😁 I just created that. Although let’s be honest, a lot of days as a mom who runs require tons of perseverance. Even with Rhett gone to my in-laws, Tucker tested me as usual! I swaddled him and successfully got him down for a morning nap and hustled to make my deviled eggs and keto dressing, but of course that only lasted about 25 minutes before he was awake and screaming. So I changed and tried to take him out in the single stroller for some fresh air. I started to pump up one of the tires that needed a little bit of air, but it deflated completely and wouldn’t reinflate 🤦🏼♀️ So even though I didn’t really want to, I figured I could push him in the double still. It had a tire that needed a tiny bit of air, too, so I tried to air it up, and yet again, just lost all its air! Stupid pump! So I went to plan C, left Tucker in his seat, said a quick prayer he would decide to sleep, and hopped on the treadmill at 6 mph for an easy effort. He didn’t start to fuss until after 2 miles, so I called it at 2.5 and quickly threw in 50 air squats. I guess watching me squat repetitively was hypnotic cause then Tucker was mega chill and even sleepy-looking, so I cranked the mill back up to round the run out to 3 miles. A 10:00 mile is tougher after squats 😂 but hey average HR 132!! That makes me proud. Who’s ready for thanksgiving?! I’m super thankful for my treadmill!
New post-baby #3
distance today. I’m pretty proud of myself for taking it slower than I have in the past after having a baby. I’ve been back to running now for five weeks and hadn’t gone above 2 or 3 miles yet before today. And I walked a couple times in this run when I felt like it 😊 I wore my Philly marathon shirt and realized it’s been almost 10 YEARS to the day since I ran it. It was my first marathon and it was so special to me. I grew up outside of Philly so my dad came out, and my friend Ashley ran the last 6 miles with me. I finished in 4:35:15 and immediately started looking for more marathons to run. I even got the symbol from the logo tattooed on my ankle as a reminder of my love for running and the journey I’ve gone on (Philly was also my first half marathon in 2007). If all goes well with my running I may return to this race next year as my comeback marathon. The temptation is strong but we will see! Swipe for marathon memories from 10 years ago, 11/23/2008 💙
I think I spent more time stretching before and after running than actually running! If felt good to shake out these legs, but not THAT good.
Tomorrow’s Turkey Trot 5K, just a few days after the half marathon, has me wondering if I should just take it easy and have some fun... or try to beat my time from last year?! 🤷🏻♀️ I have a feeling once I get there I will be in the mood to attempt another PR. Anyone else with me?!
It doesn’t feel like tomorrow should be Thanksgiving!! Save travels this weekend! 🦃 • Sports bra: @oiselle
🏃🏻♀️ #6monthspostpartum #shakeoutrun #treadmillrun #wednesdayworkout #thoroughbredclassic
but today I ran on my treadmill and it was really a jog, so here’s my last @runarete_oakland
team huddle at the track at roughly 6AM before I gave birth. The time spent running the Oval Office with these ladies really helped get the little lady out. (Really, bcuz when I went to the hospital the day before the doctor said the baby was still “too high”. Not so much after a track Wednesday!) 🤪🥰
This workout was...interesting 🤣 I drove to the track and ran the first part. Then it got real dark real fast and I was alone (there’s usually always others there) - and I just didn’t feel safe 😕 So, I drove a mile to a more populated area and finished the workout on rolling hills (not ideal but way better than not feeling safe). I was frustrated as I drove but as I started the second part of my workout I remembered that 1. I’m tapering 2. This minor blip will not make or break my marathon time 3. Better safe than sorry 4. Don’t take your running that seriously...it will ALL BE OKAY! I felt good which is all that matters 🏃🏼♀️🙌🏼 .
