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

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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 … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: Setback

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On Thanksgiving morning, I ran my second half marathon. I ran it about a minute slower than my first 13.1 in October, but it was a much more pleasant run. The course was easier, the weather was cooler, and (most importantly) I was more prepared, training-wise. Overall, I felt great during and after the race. However, around mile five, I felt a sharp, painful cramp in my left foot. The acute pain passed quickly, but my foot ached for the rest of the race. I had a similar, dull pain in my right … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: Life Goes On

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, … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: The Wall

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  Last Saturday, I ran 18 miles. I finished the entire run, but it wasn't pretty. The last couple of miles in particular were quite rough. I was in pain. Everything from the waist down was aching. My hips, my knees, my calves, my ankles, my feet. Even, mysteriously, my pubic bone. Everything. My fabulous pace group leader, Mercedes, practically had to hold my hand as I muttered expletives under my breath for the last half mile. I've heard lots of talk about this thing called “hitting the … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy – Running with Asthma: Just Breathe

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Last summer, I developed a respiratory illness that I couldn't shake. It started with a cold that traveled into my chest, and it kept getting worse and worse. I had a tight cough that kept me awake at night. My chest hurt. And after about two weeks, I was struggling to take a deep breath. I had no energy. My friends told me that I looked pale and sickly. Everything felt off. I was alarmed enough to visit a walk-in clinic on a Sunday afternoon. I'd had similar respiratory illnesses in the past … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: Sweet Sixteen

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Yesterday was a big day - my group's 16 mile training run! It was really a beautiful run. Most of it was through a lovely state park, and we got to watch the sun rise as we ran across the pier. I must admit, I was quite intimidated at the thought of a 16 mile run. After all, the half marathon two weeks ago was the longest distance I'd run yet, and I really struggled with the last couple of miles. How could I possibly add on another 3 miles? But much to my surprise, yesterday's run was … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: Writer’s Block

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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, … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: Victory!

Ask A Marathon Mommy: Victory!

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, … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: What to Wear?

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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, … [Read more...]

Ask A Marathon Mommy: Gels and Chews and Beans, Oh My

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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, … [Read more...]