In 2013 I learnt to run. I was so incredibly proud of myself and began to run five kilometres most weekends. I know it isn’t much but for someone who never ran before it was an amazing achievement for me.

I would get up early, when it was still dark and run along Blackwattle Bay. I loved watching the sunrise over the city skyline. It was pure bliss. Then we moved in early 2014 and I just didn’t know where I should run and I didn’t feel overly safe going that time of the morning.

So I stopped.

I missed it a lot and then I found out that I was pregnant. I didn’t think that I should start running again as it had been several months since I last ran and didn’t think my body would cope.

Now it is 2015 and I am slowly getting back into it. Scarlett is almost twelve weeks old.

I try to go for a walk each day and push Scarlett in the pram, which gives my arms a workout too. We just walk aimlessly around Olympic Park, following the footpath. I have even encouraged other mums to join me and starting in February a group of us will meet and walk around the park. I try to aim for ten thousand steps a day too and am wearing my fitbit all the time. It is amazing to see how many steps I get up to without the exercise, but it is nowhere near what I used to achieve with it back when I was working and running most days.

I am nourishing my body as best as I can each day. There are still times when I forget to eat, but I am getting better. At the moment, I get very worn out when I am walking and that is okay. I expected it. But I want to rebuild my fitness and begin to run again.

Running was bliss for me.

Oh, it was never easy but the moment I would hit a goal I had set myself that morning or when I got home and showered and was drinking my smoothie I always felt so amazing. All those endorphins created such a happy and positive me. It was perfect.

I miss that a lot.

Carly is a twenty-something first time mumma who is trying to move + nourish her body like before. She takes far too many photographs + spends any spare moment blogging. She currently is walking her fitness back until she can run again. Follow her on her blog or tumblr.

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