The course was parallel to the coast and was gorgeous. It was similar to the Surf City 10 run however, this one started at the tail end of Huntington and wasn’t directly on PCH. I started the run with steady pace and stayed focused. I knew I really wanted to hit the pace I’ve been training for. With the new year, I had so many thoughts running through my head and when I hit the halfway mark and did a quick time check, I felt so relieved. I sort of cried, lol…I’m such a girl. I kept saying to myself the last mile, “you got this.” Which is so cliche but, I really believed it! Once I got about 1/2 mile out from the finish, I picked up my speed a little bit. I ended up finishing at 26:34:40 and avg. a pace of 8:34. Surprisingly, I ended up the 1st place female in my age division and 35th place overall. Not too shabby for my first solo race in awhile. It was a nice way to start the new year in my running career.My next race will be in two weeks and it’s going to be a 5 mile trail run. I’m super excited, this is a trail series that offers 5-7-10 mi. courses and is split up into 3 different runs. So, I registered for the series and will be running a 5, 7, then 10 mi between Jan-March. I think it will be great prep runs for the Half Marathon. Also, such fun scenery and I’m curious to see my pace on more hills and trails=) I hope that everyone had a great New Year and has lot’s of goals for 2016. This year already looks amazing, I can’t wait to see what else it has in store! Happy New Year!
Ugh, the ongoing debate over what a “real” mom looks likes. Weekly, a new story goes viral. The disapproval or applaud of a “real” Mom frustrates me. Recent media topics that involve Hilary Duff and Rachel Hollis have created a controversial stir amongst Mommies. I applaud any Mom that feels empowered in their own skin. The reason I felt compelled to write about this topic is because I find myself in this gray area that involves the comment, “You don’t look like a real mom” quite often. I’m not exactly sure what allows someone to define that or why the thought would come to mind. Whether, it’s meant to be a compliment or insult. I’ll never understand the reasoning behind telling someone they don’t look like a “real” mom. I’ve wrote blogs about how I find my sense in fashion and what I believe fits my role as a Mother but, when it comes down to two pieces of cloth covering private parts … I’m all Mom whether I have battle scars or not.
This gray area I find is between the pictures of Hilary Duff and Rachel Hollis in their bikinis. Their main goal was to state: own your body. Which, I get. I’m not against a Mommy showing off a tummy lined with “battle scars.” I sympathize with Hilary Duff versus Rachel Hollis. However, a picture is a picture. You know little about feelings and in social media, it’s easy to display a world of happiness with a few quick posts.
Some may say I got lucky. When questioned on my quick return to my shape, I always found a defense. A lot of times I blamed my weight loss on breastfeeding. When people spoke under their breath they breastfeed too…I went to “it must be good genes.” In reality, I should never be questioned on how I look after I became a Mother. The day my son was born, I was a “real” Mom.
However, after my son was born. I know for me what people didn’t see were the internal scars. I went from carrying my child for nine months to holding him in my arms in a matter of hours. As a petite woman, being pregnant was one of the first times in my life I felt whole. When you go from being whole to back to that small petite women in a matter of weeks, it takes a toll on you. I know it did on me. I felt empty and spent many showers crying. I thought a few times, “I’m crazy, right? I’m crying over the fact I got my body back!” This way of thinking was silly and I knew I had to own my Mommyhood. Lucky for me, my son was born in November and a pool wasn’t in sight for a few more months. I didn’t get stretch marks and my linea nigra still took about a year to fade. When it came time to put a swimsuit on, a bikini seemed natural because it fit. Milk-filled breasts was just another reason for those to commit throughout the summer… If they only knew a size 0 waist and leaky 34 DDD isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be ;p It took time to get use to being back in the same body I use to love, then I grew to love again…because it carried and birthed my son =)
I hope sharing my story on the “real” Mom helps petite women who go through pregnancy and return to their bodies as if nothing ever happened know we are “Real” moms too… Maybe we got lucky, maybe we run our asses off, maybe it’s good genes…. we all know it’s from breastfeeding, right? Lol At the end of the day, I might not look like most typical Mom (whatever that is.) But, it’s not so bad now.
We celebrated the 4th of July holiday weekend with BBQs, beaches, family, and fireworks! I was excited because Mav got an extra day off and was able to spend a long weekend with Baby Baby and I. This weekend also continued the journey of baby baby being a wild boy.I love to watch his curiosity as he explores his surroundings.I just can’t believe how mobile he is becoming and the way he just babbles away! All these milestones are exciting, however they are happening so fast! Over the weekend we also got the opportunity to try out some new playards, foods, and toys! I’m reviewing a few of them now and found some “must haves” during the first year! I’ll share them soon! The 4th was such a blast and I wish we could go back, but at least we took pictures, lol! I guess all we can do is plan more adventures!
From the moment I got the Lil’ Nursery Tent in the mail I couldn’t wait to use it! This week’s beach trip was the perfect excuse to bring it out. First off, the color scheme I choose is awesome. There’s nothing like red and blue to say you’re ready for fun. Another plus is it’s very lightweight and compact. Making it easy to just toss in the beach bag. The true test was to see how easy it was to set up and if it was durable. Assembly was a piece of cake; it only took two foldable polls to snap up into shape. Once it was set up, I put in some light blankets, a towel, and of course Baby Baby. The nylon and mesh material seems to hold up well, I wouldn’t plan an outdoor camping trip with the tent for a week but after all it is a “play” tent. Velcro is what is used in order to close the tent. Which feels a little flimsy but, it works. The weather at the beach was a high of 73 with a slight breeze. I was nervous at first if the tent would be well ventilated with the mesh sides. However, after a quick nursing session lying inside the tent, I was able to feel a nice breeze with no problems. The tent also claims to be UV treated at SPF 30. To be on the safe side I still kept the tent under an umbrella and SPF 55 on the little one. Overall, I enjoyed using the Lil Nursery Tent, its simple design and purpose worked well for our beach trip. I’ll definitely plan on keeping it in our beach bag for future trips!
- Good size
- Fun for all ages
- Easy set up & take down
- Great for indoors or outdoors
- Velcro closure
- Flimsy for use other then play