Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas -Happy Running in the New Year

Howdy Running Mommies! Hope all your dishes are dried and put away and you all got a run in over the holidays. I am thinking about a 1/2 marathon. Last time I ran 15 miles was 3.5 years ago and now that I'm creeping up to age 50 I might just try and qualify for Boston my hometown. Sad that the marathons I've run have all been other places, but I'm not fast enough to run in my own town. This is my oldest girl-- about to start a track season!! Gave up soccer for running. How can I keep a smile off my face?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Boston Bound

When registration opened the morning of the 18th for the Boston Marathon, I fed into the hype. I sat there coffee in hand and waited for those precious minutes to tick away before registration opened. I started the process the moment the clock turned. All in all it took me about 10 minutes and about 5 failed tries before my registration went through.

At the time it seemed like a great idea and here's why:

I qualified this past March. With an 18 month window for your qualifying time, this meant that I had to run Boston in 2011 or try to re-qualify again if I wanted to run in 2012.

I love marathons. I hope that I am able to run a marathon a year for most years of my life. That being said I don't know how I will continue to fit in the training while the kids are this little. It's a huge sacrifice. The sacrifice is not just my own. My friends and family have been instrumental in helping me train for marathons now that I have kids. Without help from others I would never have been able to train. That being said I wanted to be able to run Boston one more time just in case I never make it back there [fingers crossed I will]

My mom recently moved to Boston[and qualified to run the race as well]. Two of my friends live in Boston. They both happen to be twins, though not twins to each other. Between the three of them, I will have a place to stay, someone to run with and people to cheer me on. What more can I ask for?

I really, really, really wanted to run B & A Marathon again this spring. Being that Colton was born on the 9th I didn't and don't have enough time to train for that race. Boston gives me over a month more to train and hopefully get in some sort of shape. Though I am being realistic and am in no way shape or form trying to PR at this race.

Two of my other best friends qualified and will be running Boston as well. They are twins, to each other. This means I won't be running all my long runs alone, in the cold. I am very thankful for this one. I have no problem running 20 miles, but would always rather run it with company. I know this will help motivate me, which is something I definately feel that I will need as a mom of a newborn.

It's Boston. I don't think this needs any explanation.

What I didn't think about. Sleepless nights, the cold temperatures and just generally how I was going to train in the winter with a newborn......

This Saturday will mark the 4 month mark till Boston. This weekend will be spent coming up with my training plan.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dean's Secret

I've talked about my idol before - Dean Karnazes. Okay. He's not really my idol per se. I don't aspire to run 135 miles in 120 degree heat (badwater), nor do I plan on tackling 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days, nor does the idea of a 48-hour (nonstop) treadmill run in the middle of Times Square remotely appeal to me. BUT I do admire his endurance. And that is something I'd like to have more of. Wouldn't everyone?

So what's his secret? I'll tell you what it's not. STRETCHING. Yep. Karno does not stretch. Straight from the horse's mouth. Well, Im scribbling that one off my list.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bike Stroller

So, you might say that the mourning period has passed for the loss of my double stroller. Moving on to greener pastures, I have bought my first bike trailer! A fairly consistent road biker for many years, I am learning to mountain bike. Child #3 is coming along for the ride! At just 2 years old, she is a veteran of the jogging stroller and we will, of course, continue with that as well, but we are adding more variety. I have ridden with my other kids in a bike seat that mounts between the handlebars and the rider, but none of my current bikes can accommodate the seat.

Many of the considerations are the same for choosing a bike trailer as a jogging stroller. The wheel diameter choices are 16" or 20". You can choose a double or a single. There is, of course, a range of prices from over $900 (Chariot) to under $100 (inStep). All come with a wind screen which is important for protecting against flying debris from your back tire. Burleys are a great choice, especially for bumpier trails, but I went with the cheapest one: InStep. For occasional use and a small child (under 40 lbs), it seems like a great starter trailer. I could even buy a second one and still spend less than the next brand up.

The 16" tires won't roll quite as smoothly as the 20" ones, but they will be compatible with the tires and inner tubes I already have for my jogging stroller. Once this train is rolling forward, not much is going to stop if anyhow.

The bike trailers also fold up much smaller than strollers so my garage likes this too.

