Trained for a marathon? Had a baby? Then you know how similar the two experiences are!

*This post was sponsored by Vocalpoint and Dick’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own.*

Marathon Training is like having a newborn

  1. Google will be your best friend. And your worst enemy.
  2. The laundry will be never-ending and often gross.
  3. Everyone will have an opinion on whether you are doing it right. Especially those who have never done it.
  4. You will able to fall asleep anytime, anywhere. Including in the middle of a sentence. (OK, maybe I’m stretching here, maybe I’m sleeping…)stretching marathon
  5. You will be hungry all.the. time.
  6. You will second guess your decisions several times each day.
  7. Your choice of bras may be the most important decision you make all day.Dick's Sporting Goods Bras
  8. You will occasionally question why you got in this situation in the first place.
  9. There will be no such thing as a TMI topic. You’ll discuss anything. Especially with strangers who are going through the same thing.
  10. When you get through it, you will forget how hard it was and likely think it’s a good idea to do it again.

Dick's Sporting Goods outfit

I’m halfway through Marine Corps Marathon training and four days into my peak training week for the 6 half marathons in 6 days.  I’ve run 38.3 miles in the last four days and have two more days of long runs left. I’m tired, I’m hungry, and my feet are sore, but I’m almost there. Today I ran 12 chafe free miles in the new outfit I got from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Tomorrow I will run 9 miles and hit 200 miles for the month of August!


Since I’ve been going through clothes like crazy, it’s nice to have a place where I can pop in easily to pick up a few things. They have everything a marathoner needs. The new layout is also mom and baby friendly (not that, thank goodness, I’m dragging a baby around anymore) and the clothes are well organized and the brand options are awesome!


Add to my list: How do you think marathon training is like having a newborn??


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Summer activities and Runfessions

by MCM Mama on August 27, 2015

This has been a fun summer, but it’s been a challenging one as well. It was the first time in 7 years that I maintained a training plan over the summer and I can’t say that I’ve loved it. It’s had its ups and downs for sure.  Today I’m sharing double fives with you today: 5 things I did this summer and 5 runfessions.  I’m linking up with Courtney, Mar, Cynthia, and Marcia.

  1. This summer we went to Asheville for our family vacation. I really enjoyed the hiking and the breweries, but OMG, the hills nearly killed me on the runs!Asheville brewery samplers
  2. As per usual, we spent a good chunk of the summer in Wisconsin as well. I always love seeing my parents, eating all of the home grown produce, and taking a few dips in the backyard pool. I may also have enjoyed the s’mores and the beer while I was there. Perhaps a bit too much LOL. Pool jump in skirt sports
  3. For the 6th? year in a row, we attended Great Taste of the Midwest. So far, every.single. year. has been amazing. This year the weather was perfect, we spent a lot of the day with friends, and we surrounded the event with other fun events. What’s not to love?Great Taste Skirt Sports
  4. While we were in Asheville, we were able to go white water rafting. Pre-kids, we used to do this once or twice every summer. Finally, the kids are getting old enough to join us! This trip was on the mild side because Shoo is only 9, but soon we’ll be hitting some class 4s again!Skirt Sports White Water Rafting
  5. I ran a ton of miles. Not every run was awesome, but I managed to stay mostly on plan, despite kids out of school, crazy humidity, and a ridiculously challenging plan. I don’t plan to train for a fall marathon again any time soon.Marine Corps Marathon

And now for a few “Runfessions”… Read more…

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Healthy Snacks: Fit Snack July Box

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TOTR: Runners That Inspire Me

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Beer Brats and Ukrainian Coleslaw

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As you can probably guess from the title, I’m still in Wisconsin. (What could be more Wisconsin the bratwurst? OK, maybe cheese…) Anyways, I’ve been indulging in a few of my favorite foods and drinks while I’m here. The beauty of being here in August is the bounty from my mom’s garden. I’ve been indulging […]

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Five tips for running when you just don’t want to

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