I DID IT. I actually ran 7 miles on the dreadmill. I kept telling myself that I could quit at 6 miles and tack 1 mile onto my recovery run tomorrow. So that was my little goal. But once I really got into the zone, I just kept going. It feels WONDERFUL.
It's been crazy at work and due to a late morning meeting, I was starving right before I left for my run. I tore into carrots and hummus. When I had polished it off, I realized I didn't take a pic. Oops. This is the gorgeous view I have from the gym:
Lunch was late due to the run and I brought last night's beef and barley soup:
So I have been asked before if it is possible to breastfeed and exercise. Now, keep in mind, I am not a doctor and am describing my own experience. Yes, it is possible. Once my supply regulated and Baby Boy's feedings became more routine (around 3 months old), I started with the Wii Fit. Once that felt "easy" I signed up for a 3 month gym membership and trained myself to run using the walk/run method. If I was hungry, I ate. Now I didn't take it as a free-for-all and just gorge myself. I drank a lot of water and listened to my body. I also counted Baby Boy's diapers to make sure he was taking in enough. I began training for the half-marathon officially in September 2009. Before then, I was logging about 10 - 15 miles a week. Since I began running longer distances, I do feel hungrier and I still listen to those cues. We've been successfully breastfeeding through it all. I have heard that extremely strenuous training (like Olympic training) may affect supply but I am not certain.
Other breastfeeding mothers out there, what has your experience been?