Here at Running Warehouse, we are just like you; women trying to do the best we can to thrive in this roller-coaster of life. We are marathon moms, balancing the demands of work and kids while carving out some time to make sure we do what we love – run. We sat down with a few of our own busy moms to ask some questions about how they manage motherhood and race training.
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If you could offer other mother runners the biggest tip that has worked for you in finding balance with work/kids/running, what would it be?
Callie: Invest in a really good running stroller – on most of my runs, I have at least two of my three kiddos with me in the BOB Duallie. Sometimes when I’m flying solo, my five year old will even ride alongside us on his bike. I’m sure people who see us think I’m insane, but it’s quite the opposite – running keeps me sane, and I’ll take it in any form I can get! Plus, this way I don’t have to choose between time with my kids and getting a run in, so it’s the best of both worlds. :)
Jenny: Have a set schedule, keep it sacred, and incorporate a buddy to keep you accountable. My husband is a runner too so we have to schedule our runs to make sure we can both get in the amount of miles needed for our training while maintaining that someone is home with the kids. Every Wednesday and Saturday, I meet a friend at 5 am for long runs. This happens without fail because it’s on the schedule.
Jasmine: I find that scheduling things out in my planner lets me see my week in advance. Knowing exactly what I am doing and when it’s planned helps me visualize my day and my goals. I can then cross things off that I’ve done at the end of the day or the next day. Something about crossing things off gives me a sense of accomplishment! Also, seeing everything on paper helps to ensure that I have a good balance of work and play in my week.
Drew: Find a friend to run with! Having a buddy to run with will keep you accountable, as well as satisfy desires to maintain friendships and socialize outside of work and family. Whether it’s a sick child, forgetting to prep dinner or simply being too tired, there’s likely to be challenges that highjack your plans to run. Having a friend that you genuinely enjoy spending time with can help convert the feelings of “I have to run” into “I get to run” on certain days.
Also, parenting is a long term strategy! Try not to let “mom guilt” get the best of you. Create the space for personal care so you can be an even better mommy long term! With that comes the responsibility of letting your co-parent, friends, or family spend some alone time with the kiddo(s). They are capable and will be just fine without you!
Since becoming a mother, what has been your favorite racing memory and why?
Callie: I’ve done a handful of races since my kids were born, and hands down, coming across the finish line to their smiling faces is always the best part of the race.
Jenny: Running the Santa Rosa Marathon. I couldn’t have asked for a better race. The weather was perfect, I never once hit the wall, I finished stronger than I started, and my husband ran the last 10 miles with me. Oh, and I qualified for the Boston Marathon! I cried for a solid 10 minutes after I crossed the finish line out of sheer joy; such an incredible feeling. It proved to me that even after having two kids, I could be a strong runner.
Jasmine: My daughter and I ran the Pismo Turkey Trot a few years ago. She was a trooper and ran the entire 5K with me. She even sprinted me to the finish.
Drew: It has to be my first half marathon after giving birth to my daughter. I was skeptical about my ability to physically rebound from pregnancy and childbirth at all, let alone re-implementing a training program and running a race at a respectable pace. Nine months after a c-section birth, I met my daughter and husband at the finish line of the City to Sea Half Marathon – and PR’d to boot! I had never felt so powerful and capable in my life. It was a transformative moment for me.
Are you currently training for any races right now? If so, what’s the number one training piece that you can’t do without?
Callie: I’m planning to do another half marathon this spring. Since I’m breastfeeding, my number one training piece is a supportive sports bra. Favorites in my current line up are the Juno Bra and Rebound Racer from Brooks.
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Jenny: I am excitedly training for the Boston Marathon. My “can’t do without” training piece for this race is my Petzl Tikkina Headlamp. 90% of my runs are happening in the wee hours of the morning before the day begins. I get just the right amount of brightness I need to see where I’m going while also keeping me visible to oncoming cars.
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Jasmine: I am currently training for the LA Marathon. This will be my first marathon, and yes I am constantly questioning what I am doing!!! I can’t do without my Honey Stinger Waffles! This nutrition item serves as my fuel before, during, and after a workout! And I can’t do without my training buddy, Becky. This lady pushes, motivates and supports me but also tells me when it’s time to back-off.
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Drew: I’ll begin training for the SLO Half Marathon in the near future. All I need is a supportive bra, a pair of capris, a loose fitting racer back tank, and a pair of HOKAs.
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What gives you that extra push to keep going when the going gets tough?
Callie: I just picture my post-race bacon cheeseburger and that usually does the trick. :)
Jenny: I like to recall the quote, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” So I chant, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can,” when it gets hard, just like the Little Engine that Could.
Jasmine: When I am feeling like I just can’t give any more, I repeat to myself, “You got this!” or “You can do this!” – then I bump up some Skrillex (music) and push through!
Drew: I want my daughter to see her mom staying committed to personal health and personal goals. If my commitment to running means nothing more than showing her the value of finding (and sticking to) the things that make you happy in this life, then mission accomplished. Being a mom unleashes human potential and forces you to be smarter, grittier, and more efficient. Moms rock!
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Jenny is a marathon mom in every sense of the word. Not only does she run marathons, but she is constantly running around with her two kids, helping to teach them the value of an active lifestyle.