I recently received a pair of Dr. Scholl’s insoles through influenster (complimentary). If you follow my blog you know that I love to run, I’ve done one marathon and several half marathons and find running to be very therapeutic. I use my running time to meditate and reflect on myself and my surroundings. Since having Ally in May I have gone on a few runs with Ally in the stroller but not enough to say that I’m back into running. We mostly go on walks to get Ally to fall asleep but also to get some Vitamin D, especially on days where we don’t really leave the house. While I’d love to get back into running, to be honest, when you are a breastfeeding mom your boobs are so sore and extra big that the idea of strapping them into a sports bra and jogging is less than appealing. I will probably stick to walking for now. I thought when I received this influenster opportunity it would be a great time for me to start ramping up and increasing my cardio. So Ally and I have consistently been walking about 3-4 times a week. I love the arch support that the insoles provide my feet in comparison to the ones that come with the shoe. I would definitely recommend and buy them again. I actually recently bought my running shoes in a size larger this time around and I feel like it may have been too tight if I was wearing my regular size shoe and the insole. The larger shoe and Dr. Scholl insoles seem to be a perfect fit.
On a personal note, I miss the freedom that running provides. Although I love being with my baby girl all day I do enjoy the moments where I am alone. Something that I have learned over the past few years, and now that I am a Mom of two, is that taking care of you should always be #1. If you don’t take care of yourself you’ll never be able to do all the things (happily) that you must do in your daily life. As Mom’s (and especially working Mom’s) we have a lot of duties that we must juggle each and every day from organizing family and work life, managing meals for everyone in the family, paying bills, cleaning house, and the list goes on and on and sometimes it feels like it never ends… Taking time for ourselves may make all the difference between a happy versus a bitter wife/mommy/life.