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Time stamp on this picture is 5:40am. This was 3 years ago. I would get up at 4/4:30 to run with @motherrunnermel and still have a functioning, amazing day afterward. I was running 18 milers just for the heck of it and was at peak fitness for myself. I look at pictures during this time of early morning runs and am jealous. I want that now. I know I love my babies more than anything but I’m struggling to get up at 6/6:30 just so I can have an hour to myself before they get up. I don’t spend this time running because let’s face it, I’m exhausted and my body hurts. But I do sip coffee, get caught up on work, or just sit in silence to mentally prepare myself for our chaotic days. Looking at my splits from this time period makes me sad because on a bad day I was still running a 9 minute mile. I’m no where close. My half marathon time this past weekend was 13:00/mi average. I am so thankful for where my life has taken me but sometimes I wish to go back here to dark, early mornings getting in a run. I know there will be a time where I can do this again but for now, I’m just dreaming. *sorry, @motherrunnermel I only had a select few pictures to choose from lol
Celebrate #nationaldrinkwineday by running this fun, charitable virtual run! Run any time, any where from February 15 - 18. Proceeds will be donated to @winetowater. Registration IS OPEN so register for a 5k or 10k and make your miles mean more! I'm excited to virtually run, cheers, and drink wine with you! Link to register is in my profile. What’s your favorite drink to come back from a run to?
Happy #medalmonday. I wanted to break down my half marathon since I know there are other moms out there that want to know the experience of getting back into it after having a baby. Mile 1-5: Splits 10:30, 10:16, 10:40, 11:49, 12:49. legs felt tired but the course was beautiful so I ran nonstop. Mile 6-9: splits: 13:17, 13:23, 15:21, 12:52. mile 6 was when I started to think “fuck this is hard.” This is so funny to me now because I used to run half marathons in my sleep, hungover, nothing could stop me. I turned up my music, pull my hat down so all I could see was my feet and the road, and just focused on one step at a time. This helped me get through miles 8-10. I walked at every water stop and every mile marker for as long as I needed then got to it. Mile 10-13: splits: 13:37, 17:28, 14:52, 14:04. I’m pretty sure I was shuffling at this point and was barely getting my feet off the ground. Moral of the story: I wasn’t expecting much from this race since it’s my first half back at 4 months pp. I was going into the race saying 2:15-2:30 would be great! I obviously re-evaluated around mile 8 and just thought to myself to finish before 3 hours. I finished in 2:54 which is a whole hour slower than my PR. I honesty don’t even care about that. All I care about is that I freaking finished after two babies 15 months apart and that I didn’t train really at all. Probably not the best for my body but I knew I needed this race to help me mentally get back into it. I decided I want to have fun this year and keep my distance at half marathons for the next year. When I get back to running marathons, I want my body to be fully recovered and ready to train hard. I also want to say that yes, of course I want to BQ just like every runner but it’s not the only reason why I run. It’s actually not even a reason for me. I run for the love of it and because I truly think it’s so much fun. If I ran just to finally get a BQ I would have quit a long time ago because that goal is so far away from me right now. So I’m listening to my body, respecting it, and letting myself have fun with 10 milers and half’s the rest of the year.
24th half marathon and 1st half postpartum is in the books! It hurt, I chafed, I smiled. This one definitely humbled me but I am so happy I finished. My time was 2:54 because there was A LOT of walking and shuffling going on. My half PR is a 1:58 so I’m very far from where I used to be but that’s okay. This body carried and birthed two babies and completed this half without any training. 👊🏻🥳 Thank you for all of your support yesterday!
