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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.

My First Postpartum Run.

Sunday morning I slept in late, fed Cullen, and then set him in his bed to do his morning routine of kicking his legs and staring out the window.  Since he seemed generally content and Casey was at home too, I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to finally test out the treadmill with my running shoes.

It felt strange to pull out my old workout gear that hasn’t fit me in many many months.  I didn’t actually have a plan or strategy lined out, but just figured I’d do what felt best.  I started out by walking at a 3.5mph pace for about 5 minutes as a warm-up.  For some reason as I watched my 5 minutes tick down, I felt really nervous.

In my pre-baby days, my warm-up jog pace has always been a 10:00/mile (or 6mph on the treadmill).  I decided to start out at 5mph just to see how it felt.  Initial thoughts:  Oh my god my boobs.  Oh my god my uterus.  This feels really strange.

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As it was, even running at 5mph had me feeling pretty rusty, so I kept it at that pace for 5 minutes.  I continued to alternate walking and jogging (between 5 and 6 mph) for 25 minutes and then called it quits.  A few thoughts now that my first “run” is behind me…

Boobs:  Wow, I have never had this problem before.  I fed Cullen and pumped right before running, so I knew my chest was as empty as possible, but I still felt like I had to bouncy grapefruits attached to me.  I definitely need to get better sports bras or consider wearing two at a time.

Lungs:  I was amazed at how horrible my lungs felt – I have absolutely NO endurance anymore.  My lungs felt scratchy and were burning from the minute I started running.  It felt like I was out for a winter run in the cold, not in my toasty basement.

Legs:  STRONG!  This doesn’t surprise me too much though.  By the end of my pregnancy, I was up around 34 pounds, most of which was concentrated in my midsection.  For nine months I did what felt best to me – lots and lots of walking, even up until the very end.  I walked the three mile loop at Greenlake the day before I went into labor, and tackled the hills of Fremont on a daily basis.  Carting around that giant bowling ball of a belly definitely helped strengthen my quads, and I’m hoping that will help me bounce back a little faster.

Mid-section:  I wouldn’t call it pain, but I felt a lot of pressure in my lower abdomen as soon as I started picking up my pace.  Not to be overly graphic, but I sort of felt like my insides were all jiggling around and threatening to fall out.  It was uncomfortable, but not painful.  I assume everything inside of me is still working it’s way back together again.  Considering I had a giant baby in there for quite a while, it might take more time than I imagined.

Pace:  SLOW.  I have to admit, it was pretty humbling.  I didn’t think I was going to be a rock star runner after taking so much time off, but I was surprised at just how rough it felt to be back on the treadmill.  I definitely feel like I am starting from scratch!  I’m trying to tell myself it will be a good learning opportunity.

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Overall thoughts?  It was tough, and I only went a little over 2 miles (combo of walking and running)!  I have a loooong way to go, but I know it will come in time. 

Trust me, I realize I just had a baby and that my body just went through a crazy long and intense labor.  I’m actually really proud of where I am at just six weeks postpartum.  With that said, it SUCKS to start over at something that I used to do pretty well.

About halfway through my run, I also realized how nice it was to have a few minutes to myself.  Since I just started pumping this weekend, I haven’t been able to leave Cullen yet.  At ALL.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my baby more than I can ever express, but at the same time, it was pretty great to have 30 uninterrupted minutes to just get lost in my own thoughts.  It was also nice to listen to loud music full of swear words and not feel guilty about it.  :)

And when my run was over, I came back upstairs to find all my favorite boys waiting for me, and returned to life as a mom.

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Casey had even made me a delicious breakfast smoothie!

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I don’t have a plan or schedule for workouts yet, and I’m going to play it by ear for the first few weeks.  My hope is to be able to carve out a small block of time every other morning before Casey goes to work.  I’m glad that my first run is in the books, and even though it wasn’t as great as I’d hoped, it gives me that much more motivation to get back on the treadmill tomorrow.

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Jamie @ FoodinRealLife     at 11:47 am

Congrats on your first run Emily! I can only imagine how different it must have felt. I am looking forward to getting back to running in the spring after I have my baby- but i’ve been sidelined with an injury since March so similar to you it’s been a long time since I’ve been for a run. I’m sure you will tackle this challenge like a champ! Good luck! :)


Laine     at 11:47 am

Nice work! I love Cullen’s “morning routine.” Is there a belly compression wrap or compression shirt you can wear to keep your guts feeling secure?


