal depression. As we all know, exercise isn’t just about physical health but that all important headspace.
Anyway, I just wanted to send a virtual high five to any new/recent/veteran mums who might be struggling on this journey. I am living proof that you can come back from a very dark place to be running 30 minutes and feeling AMAZING!
My youngest is now 3 so it’s taken a while to get here. But here I am. Basically I saw a physio and started regular Pilates - which is not only amazing for your core but a fantastic complement to running and that all important me time. By taking it slow with this programme I’ve managed something I never thought possible after having kids. To say I’m elated is an understatement.
So - to all the mums - get some support, believe in the programme and get that time for yourself. I either run at 6am or 9pm when my husband’s home - sometimes I think I’m too knackered but I always feel BRILLIANT afterwards. Don’t let kids stop you reaching your full potential! Running is for YOU!