#MarathonMom and #FitMom and Dang Proud of That…Why #GoodMom Shouldn’t Shame
I recently came across a blog post titled: Dear #FitMom We Have a Problem
I found it via Blonde Ponytail’s post Dear #GoodMom We Have a Problem (which by the way, if you don’t follow her you might want to. She’s pretty awesome! Fit mommy of two!).
And as you probably could have guessed the first post really rubbed me the wrong way. I recently just posted something on ‘mom shaming’ on Facebook actually. It seems like no matter how you mother you’re always going to be doing it ‘wrong’ according to someone out there. The way Jess over BP responded is exactly how I would respond.
I want to look and feel like an athlete.
I want my son (and future child) to see that hard work, discipline and determination pay off.
Yes. I am a personal trainer. NO, I am not obsessed with 6-pack abs, tan skin and big muscles.
I am obsessed with empowering women to FEEL their best so they can accomplish the things in life that bring them joy. And being fit, healthy and strong makes achieving big, scary goals possible.
Not every mom is a personal trainer. Just like not every mom is a super nurse, doctor, earthy mom, sporty mom, lawyer, stay-at-home mom…we all walk very different paths and the world needs all different kinds of moms! The ONLY kind of mom the world DOES NOT need is a hyper critical, judgmental and hurtful mom.
The ONLY kind of mom the world DOES NOT need is a hyper critical, judgmental and hurtful mom.Click To Tweet
sigh I could write so much more on this topic but, I’ll just leave it at this. Read the two articles and let me know your thoughts.
As far as my training plan I created (for Rock n Roll Virginia Beach Sept 3rd) I’m kinda following it and kinda not. I had planned on an easy 10 this past weekend but I felt good so I ran 13. My ‘training’ really is all based on perceived effort and what my body tells me I can do. There’s absolutely NO reason to put any pressure on yourself to train hard during pregnancy. While you can safely run a few faster workouts pregnant (as long as that’s what you’ve been doing for quite some time before getting pregnant) then go for it! Just remember the 3 key things to pay attention to:
- HYDRATE like a boss. Always.
- Keep you breathing under control. NEVER run to where you can’t catch your breathe.
- Keep your body temperature lower that you would while not pregnant. Run in the shade, on a treadmill with fans, run earlier in the day. This is not the time to be all #bada&& which I’m so not a fan of anyway. My goal has never been and never will be to be a ‘total bad#$”. My goal is to be the best version God created me to be. And through this process hope to encourage others along the way.
I don’t train to be a badda$$ #motherrunner. I train to be the best version God created ME to be & encourage others along the way.Click To Tweet
Pregnant running miles
Miles ran week 11: 45.15
Miles ran last week (week 12): 46.93 (I neglected to blog last week. oops.)
Due to a clientele time schedule shift my ‘rest days’ will now be Tuesdays. Weird. But, looking at my schedule I have zero time for a run unless I want to run at 2:00 pm and my body just doesn’t do well at that time. And it’s too hot. AND I tend to overheat on the treadmill at the gym for some reason. So, I just swapped rest days.
- Monday Strength training + Easy trail run maybe 4 miles. For some reason I just don’t feel like running on Mondays? Maybe it’s the increased work load recently…which is great for business. Bad for energy. ha!
- Tuesday rest + yoga
- Wednesday Easy 8 with 4 x 800 meter repeats totally based off effort. + strength training
- Thursday Easy 7 (hopefully hitting the trails!)
- Friday 6
- Saturday ‘long run’ 12-13
- Sunday easy 3-4
I still perform core work and strength train at least twice a week. Although I’m feeling bloated most of the time so it’s hard to see any muscle definition. Ha!
Baby: According to What to Expect baby is the size of a PEACH now! With her/her own fingerprints. Her/his little home (aka the womb in my belly) can now be felt in the far lower abdomen. I’ve read some women say they can feel baby move at this point but I don’t think so. I think it’s just gas. ha!
Symptoms: Increased energy lately! I hope I’m not speaking too soon… :-), GI issues…um, black coffee, gallons of water and exercising are no longer helping…Otherwise I feel amazing! Not so bummed about body image this week.
Weight: I’ve gained about 3.4 pounds as of yesterday. Depending on the day the scale says I’ve gained 5 pounds. I can’t stress over this. Just trying to make sure I don’t over do it. (although our family went to a baseball game the other night and I had nachos and skittles…who am I?!)
Cravings: Food Matter’s hot Chicken wraps!! And all things carbs. Recently enjoyed a big stack of pancakes from Cracker Barrell. And it was good. But, that’s nothing new to me. Just a new kinda marathon training appetite. 😉 I’m tackling this issue just like I did with marathon cravings: eat 3-5 servings of greens a day and make sure my fruits and veggies come first. Plus, 3-4 Liters of water daily depending on activity level. I wish I was craving salads like was at first. Now the thought just makes me ickky.
I post all of this because I want others to know that I am a normal human being who craves junk food (and often caves into the craving) and struggles with body image. We all just do the best we can. I believe there’s a fine line between health/fitness and enjoying your life.
We must do both. I run because it makes me happy and feel whole. I eat raisenetts because they satisfy my sweet tooth. Yeah, yeah so do bananas and raisins but ya know…
Talk to me: if you’re a mom do you fall prey and/or victim to mom shaming? Are you apart of the problem or solutions? Any questions about pregnant running?
Non-mommy and non-pregnant runners: Tell me all the races your training for so I can live vicariously through you.
26 Jun 2017 / runpinkjess / 2
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