Candice @ Sailing on Paper     at 11:48 am

Congrats for getting started! You’ll get stronger the more you run–don’t worry. :)


Kath     at 11:49 am

GO YOU! 2 miles is a far distance!


Kimberly @ Healthy Strides     at 11:50 am

Congrats on your first post-partum run but more importantly, congrats on such a positive attitude. I cried after my first post-baby run, frustrated by my lack of endurance and pace. It does get better over time. I’ve learned consistency and forgiveness are key. Good luck on the comeback!


Kate @ NaturaStride     at 11:51 am

Good for you! I’m sure it’ll only get better from here. You have to start somewhere. Looking great!


Tricia     at 11:51 am

I think it sounds like you did quite well! I bet you’ll be back to your old shape fairly quickly. I totally remember that feeling tho that you described – the insides jiggling around. Still kinda gives me the willys just thinking about it!


emily     at 11:51 am

hang in there – i also experienced that ‘jiggly/insides falling out’ feeling post-partum. Really freaked me out!


The Healthy Hostess     at 11:53 am

It feels so good to get back into it doesn’t it! Even though it’s tough – it’s nice to do something that is just for you! keep up the great work!


Mandy     at 11:54 am

Go mama! It took me until Ian was at least 7 months before I could run without feeling like my bladder was gonna fall out. I still jogged tho as long as I was reasonably comfortable. I made sure to pee JUST before leaving the house, which helped (I never had any accidents, it just felt like I had to go even if there was nothing in there…), and YES to two bras. I actually wear my jog bra over a nursing bra so I can whip it off and be ready to feed little man when we get home. It does take a while for everything to get back, but it will! I’ve been gentle, yet very consistent with postpartum exercise and I actually weigh less than I did when I got married, and I eat WAY more. Bonus!


Pauline     at 11:55 am

Great job!! You will get your strength and endurance back in no time. Keep it up.


Rachel G.     at 11:55 am

I know you feel like you’re starting from scratch but I have to say…

Your postpartum body just 6 weeks after giving birth is nothing short of INSPIRING. It motivates me all the more to not just let myself go for 9 months (when the time comes!)

Congratulations–you look fantastic!


Kara     at 11:55 am

Way to go, Emily!


Katie     at 11:56 am

Good for you on your first run! A sports bra suggestion for you- I have been somewhat “well endowed” in that category since puberty and for a while I found it difficult to really perform high impact activities like running b/c I had wussy sports bras. I am currently 9 weeks pregnant and my poor boobs have only gotten bigger, making it slightly uncomfortable to exercise. However, the BEST sports bras I have found are by Moving Comfort. I have two different styles (the Fiona and the Juno) and both are really supportive. The Juno in particular gives you a “locked and loaded” feel. :) Good luck!


Stephanie Reply:

Ditto on Moving Comfort. I went from an A to a D with my son (talk about uncharted territory) and those bras were the best discovery. I’m still using them now in this pregnancy at 32 weeks.


Blair Reply:

I love moving comfort and I’m a 34 D (no child yet, oh lord)
I have to say, not impressed with moving comfort for long distances – major chafing problems when I trained for my marathon. Lots of Vaseline used. I only put that out there because they’re not cheap sports bras.


Jess Reply:

+100000 to no Moving Comfort on long runs. For those, I like Enell the best. Ugly, but effective!


Karen Reply:

Moving Comfort has been the BEST/ most supportive bra I’ve tried. I get more chafing with this bra than any other… but I also get a lot less back pain… so it’s worth it to me. I am 34DD :-(


Beth Reply:

I was going to say the same thing. You cannot go wrong with moving comfort. Congrats on the run!


lane Reply:

As another well endowed since puberty runner/former athlete, I have to second the Enell. It is SO ugly, but it definitely doesn’t cut in the way two sports bras sometimes can and it comes up high enough so I don’t end up rocking some accidental running cleavage. No bouncing or moving at all.


Kara     at 11:56 am

I clearly remember that “Oh no my uterus is going to fall out” feeling. I also remember wearing two sports bras.

You will feel better during running soon, I promise! I struggled a lot at first, but by the time my baby was 4 months old, I ran a 10 mile race and I’m not superhuman or something. :)


Callie     at 11:56 am

I would definitely suggest doubling up on the sports bras!!! I had to do that in the early months of nursing & running! The good thing is, that was probably the hardest run you’ll have, and now it is behind you!


