Running with gratitude

Running with gratitude (the slightly less cool version of running with attitude)

The exhilaration of a bit of time to myself is matched by the wonderful feeling of freedom running along the beautiful Northumberland coast.

But on some days I’m exhausted. Emotionally and physically. There can’t be many jobs that require you to walk around doubled over, both hands occupied by a small want-to-be-toddler. Simultaneously dealing with the capricious whims of 2-year-old want-to-be (insert interchangeably dancer, doctor, shop keeper, member of Peppa pig) Parenting is amusing, beautiful and ever-changing, but relaxing it is not.

Some days getting out the house to soft play is a 45-minute ordeal. Getting my trainers on at the end of Mummy duty (or rather the evening break before night shift starts) requires a little effort.

But then I remember. I am so lucky to be able to run.

To do this thing that I love, that is also good for my body physically and good for my mind emotionally (I’m still talking about running, tsk no smut here.)

I’m so grateful because after the birth of Pumpkin I wasn’t sure I would run again.

Two weeks after the birth of my gorgeous, and hefty 9 pound 2 baby boy, I discovered I had a third degree uterine prolapse.

As a medical professional I was fairly sure of the diagnosis even before it was confirmed by my GP. I knew that it could potentially result in bothersome but ultimately not serious symptoms.

As a women I cried a little. I quite liked my organs where they were. Most of all I cried because I was worried I would never run with freedom again.

Running has always been part of my life. I would not consider myself a serious runner. I usually ran alone for enjoyment rather than competition. However, the thought of not being able to run without risking further damage to my pelvic floor was difficult.

Of course I like to think if running wasn’t to be I would have coped graciously. Loss of running pales into insignificance in comparison to many of the things I see at work.

But I was lucky.

My prolapse dramatically improved and by the time I attended for my 6 week postpartum check it had almost fully resolved.

So when I lose motivation or when I’m tired at the end of the day sometimes I curl up on the sofa and enjoy precious time with my husband.

Even on those nights. I know how lucky I am. That at any time I can put on my trainers and go out for a run. The freedom that could have been taken away from me is a constant motivation to go out and exercise.

Of course I am also human. Some days when I run I am tired, achy and disinterested. But mostly these days I run with gratitude.

How do you feel about exercise? Is it a chore when you are too busy or is it something to look forward to as a bit of an escape and time for yourself?

Please note this is not a formal review of evidence about running with prolapse. I will be writing more on this topic later. This post was primarily focussing on my emotions.  I hope some of the following might be of interest if you are concerned about running and prolapse. 

Running in Lavender

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Fitness 4 Mamas

26 thoughts on “Running with gratitude

  1. DrJuliet April 11, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    My only regret is that I didn’t discover the benefits that exercise gives me many years earlier. It’s like my super power that calms me but energises me too. I’m so glad your prolapse hasn’t stopped you running; that will be so encouraging to many women.


    • tenminutesspare April 12, 2015 / 7:35 am

      That’s such a fantastic way of describing it. Exactly right – calming and energising. I was extremely fortunate to get lots of post partum physio input which undoubtedly played a big part in me being as fit as I am now. I am hoping that sharing my experiences a bit might be helpful for some other women. If nothing else writing continues to motivate me!

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  2. Everything Mummy April 12, 2015 / 9:32 am

    I love to get out for a run but I lack the motivation so much so good go hear you recovered from the prolapse and can get out again! thanks for linking up to #sundaystars x

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    • tenminutesspare April 12, 2015 / 9:41 am

      I think the thought of not being able to do it has been a big motivator for me. I’ve been trying to write a post about motivation but finding it hard not to sound ridiculous, because I know how hard it is as a mum! I think the key to exercise is finding something you enjoy so you want to do it. Sometimes a bit of external inspiration can help too. The fact my hubby works out twice as hard as I do definitely helps me!


