If you’ve been looking for that cool, fun-loving mom (you know, like your college bestie but with kids?), our July Runitlikeamom of the Month is a keeper. This lady is always up for silly adventures, a girls’ night out or a quality heart-to-heart. As a new (ish) mom, she is able to walk that balance between sweet and mild mannered and crazy fun. Check out how she has stayed active and maintained her sense of identity (and sense of humor) after making the leap into parenthood.
Kim’s Runitlikeamom Run-Down:
* I have one daughter, Leah, who is 13 months old. Unless you count my 7-year-old weimaraner, Eddy (which I do, of course).
* For the past 5 years, I have been a preschool special education teacher. My classroom has children with special needs, as well as typically developing children. It is constantly challenging, always a test of my patience, and I absolutely love it. My kids make me laugh every day, and there’s nothing like seeing the growth and progress of each child in my class.
* Right now, my main source of exercise is chasing after Leah. She started walking at 10 months, and is now running and climbing everywhere! By the end of the day, we have certainly tired each other out. Whenever possible, my husband and I try to take Leah and Eddy for walks, hikes or swims. Occasionally (but not nearly often enough) I run 5k’s, and once a year I run a 7.1 mile race in my hometown. I run to train for these races, but not on a regular basis. In August, my husband and I are running the Wipeout Race with family and in September, the Rugged Maniac with friends. I always prefer exercise that’s fun and doesn’t feel like work!
* My short-term fitness goal is to stay active and encourage my daughter to do the same. Another goal is to make sure my clothes continue to fit! As for long-term fitness goals, I just want to have a healthy lifestyle. This is actually a huge challenge for me since I love junk food.
* Leah is only 13 months old, so I think the funniest thing (and only thing) she says is when she purposely throws food on the floor from her high chair and says, “Uh-oh” repeatedly!
* If stranded on an island I think I would bring a hammock, a sailboat, and my husband, to help me keep my sanity!
* Favorite indulgence…Can I pick 2? French fries and wine! Sometimes at the same time.
Since we met when we were in college at UCONN, I happen to know that you made the track team as a walk-on. That takes a lot of focus at a time in life when fun rules. What motivated you then, and how does that compare to your outlook now?
I was motivated to join the track team because I missed the sport from high school, and I loved being a part of a team and bonding with the other girls. I joined the track team at UCONN my sophomore year, which I consider to have been a huge mistake. I did excel in track in high school (and loved it), and may have been successful in college if I tried to join my freshman year. Taking a year off was a mistake, because I hadn’t been running, training or jumping at all and it was noticeable. All of the other girls on the team had already formed friendships, so I felt like an outsider on top of my skills being subpar. I did not continue with the track team, but did feel that I learned from the experience. As for my current outlook, I still love exercising with others, being a part of a team when possible (I did try a softball team a few years ago, which was a blast) and trying to be active!
Being a mom often changes our perspective on the world- whether it be issues surrounding body image, working in or out of the home, or even how we handle ourselves in our relationships. How do you think your views have changed, if at all, since becoming a mother?
I think that before you become a mother, it’s easy to make assumptions about the type of parent you will be. For example, “I’ll never be the kind of mom who fill in the blank.”
After you become a mom, you realize that you simply make the choices that you think are right, and understand that you’ll be making tons of mistakes along the way.
- In terms of body image, the only thing I cared about before becoming a mom was how I looked in my clothes, or a bathing suit. After becoming a mom, I still want to be healthy and try to wear the same size clothing, but I don’t really care about the fact that my stomach doesn’t look the way it used to or if I’m carrying a few extra pounds. All that really matters is taking care of yourself and your family. In fact, I actually think I feel more comfortable about the way my body is now than I was before I had a baby. It does help that I lost some weight simply by chasing after Leah!
- As far as being a working mom, I do think it’s difficult to work a full-time job and take care of a child. It’s actually like having 2 full-time jobs. I always knew that I would want to continue working, but I wish I were able to have a happy medium, maybe work part-time. I’m able to work part-time in the summer, and I absolutely love it!
- I think relationships change a lot after having a child. There is so much more to be stressed out about, to worry about, and to take care of. It can definitely put a strain on a relationship. That being said, I also think it’s amazing to see my husband as a father. He is so warm, caring, loving and nurturing. There’s nothing I like more than watching the two of them be silly together. I have learned (already) that date nights and alone time are more important than ever!
You said you prefer exercise that is fun and doesn’t feel like work. What were/are some of your favorite races/group activities? We’re always looking for new things to try and races to feature.
So far, my favorite race is the Rugged Maniac.
Mud runs/obstacle course runs have become really popular recently, and I love it! This is the only one I have tried so far (there are tons: Tough Mudder, Down and Dirty, Warrior Dash, etc.) and I did it with my best friend. We didn’t take it seriously or try to run it in a certain time, we just had a blast! It was so much fun to help each other through the obstacles and to watch others do them as well. I have a feeling that the upcoming Wipeout Race will be another favorite. I’ll keep you posted!
Thank you, Kim! We look forward to your review of Wipeout…and of course the pics. Or video. Yes, please take video 🙂
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