Mary Beth     at 11:58 am

Great job, Emily! I know it feels good to get back to ‘normal’ things you enjoyed before baby. You might consider running later in the day if your boobs continue to hurt- in the morning they are most full and will be more so when Cullen starts sleeping through the night. A sports bra under a supported running tank is a good idea, too.


Tricia     at 11:58 am

Go, Em, go! One day at a time. One step at a time. Healthy living is always more beautiful than anything else. Even if it means starting from scratch. So whether you did 2 miles or 20, I say great job Emily. Good for you letting new Emily re-learn some old tricks!


Jen     at 11:59 am

Healthy Tipping Point has a huge post about workout bras today! Perfect timing!


Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed Reply:

I was thinking that too, perfect timing indeed!

Congrats on your run Emily!


Bethany I. @ Bethany's Befuddled Brain     at 11:59 am

My sister says the exact same thing when she exercises. However, she didn’t have a baby, she had a Fred which was the name she gave her Fibroid and had to have a c-section type surgery. She still has trouble feeling her insides, but she says that when she runs it feels like her insides are all loose.

Congrats on your first postpartum run!


Kim @ girlevolving     at 12:00 pm

I did my first run at 4 weeks postpartum (with doctor clearance). I made it 5 steps and was convinced my uterus was falling out. :) At 6 weeks it felt weird but more secure. It improved a lot as I kept running, too, consistently. So happy you can be back running – it feels so good!


Colleen     at 12:01 pm

Great job jumping back in! I would recommend slowly adding some push ups or other core moves to help strengthen your core. I avoided them until recently and can feel and see a difference they have made on my stretched out lower belly.


Jamie     at 12:03 pm

Good for you! I think that is a great start for your first run postpartum. Your body will get back to where it was more quickly than you think for sure and you will have a cute little fan to cheer you on at races :-). My son is almost 5 now and less than impressed with my running though… Maybe he’ll think it’s cool when he’s older?


Jessica     at 12:03 pm

You ARE a rockstar!! I also got back into running right at 6 weeks and you described the insides jiggling around pretty well. I found by about 10-12 weeks, all those weird aspects were almost gone.
Good for you for the time to yourself! And that was very sweet of Casey to make you breakfast.
Side note-I made your Sweet Potato and Lentil Veggie Chili (with black beans instead of lentils) for lunch, it.was.awesome. Even my picky 3 year old gobbled it up. And your Vegan Lasagna is on the roster for this week as well (I have made it before and know how delicious it is). You are one awesome chef!


Erica     at 12:04 pm

Congratulations on getting on the treadmill. I have to say that you just look incredibly happy! I wonder if wearing a pair of compression shorts with a high waist would feel better or more secure than regular running shorts? I have found that I really like to wear my running tights high over my belly (I’m 24 weeks pregnant) because it feels more secure and actually takes some of the pressure off of my bladder.

Cullen looks like he’s developing quite a personality in your 6 week post! What a cutie!


Kelly     at 12:04 pm

That’s awesome! Maybe I shouldn’t be admitting this, but you did much better postpartum than I can do without ever having been pregnant. :) At this rate, you’ll be back to your pre-baby running self in no time.


Christina     at 12:05 pm

Sounds like you did great! I’m sure it’s tough getting back into it but like you said, it’ll come back to you. You’re a great runner so you just have to have patience with your body returning to the way it was.

And a little peace is what everyone needs! 30 minutes is a great amount of time to listen to “adult” music and get a workout in!


Samantha Cernock     at 12:06 pm

I had my baby 4.5 months ago and I remember that first post baby run so well. Humbling is the right word! I ran at a 1230 pace pushing my baby. Good news is that now I’m up to an 844/9 minute pace, so you’ll get it back pretty quickly.


Leslie     at 12:09 pm

It’s great that you are taking time to care for yourself! It must be hard to start over, but the fact that you are staying on your healthy track is the most important thing! Congrats on your first run!


Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie     at 12:09 pm

Congrats on running again!! I hope tomorrow’s run goes even better for you!


Sarah S.     at 12:11 pm

I think that’s awesome you’re already back at it. Good for you! And probably one of the main reasons I work out is because it is my one hour or so of me time that I get during the day. It makes me a better Mommy :)


Amanda Perry at Sistas of Strength     at 12:12 pm

Running after having a baby is absolutely very humbling. It really does feel like your insides are falling out.

For me is still doesn’t feel the same (6 months postpartum) so I’m still waiting for that day. :) I’ve found it much easier to get my strength and endurance back with kettlebells and strength training than with running. I’ve also found some days are much more comfortable to run and other days just still hurt. So weird.