  3. Jeremy April 12, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    anything you can find that is just “for you” is critical after dealing with littles all day. Good for you


    • tenminutesspare April 12, 2015 / 1:17 pm

      Yes absolutely. It really is important to have something. Of course I now seem to have acquired blog writing too as a little extra ‘just for me’ activity!


  4. Eimear April 13, 2015 / 10:14 am

    What a lovely post, I nee to take your advise and sentiments on board and get back on the road, good for the mind – totally agree!


    • tenminutesspare April 13, 2015 / 10:18 am

      Ah thanks. It really is great, one of my previous commenters said it is both relaxing and energising -such a great description. However, I do understand that sometimes it can be difficult to find the time and/or motivation. Hope you can find a little of both!


  5. NorthEastFamilyFun (@NEFamilyFun) April 13, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    Hats off to you Rachel for being able to do this after a hard day parenting – I don’t have your determination! I bet as soon as you get out there and look at the gorgeous beach and finally being able to be alone with your own thoughts it is a million times worth it!


    • tenminutesspare April 13, 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Yes I do love a little bit of time just to myself. That’s definitely part of my incentive to keep going.


  6. mrshsfavouritethings April 13, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    I used to love running. The sense of freedom. The time spent in the fresh air, soaking up Vitamin D and exercising. It was time to listen to my favourite music and think. It was also very relaxing (odd, as that may seem). I haven’t really been running since we were trying for Little Miss H. I do miss it. But I can never find the time anymore. I am so glad that you prolapse recovered enough for you be able to continue running. And what wonderful scenery you have to run around. Hugs Mrs H xxxx


    • tenminutesspare April 14, 2015 / 5:49 pm

      Yes I’m so lucky to live by the coast. It’s a fabulous place to run. I definitely have less time now I have the two little ones but I do still love to get out when I can. I have some truly incredible friends who have run half marathons after having a couple of kids. It sort of puts my efforts to shame but I do find them inspiring too.


  7. heleddinlavender April 13, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    You have a very, very pretty run! I really don’t go out running very often but I’m suddenly feeling really inspired! Thanks for sharing #sundaystars xxx


    • tenminutesspare April 14, 2015 / 5:51 pm

      It is gorgeous for a run round here. I am a bit boring in that I do tend to stay along the coast most of the time. There are loads of other fabulous places but the sea is so close it always appeals to me. Perhaps when I start doing more I’ll venture inland too.

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  8. Dragons And Fairy Dust April 14, 2015 / 8:07 am

    What gorgeous pictures, with scenery like that it must be inspiring to get out and run. I love running but not been out much recently. You have inspired me to start again


    • tenminutesspare April 14, 2015 / 5:54 pm

      I think running is one of those things as you start doing more it gets more addictive. I hope you find time to enjoy a few runs soon.


  9. plaguedparents April 16, 2015 / 11:58 pm

    I love that, running with gratitude. I also love running, although Ive seriously lacked motivation lately. This week has been good, so Im getting back on track!


    • tenminutesspare April 18, 2015 / 9:45 pm

      I know sometimes it can be hard to find motivation. My next blog post is about barriers to exercise as a parent; time and motivation both feature quite highly!

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      • plaguedparents April 18, 2015 / 10:16 pm

        I will have to check it out!

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      • tenminutesspare April 18, 2015 / 10:17 pm

        😄 I just need time and motivation to finish it now!


  10. Mrs Puddleducky April 17, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Fab you put it beautifully. I too have those days where I can’t face putting my trainers on (like today) but it makes me feel so good when I do run and yes your right we should run with gratitude. I’m looking forward to my next run now, thanks! X


    • tenminutesspare April 18, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Ah I’m so glad it’s helped you look forwards to it. I hope you enjoyed it! I was at a park run this morning and it was just a perfect day for it. Really did feel thankful again.

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      • Mrs Puddleducky April 19, 2015 / 8:39 am

        I know what you mean, I’m looking forward to finishing my happy list tonight & going for an evening run 🙂

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