We are highlighting #motherrunner journeys over the next 2 weeks. In sharing these beautiful and challenging stories, we are reminded to move forward with compassion. Everyone’s experience with motherhood (and LIFE) is different… compassion for all mothers, mothers to be, mothers who have lost babies, and those trying to conceive. There is far more than meets the eye when it comes to judging another person. We hope reading the stories over the next two weeks moves your heart, inspires you to keep lacing up, motivates you to make time for yourself so you can be the best for others, and help another mother out whenever possible. We are stronger and better together.
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My name in s Maggie Bigler. I was born and raised outside of Seattle Washington. In 2012 I married my high school sweetheart, and we started our new life together in Northern California. I am now a stay at home mom to my 16 mo old, Jacob, while my husband is doing a critical care fellowship at Stanford.
She.is.beautiful: When did you start running and what inspired your entry to this movement?
Maggie: I started running after high school as part of my fitness routine, but didn’t enter my first race until I was 30. It was a cold and rainy St. Patty’s day 5k. I was ridiculously overdressed and slow, but I was hooked! Over next few years I ran my way to a first place female finish, and started running half marathons. We moved a few months after having Jacob, and I joined the Oiselle Voleé to connect with other runners. For the first time in my life I feel like I have a running family. It has been so inspiring to follow other women’s journeys, from all over the country.
SIB: If you ran before having kids, how has your relationship with running changed since becoming a mother?
Maggie: Before I had Jacob I was hard on myself to be constantly pushing and improving my fitness. As a mom, I am much more forgiving of my body. I run for fun! There is no such thing as a bad run. Running is an opportunity for me to connect with my old self and spend time outside with my baby. If I get fitter or faster while doing that, I am a lucky girl.
SIB: What has been or is your biggest challenge with running since having children?
Maggie: My biggest challenge being a mother runner is accepting the lack of freedom that I have with when and where I run. I love trail running, but now I am pushing Jacob 90% of the time. I usually head out my front door carefully squeezed between naps, snacks, and play dates.
SIB: How has having children changed your relationship with your body?
Maggie: Since having Jacob, I have gained a whole new level of respect for my body. Growing, delivering, and caring for a baby is the ultimate endurance event. I know that I need good food and balanced activities for energy. There have been times when I was terrible to my body, and that is definitely not how I want to live my life.
SIB: What do you admire most about other moms?
Maggie: Mothers have an unmatched capacity to love unconditionally. I could never have imagined someone could be so patient and completely selfless. I see it everyday in my mom friends.
SIB: How have your children inspired you (in running or in life)?
Maggie: Jacob inspires me to be the healthiest, happiest version of myself I can be. I want to be a good example for him as he grows up to be an active little boy. Some days are NOT easy. At the end of the day I know that I tried hard and loved harder, and that is good enough.
SIB: What is something you are proud of in your running and something you are proud of as a mom?
Maggie: My husband told me a few months ago that he was impressed with my ability to get out the door and just grind through miles, despite how much sleep I’ve had, or the weather conditions. I am very consistent as a mother and as a runner. Some days I might not look pretty, but I always show up and put and put in my best effort. I’m pretty proud of that.
SIB: What is the best advice you have for other runner moms or runner moms-to-be?
Maggie: My advise to other mother runners would be to learn to be flexible! You might not get to run when or where you want to every day, but if you get to run at all it is a win. Take more rest days, you deserve it. Set goals, but be flexible with how you get there. Don’t push yourself to be what you were before, because being a mother is better.
SIB: Fill in the sentence “I mom so hard I_______________.”
I mom so hard I put coffee in a sippy cup for my morning run.
Thanks Maggie! Follow her journey on Instagram @MaggieBigler