5 Things New Running Moms Need

babyfri5Did you hear the good news? Oiselle wearing, pro runner, Picky Bar and Believe I Am founder, prolific blogger and Runners World columnist Lauren Fleshman had her baby on Monday. Mazel Tov!

You might have expected some nod to Father’s Day in this Friday 5, but instead, inspired by Ms. Fleshman’s little bundle, I decided to make this one a nod to mother runners. (I swear it has nothing to do with the fact that 99.9% of our readers are female.) While we’ve discussed big things to help new moms keep the running going after baby comes – things like running strollers and treadmills and babysitters – I thought I might share the 5 lesser appreciated little things all new running moms should have on hand after the stork arrives.

Guess which are the before pair and which are the after pair?
Guess which are the before pair and which are the after pair?

1. Big-ass baggy running clothes. Thought once you were no longer pregnant you’d slip right back into your old shorts? Think again. And the shirts. I still have shirts I wore before having kids that I have never again fit into even when I weighedย lessย than I weighed back then. Get yourself some granny looking shorts a size or two up from your regular shorts and a few large singlets or t-shirts. Trust me, you won’t want a fitted look for a while!

2. Black shorts. While we’re on the topic, make those granny shorts black. In fact, you might want to make them spandex granny shorts because you will likely tinkle in them for a few weeks if not months or maybe forever. And always put a spare in the gym bag.

How convenient!
How convenient!

3. Anti-chafing stuff and lots of it. Your body is different. It’s all puffy and lumpy and floppy in places it never used to be and you will chafe in the strangest places. Add in a little pee in the shorts and your anti-chafing stick will be your new best friend.

4. An extra bra. Boobs full of milk hurt when they bounce. Even boobs that used to be AAAs pre-pregnancy. Double-bag ’em. Wear two sports bras at one time until those jugs settle down.

5. Dry shampoo. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather run an extra mile when my kids are occupied than take a shower. Call me gross, but I ran an extra mile and I’m happy and don’t care. I spray on a little dry shampoo and pretend I showered and nobody knows. Well, unless I forgot a spare pair of shorts in my gym bag!

Any running moms out there have any other tips for new running moms like Lauren?ย 

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Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. For my oldest I had to carry a washcloth. She refused to eat as long as I was salty, and in those first three months, squeezing in a run AND a shower between feedings was simply out of the question! Plus with sweaty me, warm her, 90+ degree days, and (when modesty dictated) a nursing cover, a cool damp washcloth came in handy!

    And I totally agree with Erin on seeking professional help with the pee shorts. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s definitely worth a try! Usually your OB can recommend someone.

  2. Yes to the fact that despite weighing the same/less than before baby, nothing is the same. How does that happen? And where are my boobs? And my waist? Grrrr. Oh well, at least he’s cute ;)

    1. Another yes! I weigh less right now than I did before getting pregnant with #2, but the shirts that I was wearing at that time are too small.

      I recommend running skirts. The compression style shorts helps prevent chafing, the skirt covers up any leaking, and I’ve found the waistbands much more forgiving of my post-kid pooch.

  3. Oh the pee shorts… I think every new mom should do a few sessions with a pelvic floor physiotherapist, regardless of how pregnancy/birth/postpartum has gone. I’m almost at the point where I can run quickly downhill without peeing myself. Still have to think about it, but it’s not a given. One day I’ll get there!

    I second the sports bra!! I bought an Enell bra and that was the most serious sports bra I ever wore, but my gigantor, full-on-breastfeeding breasts were so much happier to be locked down. Added bonus, I could still nurse my little guy without too much hassle (getting put back in was hard, but you win some, lose some) which was really important in the early days of getting back into running when I’d get the frantic phone call from home that he was up and I needed to hustle back and feed him, or when he’d need to nurse mid-run on our stroller runs.

    It was also really important that I had food waiting for me when I got home from the run- i was so hungry all.the.time. and especially so after a workout. Having a bar I could scarf down while taking care of the kiddos was most helpful!

    1. That’s a good point about the pt for the pelvic floor. I like to make pee shorts jokes, but I should actually also provide useful information about avoiding them one of these days!