I can run again! It took me eight and a half years after the birth of my second child to get back on track, and now, a year later, I have managed to run 10 miles.
It took a lot of work to get to that point – healing my body enough to do something that is so healing for my mind.
I had to wriggle through Lyme disease and reactivated Epstein-Barr virus – which required a lot of diet interventions and supplements and other therapies – just to have enough energy to exercise.
And then there were my postpartum structural problems, including Rectal diastasis or stomach separation.
It took a lot of work with physiotherapists – Body Connect Health & Wellness and ITR physiotherapy – and lots of exercises at home and alone, as well as yoga, self-massage, cupping and essential oils – so that I can walk safely without pain or risk of injury.
It was exciting that I finally felt strong enough to start running last winter. I started with an intermediate step with just a minute or two at a time and then worked up to two miles and then three and then four. In the fall I have ran a girl on the run 5K with my 9 year old, whose pregnancy and birth changed my body so much.
It was my first run and my first race in 10 years and it was a great pleasure to share it with my child!
This spring I felt called to go further. I’ve known this since mine Ayurvedic Dosha type is prevalent vata with something Pitta (in order to Vata-Pitta), such strenuous exercise is not the ideal for me, like Apurva Ayurveda healing reminded me of This video during a recent virtual day retreat With Beloved yoga). Now that I’ve slowly increased my stamina, running at a manageable pace is not tiring. It is moving meditation.
I am outdoors in nature. I don’t listen to music or radio. I don’t run with other people. I wear a mask (and I don’t love this party), but despite this anonymity, it is also an increase in mental health these days to see people on the trail, one of the few ways to almost certainly connect pandemic during the coronavirus.
It took me a long time to get here, and I definitely need to take steps to make sure I don’t hurt or exaggerate, but I hope that this will continue to be my long cardio session and my head cleaning one day a week becomes.
Read in this essay about Medium how I bought a running belt with water holders: “What if your kids suck on Mother’s Day?”
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Jessica Claire Haney is the founder, publisher and publisher of Mindful healthy living and the author of his guide to holistic family life in Metro DC. A mother of two children Jessica founded the Arlington / Alexandria chapter of the Holistic Moms Network and volunteers on school wellbeing issues. consequences Facebook at MindfulHealthyLife, on @
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