Having two babies in 14 months took a toll on me physically and emotionally. Don't get my wrong, I was beyond blessed to have two healthy babies and get to witness all their milestones. But going from working full time and training 6 days a week, to staying home with a toddler and a newborn, I could feel the old Christina start to slip away.
It was with my incredible husband's support and encouragement that I started running consistently again. It had been 3 years since my last marathon so I felt as if I was completely starting over, plus I lacked the time and energy I had pre-kids. Needless to say, I had greatly lowered my expectations heading into this new season of my life.
At first, it seemed impossible and I would never get back to my pre-baby running and body. I wish I could say I was one of those awesome double stroller mamas out there killing it, but TBH, it was a damn struggle. My schedule revolved around everyone but me, squeezing in workouts on my hubby's lunch break, while the babies napped, or if I could get them to cooperate in kids care at the gym. But I kept at it, I was determined to prove to myself I can still do this.
So it was to my surprise when I PR'ed that first post baby marathon by almost 40 minutes!!! I never knew I was capable of this and it unleashed something in me. I was a mom on a mission.
PR after PR I felt unstoppable. But I was over training, practically starving myself and becoming so completely obsessed that I began to lose myself in the process. I ended up burnt out, hurt, with my new ambitious goals slipping away.
But I'm actually grateful for my big ole slice of humble pie. It really put things in perceptive for me. It forced me to re-evaluate my training and I became not just a stronger, healthier athlete, but a much better coach. It helped me find a much better balance with my fitness, work and of course family. And most of all, it made me see the wonderful opportunity I had to share this journey with my boys.
PR's may be harder to come by these days, but that just makes them all the more special, especially when these two are there. And PR or not, no one is ever more excited.