I’ve never been much of an athlete. When I was in school I took dance lessons through college – but since my skills didn’t lie in running, throwing or catching I never considered myself an “athlete” in the strict sense of the word. After I had The Tiny Dancer, things changed. I knew that my favorite activity – yoga – alone was not going to cut it to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I tried lots of exercise videos that I could do at home with The Tiny Dancer around but those only took me so far. I started seeing real results when I started running.
I didn’t like running at first but it was growing on me and I wanted to be able to commit to something but it was really difficult finding someone to watch The Tiny Dancer while I ran. My husband leaves for work really early and I already get too little sleep so waking up before he did was out of the question. My husband’s father has a somewhat flexible work schedule and he would come by and watch the baby once in a while but it was hard to get on a schedule because of his work commitments. How was I going to commit to running – perhaps even a race – if I didn’t have anyone to watch the baby?
I expressed to my husband how serious I was about wanting to run and even race in a local 10K Turkey Trot that took place on Thanksgiving Day. Though I was committed to my new goal, I needed help. I needed someone to watch the baby or I needed to be able to take the baby with me. One day, my husband surprised me with a jogging stroller. I was elated! Now, I could run with The Tiny Dancer and not worry about a sitter. I was able to run with consistency and work up from 2 miles to 6 miles. My husband also helped out on weekends by watching her so I could run without the stroller for my longer training runs.
People thought I was crazy to do a 10K run all of a sudden when I wasn’t an “athlete”. When they heard that it was Thanksgiving morning (and my birthday) they thought I was crazier. But, I didn’t let that get me down and I’m happy to say that I ran the 10K in under an hour. Goal met! I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my husband’s help and am grateful for his encouragement. If I took away one lesson, it’s ok to ask for help accomplishing your goals. You don’t want anything getting in your way and if it takes some help along the way, so be it. Don’t settle, and keep on chugging.
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