Runner: 13.1 x 23 / 26.2 x 6. 🏃♀️ New mom 👶Certified race director.
Run the #campfirevirtualrun on November 27, Giving Tuesday! Every runner knows that the running community is second to none! Help us support our fellow runners, and others, who have been affected by the wildfire in CA. No matter where you live, you can help those in need by participating in this virtual run. Choose any distance from 1 mile fun run to marathon and run with us to show California that no matter where we are in the world, we are here to support! The link is in my bio. ------ There is an option to pay extra for the race pin, but 100% of the race funds will be donated to the United Way of Northern California, NorCal Disaster Relief Fund to help give cash aid with those that need housing, food, gas, and more.
2ish Mille run/walk today in beautiful 50 degree weather 🤗 so happy to get some sunlight and move my legs. I’m sore all. The. Time. Even if I don’t get much activity in. Is this a postpartum thing? . . . Also watch out for a holiday virtual challenge coming to you starting on Thanksgiving!
It was our six year birthday bash for my local #mrtt chapter 🎉 2 miles in the dark which I haven’t done in quite awhile. Forgot how fun it is to run at night without a dog or double stroller 😬 moms night out was exactly what I needed this weekend!
Rolling into the weekend like... . . . Happy Saturday!
I’m being patient with my body and holding myself to only running every other day so I can give it rest and focus on strength training. So we went for a 2 mile walk with the whole crew today and all the snow melted! It was a beautiful fall day 💕☀️ We stopped halfway at the playground 🤗 ITS THE WEEKEND. thank goodness we made it.
This little guy must have known mommy needed a run today because he just chilled in his Rock n’ Play literally the whole time. I think he was mesmerized with my music and the treadmill haha. Okay let me break it down for you guys: before kids I was a 8:30-10:00/mi runner. Could run for miles without getting tired and could/would run marathons without training. Today (2 months pp) I ran 3 miles at a 11:03/mi pace. I literally teared up halfway through because I realized it doesn’t f*$&ing matter what pace you run to be proud of yourself and to love running. I’ll never be an elite runner or at the front of the pack but you know damn well that I’ll take any mileage at any pace because I LOVE RUNNING. . . . It snowed today in northern VA and I’m not liking it so we’ve been inside all day which is why I opted for the treadmill while Charlie napped.
Hi everyone! I love getting know you all so I thought it was time I introduce myself again! 1. I’m Kelly, a 26 year old mom to two under two years old. Charlie is 1.5 years old and Mark is almost 3 months. 2. I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We were together 7 years before we got married, mostly long distance due to him being a Marine for 6 years. 3. I was in a hair modeling book you see at the hair salon for an updo back in 2005. I had braces and it’s just not flattering at all. 4. In 2015, I put together a running program for foster children to keep them active and healthy. 5. I am a working mom. I own two businesses: one is where I organize races and I am also a digital marketing consultant for small businesses. 6. I was a dancer for 15+ years competitively turned into a D1 rower turned into marathon runner. 7. I get my hair cut maybe once a year, I barely brush it, and never do anything to it. I only wear foundation and mascara. Literally those are the only make up products I own. And I bite my nails constantly. So there’s that. 8. My favorite music is 90s alternative rock and hip-hop/rap. Also back to dancing, I was in a competitive hip hop dance team and seriously loved it. 9. I graduated with my B.S. in Sociology and was accepted into a Masters in Social Work program. After talking to many social workers I ultimately decided to not go that route but part of me wonders what it would have been like. 10. I love dry, red wine and beer. I don’t like mixed drinks or any hard alcohol really. Although my birthday is on Cinco de Mayo so I do enjoy tequila shots then. Share one thing about you in the comments! Seriously love all of you 💕
Some days I feel completely helpless, defeated, and overall like a failure when it comes to being a mom. I feel like I can’t please anyone on the days when I don’t have time to even brush my teeth and the babies are crying and whining nonstop for hours. This postpartum journey has been tough even outside of running, to say the least. I love my kiddos with my whole heart but some days I feel so lost on who I am anymore. Thankfully I know that I have to force myself to run because let’s be honest, finding time for ourselves does not come naturally after kids. Running reminds me that I’m still me, and still strong. Both of my postpartum journeys made me appreciate and respect my love for running more and more. I force myself out the door because I have to schedule my runs, and everything else in my day. I don’t just get to run when I feel like running. But I know running is my thing. I’m hanging in there and I know this is just a season of life with two under two years old but I wanted to post this in case any of you mamas needed to see you’re not alone if you feel helpless. Find something that brings you happiness and do whatever it takes to MAKE IT WORK, make the time to do it. You will feel so much better and so much more like yourself.
My fastest postpartum mile guys! 9:14 pace, no stroller just Gunner and no @garminfitness because I lost mine so I’m wearing my husbands military watch 🤦♀️ it’ll do for now. Luckily I know all the routes and the mileage around my neighborhood. I was so excited to get out for more miles today but when we walked out the door it started to sleet a little bit so I ran a mile as fast as I could. 👊🏻🤗 boom!