My workout was too messy to type 😂A mix of 2x2 mile repeats @ 8:20 plus 8x30 sec hill sprints. Splits for 2 mile repeats were : (8:18, 8:19) (8:14, 8:01)👌🏼
I’ve been feeling all over the place lately. Ever since I ran the Marine Corps Marathon, I’ve been feeling a little lost with out a training plan or a future goal. I’m so ready for a NEW FRESH CONSISTENT routine. But in the mean time, while I figure out what’s next, I’ll be running to and from my errands. Yesterday, I ran to and from Starbucks, picking up leaves on the way, for my preschoolers fall project. Today, I ran after picking up groceries, for thanksgiving dinner, from Costco to the house. Although, I have no idea how far or how fast I ran, I certainly enjoyed all the fall colors. This wall of red trees are by far my favorite! Even my 3 year old was in awe of them. 🍁
One of the biggest mistakes women make after delivering their baby 👶is go back to running or other high impact activities TOO SOON- before their pelvic floor and core are really healed. High impact includes sprinting/jog/run, jumping rope, or HIIT and mommy boot camp classes where they have you sprinting and jumping. ❇️There is so much pressure to “Get your body back” after 👶 especially on SM with all the celebrities with flat abs the day after giving birth. ❇️Women are so desperate to lose the baby weight and think doing all of the CARDIO is going to get them there faster❇️We get it. We’re athletic moms too. The women in our PT practice have done Ironman and countless 🏊♀️ 🚲 run 🏃♀️ events/races. We’ve made all those mistakes and have learned the smart way to approach postpartum core rehab after pregnancy 🤰 We want to help you get back to fitness the SMART way too❗️Proper Strength Training to rebuild and rehab your core and pelvic floor should be the FOUNDATION before you layer on impact and higher level fitness. ❇️Smart training can help prevent or mitigate issues like diastasis recti, prolapse and stress incontinence (peeing when you cough/sneeze/run/jump). ❇️If you’d like some help getting back to fitness, DM or call us 925-222-5446 to learn more about our Core & Pelvic Floor ReBoot Camp workshops❗️#diastasisrecti #prolapse #running #postpartumrunning #strengthtrainingforwomen #sanramon #postpartumfitness #postpartumbody #mommybootcamp #coreexercises #coreworkout #pelvicfloor #corerehab
I see you, tired friends. Today was an active recovery day, and I embraced it. My running coach @mamabear_runs_marathons
has been working with me to SLOW DOWN, and today I took her up on it. It goes against my very nature to take it easy. I’m sure many of us can relate, as we dart from one thing to the next as fast as we can muster. But, we need the down time. I don’t think I’ve ever looked more lovingly at a few days off from work, which will come later this week. Glad to have some time built in to rest and recharge physically and mentally, and enjoy the week with the people around me. Cheers to an easier few days and hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.
The holidays are almost upon us & I was recently asked to chat a bit about how I stay motivated to stay fit through holidays & the cold of winter when it’s so easy to stay curled up on the couch. First let’s be clear, I am totally going to eat gravy covered everything this Thursday & bake an obscene amount of Christmas cookies (sampling them all of course) & generally enjoy all the food that goes along with this wonderful season. What I’m not going to do is say “ oh well I want to binge all the goodies & holidays are busy so I just can’t right now. So go to the comment section for a handful of my tips for staying fit in the holiday & winter season 💁🏼♀️
Oh hey. Yeah. Gonna do this thing again...but for real for real.
❄️ Winter Fitness Goals ❄️
I love reading other people’s seasonal goals, so I thought I would share my own. Dig out your toques and Baileys people.. Winter has arrived in Canada 🇨🇦 🍷 Here’s the plan..
• Keep up with 4 runs per week, at least one being outdoor (preferably 2)
• Stay on track with the BBG workouts 3 times per week. I will have completed the 12 week program by early January. I’m tempted to either carry on with weeks 13-24 or start a new cross training program. Suggestions?
• Enjoy our daughters first Christmas “fun run”. I can’t wait to see how excited she gets when she realizes SHE gets to run! She loves going to races.
• Participate in a December fitness challenge to stay motivated over the holidays (I’m not a fitness coach and I’m not interested in getting one). I just like a structured challenge 🤷🏻♀️💪🏻
• Participate in some local races. So far, I am registered for a Christmas Fun Run 👆🏻 and another 5K road race. There is another winter race I have my eye on that I will likely register for as well. This is my first winter running outdoors, so I’m not setting any specific time goals for those. I’m quickly learning that navigating through puddles and snow banks doesn’t make for quick runs.
• Start my 9 week half-marathon training plan in the first week of January.
• Run my first half marathon before I return to work in March!
That’s a lot. But I’m excited. Plan, and execute. That’s what it’s all about people!! 😉
Do you have any winter running goals? Have you registered for any winter races, or do you hold off until spring?