Staci     at 12:12 pm

As tough as it was, you accomplished a pretty big task! Getting started again after being pregnant and having so many things change (emotionally, physically, etc) is no small feat. Just take your time and you’ll get it back.

Kudos to Casey for the post-run smoothie. That guy rocks.


Sana     at 12:13 pm

Buying the treadmill is a great idea! You won’t feel too guilty about leaving to go tot he gym!


Tami     at 12:14 pm

there is so much for me to say…i was a size G when I was nursing…wait until you and Casey resume have relations with each other….i was thrown off for awhile


Laura @ She Eats Well     at 12:16 pm

Good for you for getting back out there. I am not a mother, but I think it is really important to try to carve out some “you” time. And when that time gives you endorphins, as running does, it’s the best. How inspiring!


Rachel     at 12:18 pm

I’ve felt the same nervous feeling about running when you haven’t run for a while! I had to take a couple months off due to injury a while back and the first “run” I was incredibly nervous! I was so afraid I would hurt or re-injury myself. It always takes a while to get into the running groove when you’ve taken any time off. It always feels really weird and unnatural to me when I run after not running for a week or so. You’ll get back in the groove in no time, and I’m super jealous you have your very own treadmill! Good luck!


Jaime     at 12:23 pm

That’s awesome that you were able to run after 6 weeks! I highly recommend moving comfort brand sports bras or any from TitleNine.com


Lisa     at 12:28 pm

Great job! I have no doubt that my experience will be somewhat similar when I start back running in 14+ weeks :)


Keri     at 12:28 pm

I wish I found this blog 10 months ago after I had my son. I feel like I could write each of your posts. It would have been nice to know that everyone feels like their insides are falling out and boobs are falling off with the first post partum pseudo-run. I made a note to self: after next baby wait before trying a jumping jack… ugh.


Jeanna     at 12:37 pm

Great Job Emily! Just think, you’re going to get to fall in love with running all over again. Enjoy this time and just be thankful that you’re body is healthy.


Tina @ Best Body Fitness     at 12:37 pm

It really is crazy how off things feel at first…but I think you will be surprised at how quickly it all comes back too. :)


Emily     at 12:40 pm

Congratulations on your first run Emily! I’m sure it feels like you’re starting all over, but your training techniques and your mental endurance will have you back in running shape in no time. Your incredible mental stamina shows through in your posts and it is a real inspiration.

Very sweet of Casey to have a smoothie waiting for you. I’m glad you’re going to find a little bit of time to get lost in your own thoughts. I think everyone needs that, no matter how much you love being a mom/wife!


P.S. I hope you don’t mind, and you may have seen this already, but I have posted a link (actually several) on my newly created blog to your blog, both in terms of recipe inspiration and as one of my favorite blogs.


Heather     at 12:43 pm

way to go! I think it’s great you have such a good attitude. I know you will be back to your speedy pace in no time!


Cyndi     at 12:43 pm

Nice job! You will be back to your normal running routine before you know it. I have 2 kids and know how you feel. Just stick with it and you’ll be running marathons again before you know it! (I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while, but this is my first comment!)


Allie     at 12:46 pm

Good job Emily! Now that the first one is over I am sure the next one will be a tad bit easier :)


Julie (A Case of the Runs)     at 12:49 pm

Sounds like a good first run! I’m going to do a mini running re-debut (I haven’t run at all in more than 3 weeks) and am looking forward to just taking it slow. I think one upside of “starting over” is that the fitness gains are pretty quick… and you’ll pick it up much more quickly than the first time.


Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family     at 12:55 pm

Go Emily Go!
Congrats on your first of many runs.

I laughed very hard at the two sports bras at one time :)


Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 1:00 pm

I know exactly what you are talking about with the feeling of “my insides are going to fall out.” It’s the most uncomfortable sensation ever, but the good news is it does go away! I don’t feel it at all anymore, unless I do jumping jacks.
Kudos to you for your first run! My first wog was humbling, too, but I like that I have a challenge and a goal to work towards :)


Lindsay     at 1:01 pm

I’m more of a reader than a commenter but I’d just like to say how much I am enjoying reading your weekly updates on Cullen. I have 4 year old and a 14 month old and I wish I had of written more about their first year, it all seems a blur now. The ONLY bra that worked for me when I was nursing was the Ta Ta Tamer from Lululemon. I ran a 10K when my son was 8 months and that bra was my life line!!!! I tried many bras too, trust me if you don’t want to wear 2 the Ta ta tamer is worth the investment. An added bonus is it comes with pads and they work great at obsorbing any milk that leaks during long runs ;) You’ll be back in running form before you know it!


