Hello from Nashville!
I’m so pumped to have Kaella here guest posting for me today. I’ve known Kaella for close to a year, but we only met in person just a few weeks ago. We’re both training for marathons in the fall, so although we’re a few hours apart, I’m hoping we’ll be able to meet up for some runs and wine 🙂
First of all, a HUGE thank you to Ange for having me. I’ve known Ange for a while but we only met a few weeks ago at the Run For Woman race. She’s awesome and I wish we lived closer. We are overdue for a wine night!
So yes, I’m Kaella and I blog at KaellaOnTheRun.com about… my life on the run –it was really hard to come up with a name 😉
I’m a single mom. I work full-time in the news media and I love to run.
I started about two-and-a-half years ago, after I had my son London, when I was looking to lose the sixty pounds of baby weight. I connected with a girl in my baby group, who was a runner, and we decided to sign up for a 10K race and give ourselves five months to train. The first training run, I made it 30 seconds before I had to stop but each time got a little bit easier. After my first 10K, I was hooked!
I love to run but I really love to race! For me, racing is where I can celebrate the hard work during my training cycle, push myself and have some fun. I also love the running community. I’ve made so many amazing friends that don’t roll their eyes when I start talking about hill training, Garmin stats and how much I spent on a another pair of Lululemon crops or Mizuno shoes!
I know how busy life can be but living an active lifestyle is something I make time for. That isn’t always easy when you have a two-and-a-half year old that is constantly demanding your attention (and wants to do what mommy is doing.)
Here’s what I do to make sure my little guy is taken care of and so am I!
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5 Tips for Parents Wanting To Get Their Workout Done:
1. WORKOUT WHILE THEY SLEEP:
When you have a baby people tell you “sleep when the baby sleeps.” That never worked for me. If I wasn’t’ holding him I was getting stuff done (and, let’s be honest, I was usually always holding him.) I had to find a time that worked for both of us and that was usually first thing in the morning. Now that he’s older I usually set my alarm for an hour before I need to start getting ready and I work out. Yes, 4:45 and 5am alarms are TOUGH but your body will get used to them. Plus, it’s nice to have your workout done early and to have some peace and quiet while you focus on just you. If you’re not a morning person, like me, you can always workout after they go to sleep too.
2. TAKE THEM WITH YOU:
I started running with London, in a stroller, when he was about eight weeks old. I kept him in his car seat, at first, and we stayed on smooth surfaces. I would usually set out with a plan for how long I wanted to go but if he fell asleep I would just keep running. Our longest run is 10 miles and we just ran our first “official” race at the Calgary Marathon at the end of May!
3. LET THEM JOIN YOU:
From the time London started to walk he wanted to run. He also loves to foam roll, stretch and lift weights. He even has his own treadmill! Sometimes he’ll even go get my “workout” shoes and tell me it’s time to work out. I think this is awesome! It’s so important, for me, to be a good role model for him. Since I’ve been working out, his whole life, London knows no different. I love that he knows it’s a part of our routine.
4. LET THEM ENTERTAIN THEMSELVES:
I got a treadmill, a few years ago, and used to put London in his chair or exersaucer so he would watch while I ran a few miles. These days, London will usually grab his IPAD and sit next to me, on the ground, while I run. If I let him, he’ll watch a whole movie (about 90 minutes) and I only have to stop a few times to get a juice box or a snack or fix something that’s bugging him.
5. ASK FOR HELP:
Of course, there are times when I have a race or when I want to go on a run, by myself, or attend a class at the gym. Every once and awhile I rely on family and friends to watch London for me. Thankfully, I have a supportive circle of people that know who important exercise is to me!
I would love to hear how you (parent or not) make time to workout!
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