Once a Runner | My Post-Partum Fitness Plans

Once a Runner | Freckled Italian

About halfway through my pregnancy, I really started to miss running. I had stopped quite a few months earlier as I got more and more into Pure Barre, and I felt uneasy starting up again since it had been so long--I didn't feel like a runner anymore.

Now I'm one month postpartum and itching to get back into a fitness routine, and I'm so excited to start running again. With a new baby and a very energetic dog I'll always have a running partner (I just need to get a jogging stroller), and it'll be so convenient to be able to grab the stroller or leash, lace up my shoes, and go (as much as I miss barre and intend to start teaching again in the spring, I know that working out in the studio is going to take a lot more planning when it comes to child care).

So when Mizuno reached out to me and offered to send me a pair of Wave Rider 21s, I jumped at the opportunity--I've been running in Wave Riders since my high school cross country days, and they always bring me right back.

I have just a couple more weeks until my 6 week postpartum appointment, and I'm anxious to see where my healing and recovery is at that point. I knew that labor and delivery would be the hardest thing I've ever done, but I wasn't prepared for how much I'd have to slow down physically after. I've done a few planks here and there in an effort to rebuild my ab strength, but I'm ready to incorporate a bit of cardio again soon. I'm so looking forward to that first chilly morning run in my new neighborhood, maybe with my new baby, finding a way to incorporate a new fitness routine into my new life.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.