"But it's the truth: For an overstressed, overtired, overextended mother, there are few other sensations that rival a delicious run. Once the sweat starts running down my temples, I daydream, analyze, smile, wonder, channel something cosmic. I feel alive and, perhaps most importantly, like myself again." From the book: Run Like a Mother.
My name is Jennifer. I’m a mom, a wife, a hairdresser, a runner, and a member of an endurance team. Many things have motivated me to stay in physical (and mental) shape.
Being raised by parents who are addicts taught me a lot about what I didn’t want.? My first concern was to not perpetuate their cycle. My goal was to stay healthy and age gracefully.? Sure, vanity and shallowness are fantastic motivators but I also wanted to always have fun with my children.
Staying active during and in between pregnancies allowed me to keep up, keep sane and never get discouraged. Having exercise equipment in my home when the children were small was a huge help as were using videos during naps, and a gym that would accommodate my volume of children while I snuck in some work outs.
Fitness competitions motivated me for a few years as well as access to an amazing trainer who has gotten me through some nasty plateaus, but the one thing that was always a part of my life to some extent or another was running. Inexpensive, portable and done in nearly any weather running not only keeps me in good physical shape, it gives me a chance for my head to clear. It’s time to think, problem solve and plan but mostly it’s time for me.
All that’s necessary is a pair of my current favorite running shoes and a supportive sports bra and running can be done anywhere at any time. I run with the kids to encourage them and distract myself.
The comments from them while riding their bikes next to me like, “Dude, Mom. Your butt jiggles when you run.” Or “Mommy are you running to get your abs back?” keep me very, very motivated for myself and to be the best example to them as possible.
Running is a place where I can be the diva that I am while at the same time it’s perfectly natural to snot rocket, pee outside, sweat profusely and swear. I can run on bike paths, the road (which, when there’s no traffic, I’ll be the one running down the middle…) or trails. I allow my kids to map out routes driven by their buses to mix things up. I’m not afraid to get lost. I’m strong. I’m confident. I’m embracing being the woman that I am. I am blessed with an amazing family beside me and a fantastic team and coach to support me.
I’m excited to be part of the Nature’s Bakery Community. Stay tuned as I share my experiences as active healthy mom of 13 children and member of an endurance team.