Moms In Our Community: Running 2015 NYC Marathon

In January, I ran my fourth marathon but my first one as a mom. 

Training as a mom is very different than prior to motherhood.  And at Fit by Laura, we have three moms in our community that are taking on the 26.2 miles in NYC just under two weeks from now.  Here is what they have to say about their experience training.

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Caroline (Fit by Laura Instructor)

Is this your first marathon? If not how many?

Yes; this is my first.

How is training different as a mom?

This is the first time I have ever trained for a marathon.  Now, being a mother there is more scheduling involved, especially when I take my longer runs which are usually 3+ hours.  I have to find my husband or babysitter to watch her.  On my shorter runs that are an hour to two hours, I enjoy taking her with me in the jogging stroller.

How does being a mom motivate you to run?

I'm running this race in my father's memory, to raise money for cancer research, specifically pancreatic cancer, and to promote awareness for this cause.  In a way I'm doing my part to create a better, cancer-free world for my daughter.

Anything else to share?

These long runs have made me more patient.  Pacing yourself and finding the focus to finish are two valuable lessons I've learned from long distance running that I believe I can apply to other parts of my life.

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Elizabeth (Fit by Laura Participant)

Is this your first marathon? If not how many?

This is my 13th marathon, 11th NYC, Harrisburg, and then Cozumel as part of the IRONMAN. 

How is training different as a mom?

Training is different as a mama because I am training with her! My long runs on the weekends are solo, but I do them as quick as I can so I can get back and play with her and hang with Matt.

How does being a mom motivate you to run?

It motivates me to be healthy, strong,  and to be a role model for Helen Grace!

Anything else to share?

I didn't train nearly as much as I have in the past because it's just different with a baby.  You want to spend time with them and they also have their activities.  I know it won't be a PR for me,  but I do know I will have a fantastic time and I will have a HUGE SMILE on my face for 26.2 miles! Go mamas!!

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Nikki (Fit by Laura Participant)

 Is this your first marathon? If not how many?

This will be my fifth marathon. I have previously run Chicago four times.

How is training different as a mom?

I think that being a mom has made me more accountable with my training. Since my husband and I both have to coordinate our schedules to fit in our long runs, I find that I am more consistent. I am also able to take my son, Wyatt, with me on shorter runs. Pushing a jogging stroller was a bit of an adjustment, but I love our mornings in the park. Then, when I run without the stroller I feel like I can really fly! 

 How does being a mom motivate you to run?

When I am having a difficult time, I think of Wyatt and being able to tell him one day that he trained for the New York Marathon with me. 

Anything else you want to share?

Invest in a good running bra!! Moving Comfort makes great ones and they have Velcro straps so you can easily nurse.