Hi Deborah, Welcome to Stay Great My Girl! It has been so fun to cheer you along in the Instagram world. Your posts are always so positive and make me want to get out for a run! Tell our readers who you are. 🙂
Thank you, Charlotte! I’m honored by the opportunity to share a little bit about myself and by all your gracious words!
I’m a 28 year old wife and mom of three living in Austin, Texas 🙂 My husband is a high school History teacher and Head Soccer Coach, and we’ve been married almost 7 years. My littles are Charlie (5 1/2), Isabel (1 1/2), and Luke (9 months). We had our boys biologically and adopted our daughter as a newborn from the Texas foster care system. I stay at home with them most days! I also have a Bachelors and Masters in Nutrition and have been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for the last two years! Nutrition is my passion!! I currently work part-time as a private practice dietitian and love it. More personally, I love cooking, getting down on some Netflix, going to breweries, being with my crazy big family, and trying every local restaurant I possibly can!
My faith in Jesus Christ is essential to my life and our family’s life. I’ve been saved by Grace since I was a small child, and my husband and I serve faithfully at my dad’s church in Austin—that’s actually where we met! 🙂
2. How long have you been running? How did you get started?
I didn’t start *actually* running until after my first kid was born. I had tried a lot in high school and college to “be a runner”, and I was just terrible at it. It hurt or just didn’t feel good, I couldn’t figure out how to stay consistent, and I really just didn’t enjoy it. Something changed after our son was born though. He was around 5 months old and I was really overwhelmed with being a first time mom. I remember my husband coming home and me saying “I can’t be here anymore…I need to go run.” And I just went. I remember I ran 1.82 miles that day and came back feeling like a completely different person. I’ve been running ever since, even all the way through my most recent pregnancy! Something just clicked after becoming a mother and my soul craved running in a way I didn’t think was possible 🙂
3. You’ve accomplished both half and full marathons. Do you have a favorite distance?
I think I like the half more! It’s fun and challenging, but I don’t feel awful afterwards! The annual Austin Marathon and Half Marathon has my heart, its such a great race and I run it as often as I can. That being said, I’m currently obsessed with the full and have some pretty big goals for this year and next!
4. Where was your first marathon? What was your experience like?
My first marathon was in the Rockies in Colorado! (Run Revel Rockies
) It was actually just a few months ago in June!! My experience was crazy, but amazing. I started training two months after I had my youngest son, and it was challenging to say the least. I breastfed and was getting up through the night with him. Long runs were tricky to coordinate and time just right. A lot of scheduled runs honestly didn’t happen
That being said, I trained as best as I could and gave the actual race my all! The race was IN the Rockies, the scenery was just stunning the entire time! I hit “the Wall” pretty badly between miles 14-20, but loved everything outside of that hour, haha! I finished with a 4:30
and was very proud of my 7 months postpartum self!
5. You’re training for RNR San Antonio 26.2 – woohoo! What made you choose that race for your second full?
I picked RNR San Antonio because it has a pretty good reputation in the central Texas area as being a great race. Very lively, joyful, well organized, and most importantly, FLAT! I chose this one over the Austin Full due mostly to course (Austin’s is very hilly). I’m shooting for a sub-4:00 hour marathon this time around, so a flat, fun race called my name for sure!
6. How is training for San Antonio coming along?
It’s great, and SO different than the first time around. I bought a 20-week Hanson Marathon Method plan as opposed to just compiling my own from Pinterest and Runner’s World (which is what I did for my first). I picked a higher mileage plan (30-40 miles/week) with a good amount of speedwork to try hitting my time goal in December. It’s very challenging! But my body is in a better place and able to handle it so far!! I’m working incredibly hard on recovery and self-care this time around as well. So a lot of rolling, stretching, yoga flows, and epsom salt baths lately!
7. You are a wife, mom of three, and a dietitian. I’m amazed that you even find the time for running! What does a typical day look like for you? Do you ever sleep? 🙂
I really don’t like sleeping, haha! I went through undergrad and grad school with at least one small child, three at one point. Sleep has never been a friend of mine 🙂 A typical non-work day is up around 7:30-8:00 with one of the littler kids, and then it’s just non-stop from there. Most of my days at home are spent meal prepping, doing laundry, cleaning, snuggling, etc. My oldest is also learning to read and write and all that, so we spend time each day practicing his “school”. Also, whenever my husband’s soccer team is in season, we travel to each of their games too! Days I work–they’re just up in the air and crazy busy, haha! It takes a good while to get the kids to sleep at night, so by the time everyone is asleep, I’m normally craving alone time. I stay up pretty late, even when I have early morning runs. I just love being up by myself at night for some reason! A lot of times it’s my only alone time with my husband too! Midnight (or later) is a typical bedtime 🙂
As for my running schedule, I run whenever I can. I wish I could have a set time every day, but it just doesn’t work like that for our family. My husband’s schedule changes a lot based on if he’s in school or not, in season or not, etc. Sometimes I run at 5:30 in the morning, sometimes I run at 8:00 at night. It just depends! This can be pretty rough, but any run is better than no run. So I just try to be grateful for whenever I get the opportunity to run!
8. If you could tell other mother-runners out there one thing, what would it be?
Oh man…I think I would say that if running is something that is important to you as a person, then it’s worth it. It’s worth sacrificing sleep, juggling schedules, and leaving your kids for small periods of the day. It should not be something that produces guilt or regret. You’re not selfish or a bad mom for needing to get out there or going for a personal goal. If anything, it makes you a BETTER mom when you do go out there. One hour of “selfish time” running honestly makes me a more loving and patient mom the other 23 hours in a day. It really is worth it if it’s important to you.
9. How does your faith intersect with your running?
God and I have a lot of talks on runs 🙂 I often work things out with him when I’m running, whether it’s sadness, confusion, disappointment, joy, or even anger. I have cried, yelled, and desperately prayed for help on runs. I’ve also just blessed Him and praised Him for all He’s done in our life or in our church. Running is literally the only thing I do when I’m by myself. It’s the only time God gets me without anything or anyone else. A lot happens between us in those moments.
10. Just for fun – what are three non-running-related things that you’re loving right now?
Let’s see, let’s see…firstly, I’ve been really into Eating Disorder trainings and am currently in the middle of a 9 hour training series on being an effective eating disorder dietitian. So that’s been exciting and challenging for me to dive into! Secondly, I’m working on getting better and more efficient in the kitchen. I’m trying lots of recipes for “big batch meal prepping” for everything from breakfast to dinners to snacks and running-fuel. I’m working on cutting out time and cost for all these too! Lastly, I’m getting a DIY-itch with respect to house makeovers. We just redid one of our living room and kitchen floors, and I’ve got my eye on numerous other “home upgrade” projects to keep myself even busier this upcoming year. I’m not super good at them, but I love trying! 🙂
Thank you, Deborah! Loved getting to know your sweet heart a bit better!
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