Kristen @ The Concrete Runner     at 1:14 pm

Yay Emily! Congrats on your 1st postpartum run! I understand about the boobs! I’ve been doubling up on sports bras and it has helped a lot! I miss my small boobs! ;)


Lucia     at 1:16 pm

Emily, don’t be so hard on yourself. This is your first run and you are not starting from scratch. I felt the same way on my first run post-partum even though I kept running through my pregnancy. In a few weeks you’ll be back where you left off. It’s just like the old bicycle trick.


christina cadden     at 1:18 pm

I remember my first run after having my baby was rough. I ended up going to lulu lemon and got an awesome sports bra called tata tamer! Works like a charm!!!


Julia     at 1:27 pm

Good Job Emily! Whenever you figure out how to deal with your insides jiggling, let me know. I fell off the workout wagon after baby #1 for that reason. (I did P90X, lost barely any weight, and felt horrible doing it… so…)

I’m pregnant again and would love how to get back in pre-baby shape + deal with the inside jiggles lol!


jenny     at 1:27 pm

good for you, emily!!! my first postpartum run was tough with BOTH of my girls. i wore 2 sports bras for awhile (pretty much through my nursing days) and pace was slower for sure. you’ll get right back in the swing, i promise!!!


Megan @ On the Road Again     at 1:42 pm

Hey, Emily, congrats on your first run back! I can only imagine what it’ll be like to get back to logging miles after baby arrives, so I really enjoyed reading your to-the-point breakdown of how you felt during those few miles. I’m sure this could go without me saying it, but stick with it! You’ll be back to your old running self soon, and then you’ll get to see sweet little Cullen cheering you on from the sidelines at a race!


Jill     at 2:09 pm

I liked the part where you got to listen to loud music with swear words without feeling guilty :)


katie     at 2:13 pm

this sounds like my 1st run after baby. you described how i felt to a T! incredible! good luck, it gets easier, but run #2 was just as bad for me!


Meagan     at 2:14 pm

He made you a breakfast smoothie :) that’s so cute!


Kourtney     at 2:15 pm

While I’m not a mom, I have 32E’s and can recommend some GREAT sports bras. I really really love Moving Comfort brand (Maia is my favorite) and they’re easy to find and relatively inexpensive on amazon.


Trisha     at 2:25 pm

So excited for you! And thank you for your honestly. I think a lot of us like to think we can jump back in to something we used to be good at and it will be the same – it isn’t. And you should be so proud of where you are!


gina (fitnessista)     at 2:29 pm

congrats on your first run back! you look absolutely amazing and cullen melts my heart every time you post a photo.


Alexa @ Simple Eats     at 2:31 pm

Congrats! It definitely takes time to get your endurance back, but you completed probably the hardest part!


Tia@RunnerMom     at 2:42 pm

Yay for your first post baby run!! It feels good to be back, doesn’t it?! I bought a really good La Leche nursing sports bra that was WONDERFUL my first few months back into running after my son was born. It was very supportive and convenient if my son was ready to eat asap. Timing runs with a new baby can be the hardest part but it can be done. Pretty much everything revolves around their eating schedule! I wish you the best! Keep up the great work!


Tiffany     at 2:45 pm

Congratulations on your first run!! I saw the video you posted of baby Cullen in your belly and I wanted to thank you for that. I’ve always been really scared of pregnancy and after watching that I am now looking forward to pregnancy when I’m married and the time is right for me :)


Jessica     at 2:48 pm

At the risk of sounding superficial, I think you should know that you LOOK great- especially your legs! Hot mama :) You’ll bounce back- you take great care of yourself and your body has a memory of that. Good luck.


Alexis     at 3:03 pm

I absolutely love how honest you are about the recovery. As someone who hasn’t yet been pregnant, I enjoy reading these updates on post-partum fitness and body because it is something that concerns me a lot about when that day comes. It’s good to get an honest perspective to know what I might expect, and also so that when the time comes, I know not to be too hard on myself. I also have a friend who is due in the next 2 weeks, and she was a multi-marathoner prior to pregnancy. She hasn’t been able to run at all since the first 8 weeks and she was saying this weekend how excited she is to return but also how terrified. I’ve sent her this post, I think she’ll love following you too:)


Karolina     at 3:05 pm

Congrats on finishing your first run! Your pace is still pretty great considering you were rotating walking and running. You’re in a great spot to bounce back pretty quickly!


