How I Regained My Form After Giving Birth - A Faith Kipyegon's Story

How I Regained My Form After Giving Birth – A Faith Kipyegon’s Story  | Kenya Athletics

Faith Kipyegon, a two-time Olympic champion, took over a year off from running and didn’t rush her return to fitness. How I regained my form after giving birth – A Faith Kipyegon’s Story.

The Kenyan took a 21-month vacation after the birth of her first child, Alyn, in 2018 before returning to the sport with fresh vigor.

She joined Shirley Strickland of Australia and Francoise Mbango Etone of Cameroon in completing the unusual feat at Tokyo 2020.

How I Regained My Form After Giving Birth - A Faith Kipyegon's Story
Faith and Alyn Credit: Faith Kipyegon Facebook

“That was what was in my head – I said I will defend my title and run as a mum,” Kipyegon said in an interview.


“When I took time out to have a baby, I took a full year off running: four months before the birth, another eight months after it. Coming back was not easy. Your body changes during pregnancy. I gained a lot of weight: I was 45kg before, 53kg after. Things were not as they were before. I lost all my fitness. I was tired all the time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t come back. It just takes time”, “Kipyegon has a lot of information.

“I took eight months of rest after she was born, breastfeeding her all that time. Then I started walking and jogging again, building towards the World Championships in Doha. I decided to move coaches for my comeback as I’m now living in Eldoret, which is close to Kaptagat, where my management – Global Sports Communication – has a camp overseen by Patrick Sang. He’s a really good coach, one who understood how my body was working as it came back from maternity leave. He gave me a training programme and although it was very sensible, it still wasn’t easy to complete all the time.”

How I Regained My Form After Giving Birth - A Faith Kipyegon's Story
Faith in Doha Credit: Faith Kipyegon Facebook

“My body had been inactive for so long and I was really tired going for long runs. Three times a week, I did gym sessions to strengthen my body and, after a while, my fitness started to come back”, Kipyegon clarified.


Her maiden race was in June 2019 in Stanford, a year after she gave birth. Kipyegon ran a faultless race in Doha four months later, winning 1500m silver and setting a Kenyan record of 3:54.22. “That was two seconds faster than I’d ever run before, a time I couldn’t perform before being pregnant, demonstrating what’s possible.”

“Life, of course, is different now than it was before. It took time to adjust, to find that balance between being a mother and a professional athlete. Yes, coming back is really difficult, but you don’t have to lose hope. All you have to do is make sure there are good people around you and to approach your sport with a fresh mind, to stay going on the road back, even when it’s hard. Remind yourself that you were a good athlete before, and you will be again.” she added.

Faith Kipyegon: “I can say running in Tokyo was great for me and doing it as a mother meant a lot.

“I dedicate my medal to my daughter.”

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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