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Running with a newborn at home | Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon: Team Myles

Running with a newborn at home

I’d like to start with a little history about me. I actually started running 2 years ago. I’d like to give a shout out to my father-in-law, Jacques Provencher, and to my coworker, Nancy Holland, for inspiring me and helping me understand the world of running.

Last November, while I was 7 month pregnant, I went into labour and needed to have an emergency cesarean. My second daughter, Sophie, was born weighing only 3 lbs and 9 oz. My recovery was long and I spent a lot of time sitting in a hospital with Sophie until she was ready to leave. After getting into a healthy lifestyle, I found myself even more sedentary than ever before. When I heard about the Team Myles ambassador program, I was hopeful that I would get the help I needed to get started again from zero. I am so grateful to be apart of Team Myles and have the opportunity not only to get back into running with guidance and peers, but also to concur a new distance that previously frieghtened me.

This is week 1 of the 10 week running program. So far I’m keeping up with the group running sessions and the cross training. The most difficult part is how busy I have been since I started the program. At my house, I am taking care of my 5-year-old daughter, my newborn daughter and my husband who is recovering from a broken ankle and a torn ligament. To be fair, he does help out whenever he can. It’s just slightly more challenging than when he could walk without crutches.

To any new moms who might be reading this, I’d like to say that taking time for yourself is challenging, but it is one of the most important things to schedule. And I’m learning is equally important not to punish yourself when things don’t work out. For me, if I’m too tired to go to they gym, or someone needs me to look after them, I’ve learned I can replace that workout with a walk or just push it to the next day. I can change my plans without it being the end of the world.

There’s this story about trying to fit various rocks in a jar. Basically, you need to put in the big rocks first before you put in the smaller rocks, or else they won’t fit. This is an analogy for your life and what’s important to you. Make time and put in the important things first, or else the small things will take up all your time. I’m a breastfeeding mother of two, which means I can easily fill my day with the little things. I’m glad I’m finding ways to make room for me to go running. This is a big thing that has been missing. It’s a big thing that lifts my mood and makes me feel like I can handle everything else. All the hoursework and other little things can happen in the pockets of time around my new running routine. Right now it’s challenging to make it fit, but I’m hoping after a few weeks it will feel routine and natural. Like it’s always been there. 🙂

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