It was 40 degrees here in VA this morning so we waited until the afternoon to get in a walk. 🤗 Beautiful fall weather for a 2mi walk with a group of MRTT moms and all the kiddos. I need to take a serious look at my training for my half in January so I don’t get injured. Should have a plan set in stone tomorrow! I don’t prefer to run outside in the winter so I feel like there will a lot of treadmill night runs coming soon.
It was rainy and gross all day today so you guys get a picture from this past weekend at the battlefields. The cold has been going around our house and doesn’t seem to be giving up yet. Charlie is still sleeping well but is super fussy when she’s up because the poor girl can’t breathe! Mark is waking up with a snotty nose that gets better through out the day. What are your cold remedies for toddlers and babies? I plan to get on the treadmill tonight for some miles. I’m kind of excited because I haven’t ran on the treadmill since March I think!
Happy Hump Day! Life has been a mess lately. A happy, exciting, overwhelming and exhausting mess. Life with two under two is no joke and I’d be lying if I said I was always happy. They both constantly need attention and it definitely gets to me and affects other areas of my life. This community has helped me so much knowing that I’m not alone so hang in there mama! It’s a season of life and we will miss the chaotic mess one day. . . . Walking our 2.2 miles for #virtual22challenge still. I’m ramping up my mileage but still hesitate and doing my pelvic floor exercises each day.
Take your dreams seriously. . . . I can’t tell you how many people I know that tell me about their dreams and then say something like “it’s silly” or “my dream is ____ but it will never happen.” TAKE YOUR DREAMS SERIOUSLY. I promise you won’t regret it. I used to be one of those people. And I know I’m not some world-wide known entrepreneur but I’ve always wanted to build a community that gives back. I’ve built my virtual races into something I love being a part of. I also now officially have my own social media consulting biz for local/small businesses. The two things that I’m very scared of failing but two things that I’ve dreamed about for awhile. Take. The. Leap. The only thing stopping you is YOU. . . . Picture is from a couple days ago since it’s so rainy out but we did complete our 2.2 miles for #virtual22challenge 🇺🇸🏃♀️
Happy Sunday ☀️ Congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend. I had serious fomo so after watching the NYC Marathon I packed up everyone and got out the door to the Manassas Battlefields to walk. Such a beautiful day to remember why we run. For me, I run for my sanity and to have fun! I also run to help those in need so this week I organized the #virtual22challenge to help end veteran suicide. We are running or walking 2.2 every day from today to November 11 (Veteran Day). 100% of the $10 registration fee is donated to @activeheroes 🇺🇸 Why do you run?
We challenge you to run 2.2 miles a day from November 4 - 11 to help end veteran suicide. 100% of your $10 registration fee will be donated directly to @activeheroes , whose mission is to support all U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through physical, educational, and emotional programs in an effort to eliminate suicide. #virtual22challenge —— Last day to register in order to get the official challenge patch is November 3! Link is in my profile!
The reality of postpartum: stretch marks, loose skin, cellulite, weight gain, exhaustion. With so many comments going on about women’s bodies, I hope we change the way we talk and think about our bodies. This is my body that has carried me through many miles for the past 8 years and completed seven marathons. This is my body that has carried two healthy and amazing babies 15 months apart. This is my body that I’ve manipulated, stressed, exhausted, overworked, and more. This is my body that I’ve just recently grown to love and respect. I have a list of reasons why my body isn’t good enough or the way it should look but I think it’s time I start focusing on what my body can do and not the way it looks. I think I owe it to my body after all it’s been through and will continue to do. To all you mamas, when you’re feeling self conscious just look at your baby or babies and feel proud to give yourself a pat on the back. YOU DID THAT. Look at all the miles your body has ran. Your body may not look like a model in the magazines but I promise you, your body is strong and powerful and capable of amazing things.
Felt defeated as a mom yesterday so running it was. Running has always been there for me: It was there for me when my parents divorced my freshmen year of college. It was there for me when I needed to meet new friends because my ‘old’ friends had stabbed me in the back and just weren’t good friends. It was there for me when so many friends and family members were diagnosed with cancer and still there for me when they passed away. It was there for me when Bobby was deployed and living across the country, where we’d only see each other maybe once every 8 months for 5 years. It was there for me when I needed to step up and be a role model to my friends when they were in bad situations. It was there for me when I wanted to find a way to help fundraise to so many causes that are dear to my heart. It was there for me when I was unemployed. It was there for me through both pregnancies. And it’s here for me now. My life has been in constant state of change for quite awhile and running has been a constant. I’m so thankful for that and I honestly don’t know what I’d do in this stage of my life as a mom to two under two if I didn’t have running.
Grateful for where I’m at. Excited for where I’m going. 🏃♀️ I ran a little over a mile constantly today at 9 weeks postpartum. This week I will be starting to train for my first half marathon postpartum, @charlestonmarathon. I don’t intend to PR or train high mileage, but I do intend to get my body and mind stronger than ever. I think I’m only going to run about 3-4x a week with two strength training day and really focus on my rebuilding my pelvic and core muscles every day. I’ve been doing pelvic exercises my mom, a PT gave me, almost every day and that’s been helping. Just the thought of training to build my endurance is giving me so much joy. I’m grateful my body gave me my two awesome kiddos but I’m excited to see how far I can go with this mom bod.