Army Amy*     at 3:25 pm

Getting back into it is exciting! (I always love reading your running posts, and I’ve missed them.) If you are in the market for a new sports bra, I like the Lululemon ta-ta tamer.*


Victoria (District Chocoholic)     at 3:25 pm

For sports bras for the larger “girls” I like CW-X


Jen     at 4:07 pm

Great job, Emily! :) My first run back terrifies me. I fear my uterus will fall out.


Amber     at 4:59 pm

Congratulations! Getting back into anything after extended time off is difficult, but as I’m sure you know, after a few runs it starts getting so much easier. The body is amazing and you may be surprised how quickly it will “remember” how to run. Good luck!!! I’m excited to read about your progress. :)


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen     at 5:13 pm

Congrats on your first run back! I know how frustrating it feels to “start over” after a few weeks off from a small injury so I can’t even imagine how it must feel after 9 months!
I can’t recommend Lululemon’s ta-ta tamer enough for awesome support! Pricey but worth it.


Julie     at 5:53 pm

i remember my first run post-baby (my second little one) and that same feeling of being humbled by how out of shape I felt and also the craziness of those boobs! he was 8 weeks old. but a year later, i feel so awesome when 3 miles tick by with a bit of ease when only 10 months ago I was struggling to complete one mile. it will get easier!


meghan     at 6:06 pm

Oh my gosh, I had to laugh at the honesty of this post. My little man is 9 months old now and I remember that first feeling of having huge boobs (I am finally back down to 1 sports bra but had to wear 2 for MANY months). And that horrible pressure, like your pelvis is broken or something… I remember walking with my husband and then jogging across a cross walk about 2 months post-partum and saying outloud that I was NOT ready for that! It gets better in time, I promise!


Maureen     at 6:20 pm

3 words – you did it!
for sports bras, i like the basic champion ones from target (really soft, no frills, cheap) – i buy them a size down and double up – they stretch out a little but it’s worked for me for years (not a mom, just well endowed) – and they come in very fun neon colors! :)


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn     at 6:42 pm

I remember seeing your tweet about this. That is SO humbling. Although I’ve never had a baby (thank god, hello…too young) but after not doing any running for a long time, running again was a huge deal and so hard. Starting slow is a major theme.


Katryn     at 6:43 pm

I think you’re awesome. :-)


alanna     at 7:01 pm

Lots of comments from moms about post-postpartum things. Not being a mom, I can’t speak to any of that BUT I have been running on and off for about ten years. For various reasons, I just stop running from time to time and it can last quite a long time. Most recently, I took off an entire year. One whole year with not a single run, not even to catch the bus (and no other exercise either). I’ve never been a ‘natural’ runner and I’ve never been athletic, just to put in into perspective. I starting running again mid summer and those first two or three runs were soooooo hard. Air! I couldn’t breathe – oh it burned! But within three weeks, I was so much more comfortable and could run 6 miles. I was so amazed at how quickly my body (re)adapted, especially after so much time. Our bodies really our amazing.

I know that it feels like starting over with the running now, but I’m certain that you will make huge strides in your progress really quickly – you just have give your uterus time to heal. I remember the first time I read a race recap that mentioned it. The mom was 6 weeks post-postpartum and running a half marathon. 13 miles are “OMG – My Uterus!” I did not envy her. Sometimes I feel like that when I have my period, but I’m guessing it’s about a million times worse post baby. You will feel great in no time – I promise.


Nadine     at 7:21 pm

Yes, boobs, they make it all so very awkward.my, not small chest expanded even larger, a great sports bra is an essential.
Congrats on getting back to running!


Cate     at 7:23 pm

Great run! I think the first run is definitely the hardest.
Good sports bras (sometimes 2 at a time) are a TOTAL must! Love that Cullen has Trumpettes! We have little sparkly Mary Jane ones for Ellie and I adore them.


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}     at 7:37 pm

I think that sounds like a great first postpartum run. Fantastic job!


Marissa     at 7:47 pm

Congrats on your first run! I would highly recommend checking out Title 9 Sports for sports bras. They have a great selection of super supportive ones! (Its near Greenlake, right next to Road Runner Sports)


RachelSD     at 8:03 pm

“Oh my god my uterus” would be a great name for a blog if you ever start another one. :)

Good luck with ramping back up and making all of your goals!


