I get a lot of questions about running with babies-- these questions run the gamut of suggestions from which kind of stroller, to good running routes in the area, to tips for making it the experience comfortable for the runner and the passenger(s). I will try and touch on all of these here, with the disclaimer that -- this is my first baby, and like the rest of my running and momming -- this is a work in progress.
Exactly a week from today, I’ll be a half-marathoner. I believe a lot in positive affirmations. So, yes, it’s happening! Whether I run or walk or crawl or fly (or go on a medical stretcher), I’ll be at the finish line of the Philly Love Run 2017 this Sunday. Now that I’m in Taper Ville, I seem to have a lot of free time for reflections. It all takes me back to September 2016. I had been trying to take up running for at least a year and a half.
I’ve been running for about 7 years now. I started running with Charm City Run in a 5K training group. I consider myself an educated runner. I am also the mother of a special needs young man. My son, Mike, has a genetic syndrome and is missing an elastin gene. He used to often be seen walking with his hand supporting his lower back. He was uncomfortable and looked it.
You might think as the manager of a running store, and coach of running groups, that I am one of those people who always ran, or for whom running came easily. Not quite. If you’ve read anything I’ve posted previously about running after a baby you know that being a “dedicated runner” has changed a lot in meaning for me over the years. In any case-- my point is, that even every runner started somewhere, so kudos to you for taking the first steps.