Body After Baby: Feeling some Ouchies

My first post-baby race is less than two weeks away. I’m not sure if I should be anxious or not..but I am. It’s a 5km race that I’m supposed to be running with my hubby. I’ve been following a training plan almost to the letter (with a slight deviation here and there) and have been slowly progressing. The thing is, that I’ve only run 5km twice on this plan, which is set out in time, not distance. I know I can run the distance but I’m totally spent by the end. That, and my knees have really been bothering me. I used to get this issue when I was running 3-4 days a week at longer distances but it seems to have crept up on me a bit sooner than I expected.

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I haven’t got the greatest knees, or maybe I don’t have the right tools in my fitness belt and my knees are the ones suffering, hard to tell. But basically, after a walking break, I look and feel like a 90 year old man trying to get started running again. After a couple of minutes, I’m more or less ok and not stiff/sore anymore until the next walking break. Right now, because I am doing a plan that is gradually increasing the number of minutes I spend running at each interval, my knees are barely warmed back up before I’m on a walking break again. It’s possible that I need a different running shoe and that my gait has changed with this last pregnancy. I am using a new pair of runners that I had bought on clearance (they were the brand/style I had been using quite successfully for a couple of years) because my shins were bothering me a lot and checking the tread (or lack thereof) on my previous pair of runners explained why.

I’d love your thoughts/opinions on that issue.

Otherwise, things are going well. I’m hoping to get to the pool this week and have even roped a couple of friends to join me! I’m just waiting on my parents to let me know if they can watch the boys for an hour.

I better stop typing and go find my goggles!!

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Stephanie

Stephanie is a mom 3, avid runner of countless miles with or without her kids in tow. Vegetarian, Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness, Stephanie plans to run her marathon and triathlon in the near future.

8 Responses to Body After Baby: Feeling some Ouchies

  1. Hey Steph….take a look at adding L-glutamine to your vitamins….can make a big difference to achy joints.

  2. It kind of sounds like your knees are absorbing the shock of the running impact and the extra post-baby weight instead of your muscles, bc the muscles may have gotten weak during pregnancy. It’s likely that you could benefit from some lower body strengthening: calf raises, squats, sumo squats, walking lunges, Hungarian lunges, hamstring bridges, side lying leg raises (abductors & adductors) etc. Good luck!

  3. Man… that is a tough one. I know many runners that have difficulty stopping and starting running after a walk. Is there a local running store near you that can analyze your gait? RoadRunner Sports, Fleet Feet? Try starting there. It is possible, like you said, that maybe your gait has changed. Well wishes on finding a solution.

    I would suggest cross training, swimming or yoga, but sounds like you are already doinfg those. Find those goggles?

  4. Sorry to hear you are having troubles now getting started with your knees, it may very well be that you need to re-strengthen your muscles or it could be you need new shoes, I’d check with your local running store and see if they can offer you some advice. Good luck to you!

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