Carley     at 8:21 pm

What a mile marker! I can so relate on the boobs. Yes, two seem to do the trick but not always. Buy high quality one’s at the running store that are made to fit your cup size specifically. This could also be why your midsection felt out of alignment?


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com     at 10:54 pm

Congrats on the first run.. It’s challenging but so proud you did it. Bravo :D


Julia     at 11:06 pm

Congrats on your first run!
It’s so good to see you back in your running gear and I can’t wait to read more about your progress.


Anne     at 4:36 am

A lot of people said it, the body readapt very fast with running, in a couple of weeks… If you’re able to run 3x a week.


Katherine     at 5:20 am

That first run is always hard when you take a break. It will get easier from here.

And dang, Cullen is getting SO big!


Laura @ My Pink Thumb     at 5:53 am

Hey congrats on your first run back!! I’m sure you’ll be back in running shape in no time now! You’re such an inspiration. :)


Leslie     at 6:17 am

Ditto all the above. I just have to add that it’s okay to enjoy time away from the baby – it’s vital for both of you! You don’t stop being you because you have what I used to call and human breast ornament (the baby!), and it’s important to stay individuated and allow Cullen to accustom to other people. Win/win for everyone!


Eileen     at 6:25 am

First of all, your baby is absolutely adorable!

I have three kids, so I have a little experience in this field. :) It sounds like you had a very typical first postpartum run. I think you’ll feel a little better each time, until one day, you will feel AMAZING, and you won’t even believe how quickly it happens.

A couple of cautionary tales … I’d try to stick to about half an hour for a long time. Running can affect your milk supply. (Sounds like supply is not really an issue for you, though???) Also, remember that your ligaments are still really loose, so taking it easy is really important, even if you are feeling great. Injuries creep in really easily in that post-partum time.

I SO know the feeling of that precious half hour. Enjoy it!


NKG     at 6:39 am

Congratulations on your first run! I don’t typically comment, however I felt compelled to tell you that you really inspired me to wake up this morning and hit the treadmill at 6 a.m. before work. This was a really huge moment for me as my son is now 18 months (!!!) and I just hadn’t gotten “back on the horse” again, so to speak. After struggling with unexpected post-partum depression and some losses in my family this past year, I haven’t felt strong enough to “return to my life” which includes running again and taking time out for myself. As much as I dearly cherish my son and husband, this morning was truly momentous. And although I could barely make it for 30 minutes at a SLOW 5 MPH pace on the treadmill, with lots of walking breaks, it felt like a huge victory for me. So I really wanted to tell you that this post, this snippet of your life, made a huge difference for at least ONE person in this world: Me. Thank you.


Emily Malone Reply:

This is AWESOME!! Congrats on your run! The time to yourself is nothing to feel guilty about, and will probably make you a better mom throughout the day. So happy for you! :)


Sarah @ w30     at 8:05 am

Wahoo! Way to get back in the saddle – er, running shoes! I think you are doing awesome. :)


Debbi     at 8:43 am

Emily – your body will remember -just keep on doing what you’re doing. All of a sudden, it’ll happen. The walks will get shorter and the runs longer! Great job (on run and baby!).


Rachelle     at 9:14 am

Wow, at 6 weeks PP, you rock.


Sarah@The Flying ONION     at 9:28 am

A huge congrats on your first run! The good news is that the first run is the hardest. Now that you have it behind you, you’re only moving forward. Take it slow. Your body knows what to do!


Marilyn     at 9:34 am

Congratulations on the run! Also, thanks for being so candid about your life. It’s really encouraging to me, to see you working through things.


Coco     at 9:41 am

I can’t imagine how strange it feels to have a few moments to yourself- or to be back to running again! I have faith that you will get right back to your running without too much trouble! Keep up the good work!!


Hayley @ Oat Couture     at 9:58 am

Congrats on your return to running! The first one is always the hardest so at least thats out of the way! ;) You will be fine and back to normal in no time! Wishing you the best of luck with it all!! :)


Chase - the CHASE project     at 10:38 am

Do you have your sights set on a race to mark your return??? :)


Amber K     at 10:49 am

Way to go for getting back in there! It is definitely going to take time to work back up to where you were before baby and before your accident. But just stretching your legs must feel great.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing     at 12:22 pm

Congrats Emily! While I’ve never had a baby, I sort of know how you feel. I’m just NOW getting back into running from an injury that happened 2 years ago. And it is VERY humbling to huff and puff and struggle through 2 miles but you have to start somewhere! I look at it is falling in love with running all over again… setting new PDR’s (well, since 2 years ago) and accomplishing new goals!


