Comment of the week – 7.12.2014

The winner is a first-time commenter this week!  Is it you?
The winner is a first-time commenter this week! Is it you?

It was a close one this week. And by close one, I mean that until 6 am this morning I wasn’t even sure I’d get a Comment of the Week post done! But, as I promised weeks ago (okay, maybe just two weeks ago), I (Cilantro) and Comment of the Week, are back. I keep my promises.

As y’all are enjoying your pre-run coffee (or maybe you are already done?), we are excited to announce this weeks winner is a first-time commenter! Who takes home the Salty prize?

The winner is Jen, who commented on Ginko’s Baby Story post:

Long time lurker, saying hello for the first time. I absolutely believe that running and exercising throughout pregnancy helped with my recovery. I didn’t have easy labors. I was induced with my first at 42 weeks (42!), went through two days of unmedicated labor, and then ended up with an emergency c-section anyway, followed by a second c-section two years later. Obviously, they were not what I envisioned, but I know that being in good shape aided the time it took to recover. I was walking fairly quickly after my first kid and was cleared for light jogging after 8 weeks. Earlier with my second. C-sections are major surgery and 3 years later, I still struggle with core strength. That impacts running and my other tri sports, but I do a lot of PT. Had I not exercised throughout pregnancy, I imagine it would be a lot worse.

There’s no way to quantify this, but I also believe that my running helped me deal with horrendous depression after my first daughter was born. I was/am a late-to-start runner. I didn’t run until I was in my 30s, and I fell in love with how it can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. There are no many shoulds/coulds/what ifs about pregnancy and parenting in general. Knowing that I really only need to put one foot in front of the other to run has always been a welcome respite.

Congrats on your new baby!

Jen’s story resonated with us, and we really appreciate her stepping out of the shadows to share it. This week was great week of posts and comments; we love it when you let us know what you think and share your stories.

Wherever and however you run, have an amazing one!

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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