Mud and Chocolate Trail Run; 3rd Woman to Finish!
Half Marathon on my 30th Bday
Eliza Runnin' like her mummy!
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Hello, I am Kate; a 31 year old attorney, wife, and mum to my spunky Eliza Jane, born December, 2012. My plans of a natural birth center birth went south, and I ended up with an emergency C-section which hit me hard. I had never had a major surgery before and feeling so out of control of my body was new to me.
The first night back from the hospital I was in a lot of pain. I woke up and had to use the bathroom. I went in, and then realized I couldn't bend down to put my underwear back on. There I was, with no way to get dressed- I felt humiliated, ashamed, scared and helpless, and then my baby started to cry. Not only could I not take care of myself, I couldn't help my tiny newborn baby.
Little by little I started getting my body back, and then I found running. First I ran-walked my way up to a 5k, then a 10k, then my first half-marathon on my 30th b-day (where I came in 2nd in my age group) almost exactly nine months after she was born. The more I ran, the stronger I felt.
For me it isn't just about the speed- it is the emotional effects of running. I feel strong, I feel happy, I feel more in touch with nature and for the first time in my life I have learned to love my body. It may not be perfect, but now I can appreciate and love it despite its imperfections; it can create life, nourish that life, and push me across the finish line of a half marathon and that is just pretty damn amazing!
Running means so much to me, and I hope through this online community I can connect to others, share my passion with you all, and hopefully hear how fitness has changed your lives as well!
Running Over an Hour: Completed
Running a 10k in Under an hour: Completed
Under 132: (The weight I was when I graduated high school in 2001): Completed
Goal Weight of 127: (pre-pregnancy weight) Completed (9 months post baby)
Run 7:30 average pace on a long run:
Lovin' the run!
I am from Seattle, where I finished law school. I have also spent lots of time abroad; I lived in Paris for a year, taught English in Argentina for 2 years and have traveled to; Mexico, Canada, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Brazil, England, Ireland and Spain.
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Your baby is super cute! Good luck on your training and your HM! Which one are you doing? When I was at fort Lewis, I did the Tacoma, the Seattle, and the Olympia HM's as well as the Portland full marathon. (But that was before kids, not quite as much racing since kids came along!)
1358 days ago
Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog! Yes he is in the Seattle area I will give him the info you left.
1401 days ago
Congrats on the weight loss!! Almost back in the 130's....soooooo exciting!!!!! Getting back your pre-baby body and being an amazing mom.....you're like superwoman!
1461 days ago
Your little guy is so cute!!! Congrats again.
1486 days ago
Congrats on the birth of your daughter. You can tell how long it has been since I was on SP. She is adorable and Eliza Jane is a beautiful name.
1487 days ago