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Postpartum Running Tips

Running after having a baby is strange on many levels. I’m no expert and I’m still navigating this very strange land myself. You feel like your insides might just fall out on the street and you’re (probably) heavier than you were before having a baby and things are just in different places. There are things that may not have ever happened to you before while running that all of a sudden may be popping up and you’re like WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON… Yea I’ve been there on the side of the road wondering that exact thing. Here are a few things that made the transition back to running a little bit less scary.

For me personally, I carried, and still have, a lot of weight in my stomach and boobs. Whaaa whaaaaa. Finding things that helped with this area of my body was important to me and made running MUCH easier when I addressed the issues I was having.

Sports Bras: Something that was super important was getting a LOT more support up top. This included sports bras that had thicker straps that offered more support and better encapsulation. Believe me I had to do some research because the little skinny strap sports bras I had were not cutting it at all. It was a bit national geographic when I went out the first time and I was like whooooo nelly. Things are different, lets strap these suckers down! I have found that the bras that have the clip in the back also work better for more support and help as I have lost some weight so I can keep making them tighter as time goes on. These are great and I’ve been wearing them after both girls now and they help keep things in place without chafing. Champion Sports Bra. C9 Sports Bra. C9 Sports Bra.

High Waisted Shorts/Pants/Capris: So with my weight mostly in my mid-section, there is a lot flopping around for lack of better words to describe it. I’ve found that a high waisted option keeps everything together and makes me feel a lot more comfortable. I really think it makes me feel more confident while I’m out running too because things are not jiggling all over the place. It feels a little different when I first tried them on, because they do go rather high, but when I run I really like how they hold it all together. The Old Navy ones are my FAVORITE! Target High Waist Capris. Old Navy Shorts. Zella High Waist Capris. Old Navy High Rise Pants. Saucony Bullet Shorts. A tip I found at most retailers that sell workout clothes, if you’re looking for high waisted anything, just search high waisted in the search bar and you’ll be able to see the options they offer.

Speaking of high waisted support… Another thing I got the second time around was some briefs that helped support the whole situation, and I really used them frequently in the beginning for the first few runs. They were great transitioning back to running and added the extra umph I needed for that area. Target Briefs.

Compression Socks: So because I’m a bit heavier after pregnancy I found that my shins were feeling the weight as well when I was out running. I got some compression socks that help relieve some of the pain and I also use them to sleep in at night! I usually wear them on the longer runs that I do to help me feel a little bit more relief when my legs are tired. Zensah Compression Socks. Vim & Vigr Compression Socks.

JayBird Wireless Headphones. Something I wanted to do this time around was to give myself a little extra motivation and these fit the bill perfectly. I tried them out on my first run back and I was hooked. They are life changing! I was running with headphones for so long and finally took the leap into the wireless lifestyle and they make running so much easier. It’s perfect also if I have the stroller and can just put my phone in the carrier on my stroller and not worry about headphones. They offer great sound. I also love making a new playlist to keep me pumped up while running during naptime.

Body Glide. So I’ve never chafed before on short runs, buttttt things are different now and here we are, adjusting to and embracing this new life. I have become a HUGE fan of Body Glide, and it works so well, is easy to apply and keeps the chafing away. When I first started back running I was using it where my sports bra hits my underarms and also on my inner thighs. Now I use it on my inner thighs and also between my toes becuase I’ve been having some rubbing there too. Works like a charm and takes care of any chafing issues!

Booyah Double Stroller Organizer. This thing is the most LEGIT double stroller organizer ever and I did some researching in this department! I wanted something to hold my larger water bottles, and span the entire handle bar area. I was never totally happy with the Bob brand cupholders because they only held a smaller cup or bottle and I liked to bring my bigger 24 oz Nathan bottles with me while running. I have this one for our single stroller that I love. It has nice big compartments and a few different pouches but only fit the single stroller. I finally found one with tons of storage that would fit the double! I found it on Amazon and it was sold out for quite some time and finally just came back in stock. I also found it on this website as well. I recently got it and used it for one run so far and love it! I am almost thinking of doing a full review of it because it’s so awesome and I was looking for something like it for so long.

Honey Stinger Waffles. When I leave in the morning to run, I usually like to have something in my stomach but my stomach is also finicky when I run. These give me a little extra energy, especially if I’ve had a long night or had to get up a few times and my stomach is happy with them. I can even eat half and throw the other half in the stroller and eat it while I’m at a stop light halfway through my run.

Lastly, remind yourself over and over and over that you just had a baby. That was one of the hardest things for me to adjust to. I constantly wanted to compare myself to pre-baby and you just can’t! Take your time and try to find little goals that keep you motivated. After Cora, my recovery took a lot longer and I took 4 months to start running again. Even then it was really tough to stay semi-consistent. Then I broke my ankle and found out I was pregnant again so the running stopped. After Alyssa, I was only down for about 6 weeks and I felt confident in my running and was back out there and felt way better this time around. Even now my life looks a lot different than it did just a few years ago when I was able to run whenever I wanted, but finding a healthy balance and keeping it a part of my life makes me a happier and better mom.

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  • Reply Catherine

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I had a baby around the same time as you, this April, and I couldn’t find much online about postpartum running. I had a c-section, so that added to the strangeness of the experience, as well. I agree that serious sports bras are key. I was also so excited to be running again after 6 wks that I overdid it at first – I should have followed your advice on reminding yourself that you just had a baby :)

    August 23, 2017 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Tia

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’m 6.5 months pregnant and I’m looking forward to when I’m able to start back running again. I know it will be different, even now just walking is different, but I appreciate the tips to help.

    August 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Dani

    I just had a baby who I ran a marathon with at 5 months pregnant. Reading this post was a great reminder to not try to push myself to get back into my familiar running regimen too quickly, but in the meantime enjoy the waiting period a little more and being prepared with your tips that may help with the transition to postpartum running.

    August 25, 2017 at 9:02 am
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