Monica     at 2:00 pm

Good for you Emily! That is fantastic! Enjoy getting back to your you time! :)


Maria     at 4:30 pm

Congrats! My baby is now 9 weeks old, and I’ve been working out since my 6-week check up. I am now up to a little over 5 miles on my runs. I think I could go longer but it becomes a question of having enough time at this point. You will get into a schedule soon enough, but my recommendation is to just be dressed and ready in your workout clothes and as soon as your son goes down for a nap , jump on the treadmill. Their naps are so unpredictable that too often i have thought, ‘oh, she’s napping…i’ll do a few things and then get to my workout’ and then she wakes up before I have time to start my run on the treadmill. It is a challenge and you sacrifice your own time to rest, but it feels so good to feel back in shape! I also recommend working on core every other day because that helps with the running. I’ve been doing a few workout videos that have helped motivate me to keep doing crunches. Those are tough! Keep up the great work!


Alicia F.     at 4:39 pm

Way to go girl! :-) Love reading all your blog updates, very inspiring!


Kimliveshealthy     at 5:56 pm

Congratulations Emily – you took the first step and I’m sure in no time you’ll be back to your former endurance levels. And thank you for the physical details – no one ever wants to talk about what really goes on with a postpartum body, and for an active woman who’s hoping to get pregnant soon, I am so curious!


Emily     at 6:50 pm

boobs are still my biggest issue 6 months later! I had such small boobs before I got pregnant so I guess I just don’t know how to handle these things now haha I usually wear a good sports bra and either a tight tank top (preferably one with a built in bra) or double up on the sports bras but it still takes a little getting used to when I pick up my pace :-P


Sarah     at 7:53 pm

Congrats on your first run!


Christie F     at 11:05 pm

I know you aren’t a bustier girl by nature, but check out Enell for your sports bra. Enell.com I am a really busty girl and the grapefruits bouncing is totally how it feels all the time for me. I bought Enell on a recommendation and while it’s not the sexiest sports bra in the world, it REALLY does stop bouncy booby syndrome.

It goes from sizes 32C and up, so don’t be afraid to check it out.


Melody     at 11:18 pm

I’m commenting for the very first time.

2 miles may seem like a short distance to you or others. Though I’m not going to tell people this woman here is world’s most brilliant runner because she finished 2 miles, but I’d be sure to tell people how brave this proud mother is to have encountered so many challenges in life and how delightful she is to be able to form a such an adorable and happy family.

Back then, you may think excelling in running is your utmost goal but I think, upon reaching certain stages in life, you will realise life is not just about running now that you have delivered such an amazing boy. Of course I’m not saying you should give up your passion or whatsoever, what I’m really trying to say here is, you have a lovely family and many beautiful people around you, so try not to be too hard on yourself on running ’cause simply having the desire to pick up running again, makes you a hero.


Charlie- The Runner Beans     at 2:42 am

Congratulations, that is so impressive. Must remind you a little of what it was like fitness wise when you first started running years ago! Really recommend shock absorber sports bras to feel safe and secure- they are the best I have found as I used to have to wear 2 sports bras- not so comfy in summer!


Faith     at 7:32 am

First, you are a rock-star for running at 6 weeks! I [sort of] know what you mean about the frustration of starting from scratch again and building up endurance and fitness. I haven’t had a baby but I was very sick last summer for over two months and getting moving again was a slow process. At first I was really frustrated then I started to appreciate that a good run for me at that point was 2-3 miles, instead of the 5-6 that I need to feel like I worked hard when I’m in shape. Does that make sense? Where you are at now, a 2 mile run is equal to what a 6 mile run was when you were in shape!


Nathalie     at 11:25 am

I just have to say: You ARE a running rock star!!! xxx


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Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny     at 4:49 am

Thanks for being so honest about how you’ve felt postpartum. It definitely helps to read this, knowing what great shape you were in before and what wonderful care you took of yourself during your pregnancy, and still what a struggle it can be to come back! Pregenancy is TOUGH on our bodies. I’m glad to have an honest voice like yours to share your experience as I go through it this time and try not to put too much pressure on myself. Great job! Keep it up!


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I know I’m a few days late, but you’re a rockstar!! Great job on your run.


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