6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

tall MOM on the run

Little Stud #2 turned 3 today at 12:19AM... We have 2 boys 5 and 3, when did that happen??

Going from 1 child to 2 kiddos ROCKED MY WORLD!! I never thought about how hard it would be to care for, and spread my time and love equally. I was protecting my newborn baby from my 2 year old baby.. I STRUGGLED for a long time adjusting to this new world. Thankfully I had the love and support of my Muscle Man. Little Stud #2 has kept us "busy" since the day he was born.. he put everything in his mouth, did not sleep through the night until 2 1/2 and will not eat anything besides Pizza, cheese puffs and a handful of other non-healthy foods. He is also the sweetest, funniest and smartest kid I know. He gives amazing hugs, makes hilarious faces and cherishes time with family....

What does the have to do with Running?

Not much, well maybe a little... Adjusting to life with baby #2 was not easy, I was tired, frustrated and I often felt overwhelmed... But HE is the reason I started to RUN.. I needed an outlet for the stress, I needed to get out of plus-sized clothes, I needed to breathe and be ME. When Little Stud was 8 weeks old I put on my Running shoes and Wogged.. The Wog became a Jog and the Jog became a Run... I strung enough Runs together to make a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, multiple Marathons...
  • Being a Mom and Runner is not easy.....there is a fine line that I clamor along..Home with the kids and husband? Or out training for 2-4 hours? Going to the Zoo or Racing? Skip Boston and spend more time with the family? Or Run another Marathon?
Life changes in an instant....and can bring the BIRTH of something new and wonderful... something that will rock you to the core, and you won't be able to remember what life was like before...

That is how I feel about our Blonde Haired Dimpled Cheeked Little (baby) Boy, I cannot remember a time without him and I would not want to. For all the long nights and tested patience, the reward is a small voice at dinner "Mommy Y is for Yo-yo." "Yes Buddy, good job!"

Same goes for running. At first is was tough, I was tired, it felt awkward and I couldn't figure out how to balance my life...BUT I kept with it... 8 weeks from now I get to celebrate my Running Anniversary. Wow 3 Years!!! I cannot remember life without running.. Thanks Buddy for helping me find a Reason to Run... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  • In my attempt at an analogy between parenting and running I could not figure out how to factor in Potty training ;) Thoughts?? hehehe

37 comments:

Morgan said...

Yesterday I babysat a 4 & 2 year old, by myself, I was EXHAUSTED by the evening when I got home. I literally laid down on the couch with my coat on and fell asleep. I don't know how you momma's do it but I have a whole new respect for you all! Especially you active momma's who work, workout AND take care of those babies!!! I am def not ready for all that yet! Happy Birthday to Little Stud #2 and congrats Tall Mom on being such a rockstar momma!

Anna Walker said...

Haha Happy Birthday to Little Stud #2!!! :)
I hope 3 is a good year for him! I also love that I just found out that you started slowly. That's inspiration enough for me! That you started slowly and now you run fast and far! :)

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Kristi said...

Here's the analogy that fits both ...
When you've gotta go, you've gotta go - and sometimes you don't make it!

SupermomE12 said...

Happy Birthday Little Stud!! :)

And I Love the analogy... good reminder that change is often hard, and that sometimes the things that are the most challenging to take on have the biggest rewards.

For potty training and running... hmmmmm... Sh*t happens?? :)

Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

You really did do an amazing job bringing these 2 topics together. Happy Birthday to Little Stud #2. Mine boys are 4 and 2 and I cannot believe that they are that age. Time is funny...It is shocking that my kids are those ages, but yet is seems like AGES since they were born and little babies. I got back into running a bit like you...always had run, but after many moves and a challenging 2nd baby I needed something to focus my energy on else I was gonna lose it big time!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Beautiful post, Mel. Brought a tear to my eye. Happy birthday little one!!!

Stacey said...

I got teary!! Thanks for this post. I loved it. Hope your "baby" has a GREAT birthday!

sandi said...

