For most moms, finding time to work out is almost impossible. Especially for moms of really young ones…and even more so for moms of multiple really young ones. Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who comes home from work and encourages me to go take some time to “do my own thing.” I spend about an hour a day at the gym, taking Spin class or taking Les Mills’ Bodypump class for an hour.
If you’ve never taken Bodypump I HIGHLY recommend it! It’s a lot of weight training and a little bit of cardio, but it will make your body incredibly strong and condition you more than you realize at the time. It’s incredibly challenging and exhausting…but you’ll see results quickly!
Before I had Noah, as many of you know, I played roller derby. I LOVED it, made wonderful friends playing, and got into killer shape. I played until I was 12 weeks pregnant with Noah (whoops) and then had to give it up. I went back to it 6 weeks after Noah was born and got back into killer shape again, getting back down to a size 8 by the time he was 6 months old…..and then when he turned 9 months old, I was pregnant with Peyton. So, no more derby for this momma.
When I was pregnant with Peyton I gained 60 lbs, almost 70. Everyone kept telling me the weight would “fall off” because I was breastfeeding. Yeah, no. It doesn’t work like that for everyone, and it definitely didn’t work like that for me. I’ve spent at least 4 days a week in the gym since the end of July and have lost 54 lbs at this point…but that was all blood, sweat, and tears. Nothing “fell off,” I can promise you that! Hah. If anything breastfeeding made me hold onto the weight longer because it made me SO hungry all the time, and I ate more (and less healthy things than I should have).
I decided about a month ago to try running a 5k. I have never in my life been a runner and could barely make a lap around the track the last time I tried. The first run I attempted after deciding to run this 5k, I ran 2 straight miles. I contribute this FULLY to Bodypump and Spin classes at the gym…that’s all I had been doing! I felt really confident that I could meet my goal of running this 5k, so I kept up the running routine and by the end of the second week I could run 3.1 miles in 45 minutes (ish). I felt confident going into the 5k, and my goal was to finish in 45 minutes or less with no walking.
I’m super excited to say that I finished my first 5k, the 2012 Mistletoe Run in Winston-Salem, in 37:27 without walking a step! One thing that I hadn’t prepared myself for was running up hills (I had only run on a track and the track was flat!). I’m proud of my time, and even more proud I think because I have never been a runner. I was always the kid at soccer practice that was bringing up the rear halfway hyperventilating because I just could never get the hang of running. I’m so excited about finally figuring it out! It’s nice to “be” something besides a mom sometimes (obviously I’m always a mom..but it gets depressing sometimes when that is your only identity).
I highly suggest the RunKeeper app for anyone that is considering taking up the hobby! The most helpful part about it is that it tells you your pace. For example, I know that I ran 11:30 minute miles today, because Runkeeper kept track. When I was running today I could speed up or slow down depending on the pace RunKeeper said I was running. Love it. And now I’m addicted…I need to get a part-time job to fund my new addiction! 🙂
Have any of you run races before? What was your very first 5k time?