Every once in awhile the stars align. As soon as the baby eats and there’s someone to take over the duties of upright-baby-holder-{reflux}/baby-cry-stopper/baby-putter-to-sleeper, I can get outside for the most glorious event in the world.

A run.

vibrams running shoes

There’s always laundry to be done, dishes to be washed, showers to be taken and work to be done, but when the aforementioned events occur about once every 2 weeks, you take advantage of them.

The year before I got pregnant I injured my knee doing what I loved to do: running. After a year of rehab, I was just starting to be able to get back into running when I found out I was expecting. Although I’d always pictured myself running while pregnant, I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I didn’t think twice about trading my runs for walks.

34 weeks pregnant

Pregnancy is notorious for messing with your joints and ligaments and I’d heard horror stories about what pregnancy can potentially do to your IT band. There was no way I was adding fuel to the fire that was my injury- I’d rather hang up my running shoes for another 9 or so months rather than risk permanent injury.

My entire pregnancy was loaded with statements like “if I can run again” and “we’ll see if I can run”. I questioned and wondered and hoped that my knee would make it through and I could pick up running again. I did what I could to keep my knee in good shape while I was on a running hiatus- squats, lunges, foam rolling, and stretching.

running gear

And now its time to see what will happen this time around as I lace up my sneakers and hit the pavement for the first time in almost a year.