It’s March! Even though here in Indiana we’ve had a pretty mild winter, and to top it off, I’m injured and not even running at the moment, I can’t help it: I’m so excited!
As spring inches closer, it means that soon, summer will be here. Soon, we’ll all be spending more time outdoors. Track and soccer and baseball, all the fun outdoor sports, are starting to get going. As moms, we’ll be at games and meets. We’ll be at playgrounds. We’ll be meeting friends to go for walks. And don’t even get me started on outdoor concerts!
(Is anyone else getting into a summer state of mind right now? Ahhh….)
I thought that the first of March was a perfect time to talk about why spring is a great time to jump into a running program and plan some road races. So, let’s dive in, shall we? How about a countdown? Here we go.
Reason #5 Moms Should Start Running in the Spring: (I hate to go there, but….) Swimsuit season
Okay, if you know anything about me, you know I don’t do fitness or encourage fitness for how I look in a swimsuit, and I don’t advocate it for other moms. That simply isn’t how I think. Fitness should be about feeling strong, having energy, and feeling confident. It should be about being able to keep up with your kids and maintaining a healthy heart.
However, I will recognize this: we as a society are bombarded with messages about “Bikini Ready.” So, like it or not, you’re going to hear about it, and while I hope you don’t buy into it, if you are going to begin thinking about getting ready for summer dresses and swimsuits and shorts, I want you to do it in the healthiest way possible: by pursuing healthy.
A running program, and scheduling a race, will help you pursue healthy. Feeling more confident in a swimsuit? That’s just the icing on the cake.
Reason #4 Moms Should Start Running in the Spring: You will love truly taking advantage of the nicer weather!
I don’t think I have to say a lot about this, but I will say this: as temperatures rise, there is nothing like getting outside and breathing in fresh air. Think of it as the equivalent of spring cleaning. You open your windows, let the fresh air in, and just celebrate and revel in the reality that we’ve survived winter.
If you commit to a running program, you’ll not only be enjoying that fresh air, but you’ll be enjoying better health and fitness in the process. Most runners run all year round, including bundling up to handle single-digit temperatures. There’s a reason for that. There is nothing like a workout in the great outdoors, and nothing like those first days where you get to run without gloves or thermal headbands!
Reason #3 Moms Should Start Running in the Spring: Build the habit now before the kids are out for summer!
How many of us have gone into summer with the best of intentions, saying, “Oh, I’ll workout at least three times a week. It’ll be nice and we’ll have more flexibility. It’ll all be fine.”
And then had things be totally not fine?
Whether you work or stay at home, the kids being home for the summer is a (fun but) crazy time! They want to be busy having fun, they may have activities, they need driven all over creation… and you still have to keep up with your stuff!
Summer is wonderful, without a doubt. But it’s typically a time where moms are more challenged to take time for us,and not the other way around.
How can you go into summer with more confidence that, this year, you really will keep on working out and feeling strong and healthy? Build a habit now! Don’t wait for summer and hope it all works out! You have three months, and I am here to tell you that, in three months, you can most definitely establish a great habit that will carry you into summer!
Reason #2 Moms Should Start Running in the Spring: It will make you look at summer 5K’s with confidence and excitement (or at least curiosity).
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there is a very good chance that, within a 20 mile radius of the average household, there are at least a dozen 5K races happening on any given Saturday or Sunday. Perhaps you’ve got a race in your community that always causes traffic headaches for you, and you’ve dealt with that traffic with a mixture of annoyance, but with a tidbit of curiosity mixed in. You’ve sat behind your steering wheel thinking, “Well, she’s not going that fast, and she looks like she’s having fun… I wonder if I could do that.”
The answer is: absolutely, most definitely, without a doubt, yes! You could do that! And you should! And when summer rolls around, if you start in March, you’ll be ready to tackle any 5K. Instead of sitting behind the steering wheel or watching your kids participate, you can run!
Races are a time for active-minded, positive, health-minded (did I mention positive), happy people to come together. You don’t have to tear up the course. You don’t even have to run the whole thing, but being able to get in the game? Priceless.
And Reason #1 Moms Should Start Running in the Spring: NOW is always a good time to make your health and happiness a priority.
A happy, confident mom is an awesome role model for her family. The healthier and stronger you feel, the more you will be able to be present with those you love. You will have more energy. You will giggle more and smile more. You will feel more on top of things.
Yes, all of this comes from carving out time to take care of you. When you get serious about making your health a priority, you will be more deliberate with how you spend your time. And when you’re more on top of your time, and getting in regular runs? Unstoppable. And did I mention happy?
Have all these reasons got you curious, thinking maybe you should give running a try?
If so, I am so happy! I would love to support you in getting started! Mom’s Running Club is a place to empower mom runners of every ability. If you are thinking, “I don’t think I could even run five minutes,” then you are perfect for Mom’s Running Club! Yes, I’m serious! Beginners are welcome and encouraged!
I’ve just created a Facebook group where you can kind of dip your toes in the water. Commitment-free, and if you’re local you can join us for our group runs! To join, click here. And if you have any trouble, please don’t hesitate to message me here.