Running early in the morning sucks monkey balls.
Milk production is at the highest level in the morning (since in theory babies are hungry from sleeping all night, ha), so even running after a feeding is uncomfortable. Ideally, I'd pump myself dry before I run so I could start with empty tanks, but since my little putz won't take a bottle, that's a recipe for wasted milk and a screaming, hungry baby when I don't have what she wants exactly when she wants it.
|Why cows moo a lot in the morning|
It will make you hungry enough to wonder if anyone would notice if you ate the dog.
Breastfeeding already makes you hungrier than usual and when you add running, you hit a new record of feeling both exhausted and starving.
|This is me by 6pm|
My grocery bill looks like we have an extra adult in the house because there is no way 2 adults and a toddler could possibly eat that much food.
Gone are the days of cute sports bras.
Normally, I am a nice normal bra size and I have a wide selection of attractive sports bras for my choosing. Nowadays, it's not so much a "sports bra" as it is a "boulder holder" and while effective, it's not cute at all.
|Moving Comfort Maia if you're interested in being like me|
Even with good undergarments, running feels extra jiggly.
Your boobs may be contained, but everything else feels like it's all over the place. Breastfeeding (for me) seems to make my body hold onto fat in unusual (for me) places like my butt. It's true, I've been hiding some serious whooty (white girl booty).
|A pic from my beach trip last week|
Breastfeeding drains your energy.
It's not just breastfeeding because having a little baby is tiring even if you aren't lactating. However, breastfeeding is a physical drain on your body, especially during baby growth spurts. I notice a huge difference in my running energy levels when the baby is eating more often.
It makes you a slower runner.
I don't have any science to support this assertion, but that's OK because who really likes science anyway?
However, I remember clearly that when I weaned with Faith (around this same mark of 3 months), my running endurance increased and I got faster. Not a huge difference (like 30 seconds per mile kind of difference), but I'm still blaming breastfeeding for my current slower paces.
If you scrolled through this and thought "Ugh, I don't want to read about this chick's leaky boobs and running", then I'm deeply sorry.