To the Running and Fitness-Freak Mom's Out There!
For those who follow my blog and know me, it is no secret that I love running and I have been running for nearly 25+ years! I started running on Track & Field day at my middle school in St. Charles, Missouri and that's where I fell in love with running and challenging myself! From there, I couldn't wait to start high school and be on the Track team where I became the top runner in my district and later state. I hated the idea of competition but loved being out there with other runners and hearing people shout my name. It was pretty cool!
Later, the University of MO came knocking at my door and not only did I enjoy being on very talented team, I loved traveling meet to meet and meeting new people from all over the world. It suddenly became my world and I never stopped running.
After having my first child, I could not WAIT to run again. I did not run during my pregnancy because I was FOR CERTAIN the baby would fall out. I was nothing but belly and I could not see myself running without damaging the baby! Good thing because after I had her, I had to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! My husband made me wait about 3 months because he knew if I started back right away, I would have put 200% into it and probably would have injured myself. He surprised me at the 3 month mark and came home with a jog stroller, I was back on the road and my baby LOVED IT! Not only did that jog stroller allow me to run at any time, it actually bonded me and my baby girl. I know that sounds nuts but instead of taking a "walkman" (yes, no ipods then), I could sing to her and she would love being in the sun and dancing in the stroller with me running up behind.
The second daughter came 3 1/2 years later. I got a bigger and badder jog stroller and good thing I did. My second daughter was a PISTOL and did not want to be still. It was about 3 or 4 months when I decided to start running again mainly because this girl was a little grumpy and "firey"! She cried all the time and did not like to be touched! WHAT? So, I put her in the jog stroller rain or shine and headed to the beach every day! That was the QUIETEST she had ever been and she LOVED going out and seeing the world. For the rest of the day, she was GOOD!
It's one thing to go out and run, release stress and stay in shape but it seems to be so much more for Moms of any age, size, color or background. Not that being a mom is any easier or harder than it was "back in the day" but we put more stress on ourselves to be the "super moms" we think everyone wants us to be. Don't get me wrong, having time to yourself or with friends while running is awesome but including those gremlins we call children can make a difference when connecting with your kids.
There are moms that have a hard time battling postpartum depression. Running, like any type of exercise, can definitely help improve your mood and attitude towards yourself.
That "baby fat" that we try and get rid of for the next 18 years of our lives, that's reason ALL BY ITSELF to get into running! Of course, with the right diet and some strength training along with our running regime, we can look forward to staying healthy longer and passing this great habit down to our children. Last, if you are like me and actually like your kids (yes, I haven't quite cut the cord), it is still a great family activity that everyone can enjoy. Walking and running are usually the first stages of introducing exercise into your lifestyle. So, ladies. . .hold those running shoes up "high to the sky" and declare running for your sanity! LOL!