#winterrunning #mondaymotivation #fitnessgoals
🏃♀️Race Recap- DSM 1/2 Marathon 2018🏃♀️ One mile. That’s where I began my journey. I laced up my beat up tennis shoes May 1st. Eight weeks postpartum with baby #3
. I struggled to complete a single mile- but I knew if I didn’t accept that I was out of running shape- I’d never run again.
I needed a goal. A big goal. So, I signed up for a race I had done 3 times before children- The Des Moines 1/2. It’s a wonderful race for beginners and we’d be able to visit family while in town for the race.
I also, somehow, convinced my husband to run it with me. A self-proclaimed “Run-hater!” Our training was a struggle the first 8 weeks. Running never seemed to get easier and 3 miles felt like 100.
However, I finished almost every training run without walking...no matter how slow I had to go. I finished.
The miles got easier, more enjoyable, and less labored. Until we worked up to 10 training miles- which we both completed with ease.
We were ready for Oct. 21st! We were able to run with our good friend Brian Heller, who helped David cross the finish line sub 2hours.
I ran my race- I doubted myself miles 6-9...but I never stopped, I kept running and at mile 12 I gave everything I had and finished strong only a few minutes after Brian and David.
It wasn’t my fastest time. But this race was my biggest accomplishment for many reasons.
Thank you to everyone who is following my journey. My goals have not stopped- and I hope to inspire others thru my story and also transfer my page to a personal blog in 2019!💕 #keeprunning
Photo Credit: @marylynnryan
If you never try, you’ll never know.
That’s soooo true for today’s treadmill run! I thought it was a fat chance that Rhett was going to go sleep in his bed after falling asleep in the car for five minutes, but he passed right back out. THEN Tucker was asleep in his car seat right as we were pulling in the driveway, too, so I thought maaaaaaybe he’ll stay asleep. But as I was getting him out of the car— BOOM! Wide eyes staring at me. So as quickly as I possibly could, I threw on my tennis shoes, changed sports bras, put him next to the treadmill and started it. He fussed for 3.5 seconds, then the noise of the TM pulled him into a state of hypnosis, and I cruised 🏃🏼♀️I ramped up slightly at first, then pushed it to the end of the 5k mark, and cooled down at 6.0 mph til 4 miles. Praise Jesus, y’all! It’s a great day to have a great day 🤟🏼[9:12, 9:06, 8:54, 9:44– avg HR 146!] Oh, and @kurts_runningfitness
I forgot to start my watch til a couple minutes in 😆 #motherrunner #momswhorun #motherrunner #ketorunner #lchf #movemorefitness #thesemotherscanrun #womensrunningcommunity #fitfluencer #floridafitness #runningmama #runningmom #datadrivenfitness #headandheart #trainsmart #findyourstrong #sauconyrunning #postpartumfitness #bodyafterbaby #postpartumrunning #3monthspostpartum #whole30runner #breastfeedingwhole30
Sunday RUNday!!! Redux!!
This Sunday was a near repeat of last Sunday.... EXCEPT!....I shaved 3 minutes off my time!! Woo hoo! 👊
We started at the dog park so Minnie and Radar could socialize with the other puppies! Then we got down to the running part. 🌼🌼
This time we ran with our Ironman jogging stroller...the package area is smaller but higher off the ground. Our other jogging stroller, the package area is really close to the ground and with Minnie's 18lbs in there, if the ground had any unevenness, she would bottom out and drag, creating added friction for me. 🙁
This time, in the Ironman, she was well off the ground!! That said though, I think she may be missing a bit of fur on her right ear! She was hanging her head out the side for the whole ride and when I'd have to lift the front wheel up to turn, her ear would tilt back and rub the back wheel! 😂. Couldn't have been that bad though...she didn't seem to mind! 🐶
The weather was overcast for the entire run, so it actually felt cooler than last time! 💦❤️
#Sundayrunday #babyrunner #radartherunningpup
Today my fourth baby is one! We revisited the scene of the crime this morning and decorated chocolate birthday cake filled with homemade Oreo frosting this afternoon. 😍
Anyone else out there dealing with thyroid issues? I’ve been hypothyroid (Hashimoto’s) since I was a teenager and I’m having a hard time stabilizing my levels now postpartum. I’ve been swinging back and forth between hypo and hyperthyroid symptoms/blood levels which basically makes me a hot mess physically and mentally- but it does explain a lot of how I’ve been feeling these past 8 weeks. My endocrinologist adjusted my meds again, but in the meantime running has taken a bit of a backseat until I get more energy and some of my other symptoms start to improve. I’ll still get out when I can and if I have the motivation to, but for now and especially during these last 2 weeks of maternity leave I need to prioritize getting a little more rest and letting my body get back to “normal.” Today has been a good day and I had an awesome run, so I’m celebrating that for now!
