The Fashion of Sweat | How to Prep for a Run with Baby

Picking out a workout/running outfit almost falls on par with picking out an outfit for a night out.  Make sure it matches the weather, make sure the colors match, make sure it’s comfortable for moving around in, that sort of stuff.  Although I have been known to go out  in the middle of the winter in a very short skirt- not the best decision of my life.  But for working out, there are a few very specific things you need to keep in mind as you decide what to put on.  The last thing you want to have to be doing is adjusting your clothing in the middle of your workout right?

FEEL THE BURN

No I am not referring to a sunburn.  One of the worst things that can happen during the middle of a workout, particularly a run when you are far away from home, is chafing!  This time around in my training, it is an unfortunate issue for me because I still am working on getting rid of that stubborn fat that built up on my arms, legs and tummy from pregnancy.  This is a particularly tricky part of my outfit decision at the moment, because you need your running pants to be tight enough to hopefully avoid that pesky chafing but if they are too tight, well then I just start to look like a sausage link.  So once I find a pair of pants that are relatively clean and fit well then I will match the color top.  Over the years I have acquired a very ridiculous amount of workout clothes so I have lots of color options to choose from.  I would say at least half of my wardrobe is working out or being active outside related, I may have a problem.

If I end up making poor choices, the inside of my arm and, well, you know, down there, are two of the most common places to chaf.  I have found two solutions for this issue, coconut oil and Honest Organic All-Purpose Balm.  I know it may sound a little silly, especially if you correlate coconut oil with the kitchen, but it is being used now for tons of beauty and skin care needs.  So I put some under my arms and down between my legs before heading out the door and it works like a charm.  I also throw a small container of it in the bottom of the jogging stroller just in case.  I have been known to be standing on the side of the road with my hand down my pants trying to avoid some serious discomfort later on!  Probably had a few people driving by wondering what the hell I was doing!  The Balm is great for a spot that may have developed without realizing it until it was too late and helps it go away pretty much overnight!

MOBILIZING AN ARMY

Once I have my outfit all situated then I have to get the stroller loaded up and my little guy ready to go! My necessities are water and one bottle mixed with my BCAAs, my phone and fitbit watch, chapstick and my Duduma Polarized Sports Sunglasses.  These are a recent purchase and I am super happy with them, even with my small face they look good and stay nice and snug on my face.  In the’ Valley of the Sun’ sunglasses are an absolute must!  For my little run buddy, he gets a bucket hat and lots of Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion since he is paler than the surface of the moon!  So far he hasn’t burned or even gotten a base coat, and he’s spent a decent amount of time in the sun, which is just the nature of running in a flat valley full of developments and very little shaded areas.

Now that have everything I need and we are both situated it’s time to get out the door and get my sweat on! I just completed my 8 mile mark this weekend with only 7 weeks left till the marathon!  It was a rough run but my pace is getting faster and I don’t feel like I’m trying to run through jello as much anymore!

 

Jogging Stroller Struggles | Tips for Running with you Little One

I am becoming intimately familiar with my jogging stroller which I have established a love-hate relationship with.  On one hand it holds all my water, my phone, my chapstick (which is a necessity), my IdealLean, BCAAs For Women, Raspberry Lemonade and anything else I might need; on the other hand learning to run without pumping my arms while pushing a 30 pound stroller is a very different type of running than I am used to.  I’m not going to lie, it is definitely not the most awesome thing in the world but it is also better than nothing.  Plus once you get the hang of it, it gets a lot easier I promise.

GOALS ON GOALS ON GOALS

If you are like me, you always have a goal to get in shape, lose weight, stay active and things like that.  And if you’re also like me, you fail at doing those things….often.  When I was pregnant and setting up our Baby Registry (which I obsessed over wayyyy to much) I thought “Hey- a jogging stroller will be perfect for me to go for runs immediately after birthing a 7 pound human in order to get back in shape!”.  Wrong, as usual.

However, I eventually did find my motivation about 3 weeks ago and began training for a half-marathon.   Although, that motivation ebbs and flows, especially on days after a particularly painful run.  So, my Graco Jogger Travel System is what has allowed me to take my little man and get my run on.   This has been particularly painful since I pretty much stopped running after my full marathon in May of 2016- drop the mic style.  But the pool in our backyard and the beautiful weather in Phoenix has driven me to find the motivation to get rid of the rest of that baby weight!  Plus my IdealLean, BCAAs For Women, Raspberry Lemonade are such a life saver! The difference I feel in my recovery is unreal and no this is not a sponsored post, I just love them and want to share with everyone how amazing they are!

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY HANDS 

One of the biggest adjustments I’ve had to make when running with my jogging stroller is what to do with my hands.  Obviously you have to push the stroller, but you’ve always been taught to pump your arms when you run right?  Therein lies the Ricky Bobby dilema.  My semi solution for this is to use one hand at a time, and switch arms often.  The tricky part about that is when you push with one arm instead of two the stroller tends to veer off in the opposite direction.  This is why hand control is very important and the more and more I run with the stroller the better I am getting at keeping the stroller moving straight ahead with one hand.  So, if you plan on running with a jogger, this is just something you will figure out as you use it.

