Body After Baby: Conquering the Impossible

With my half marathon just over a month away, I’ve been thinking a bit more about what the whole training experience has meant to me. I mean…I went from running one minute at a time back in April (and barely being able to finish some of those first few runs) to doing a 10 mile race just over a week ago and have 18km on my long run plan for this weekend.

I’ve PR’d my 5K time not once, but 3 times now.

I’ve been running training runs faster than my former race pace.

I’ve felt strong.

I’ve felt empowered.

I’ve felt pain, lack of motivation and doubt as well.

But here I am. Pushing forward. Blisters, sore knees and lots of sweat.

I’m living the example I want my boys to follow. Showing them with my own sweat and tears that it’s not always easy, but it is always worth it.

I’m laying the foundation of the legacy I want to leave them with.

It’s about more than the “body after baby”. It’s about more than trying to look all bad-ass and getting my body back.

It’s about never quitting. Never giving up on myself. Never letting the doubts keep me from going after what I know I can accomplish.

I’m not going to be the best, or the fastest or the fittest. But when my boys struggle in life, I’ll be able to look at them with confidence and say:

“Sure you can conquer that dream. Look what Mama was able to do.”

My reason for breathing.
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Stephanie

Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

2 Responses to Body After Baby: Conquering the Impossible

  1. HoneyI love you and I love what you do. I love what you bring to those of us who live as you do and those of us who want to live as you do.
    I know you love your boys more than life itself and that too is totally awesome. But! If you weren’t able to be a part of this whole thing that you are training for, would you feel like a failure? Would you feel like you were “less than” because you just couldn’t make it? Does your identity depend on what you accomplish, how far, how fast, you can run or compete? Do you understand what I am saying here? Just wanting to know how you feel about a couple of these questions.

    Thanks a bunch,
    Sherry

    • Hey Sherry! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment for me. Not to worry, my identity is firmly intact as a strong, confident mother. Any goal I set, feat I accomplish and set back I suffer doesn’t define me as a whole but rather, they shape me into the person I am and continue to become. Everything in life happens as it happens and how I deal with it helps me learn how to love and support my friends and especially my boys as they grow up. Take care!

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