How Running is Like Childbirth

Do you know what I think is REALLY funny?

I pushed two human beings – 7 pounds 2 ounces and 8 pounds 9 ounces- out of my lady bits with no medication or assistance besides the strength of God and the power of my brain.

And it hurt like Hell and I am seriously considering never doing it again after pushing Joshua out.

{A sweet 5th grader saw Joshua the other day and said, “ he has a big head” and I am thinking, girlfriend, YOU HAVE NO IDEA.}

But on to the funny part.

I can push A PERSON out of my body but then I run four miles and complain about how hard it is and how much it hurts my legs and my lungs. Does that make any sense to you?? Because I am just trying to figure this out.

The reason I was able to deliver naturally was not because I have strong lady bits. (My nurse did tell my I had a weak uterus because, apparently, I bled like a lot a lot after birth, and that comment actually made me pretty irritated. Do not tell me I have a weak uterus after I give birth, thanks very much.) I was able to deliver naturally because of my thoughts, among other things of course.   I told myself I would. I believed I could.

{And, I don’t mean to get all spiritual on you, but God did His part too and I give all the glory to Him.}

In conclusion: Running is easy compared to labor and delivery, so the next time I feel pain while running I’m going to think about the pain that I had and conquered during labor.

13.1 miles ain’t got nothing on me.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

4 thoughts on “How Running is Like Childbirth

  1. funny that you posted this today as I gave birth to a sweet baby boy at home this morning <3 weak uterus? yeah right!

    keep working girl you're doing great !

  2. So funny…and true. I've given birth 4 times and I'm a runner and everytime I start to run again I think how unbelievably hard it is! I also think to myself “why do I do this?” It is torture!

    It gets better…I promise. Unlike labor, running gets easier. Like labor, it is worth it in the end 😉

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