Your Life Story

We all have trails and tribulations. Some of us keep them to ourselves while other shout them from the rooftops. Some of us use what has happened to us to empower and push us farther while others use it as an excuse for mediocrity.

If you don't consider yourself a runner, if you don't work out, if you are overweight and out of shape. TODAY is the day to make a change.

If you run but have decided that for one reason or another you will always be slow, you will never be able to run more than a 5K, you will always finish in the last half at a race. TODAY is the day to make a change.

I am an avid reader. I love books. I love getting books. I love giving books. I love libraries and Barnes and Nobles. I am in the middle of way too many books right now. One of them is the Power.

Here are some excerpts from that book. I hope they motivate you to make the changes you want to make in your life. To stop making excuses and to get going, literally. Anyone can be a runner. The difference between a runner and a non runner is that a runner makes it happen. I was an overweight, unhappy, nonathletic girl. I made a change I made the life I wanted happen. You can too.

Your beliefs, true or untrue, form your world. What you imagine and feel to be true creates your life.

Imagine and feel whatever you want and those will be the pictures you receive back in life. Give love as much as you can and feel as good as you can, and the force of love will surround you with people, circumstances, and events that you love. You can be whatever you want. You can do whatever you want. You can have whatever you want.

Let go of the things you don't love about your childhood, and keep the things you love. Let go of the things you don't love about your adolescent and adult years, and keep the good things. Just keep the things you love about your whole life. All the negative things of the past are done, finished; you are not the same person as you were then, so why keep putting them in your story if they make you feel bad? you don't have to dig negative things out of you from the past. Just don't put them in your story anymore.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Saran Wrap Your Feet

What? This was the strangest thing I had ever heard. But let me tell you, it works. Saran Wrap really does prevent moisture (and in turn, cold) from getting to your feet. I read this on a blog sometime last year, and I had forgotten about it until now.

How to do it? Put your socks on, wrap feet up in saran wrap, fold over and slip on your shoes. Now go trot through some puddles or wet slush. Doesn't matter. You're feet will stay DRY.

What runners will do to get in a (comfortable) run ;)

A Gift

I'm not getting any sleep. I'd like to say it's Colton, but it's not. Ok. Occasionally it's Colton, but for the most part it's Miles.

Colton turned 4 weeks on Tuesday. I know this is very soon to a. expect sleep, b. be running. BUT I want both.

This past Saturday I met up with my local running club for the first time since Colton was born. I was greeted with lots of smiling faces, congrats, and you-look-greats. I felt like it was my birthday or I had won the lottery or something. I just felt happy.

It was cold and windy, but I didn't care. I was running. I was running with friends. 6.6 miles later I was even more happy than I was before. MR PIC and I ran together the whole time and I couldn't help get excited for Boston training. Am I looking forward to the 20 mile runs in the cold? No. I am however looking forward to spending 3 uninterrupted-by-children hours with friends, doing something I love, something that will help my pre-baby body return, and something that makes me a better person, mom and wife. I'm looking forward to all the conversations that are to come. To the ups and downs on the road - figuratively and literally.

Mile 1 - 9:14
Mile 2 - 8:56
Mile 3 - 8:49
Mile 4 - 8:45
Mile 5 - 8:23
Mile 6 - 8:24

Monday my husband and I discussed a training/running schedule.

He goes to work VERY early. This means I would literally have to be running at 4 am - not getting up then - running then. This will not work. Partially because I am afraid to run alone in the cold and dark at that hour, but also because as mentioned above, our kids do not sleep. This means hubby would be getting up at 4am and it's ridiculous to think that he should have to wake up that early for me to get in a run.

I'm going to run when he gets home from work. Yes there will be days when he will be late, and I will not get to go. Knowing however that it's a standing date with me and the roads every afternoon/early evening, makes it easier to stay motivated throughout the day.

Last winter the treadmill was my saviour. I know it will again come in handy this winter too, however there is a new person to add to the training/running equation. Colton. With Miles not napping and Colton napping sporadically - I just can't count on my treadmill runs like I did last winter. I will need my husband this year for running, more than my treadmill.

I know this time is fleeting. I know this is the last time I will have a newborn.

I'm being realistic.

Monday I ran 5 lovely, cold and windy miles outside. Lovely because I got to run. Lovely because I maintained a very even pace inspite of the sub-freezing temperature and wind.

