As Halloween Approaches, So does my Bobby Bun’s 1st Halloween Birthday!
What a year its been. Sometimes we’re not too sure if he was our little Halloween trick or treat…he can be a fiery lil devil, but we love him to bits! 🎃🔥👺🤣😍
I can honestly say, the year has turned out so different from what I expected, in lots of ways. The most noticeable thing has definitely been the challenge of having 2 children instead of 1, which I don’t believe anyone can ever really prepare you for.
The demands of a baby and toddler can be very draining at times, leaving you with little energy to do anything, let alone exercise!
When my first child Michael turned 1 yr, my motivation was very much focused around getting back to a healthy weight and fitness level, as I was 2 1/2 stone overweight. But, since I’ve kept my exercise going this time round, the focus has shifted quite significantly!
I can honestly tell you I haven’t given much consideration to how I look. Of course I wanted to get back in shape and drop the baby weight, but just knowing I’d done it before and how important exercise is to me, told me it would happen.
The need to get back to what I love, something which has become an important part of my identity, and the opportunity for ‘me’ time has definitely been my priority.
So what did I do?
I did what I had to. My body’s need to rest and my Baby’s needs had to come first. I simply couldn’t find the time to run or attend one of my much loved dance classes to begin with. And, although I’m lucky enough to have lots of supportive people around me, offering to babysit whilst I exercised, I didn’t have the energy… It felt like a real rock and a hard place! Throw in a decent dose of ‘Mum guilt’ and It Ain’t Gonna Happen!
By the time Bobby was 6 months, I had done a few weekend 5k runs, and I was attending the odd dance class. Things were beginning to settle down. So I set myself a challenge. I decided to train for a local 10K race which takes place in June, which gave me 2 months to focus!
Pleased with how the training went, I decided to run the race with Bobby in his pushchair… and just like that, the ‘runner’s high’ was back. 😁👊
I then set myself another challenge, to complete my first half marathon. If I’m honest, this medal didn’t bring the ‘runner’s high’. This was possibly a bit too much of a stretch, too soon. I completed this race just 2 months ago with a ‘never again’ attitude… which at the time, I really believed. On reflection, I was asking a lot of myself; less than a year post partum, struggling to find the time, and energy to train. But I did it!
If you would like to know more detail about that race, check out my blog here… 👉 https://runwithyourbun.co.uk/news/the-half-marathon-race-day/
So, on the Run Up to Bobby’s Halloween Birthday…what Have I Learned?
Lots. That’s the short answer.
My experience over the last year has taught me a lot about:
– Firstly, being a Mum
– The importance of respecting what your body goes through during a pregnancy
– The recovery process and in particular- fitness for life
– How important exercise is for my mental health
What’s Next Post Halloween Birthday?
This experience and knowledge has paved the way for new, exciting things for Run with your Bun, and I cant wait to share them with you.
As my children grow, so is Run with your Bun. Our branding is changing and we are working on a new shiny website, which will focus on What you need to know pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and post-partum.