Welcome to my inaugural post. Let me introduce myself. I am KB. I am a soon to be 35 year old wife, and a mother of one. As my blog implies, this post is about my love of running. What is running with a B.A.M.? Well, it means running with a bad ass mama. I by no means am stating that I am a bad ass mother all of the time, but I have moments where I feel a little bad ass-ness coming out in me. And, the bad ass-ness is mainly referring to my personal running achievements, not my mothering abilities! Trust me, I am not one of those mothers who has it all together! In fact, I think I am far from that, but that is a whole other topic.
Let me give you a little background of my running history. In high
school I joined the Cross Country Team, ran for about 1-2 weeks, and
then quit. That was the last amount of running that I did until a
little over a year ago. I would pick up running for a few weeks,
thought that I hated it, and quit again. And then I had my son and I
was working hard to lose the baby weight. I would work out at home and
then I thought I needed to add some cardio to help me lose more
weight. I begged my husband to let me get a running stroller, and given
my history with running, he compromised by letting me get a second hand
running stroller from a consignment shop. I started out using the C25K
app which slowly gets you accustomed to running, and I found that I
loved it. I loved being outside, I loved the energy and the high I
had after running, but mostly I loved being an example to my 8 month
old son. He's my running partner. He's my motivator and my
A few months after I began running, my husband signed us up for a 5K. I had no idea what to expect, but I thought I'd go out and have fun. My little dude (LD) and I finished the 5K 3rd place in my age group. That was it, I was hooked. The competitive side of me came out and I wanted more! Since then we've run a 10K and finished first overall female, and a 15K finishing first in my age group, and completed another 5K with another first place in our age group. And this past fall we (LD and I) ran a half marathon together and finished in under 2 hours! Now, let me tell you, I am a small fish in a smaller pond, meaning I am not a crazy fast person, I just have a small amount of competition surrounding me. Never-the-less, those finishes, especially completing the half marathon with a stroller, make me feel like a B.A.M.
So, what is the purpose of this blog? Well, I am hoping to inspire, support, motivate, and cheer on my fellow running mamas, my fellow B.A.M.s out there by sharing my trials, tribulations, failures, and triumphs of running. I would love to create a virtual community of B.A.M.s out there who can support and motivate each other in achieving whatever personal goals we might have. Maybe you are not a runner, but you have some other personal fitness achievements that you are a B.A.M. in, welcome to the community! Let's celebrate our achievements and carry each other through to our goals! I'd love to hear what your current goals are!