With a little help from some friends; strength in numbers and miles.

There’s nothing more inspiring than a good comeback story. So we asked Alexa (our crazy fit Director of PacificSource Healthy Life) to tell her story about how she grinded herself back into shape after having her twin boys. Here’s her tale:

I live in a pretty cool neighborhood.  My front yard looks out over acres of forest and my backyard has a gate that connects to the homes of three of my now, best friends.  It’s a pretty sweet deal.

Five years ago I had twins (also a pretty sweet deal).  As many of you Moms can attest, having children is one of the most amazing experiences you’ll ever have.  But, as I learned, it wasn’t so amazing trying to get back into shape after delivering these bundles of joy.

As a marathon runner, pre-pregnancy, I started to crave the runners high I would get after long runs. I needed to feel my legs glide along the pavement as they had once before, crossing off mile after mile as I listened to my newest iTunes music downloads on my iPod. But, I also needed motivation.  I needed inspiration to get out and start running again.  I needed…running partners!  So, when I laced up my old running shoes for my big comeback, I was pleasantly surprised to see three gals from my neighborhood running – together. 

But, because I had just given birth to two babies (at once), I was somewhat hesitant to ask them if I could join them on their runs for fear of what my body would, or wouldn’t do.  One mom had boy/girl twins but they were about a year older than mine so she’d had time to get herself back into shape.  The other two didn’t have children, yet, and appeared to be in great shape.  I was a bit intimidated with my surroundings.

So, I did what any rationale Mom or person would do: I completely isolated myself for the next four months and trained on my own. That way, when I did muster up the courage to invite myself on a run with them, I could at least ‘keep up.’ 

After what seemed like an eternity, I initiated contact with my running neighbors.  I was pleasantly surprised by their reaction…”Of course you can join us.  We’d love to have you.  We’ve been waiting for you to get in touch with us.”  Well…that was easier than I thought.

Fast forward four and a half years and literally thousands of running miles later, I am greeted by my alarm clock at 5:25 AM four – five times a week to meet my neighborhood running partners for our daily run and gab session.  We are relentless about meeting because we know that it may be the one chance during the day that we get to ‘ourselves.’ 

We have run during the winter’s first snow, through every season, through the 9 months out of the year that it rains in Portland, Oregon, through the adoption of two beautiful children, through running personal bests (and personal worst’s), through parenting ups and downs, through job changes, through all three Fifty Shades of Grey, and, we’d probably run through it all again and then some to have gained what we have gained through these morning runs.  We embrace each mile for what they have to offer us, and at the end of our run you will almost always find a smile on our faces as though we’ve just celebrated the most amazing and victorious party ever thrown.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world. 

And, as our collective six children participated in track camp last week, you can imagine who the loudest and proudest mamas in the bleachers were as we cheered on our little one’s as they ran around the track towards their own personal victory.

As a Mom one of the best pieces of advice I have been given is to make sure to take time out of your day and do something for yourself.  Mine happens between the hours of 5:25 a.m. – 6:25 a.m.  We’d love for you to share what you do for yourself throughout the day to live a healthy life, especially from those busy mom’s and dad’s who got back (and stayed) in shape after kids.

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5 Comments

  1. Picky Eater

     /  August 16, 2012

    So, there’s a five AM you say? Seriously though, this is so nice to hear. So many people I know who run actually kind of hate it, but do it anyway. Your upbeat view of it as something fun and enjoyable inspires me to consider it.

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  2. John

     /  August 16, 2012

    Great pictures 🙂

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