First postpartum half marathon 4 months after having Mark. It will be my 24th half total 🤗 It’s my favorite distance in my favorite place with my favorite people here with me. Life can’t get much better than this. Except I’ll need to remember all this at mile 10 because I have NOT trained at all for this race. I hope the energy and race endorphins will help me get back on board now that I’m feeling more like myself after having Mark. Let’s do this! . . . #motherrunner #brooksrunning #brookswomen #garminfitness #momswhorun #postpartumfitness #fitmoms #instarunners #runhappy #runnerscommunity #womensrunningcommunity #inspiringwomenrunners #werunsocial #strollerrunner #marathonrunner #runnersofinstagram #thesemotherscanrun #halfmarathontraining #postpartum #womeninspiringwomen #womenshealth #runnerslife #igrunners #runforlife #runningmotivation #runlikeagirl #igfitmoms #furtherfasterstronger #postpartumjourney #fitmomsofig
Last run before this weekend is done! Let’s be honest, the @charlestonmarathon 1/2 is going to hurt. I haven’t trained. I have been very respectful and patient with my postpartum body which is WAY more than I did after Charlie. I’ve run, yes. I haven’t run more than 6 miles. This will be my 25th half marathon so I KNOW I can finish. But it’s going to hurt. That excites me though. Charleston is our favorite place. We feel like we are going home when we take a long weekend there. We always stay in AirBnB’s and even have our favorite neighborhoods to stay in 😬. Tell me what your favorite place is that you don’t live in in the comments! . . . I am so freaking excited to run my first postpartum half at 4 months pp this weekend.
I barely showed my stomach even before I had kids. I don’t run in a sports bra and don’t wear really anything that’s revealing in any way but I know there are other mamas out there that need this. The ONLY reason I post pictures like this now is because when I had Charlie, I found all of these amazingly fit moms that still had six packs and no stretch marks. I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE MOMS. I have stretch marks galore on my hips and lower stomach. I have no where near the muscle tone I used to have (I didn’t even have that much before I got pregnant) and I had to buy a size up in every piece of clothing I have. Even some of those don’t fit me right. But this is reality. I am an average runner and mom. I love balance. I don’t kill myself in workouts because I have better things to do right now for my body and my family. The left is 2 months pp and the right is 4 months pp, yesterday. Mamas, there are fit moms of all shapes and sizes. I promise you that you are not alone if you look on social media and think “why the hell cant I look like that after having a baby?” Own your flaws. They are yours! And they are there because your body made beautiful babies. . . . #motherrunner #brooksrunning #brookswomen #garminfitness #momswhorun #postpartumfitness #fitmoms #instarunners #runhappy #runnerscommunity #womensrunningcommunity #inspiringwomenrunners #werunsocial #strollerrunner #marathonrunner #runnersofinstagram #thesemotherscanrun #halfmarathontraining #postpartum #womeninspiringwomen #womenshealth #runnerslife #igrunners #runforlife #runningmotivation #runlikeagirl #igfitmoms #furtherfasterstronger #postpartumjourney #fitmomsofig
Before today, three miles felt like a long run. Anything over 30 minutes was so intimidating to me. Postpartum running is physically tough but it also killed my mental game. I’m 4 months pp and just ran my first “easy” 4 miler. It felt so great. And dare I say, even felt like a short run. I was able to run with just my first and best running buddy 🐶 and it was glorious. 4 miles at 11:21/mi pace. . . . My #dailycelebrationlist: 1. This run. 2. I was able to get two times this weekend without the kids and it was amazing. 3. Clean cars. We vacuumed our cars out and with two kids and a dog that sheds, it was much needed. What is one thing you celebrated this weekend!?
TGIF!!!! So ready to relax this weekend and have some family time. I know the holidays were just here but I feel like with everyone hosting parties, families, and all the festivities you never actually get just alone time with family. Today completes my first week at my new job and I’m loving it. It is a little chaotic on days when Charlie doesn’t have preschool but I’m determined to figure out a schedule. I’ve been resting my knee to get it *somewhat* ready for next weekend’s Charleston Half. I know I can finish it but this one is gonna hurt 😬. Today’s #dailycelebrationlist is: 1. The fact that we live so close to so many amazing state and national parks. 2. For being able to run with a @garmin watch again - I didn’t think I’d miss one that much until I lost my old one. 3. Walmart free grocery pickup because working mom life.
My last post explained that this year I want to celebrate everything, mostly the little things. After a tough day, I needed to focus on the good. So here is my #dailycelebrationlist for today: 1. Charlie now eats more off her spoon or fork than ever so that’s a win. 2. I finally learned you have to pause after you say “Alexa” for her to listen to a command 🤦♀️ 3. My computer is donezo after getting milk spilled on it (my fault) but now I get to pick out a new one so that’s exciting. 🥳 Tell me: what are you celebrating today? What little victories can you focus on?