Finally got outside for a run instead of the old treadmill. 2.5km on pavement felt really good on the legs and pelvic floor is getting stronger. .
The sun was setting so I took the @blackmarlinsports
LED bracelet bands just to be safe. I wasn't sure how comfortable they would be and I was quite surprised. I had one on my left ankle and the other on my right wrist and they didn't bother me at all! 👍
Oh hello winter running! It sure was chilly this morning, but I enjoy the colder temps. Especially when I’m not trying to hit any particular pace. Because I live in Chicago, my winter running wardrobe is probably bigger than my summer one. Finding quality gear that keeps you warm can be tough sometimes. And, I realized #myrunangel
can fit over my jacket!
My run actually felt really good this morning! I never know how long it is going to take my legs to recover from a marathon so I was pleased to see the paces when I felt like I was going easy. Now to enjoy a lazy Sunday and get prepped for the short work week!
What is your favorite piece of winter running gear? I love my Oiselle mittens!
#happyrunner #fitspo #fitlife #runtoinspire #momfitness #runnerscommunity #runloud
Today was race number 2 of my "Birthday Series." It wasn't fast by any means but it was faster than last month. I've not been able to run a ton yet being back to work and figuring the balance of school, babies, husband, life BUT I have been showing up for ME every day. I've been lifting and doing cardio on my non-lift days. ✨ I have goals and an amazingly supportive husband who ran alongside me and pushed that double stroller so our kids can see that this is important to both of us. ✨I'm looking forward to the little lady starting daycare in a week so we both get an extra hour and a half of me time before getting the kids. I cannot wait to see what gains I can make next month and I'm so happy to show these kids that fitness can be fun. (Pictures of the kids because, why not 😁) 📷 Tan snacking before the race
📷 Mila's WTF face as she woke up mid-run.
Today, I PR’d on a course that had me feeling defeated last year! 🦃 My goal was 1:45 and I smashed it with a 1:42:11 instead (7:48 pace). 5th female overall. 1st in my age group. 🏅
I couldn’t be happier with this run just 6 months postpartum. I teared up at mile 10 thinking about running this race pregnant with our daughter last year. The course has been a lot like my postpartum experience has been with her... hilly! But then I saw a sign that said “You got this! You’ve been through harder” and knew that was the case, sleepless nights, breastfeeding/pumping, a full time job, and postpartum depression/anxiety. All while also raising a toddler. It’s been a tough course, but I’m healing and we’re figuring it out and sometimes that shows through my runs. Like today. My babies not only give me strength, they’ve given me wings 🦅
🏃🏻♀️ #sundayrunday #gobblerhalfmarathon #halfmarathon #6monthspostpartum #flystyle #momontherun #runningmotivation #stopthestigma
7 miles done y’all! It wasn’t my best run by far, but I still finished my run and averaged a 10:23 pace. Not too shabby! Even though I took several walk breaks and it was crazy humid, it was my first run in my awesome new shoes! Pretty much like Christmas for a runner. I thought I’d share with y’all my long run essentials!
1️⃣ Mizuno Wave Riders. I’ve been running in @mizunorunningnorthamerica
since 2012 and haven’t looked back!
hand held water bottle
because the padding is awesome!
running skirt or Fast and Free crops. The phone pockets are amazing.
5️⃣ My @apple
Watch because I don’t go anywhere without it and it has a great run tracking capability.
6️⃣ Wireless Bluetooth headphones
7️⃣ My podcasts! Today I listened to @mydadwrotea
porno which is hilarious if you haven’t heard of it!
That’s about it! What are you long run must haves? Anything I’m missing?!
#thelongrun #sundayrunday #7miles #postpartumfitness #bodyafterbaby #backtome
Yesterday I ran one of my slowest half marathons but the weather was perfect and the beer was cold!
