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I ran a half marathon 5 ½ months after giving birth. Here's what happened https://t.co/JtXJ3pkS0M

I ran a half marathon 5 ½ months after giving birth. Here's what happened https://t.co/JtXJ3pkS0M

In 2015 I became pregnant. The pregnancy was difficult enough that it put my running on hold, but in order to stay motivated I decided to sign up for the Rock ’n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon in July 2016—five and a half months after giving birth. Ambitious? Sure, but I felt it was doable. Running postpartum, and especially training for a half marathon was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, both physically and mentally. Not only was new motherhood exhausting, but I was also finishing up my dissertation and completing my PhD. Despite the stress, I learned a lot about myself while training. The experience has deepened my commitment to running and taught me four valuable lessons. Here’s what I learned: I Overestimated My Body When my doctor cleared me at 6 weeks postpartum to begin exercising again, I hopped on the treadmill . I could barely get through a quarter mile of...

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