God Prepared My Body as a Vessel

Today we jogged.


It was only a jog, it wasn’t far but today we jogged.  It felt very freeing and discouraging all at the same time.  Freeing because I was FINALLY RUNNING, with the stroller and without much discomfort, and discouraging because it took me this long to run again and it wasn’t by myself, up to my same old standards or part of my training.

But none of that really matters.

You see, I truly believe that God prepared my body as a vessel for twins.

We tried to leave Storm Lake for years.  I can’t tell you how many times we attempted and it just didn’t work out for some reason or another.  So, Tanner started to get into triathlons.  Then, pretty much because I didn’t have much to do if I wasn’t hanging out with Tanner and I wasn’t all that healthy, I started training too.  Often times I think back to months 7 and 8 and think, “How was that even physically possible??”  Then I realize, if we hadn’t stayed in Storm Lake we would have never started training.  If I wasn’t in the best shape of my life my pregnancy would have been a lot worse.  I really had no issues until the last 3 weeks, and even then it wasn’t really anything I could help- my body just couldn’t keep going at my regular pace and keep up with the rapid growing humans.  My body was a vessel.  A vessel for human life.  So cool!

So no.  I didn’t run far and I certainly am not training for any triathlons, but I ran.  My butt probably jiggled, my twin skin was sandwiched between layers of spandex and most of it was slightly downhill or level …-

But I ran, pushing a ton of blessings and praising God for the miracle of childbearing and motherhood.



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About Alicia Russ

I am the WOMAN, Alicia, in this Man Woman Tri. When we started this blog about 2 years ago, I had recently just started my endeavor into what I call crazy- training and competing in triathlons. My husband, MAN, has been a constant encourager from the beginning. What started off as me on the sidelines cheering him on turned into a couple of events done together and a whole lot of training hours logged as each others motivators. Since that time our life has changed a bit. I am now a SAHM to identical twin girls plus one. Our training has definitely slowed and our approach/time is a little bit different. However, we are striving to maintain our healthy life styles and hope to one day get back into events. Stay tuned to read as our journey continues!

2 responses to “God Prepared My Body as a Vessel”

  1. Tim Jackes says :

    What a great story! We were very thankful and Blessed to have watch your journey during this time! Also Praising GOD for you and your beautiful family!

  2. Carolynn (@moonofsilver) says :

    I was in great shape when I got prego and I exercised throughout my pregnancy. I really really hate my body now and am struggling a lot. I am trying to be even more active now and it’s so hard…

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