Mile 1 - 9:03
Mile 2 - 9:08
Mile 3 - 9:04
Mile 4 - 9:00
Mile 5 - 9:00

Tuesday I went for my first 2nd day in a row run. Three miles that were again windy, cold and hard. I'm not complaining. I got to run.

Mile 1 - 9:10
Mile 2 - 9:10
Mile 3 - 8:37

When you find yourself lacking motivation this winter. Tell yourself that you get to run.

You are lucky enough to be presented with the opportunity to run.

We all have different reasons for running. We have different reasons for why we may not be able to run as often or as far as we like. We should be appreciative however of the times we can or do go. Running is a gift.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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GIFT GUIDE for fitness peeps

Just wanted to share this GIFT GUIDE with those of you who don't receive the seeMOMMYrun e-newsletter. Some really cool stuff!

Marathon Mommy Changes Name

Just a quick update - Marathon Mommy has changed it's name to MomMeRuns.

New name, new address, same old blog. Continue to follow me at

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Arm Warmers: Yay or Nay?

I prefer outdoor running over treadmill, but with temperatures getting into the 30s now, I'm wondering more about arm warmers. I know the experts advice: Dress in layers!! But until it gets into the teens, it's just not gonna happen for me. I get too warm, too quickly and it's a big distraction.

So back to the question about the arm warmers. I see a lot of the elite athletes wearing them, and always wondered if they keep you comfortable without the bulky distraction and extra warmth of the layers. Has anyone ever used them and are they worth it??

Monday, December 06, 2010

Water Not Best For Hydration (huh?)

When you're working out, isn't it best to drink water to hydrate? Not so, according to sports and fitness expert Matt Fitzgerald. He says sports drinks are better due to the sodium and electrolyte. In fact, he has replaced some of the old beliefs about hydration and replaced them with his "New Rules." For more of an explanation, check out his article:
New Rules of Hydration

Old: Drink ahead of your thirst.
New: Drink according to your thirst.

Old: Aim to completely prevent dehydration.
New: Aim to slow dehydration.

Old: Use either a sports drink or water for hydration.
New: Use a sports drink instead of water.

Old: Protein exacerbates dehydration.
New: Protein enhances hydration.

Old: Caffeine exacerbates dehydration.
New: Caffeine does not affect dehydration.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Calluses Are a GOOD Thing!

I've heard people complain about calluses, and how hard it is to get rid of the stubborn things. But don't be so quick to rub it away! Your body is forming a protective barrier from outside elements, desensitizing it to constant pressure and friction. So maybe you should be grateful those calluses are there, making your feet less sensitive to something that may cause you irritation while you run.

Bottom Line: Thank you callus, for helping me tolerate more pain in order to keep doing what I love to do ;)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Is Your Dog a Born Runner?

So this chart is taken directly from an article on

My dog is a small 9 pounder, so it doesn't surprise me that she didn't make the cut! Although she's more than okay with that.

In fact, it doesn't look like any small dogs were chosen as great runners. I guess even their fast, little strides just cant keep up with the easy long stride of a big dog.

Anyhow, see if your dog made the list!

Long, Steady Runs
(More Than 10 Miles)
German shorthaired pointers
Jack Russell terriers
A medium build, well-muscled hind quarters, not too heavy
Brisk Shorter Runs
(Less Than 10-K)
Pit bulls
English setters
Golden and Labrador retrievers
A muscular and lean build, and a mind for sprinting rather than slogging
Going Fast
(7-Minute Miles or Faster)
German shorthaired pointers
A medium-size, lean build, and a mental aptitude for running
Long, Slow Runs
Labrador retrievers
Standard poodles
A bigger body that can handle the distance—if you go slow
Running in the Heat
Rhodesian ridgebacks
Airedale terriers
Fox terriers
A long nose, a short, sleek coat, and a svelte body
Running in the Cold
German shepherds
Swiss mountain dogs
Siberian huskies
A thick coat and a stockier body type
Running on Trails with Obstacles
German shorthaired pointers
Border collies
Belgian sheepdogs
Sure-footed and quick to react (such as herding and hunting dogs)
Most Obedient on Heavily Used Trails
Golden and Labrador retrievers
Standard poodles
Border collies
Nonaggressive, people-oriented, and obedient; has a calm personality