This is a guest blog post written by Danielle Pickut. This is part of a series of posts from women of all walks of life, sharing tips and their passion with other women.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
This picture is my first 5k after having our daughter.
This second one is a few weekends ago after running 13.1. nearly a year later.
Today I am a happier, healthier person because I chose to take a step in the direction towards health through running. Running has introduced me to friends, taught me how strong I am, and has changed my attitude about life.
Let me introduce myself. I am a mom, and a wife. I have two littles, Hannah (2) and Luke(4), and they are every bit of busy that a 2 and 4 year old would be. I work full time as an Intervention Specialist at a Vocational High School in Northwest, Ohio. My family is my world and we try to spend as much time with family as possible.
Why Run? After having my daughter life became particularly hectic. We sold our house, moved to an apartment for 6 months, built a home, then moved again. I was worn out and not taking care of myself. I was diagnosed with PPD and started medication, which helped, but didn’t resolve it. So I began to run, and I didn’t stop. I ran a 5k in July 2016, my first 10K in October, and my first half in November.
I still run, I’m not training for anything in particular, but I want to be ready to go for whenever I am ready to make my next move.
But, it started with 3 miles.
My Top 5 tips for running moms are:
- Make time for it! Don’t wait until you have time, you’ll never have time, schedule it in.
- Get fitted for good shoes and be willing to spend a little extra on them. Training for my first half I ended up with a stress fracture in my shin. After the race I had to take nearly 6 weeks off of running. After this I got fitted for the right size shoes and bought a more expensive brand. And I haven’t had issues since!
- Start small, but set a goal. Even if it’s to walk or run 5 minutes more, one mile more, or to have your eye on a 5k or 10k. Be willing to put your mind to something a go for it!
- Believe in yourself! You can do far more than you ever thought imaginable! I never thought I’d run more than 3 miles, I never thought I’d like it. But I gave it time, and now I love it!
- Find your people. Joining a running group was the single most important thing I did in my pursuit of miles. I have made so many friends, and have people to encourage me me and run with. Now, I get to encourage them as well.
- Get Support! Without the support of a great husband who is willing to watch our littles, he made it possible to go out and pursue my running. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to do it.
When I first started running a friend told me that “every mile, no matter how fast or slow, that every mile counts.”
That has been my mantra…
“Every step counts”
So when the runs are tough or when I’m just not feeling it, I remember that it counts. I count, and running has taught me that!
My reasons to run:
Ryan, Luke, and Hannah. This is me with my hubby and kids at Christmas. Not only do they motivate me to push myself, but they encourage me on my runs, and remind me that a healthier lifestyle isn’t just for me- it’s for them, too!