I'm a mom who runs

 running mom

I'm a mom who runs.

Having children will influence you as a runner. 

Heck, it may even turn you into one! 

Becoming a mom is how I became a runner! 

After my fourth child running became a way to find myself, amidst all the noise and chaos. 

I've become a mom who runs.

Running mom: pregnancy 

It starts as soon as you get pregnant. The first few months your stomach will still be fairly flat. But nausea and feeling tired can wreak havoc. 

The second trimester is usually the period in which most women feel quite good. Your baby bump is manageable and you no longer feel nauseous. However every pregnancy is different! So these 'rules' may not apply to you. 

There are women who finish a marathon while nine months pregnant. And there are women who don't feel like running as soon as the pregnancy test is positive. 

Running mom: baby 

Finally, you've gotten rid of your baby bump! But now you have a baby, instead of a bump. And whereas in your belly, your baby was well taken care of, now you have to go through much more trouble! 

You have to feed the baby, change him, burp him and keep him safe. That's why for lots of moms, a baby can be a bit like getting house arrest. 

Your turn!

That's what it was like for me, when I found myself surrounded by babies and toddlers. There were nights when I would look out of the kitchen window, filled with longing for my husband to come home. And as soon as I spotted him on the driveway, I would rush out and scream: 

'Your turn! I'm outta here!' 

Running when you have a baby 

When you are a runner with a baby, you have to get creative. Maybe there are running groups where moms take turns watching over the kids. 

And there is of course that wonderful invention that is called a Babyjogger! That way you can take your baby with you. 

Running mom: school age kids Finally things are getting easier! 

Once your kids are in school, you suddenly get a bit more freedom. You may even be able to run during the day! And once your kid can ride a bike, you can take him with you for your run. 

Running mom: your kid as a running mate 

Sometimes your child can actually become a running mate. Kids are natural runners. So if they want to come with you, let them. 

Do's and don'ts running with children

However there are some do's and don'ts when it comes to running with children: Make sure you don't go too far or too fast. Make sure your child has got good running shoes It's best to run on soft surfaces, because your kid's ligaments and joints are still vulnerable 

And most of all: listen to your child.  

If you're wondering when and where you can take your child with you, read my post Running and kids.


Karen, the next best thing to mummy said...

I can remember doing a cross country run at school and the only way I got to the end was by following a certain boys rear end#p0c0lo

Esmé Slabbert said...

I admire runners, I have never been a runner myself, although my husband (way back then when he was younger) did a lot, and I mean a lot of running.
At school, yonks ago I always gravitated to all the field activities.
I visited you via Dare to Share Saturday
If interested feel free to visit my entries for this week: #16+17 as I would love to invite you to come and share your posts and you will have an opportunity to get featured.
You will find the linkup information (1) In the Top bar under Blogging: Weekly Senior Salon Pit Stop OR 2nd image In the sidebar
We hope to meet you there virtually.

Deborah Brooks said...

I did not start running until my kids were in elementary school so I had a different experience. Running definitely has different phases as our kids and us grow. Thanks for joining the linkup and hope you are able to visit the other bloggers too. We are a great group

Nicole Orriëns said...

@Karen, this made me smile! Great way to get through you run : )

Nicole Orriëns said...

@Thank you Deborah! I have checked out several of the blogs : )

csuhpat1 said...

And I coach track and my son ran track. Thanks for your sharing.

chickenruby said...

I don't have the stamina or the bladder for running these days. But I loved it when I was in school

chickenruby said...

thanks for joining in with #pocolo

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