In March 2016, Mudd Matters was born. Why was it born? In all honesty it was the only thing that would stop me from feeling like I wanted to kill Steven for knocking me up. When I found out on New Year’s Day that I was pregnant, I couldn’t get my head around it and for the first 3 months I really resented Steven because he was adamant that I was NOT allowed to do any OCR’s or running. Mudd Matters was my way to keep my foot in the door and keep my sanity.
Let me just explain here that Steven is a god send and I love him to bits. He didn’t in any way, shape or form MAKE me have a baby with him. It was just that when we had decided to try for a baby, I never in a million years thought that it would happen as quickly as it did.
One of the hardest things I found initially was to still go to events with him and support him, watching my friends’ enjoying themselves, boasting about how amazingly they’d done.
My aim for this year was to smash into the OCR world with a bang after working on my fitness for quite some time. I was well on track when I was ranking 3rd in the OCR Community at the start of the season.
Since March, Mudd Matters has really grown significantly with followers from Canada to Australia and everywhere in between. We have been approached by companies asking us to review their races and products which is quite demanding between pregnancy, running my own business and being a mom to a delightful 7 year old so Steven jumped on board and he now does reviews for kit and products whereas I concentrate on race reviews. Once baby is born and I am back in the OCR world as a runner, I’d like to think that we will share both race and kit/product reviews.
As you can imagine, being heavily pregnant (especially in this heat) and walking around races doing reviews or as a marshal can be quite a strain on the body but work isn’t work when you love it right?! I won’t lie, the day after race day I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus and am totally wiped out but isn’t that kind of the same reason we do OCR? The “oh crap that hurts but in a satisfying sort of way” feeling. I’ve not been stupid and have spoken to my midwife and GP about what I do and have also maintained fitness by regularly walking 10k+, all of which I’ve been told is fine and baby is well.
As the months have gone on I have struggled to find anywhere or any group that can really help runners that are ‘out of action’ for sometime due to things like pregnancy, injury or illness. That’s why I’ve decided to start this section in ‘Our Journey’ to share helpful hints and tips that I’ve found along the way. A survival guide if you will. I’m going to share my experiences with people, what I found hard, ways I found to soften the withdrawal symptoms caused by not being able to participate and answer any questions people might have along the way.
I’d like to share my perspective from a pregnant woman’s point of view and give insights to my continuing journey from conception right through to managing fitness and caring for baby e.g breastfeeding and OCR’s. May I just point out that I am happy to help anyone, men and women, pregnant, injured or suffering from illness? Please feel free to contact me if you have any specific topics you’d like me to discuss or any questions. Until then, I hope you enjoy reading my posts and please remember that they are personal to me and are drawn from my own experiences so I just ask that you be respectful.
Keren – Mudd Matters