My word for 2019 is CELEBRATE! I love celebrating other people’s accomplishments, motivating them, and seeing my friends and family be successful. But I always have such a hard time celebrating myself and my victories. I am choosing to celebrate myself more in 2019. The small victories. I’m not talking about celebrating a PR or longest run or crushing a huge goal. I’m talking the small stuff: my failures because I learn from them, my every day tasks that seem impossible to complete some days, my every day runs even the ones that don’t feel good. I’m holding it to myself to celebrate my “having two babies 15 months apart” body that looks nothing like before. . I ran my longest run postpartum today: 6.2 miles on the treadmill at 11:03/mi pace. I call that a win and something to celebrate! Ending 2018 with a bang and starting 2019 ready to celebrate, laugh, hug, clap, and everything more.
Over 10 virtual races and over $19,000 raised in 2018. I am SO beyond thankful that this community has supported my races and the charities we run for. Starting More Miles Races was a little hobby of mine because I love to give back by doing what I love: running. I started my first event for Stand Up To Cancer in 2014, raising $1,500. Making connections with runners around the globe and building relationships with the nonprofits we support is absolutely amazing. Thank you. Thank you for running my races and helping me support those in need. ---- #motherrunner #brooksrunning #brookswomen #garminfitness #momswhorun #postpartumfitness #fitmoms #instarunners #runhappy #runnerscommunity #womensrunningcommunity #inspiringwomenrunners #werunsocial #strollerrunner #marathonrunner #runnersofinstagram #thesemotherscanrun #halfmarathontraining #postpartum #womeninspiringwomen #womenshealth #runnerslife #igrunners #runforlife #runningmotivation #runlikeagirl #igfitmoms #furtherfasterstronger #postpartumjourney #fitmomsofig
3 treadmill miles while Charlie and Mark napped. We’ve had a few really busy days so instead of hoping they would be quiet during a stroller run so I could have some me time, I just opted for the treadmill so we were all happy. Moms, take the easy way out some days. It feels so nice. 🤗 11:34/mi pace with some knee pain but I think the tape is helping! I am so fired up about my 2019 hopes and dreams that are running related and just life goals. It’s going to be a wonderful year my friends. Believe it. . . . If you didn’t see in my stories last night, @runstrongmama and I started a virtual run for @rny_runner31 and her family. She was planning to run her half marathon PR on her 33rd birthday next week. She was in a pretty serious car accident on the 27th so we are rallying runners together to help her complete her goal. If you can run 1 mile or 13.1 miles, run with us! 🏃♀️register in the link in my profile and get your #runforsara miles any time, any where from January 1-7.
More pictures from this morning. Mornings like these make me realize how grateful I am for this family and this life. ❤️
Our family hike this morning was exactly what all of us needed. Beautiful weather, sunshine, fresh air, and 2.5 miles of muddy trail. This is the best way to start the day and weekend for us and want to make more of an effort to do this more in 2019. What are some of your 2019 goals to help simplify and relax?
Wow 2018 was wonderful, hard, fun, surprising, everything I could never imagine. I found out I was pregnant with Mark on NYE of 2017. We had him only 15 months after having Charlie. I fell back in love with myself and running. I found out how hard it is to be a working mom, wife, and runner all in one day. And I’ve run more stroller runs than solo ones. I am so excited to see what 2019 has in store. It already is shaping up to be a pretty great year for our family. 💕 What was a highlight of 2018 for you and what lessons have you learned?
5 miles today in the sunshine ☀️ It was my longest run with the double stroller. Ran at a 12:03/mi pace which I don’t really care about pace right now because the stroller is HEAVY with two kiddos on board. I walk almost all hills I come across. . . . Power to all the moms who take 30 minutes to pack everyone up so you can get out the door for even just 15 minutes of fresh air and do something for yourself. Power to us for feeding everyone else before we feed ourselves even when we are starving from a run. Power to us for getting in any mileage since mom life is so unpredictable. Power to us for pushing 50+ pounds almost every single run just so we can stay sane. Power to us for just wanting to take care of ourselves even if it means dealing with a whiny baby (or two) and just give them as many snacks and toys so you can have an okay run. Power to all mother runners out there doing anything to just get it done. 💕💪
We are in recovery mode this morning after a very busy, crazy and joyful couple of days. I do have a goal of getting in 4 miles today outside but for this morning, we are watching TV and reading books with Charlie. How are you recovering?