The way I see it, I already look “pretty good for having 3 kids.” I’m 5’6″ and wear a size 6-8. Based on the statistic that the average American woman wears a size 12-14, I’m starting ahead of the curve ball. But, this isn’t about weight loss for me, and this isn’t a competition between myself and other women, or a comparison. It’s about me. Without exercise, my body sits comfortably (or uncomfortably) at 155-ish pounds (mostly in my hips and ass). At the height of my fitness (before baby #3) I weighed 135 and wore a size 4. Good for me.
Do I want to look like this?
Derek Hough called his supermodel partner on Dancing With the Stars something I never forgot…”deceptively unfit.” I don’t want to be skinny; I want to be fit.
So, do I want to look like this?
Again, hell no.
But I want to be healthy and fit. For me. I want to push myself to do more. And I want to sit back and be amazed at what this body and this mind that God gave me can do. Because, let’s face it, running is 80% mental.
The first 5k I ever ran took me 34 minutes, but I ran the whole thing. At the end, I was so proud. But I was also kind of smug. I did it. I knew I could. Bring it on.
And so I became a 5k runner.
I ran more than a few. I got my time down to 24 minutes and started to think about longer distances. And then I got pregnant, and I quit running. Or, I took time off. Now, I’m back.
So here I am, 30-year old stay-at-home-mom of 8 year old, 6 year old, and 8 month old girls, ready to prove to myself what I can do.
I can run a 5k. It takes me 32 minutes again, but I can do it. It surprises me how quickly running has come back to me, like my body never forgot, but the speed is taking more work.
September 1st I will be running my first half-marathon in Virginia Beach. Follow along with my training.