I’m excited to welcome Katie Brown today as a part of my REAListic Beauty and Fitness Challenge. Katie is a busy mommy, wife, birth doula, runner, and is co-blogger at TheMommyMiles. You may remember me joining the GetFRESH Challenge for April, yes? Well, Katie and her co-blogging friend Jess are the brains behind that operation (and the reason my tush is so sore at this moment). She’s here to share with us some exercise inspiration from her own life. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for her Five Tips for Beginning Runners. Thanks for joining us, Katie!
I was never a particularly “sporty” girl. I was tall and skinny and awkward (still am!), but I did always enjoy one sport or another. Even so, I was never the best and never truly excelled at anything in particular.
Later that year, my husband and I moved overseas to Scotland. We’d been married for four years and had spent the last year trying to get pregnant. For some reason things were not happening as they should and I had concerns that maybe I was exercising too much and my body was not taking to getting pregnant.
Exercise came in waves after that. I think my mind was distracted and confused by the fact that we were not conceiving. I ended up having a minor surgery in March 2009 and in July, I got pregnant!
We were thrilled to finally have a baby on the way after two and a half years of waiting. But as you mamas know, pregnancy is not the best time to get fit. I walked lot (because we had no car, I didn’t have a choice!) but that was all.
The pregnancy went well and in March 2010 our beautiful baby girl was born. I was one happy mama! Eager to get back in shape, I set out for a run when she was only six weeks old. Bad idea. Apparently I had not fully healed, if you know what I mean. That painful experience turned me off for awhile but I knew I would run again, even if it wasn’t as soon as I was hoping!
FINDING THE TIME
Last year I ran my first half marathon and I am currently training for my 2nd. I am not the fastest or the best and I certainly struggle. But despite my struggles, I am proud to call myself a runner.
Remember a few paragraphs ago when I said it used to be easy to find the time to exercise? It’s amazing how much easier it was to make time for exercise when I worked full time and had no kids than it is being a stay-at-home mama. Finding the time is challenging, but since my husband works from home I go running during nap time or early in the morning while he watches our daughter.
One day at a time, one mile at a time, is all I can do. When my daughter sees me put on my running shoes and knows exactly what I am doing and she gets excited to be pushed along in the stroller, I know I am making a lasting, healthy impression on her. If my own health wasn’t worth it already, she sure is.
Thanks for reading.
- Set a goal (5k is a great place to start… but any goal will do!)
- Make a plan (there are numerous training guides online, find one that suits you and your schedule)
- Have support (both at home and a running buddy or two)
- Forgive yourself for the times you’re not able to stick to your plan, just skip it and keep going.
- Don’t give up! (Starting over is much harder than continuing on)