Let me just start by saying that if you are a mom in Bangkok looking to get back into shape via running, here are some critical links for you: Go Adventure Asia and Jog and Joy. The first site provides a list of some of the bigger and more well-known races in Thailand and the region; the second lists the more local races in Thailand.
Just last weekend I challenged myself by jogging the Vertical Marathon at the Banyan Tree. That means climbing 61 floors (1,093 stairs) as quickly as possible. It was awesome.
Now on to my weekly blog post story: When I was pregnant with Logan three years ago, I joined a prenatal yoga class on Capitol Hill. My ultra-hippy yoga teacher would start each class by having everyone introduce themselves and use one word to describe how they felt. I remember using the word “frustrated” one week and when it came to why, I explained that I just wanted to go out for a run. Logan was born in late July in Washington, DC and as the beautiful spring and summer months came out to play, I was aching to go on a nice, long jog. Prenatal yoga certainly helped me with delivery, and for that I am grateful, but blah blah blah blah, it was boring (my apologies to all of you yogis out there)! Four weeks after delivering Logan, I went out for my first jog. I was pathetically out of shape, but it felt great to be jogging again. And as the weeks ensued, I got back into running, lifting and some tennis, started some short-distance races, and a year later I was pregnant again.
Pregnancies don’t treat me kindly, so I counted chasing my one year old around as my daily exercise while I was pregnant with my second (and those of you that have had a 1-2 year old boy know that chasing him around is exercise indeed). I was extremely ready to get back into jogging after Kate was born in May. I started slow and built up. I feel about a thousand times better now that I can challenge myself physically again. The endorphin high is an extra plus. This fall weather in Bangkok is another bonus. What a beautiful time of year to jog outside. There were actually leaves falling on my jog in Lumpini today.
Bottom line, for me, a healthy mom is a happy mom. Every day I can get a quick jog in or some lifting, I feel like I’m a better mom. I’m less stressed, more fit, get in some valuable alone time, and build up energy for the day with my children.
Find what it is that makes you healthy – a good read, a good swim, some time with friends – and find the time to do it. You will be a better mom for it.