Introducing Ask A Marathon Mommy

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.” 

Hi, I’m Sharon, elite runner and proud stay at home mom to two perfect angels.

No, just kidding. Sure, my daughters are angels – if by angels you mean funny, rambunctious, beautiful, and bossy little girls with unruly hair and torn princess gowns. And, sure, I’m proud – and I’m also overwhelmed and amused and plain old exhausted. I have peanut butter in my hair and decidedly UNwashable paint on my running shoes. In other words, I’m a pretty typical mom. And I just happen to be training for a marathon.

It all started with a treadmill, a TV, and two hours of childcare at my local YMCA. I wasn’t into fitness. I just wanted to lose my baby weight and watch two uninterrupted hours of television. Sometimes my husband and I even used the Y for date night. We’d drop the kids off, then take a class together or work out on adjacent elliptical machines. Hey, you take what you can get, right?

Then one day, maybe 8 or 9 months ago, I tried out a bit of running. Much to my surprise, I was actually pretty good at it. And to my even greater surprise, I liked it. I ran a couple races – man, what a rush! The crowd, the music, the piles and piles of bagels at the finish line. Pretty soon, I started seeing those “13.1″ stickers everywhere I looked. AND I WANTED ONE!!!

I started researching local half-marathons and half-marathon training schedules and programs. I read a lot about Jeff Galloway and his “Run-Walk-Run” training program. As the daughter of a marathon runner and college track star, I was skeptical. Walk? In a race? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? But the more I read, the more I was convinced to at least give it a try. And what do you know – the Jeff Galloway group in my area trains for both half and full marathons. A 26.2 sticker is even cooler than a 13.1, right?

So 3 weeks ago, I started training for the 26.2 with Donna, or the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. For the next 6 months, I will be up and running every Saturday before sunrise with my training group. I will also be running and/or cross-training 4-5 additional times per week. How am I going to balance this with running a household and being a full-time mom? We shall see…and I hope you’ll join me on my adventure!

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Comments

  1. Julie says

    Hey Sharon

    Excited to read your blog!! I’ve been following your new found love for running and happy to hear your gonna do Donna!! We have lots in common social worker, amazing and loud children, imperfect parenting and running. I have run 7 full marathons and many halves!! I talk about my marathons like this One before children 4:15 Didn’t get one in between Jack and Klaire. Klaire 14 months old 4:38 Between Luke and Mollie two marathons within 5 weeks of each other Disney 4:52 not happy so I ran my first Donna in 4:48 After baby four I have run three more two Donna and my second Jax Bank 4:38 4:14 and my last marathon 4:01:38 My goal was to run it under 4 hours but that did not happen so I will chase it once again. Don’t think I will get a marathon in this year (I have recently started coaching high school volleyball) but I will be out at Donna either running half or relay. Let me tell you this about the marathon journey!! It is a JOURNEY!! Good and Bad It will test your phyical and mental strength!! U will have highs and lows but keep running!!!! It is amazing to see what your body can do. U will come to a point in the 26.2 race when you realize it is not the race but the journey. Have fun!! and run one mile at a time. There was a marathon when I wanted to quit at mile 22 I didn’t because my daughters were in the car watching me. I totally would have just jumped in the car with my husband and gone home quietly but I knew I could have never answered “Mommy, why Didn’t you finish?”

  2. Sharon says

    Julie, I remember years & years ago when you were training…maybe for your first. I thought you were nuts! :-) (in a good way, haha) It’s always been on my Bucket List, and I can still hardly believe I’m doing it. I’m trying to keep my focus on just finishing my first half (Marine Corps 10/6/12) and full, although of course I secretly have time goals. Thanks so much for reading and for the support!!!

  3. Renee Stough says

    Maybe you can clue us non runners (wanting to start) what all this jargin means? Whats a “Donna”? and whats a 13.1 sticker and a 26.1 sticker.? Julie’s post literally made my head explode.. Thanks!

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