Ask A Marathon Mommy: What’s In Your Bag, Mommy?


First, an update. When we spoke last, I’d suffered an injury during a half marathon. Luckily, it turned out to be nothing more serious than some bruising. It took a good week for it to heal and put me a bit off track with my training schedule, but I was still in pretty good shape for yesterday’s 20 mile trail run.

Which brings me to today’s topic. Prior to each group run, the Galloway program directors and group leaders send emails to participants. The emails contain directions to our meeting location, tips and suggestions, and other pertinent information related to the course and/or the distance. The emails for yesterday’s run encouraged all runners to bring flashlights, fuel, tissues, and hand sanitizer. I knew right then that this was going to be an interesting run.

Fortunately, the restrooms on the trail were open and we didn’t have to use portable toilets or hide behind bushes. Still, the tissues and hand sanitizer came in handy, and of course this prepared mommy had both! Sometimes my running friends tease me for the number of things I take along with me on long runs – but what can I say, I like to be prepared!

Yesterday, I had ALL of the following with me on my run:

  • headlamp
  • cell phone
  • iPod shuffle
  • car keys
  • asthma inhaler
  • lip balm
  • tissues
  • hand sanitizer
  • GU
  • Shot Bloks
  • Band Aids
  • ibuprofen
  • anti-diarrheal medication
  • Gatorade

You’d be amazed at what you can fit into those tiny little running pouches. What do you carry with you when you run?

Sharon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare.

“I tried my hand at being a work at home mom, but in 2009 I decided that being a stay at home mom is what works best for me and my family, at least for now. As my kids like to say, I’m “The Boss” of the family, which includes my husband of 9 years, two daughters (ages 4 and 6), and a giant goldfish named Princess Leia. My girls are beautiful and curious and wild and exhausting, and life is never, ever dull! I love reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, and shopping for bargains. I’m also training to run my first marathon in February 2013.”

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