Over a month ago now, I wrote my post about the New Mum Fitness Plan with Kiddicare and SportShoes.com.
My lovely new trainers have seen a lot if action. If sadly, not from running.
I have self-diagnosed myself with Post-Caesarean-Running-Fear (PCRF).
I don’t know if it’s a widespread condition but I definitely have it.
Baby G is six months old next week so technically, I am healed.
Physically, I get the odd twinge if I get out of bed too quickly and I seriously think my stomach muscles (or what is left of them) are shot to pieces.
Psychologically though, I am far from healed. I am frightened.
There, I’ve said it. I am frightened to run.
Having experienced a normal birth with Boo, I don’t think I was prepared for the difference having a caesarean birth would be.
Maybe it’s just me but I have definitely been more tired and it has taken me much longer to get over the birth.
As a blogger, it would have been so easy for me to pretend I had been running but I have decided to tell the truth in the hope that any other women suffering from PCRF would feel better.
I have been power walking around the farm with the pram.
The light nights and warm evenings have helped and the fact that for a few weeks, Baby G got into the habit of only falling asleep in his pram.
This is the beauty of New Mums Fitness though. You can go at your own pace.
Kiddicare recently spoke to Kimberley Wyatt about her experience of exercising whilst looking after a family and working. The fact that celebrities can talk candidly about these things can really help.
So if you’re expecting me to sign up for the next
marathon 5k, I’m afraid you will be disappointed. However if you fancy a power walk around our farm, you’re in luck.
I have a circuit route and I am trying to shave seconds off my time each week.
I may not be Olympic standard but I am quite pleased with myself.
I think I need a friend to run with, if just for moral support-you know in case my stitches come undone or something.*
I’d like to think PCRF might become a recognised condition. If it does, remember you heard it here first.
I hope in time to pick up the pace. Who knows, in another month I may have plucked up the courage to run.
Until then, you will see me doing laps of my little circuit and thanking SportsShoes that I have my lovely new trainers instead of my usual £4 cheap pumps which feel like I’m walking barefoot.
Have you suffered from PCRF? I’d love to hear your stories.
As part of her #MumOnAMission fitness programme, Kim and her team at InstructorLive have teamed up with Kiddicare to run an exclusive Fitness Event in London this August! To be in with a chance of winning one of five tickets, enter their survey now. That’s not all. Five runners up will win a brand new pair of Under Armour Micro G Optimum Running Shoes worth £79.99 from SportsShoes.com
*Please note I know my stitches won’t really come undone, I am just being dramatic.