I have two boys 22 months apart. They are 9 and 7 right now but oh do I remember the early days. Having a 22 month old and a newborn is a lot of work. My husband still teases me because some days early on he would come home and find us all in tears! I love the age difference now. They play so well together and are interested in the same things.
Thanks for inspiring to run my best. In a week a plan on signing for my first marathon (October race). I have done two half marathons but am now ready to make the commitment to train for a full. I will need these 8 months to drop some pounds and work my body! I will be 45 in September and figure if I do not do it now I never will

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Beth (SUAR) with be all over the potty training analogy! heehee

Happy birthday/Runiversary!

Running has helped create many better moms out there.

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Aw!! Happy Birthdayto your little boy!! :)

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

You've come so far in just three years! Thanks for inspiring me to get out the door this morning and hit the track for the first time in months.
Happy Birthday to your little buddy and my 14 year old baby today too!

giraffy said...

Perfect timing on this post. I'm struggling with this, immensely.

Happy Birthday to the kidlet, and happy anniversary to you! :D

Laurie said...

Very nice post. Happy Birthday to your little one.

Kristi's analogy for potty training made me laugh. :P

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

What a coincidence, I have a little stud of my own who turned 4 today!

Kiley said...

Awesome post! Thanks for the "mom" motivation. I have a 10 month old and I think that is a struggle enough...2 is going to be a killer!!

Zoƫ said...

Yay! Happy birthday Little Stud #2! Way to be a super momma, Tall Mom! :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Awww. You running mama's out there floor me with the balance and effort you put forth to train and be there for your famly. Amazing.

I like how MOM was capitalized in this post title!

Velma said...

For some reason, this made me a little chocked up :) I really think your boys are at great ages. SO FUN!!

Emz said...

I
loved
this.

awesome.

happy birthday to your little stud.

teacherwoman said...

Happy Birthday to your little man! :)

onelittletrigirl said...

Happy birthday :)

Rose said...

Happy birthday little #2!

Amy N. said...

I started running after the birth of my second son as well!

Oz Runner said...

great pic...happy birthday to the little guy...

bobbi said...

I love this post! Happy Birthday to your littlest man!

Kerrie T. said...

Happy birthday LS#2!

Marlene said...

Awesome post and such a true analogy. I think everything worthwhile is hard at first. :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!

Kristin @NyceLife said...

Thats awesome, I love your progression of wog-jog-run! I started in August with the couch to 5k thing... still def. in Jog phase, but nice to see where I might be able to go! Happy b-day to your son, my youngest is 3 also :)

Cynthia said...

Aww happy birthday to little stud #2

Love the analogy between parenting and running!

I'm going to relate potty training to running your first race. All the training you do leading up to it is the transitioning to pull ups stage, then the big race day whether its a 5k, half marathon or a marathon, it's like using the toilet for the first time. Then you get your medal, which in potty training lingo would be you get to wear you big boy/girl undies.
Bad analogy? haha it's all I could come up with.

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday Little Stud#2! It's my little maniacs birthday today too, he was born at 2:31am. Such a fun and tiring age :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

p.s. I mentioned you in my post today! I wrote about new races being offered (See jane run)!! :)

Sarah J. said...

Potty-training is like a marathon. Sometimes it feels like it.will.never.end.

Great post today too! I've always felt the tug and pull relationship between being a mom first and runner second. But, through time, I've realized that I AM a better mom because of my running. I run not because I'm especially good at it. I run because it's good for the soul. And that, in the end, makes all those early mornings and long days spent in your sweaty running clothes worth it!

Wifey said...

Happy Birthday to him and happy giving-birthday to you!

Enjoy!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

racing dawn said...

i started running after my 2nd boy was born...11 years ago...time flies by so fast...and running has saved us all many a days... :) it's the best thing ever to help mommyhood be that much better!!!

happy birthday to your little guy!

Denise said...

i have a ton of respect for woman who work, have children and take care of a family. it's not easy to fit in running w/o kids, so kuddos to you!!

Jess M said...

I also took up running about 8 mths after my 2nd child was born! I totally relate to everything you wrote. It saved me from the craziness that came with "2". Hope your little guy had a great birthday!

Rochelle said...

I totally understand! We have the same story for running (well except you have been running longer and are better at it!!) Anyway I had my son in May 2010 - and started running about two months after he was born cause I needed something to get away from my whole life being guilt trips - between working full time, spreading my time between both boys & hubbie....I now love running - even though I am still just barely getting the hang of it.

New to your blog and love it! Congrats on #1 - I'll totally go with it being in order!!