The other big adjustment is having to pay attention to the road or sidewalk ahead of you to make sure you don’t hit any bumps too hard or run into anything.  Now this gets a little tricky because you have to see past the huge jogging stroller, and since I am only 5′ 2″ this can sometimes be a challenge.  If you hit a bump hard enough the stroller is capable of getting a little bit of air, just trust me on this.  So, all of this slowing down and avoiding can really screw with your pace and jack up your rhythm.  The best thing I can say for that is just push through it.

I love my jogging stroller and I hate my jogging stroller but as long as my little man will tolerate the time he spends in it I will continue to get whatever type of workout I can with it.

 

Getting Back to Fit•ish | How I’m Getting My Pre-pregnancy Bod Back

We all know those women who bounce back after having a baby within weeks, fitting into their pre-pregnancy jeans with their flat tummies carrying around an infant.  They are all over Instagram and Facebook and maybe you have friends who did the same thing (you know who you are).  Well I was not that woman, although props to those who did, I will forever be jealous of you.  And while I am getting closer and closer to my pre-pregnancy weight it looks totally different on me.  So what have I done you ask?  Well I have decided to train for a trail half marathon.

As my Instagram presence continues to grow with #fitmoms and #momsthatrun and #activemoms, I realize more and more how completely average I am. Ha! But that makes me a little more relatable.  No I don’t have a six-pack (maybe one day) and while to most people having run 1 marathon and 2 half marathons sounds pretty awesome-to the marathon running world that is crumbs in comparison.  So here is a little introduction into my active life, hopefully some of you can relate!

THE DEFINITION OF FIT·ISH

I have always been in decent shape as far as abilities go. As for physically, well, I have always liked cookies too much to ever get to any sort of ‘fitness model’ condition.  So deciding to run 13.1 miles isn’t all that out of the norm for me.  However, most people look at me like I am crazy when I tell them I actually enjoy running.  And I completely understand them because that was exactly how I felt also, up until a few years ago.  I started running half and full marathons after I turned 25 and had a bit of an identity crisis which pushed me to start setting new goals for myself.  I never actually thought it was going to be something I enjoyed or continued to do after my first one.  I am not, nor will I probably ever be fitness model material, but what is more important is being healthy and happy with how you look and feel.  So no I am not promoting for everyone to start running marathons, I get it, its not for everyone.  But finding that thing that challenges you to grow and become better is so important.

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT

The day of my first half marathon I ran into an old friend who told me I would either hate it and never do another one or love it and want to sign up for as many as I could.  He was absolutely right, and not long after my first half marathon I began to train for my first full marathon.  Training for 26.2 miles is an incredibly different experience then training for 13.1 and I don’t anticipate doing it again anytime soon.  Don’t get me wrong, I am so glad I did do it but for now I am going to stick with halves and under.

Training for my first half was incredibly similar to my current training due to the fact that it had been a very long time since the last time I had done much running.  The first few weeks are miserable and I have to talk myself out of quitting multiple times a day.  Sometimes I only end up doing half of what my training plan called for.  I am currently way off of my intended plan and many miles behind but as long as you keep doing something it will all work out.  It’s once the runs start to become easy, your leg muscles get stronger and your stamina improves, you actually start to look forward to your run for the day and then it all feels worth it.  I’m hoping to get to that point soon!

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Carbs. Carbs=Sugar. Sugar=Stored Fat.  There is much much much more to it than that, dont take my word for it, there is plenty of research on it.  But my point is this, cutting the intake of carbs increases your body’s need to kick into your fat stores for energy.  My husband and I have recently cut out almost all Simple Carbs and many Complex Carbs, and began following a very loose Keto diet.  As with pretty much every diet, there are pros and cons.  One big pro is that I was able to lose 5 pounds in only the first 3 weeks.  I also don’t have to starve myself, in fact if I am hungry there are lots of things I can eat whenever I want.  That means no calorie counting or any counting for that matter.  So if your bad at math this might be good for you!

The typical tagline of some of the biggest work out plans “Continue to eat all the foods you love!” is total b.s. if you ask me.  I love candy and ice cream but I definitely won’t lose any weight if I continue to eat those things.  That being said however, with a Keto diet you can actually eat a lot of foods that you already enjoy.  Cheese, chicken wings, burgers, Reddi Whip, and bacon are all on the okay list!  This is intended to be a lifestyle change but it is not for everyone.  This is not a plug for this diet and I am not recommending anyone to start it, it is simply part of my current active lifestyle and so far has been very successful.  I will now go enjoy some strawberries and whipped cream after suffering through a 6 mile run today!

 

Follow this link for some very good information about the Ketogenic Diet.

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101  (you might need to copy and paste it)