Recently, I tore a muscle in my calf….
And wowsers, did it stop me in my tracks. (It didn’t tickle, that’s for damn sure! 🤣)
But beyond the physical pain, the main thing that hurt was the dashing of my running dreams.
Ok, I lie. It was possibly my pride that hurt the most
But back to the running…..
Pre-kids, I was a runner. Running was my happy place, my meditation, my thinking space, my way to get my energy out. And the runners high….well, if you know, you know!
But since having kids….even when I have been physically ready to get back into it, the main issue for me has been this:
I lost my mojo.
It was gone, along with my skinny jeans and my sanity.
So imagine me here, almost 6 years into this motherhood gig, starting to feel excited about running. Feeling like my mojo is coming back!
Oooh sprints in a training session???
Bring it o-oooonnnnn!!
Oh, wait. Shit!!! Oooowwwwww!!!!
I’m 4 weeks post injury now, and following my rehab exercises consistently.
I’m not gonna lie- it feels a little boring. And don’t forget repetitive.
And I’m not ready to start sprinting or even thinking of running just yet, but the plan my physio has created is with the view to get me back to running at some stage. Gotta walk before we run, right?
It’s exactly the same when we’re working on healing our pelvic floor post birth.
Sometimes, our progress can feel slow.
Sometimes, working on our pelvic floor can feel boring.
Sometimes, we just want to get out there and run!
But – if we’re willing to allow other parts of our body to heal properly, by following the proper steps, in order, and strengthening those parts of our bodies as slowly as is necessary, why do we see so many women not doing the same for their pelvic floor?
Why do we see so women jumping back into running, or soccer, or netball, without doing any healing work first?
We know a number of women that have returned to high impact exercise and still wet themselves regularly.
It does NOT have to be this way.
I’ve been there, and let me tell you friends, it feels like absolute balls. Yep. I said balls.
After I had Isla, I’d not only had 2 kids in under 18 months, I had 9 months until my wedding. And like every other bride on the face of planet earth, my main goal was to look smokin’ by the time I was walking down that aisle and saying my ‘I Do’s’!
I didn’t actually realise at the time that my pelvic floor was shot (it’s normal to wet yourself once you’ve had kids, right?!), and I got hardcore back into lifting weights….with a touch of running in there too.
I felt outwardly strong & loved my progress in that regard……but I lived with the shame and embarrassment of wetting myself daily.
It had such an effect on my self-esteem. I hated it.
It’s had me asking myself- why do we pay attention to our injuries in basically any other part of our body, but not our pelvic floor?
Is it because we can’t see it?
Or because (for most) the weakness & injury doesn’t actually cause physical pain?
I know 100% without a doubt these were factors in me not paying my pelvic floor the attention it needed.
But after too many embarrassing moments after having Isla, I knew I wanted to do things differently when I found out we were expecting baby #3 (once I picked myself up from the floor following that shock development!).
The impact recovering properly from pregnancy & child birth has had on my life?
Not having to pack spare undies on an outing, being able to run without fear, laughing, coughing, sneezing whenever I damn we’ll need to! It’s bloody amazing!
Having a strong pelvic floor is a game changer when it comes to postpartum body confidence.
And guess what? You absolutely deserve to feel this way too.
And so does your sister. And your best friend.
And if or when it’s her turn one day, SO DOES YOUR DAUGHTER.
So, I’m pleading with you mama – put down the running shoes (for now).
Get back to basics.
Take the time to heal properly and show your body the love she deserves, so she can be there for you to support you for years to come.
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