Ask a Marathon Mommy: Yakety Yak Running Socks Review

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Marathon Mommy: Yakety Yak Running Socks Review The Marathon Mommy and the Madame Deals girls getting ready to run a 5K at BlogHer13 Disclosure: Gone for a Run provided the products for this review free-of-charge. They have not reviewed or approved this post and the opinions expressed here are 100% mine. I learned the importance of wearing proper running socks early in my running career. And like most of the best lessons, I learned it the hard way - with sore, cramped toes and … [Read more...]

Ask a Marathon Mommy: Sweaty Bands Review

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Marathon Mommy - Sweaty Bands Review The Marathon Mommy and the Madame Deals girls getting ready to run a 5K at BlogHer13 Disclosure: Sweaty Bands provided the products for this review free-of-charge. They have not reviewed or approved this post and the opinions expressed here are 100% mine. I live in Florida, where it's hot 10 months out of the year. And even when it's not hot, it's humid - so sweat control is essential all year long! Have you ever been running or exercising and had … [Read more...]

Ask a Marathon Mommy: Choosing the Right Sports Bras

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 Choosing the Right Sports Bras If you follow us regularly on Facebook or Twitter, then you probably know by now that the Madame Deals gals are heading to Chicago for a blogging conference later this month. We will be very busy meeting with brands and other bloggers, attending classes and events, and seeing a bit of the city. We will be on our feet all day! Yet, somehow... I convinced the girls to run the BlogHer 5K Chicago Fun Run with me!!! As you can tell, I'm really excited! And while … [Read more...]

Ask a Marathon Mommy: Tips for Running in Hot Weather

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Tips for Running in Hot Weather I’m a Florida girl, so I run in the heat pretty much year-round. But even for those of us who are accustomed to exercising in warmer temperatures, running in the summer heat requires some additional measures. Here are some tips for running in hot weather: 1. Pick the right time of day. Ideally, you should run early in the morning, before the sun rises. If you can’t run early, run as late in the evening as possible. And remember that whenever you run in … [Read more...]

Boston Strong

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Boston Strong Last Monday, like the rest of the country, I sat staring at my computer in horror, transfixed by the events unfolding before me in Boston. Explosions at the Boston Marathon. Who would do such a thing? Why the Boston Marathon? Why target the running community? My heart broke for the runners, the spectators, the friends and family members who'd come to celebrate this iconic day and watch their loved ones triumph across the finish line. One of my first thoughts was that just two … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup Recipe

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A Chicken Soup Recipe for the Runner's Soul It’s been nearly two months since my marathon. So far this spring has brought my family loads of illnesses and injuries, including a broken arm for my 7 year old daughter – which has kept us all indoors, and has kept me from hitting the pavement or treadmill. I’m finally back to running at least twice a week, although I’ve been focusing on speed work instead of distance running (partly because of my time limitations). I’ve lost about 5 pounds since … [Read more...]

Swimsuit Season is Almost Here: Health & Fitness Roundup

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Sharon's Health & Fitness Roundup Spring is upon us! Temperatures are getting warmer, flowers are starting to bloom…and swimsuit season is right around the corner. And if you’re like me, you will spend lots of time in a bathing suit this summer – at the pool, the beach, the water park, or just in your own backyard. … [Read more...]

Marathon Mommy: One Month Later

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What happened after the marathon? It’s been about a month since I ran my marathon, and I just wanted to check in! After the marathon, I had quite a lot of pain in my right knee and left foot. Both subsided on their own, albeit with a little help from icing and anti-inflammatories. I took a two week break from all exercise – which wasn’t hard to accomplish, since for the first week or so, I could barely even walk up and down the stairs in my house. I’ve started running again, but my … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: Victory

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Marathon Victory! I did it! I met my goal. Last Sunday, I completed the 26.2 with Donna, also known as the National Breast Cancer Marathon. I’m a marathoner! Now, here’s probably where you’re expecting me to describe how gratifying and exhilarating the finish was. About the adrenaline and camaraderie and self-satisfaction that got me through those last few miles. And don’t get me wrong, I’m plenty proud of my accomplishment. But there’s a lot more to the story. My marathon experience was, … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: The Home Stretch

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Marathon   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 … [Read more...]