This was my first race back after having Cami!! I always give my body a year off from half marathons from the time I give birth because my body deserves that at the very least. God gives me the strength to train, prepare and work hard towards this goal. He allows my body to handle those 10 weeks of training. He gives me the strength and ability to run and complete the race. Things were a little different this time because I’ve spent the last 2 weeks sick, unable to run or even rest well. But I’m so grateful to have been able to run in one of my favorite races again this year and finish it (despite the slower pace and necessary bathroom break 😉)! Trying not to feel disappointed in myself (and the things I can’t control: being sick and unrested) and instead focus on the accomplishment of simply finishing. 💪🏼🏃🏼♀️🍻
To my friends who send me words of support - thank you!!! Your "good luck" messages, prayers, words of congratulations and excitement for me means the world!! Even the smallest comments mean so much - each and every one! Whether it's my 11th half marathon or my 100th, races are always a big deal. HOURS of hard work, pain, sweat (and sometimes blood and tears) go into the preparation for these events. So THANK YOU!!
#stephkruns #postpartumrunning #postpartumfitness #postpartum #13monthspostpartum #fitmom #motherrunner #shinerbeerhalfmarathon #shiner #shinerbeerrun #shinerbeerrun2018 #shinerhalfmarathon #shinerhalf #spoetzlbrewery @shinerbeerrun
So you want someone to PAY you to workout huh?! I always used to think cool it would be to get PAID to workout! Have someone come to your house and MAKE you get your workout in, have your meals basically made for you, have access to the BEST personal trainers and nutritionist around.
Well for FOUR WEEKS between Thanksgiving & Christmas, we are rolling out with our Holiday Hustle Health Bet Challenge! So basically -- you commit to YOUR personal fitness goals and by showing up everyday you will WIN a piece of the pot of money!! Did I just make you say.... SAY WHAT?! LOL!
So what's the catch!? There is none!! You don't have to be the "biggest loser", you don't have to lose the most amount of body fat, or anything like that, you simply must commit to: *Being active 6x's a week
*Drink a densely nutritious shake 7x's a week
*Log into an app to support you on your journey(right on your phone)
*Do this consistently for 4 weeks
Do those 4 simple things and you are guaranteed to win!! I am jumping ON this Health Bet and looking for 10 other ladies that would like to do it alongside me! I mean can you ask for MORE of an incentive than cash!? I know how the holidays can do a damper on your wallet with trips, vaca's, family in town, unexpected school supplies, etc. and a little extra income doesn't ever hurt, right?
Who would like to commit to this alongside me?! Comment "BET" below and I will send you more info!
#allbundledup #upstatenewyork #upstateny #fourthtrimester #postpartumrunning #postpartumjourney #postpartumfitness #5weekspostpartum #momofthree #momof3 #motherofthree #newmomlife
Does anyone else have a “gym idol”?? .
For over a year, I’ve come in contact every once in a while with a man at the gym in our little apartment complex. Throughout a lot of my pregnancy, I would be shuffling along on the treadmill next to him while he would crank up the incline and the speed. He was FAST and I always thought he was SO COOL! Well - tonight I finally forced myself to go to the gym after dreading my workout all day. He was the only other person there so we exchanged “hellos”and I cranked out my repeats. We both finished up around the same time and as he was leaving he said, “Wow! Great job! You’ve been working hard over there! Plus - it’s not easy to get to the gym on a Saturday night, so way to go!” 😩😭 “THANK YOU!!!” .
Isn’t it great when you come across NICE people? So refreshing. He totally made my day and he just reminded me that compliments are always appreciated by the recipient... so don’t hesitate to give them out! ♥️
It’s been a while!! Would you believe my last running post, I was pregnant and didn’t know it!
And 2 weeks ago, I did my last parkrun (walk) at #27WeeksPregnant
I’m at a point where I can’t run, and struggle to walk long distances so I’m going to keep myself busy stalking all things Australian Running until I start my next running journey in 2019! 👊💪
With some awesome coaches, therapists and running inspo in my life, I’m looking forward to all the ups and downs post partum running has to offer!
First 5k stroller run done! Little man did GREAT and we clocked in at 33:08 (10:40/mi). Fun tidbit, that’s still faster than my first 5k six years ago with no stroller. Looking forward to our next 5k on Thanksgiving Day!