The big day is finally here: my half-marathon takes place this Sunday! I’m excited to announce my main problems this week are worrying about getting to the start line (most of the roads leading to/from my house are along the marathon route and will be closed) and…what the heck to do about my milk before and during the race.
My baby still nurses about every 2 hours around the clock, but if I depend on him getting up with me at 5am to get ready to run, obviously that’ll be the day he sleeps in. So then I’ll need to add time to pump into my race prep. On top of breakfast and applying body glide, thinking about pumping makes me feel flustered.
But if I don’t pump, I might not be able to nurse him until about 10:30 in the morning if my husband is able to find me at the finish line and latch my son on right away. That’s a long time to run with engorged, milk-filled breasts.
So far, I think my best option is to assume Felix will wake up at 4:48 as he usually does (like clockwork. Ugh!) and plan to nurse him good and long before I leave the house. That will still mean I’ll have 5+ hours’ worth of milk built up by the time I nurse him.
Folks have been suggesting I buy a cheapo hand pump to use while I’m waiting around the start corral, to pump and just throw the whole thing away before I start running, but really? Standing on the street pumping amongst 25,000 other runners? I’m sure my body wouldn’t let down. Someone else suggested hand expressing in the port-a-potty. This might end up happening along the route if I get uncomfortable, but it sounds like a pretty nasty way to spend five minutes during my race.
I’m hoping the adrenaline and compression sports bra will help me finish without discomfort.
Have other nursing mamas run marathons or half-marathons before? What did you do about your milk the day of the event? Leave us a comment to help us brainstorm solutions!