First-Time Marathoners

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Speedy and beautiful: Olympian and first-time marathoner Carrie Tollefson and her gorgeous family.

Another fall marathon season is upon us, so Sarah and Dimity chat up two mother runners who are both taking a 26.2-mile victory lap on Sunday, October 6. While they are both novice marathoners, they are very different runners. First up: Carrie Tollefson, an elite mid-distance runner who competed in the 1500 meters in the 2004 Olympics, who is running the Twin Cities Marathon a mere three months after giving birth to her second child. Then the gals talk to Stephanie Rice, also a mom of two, who is running the Portland Marathon (after following the Marathon: Finish It plan from Train Like a Mother. Both ladies talk about taking on the unknown, as well as juggling being a mom, working full-time, and training to go long. Find out what happened, for the first time ever (!!), to Carrie on a recent training run. We’ll just admit here: We still love her, even though it took her this long.

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4 responses to “First-Time Marathoners

  1. I just listened this yesterday. Loved it!!! I have no desire to attempt marathon #3 but loved hearing about these two. There is nothing like the 1st marathon!!! I am not fast at all and was blown away by the husband who ran a 2:52 marathon. Congrats to Carrie on running a marathon 4 mos after the birth of her 2nd child. I was still trying to figure out what on earth was going on after my 2nd child was born. Great podcast as usual!!!

  2. Sacrifice of time really. Just need to choose what is really important. Work through what you can handle for a given week. Can you get a run in at lunch time? Can the husband put the kids to bed two days a week while you get your run in. Be creative and make it work for you. I’ve told my husband already to be prepared for Marathon training. I think the thought and energy you put into it now will make it a better experience at the end. Good luck and many happy miles.

  3. I’m training for my first marathon that’s in December. The only way that I have found to fit work, mommy duties, and training in is to wake up at 4:45am to get my smaller week runs in and Friday morning I hide from the world to get my long runs in. As for most moms, weekends are full of soccer, birthday parties and ext…. It is easier to get shorter runs in on those days. I also had to explain to my family that this is very important to me and that I needed their support. The house might not be the cleanest but I will get my runs in 🙂

  4. I would like to hear more from new marathon mother runners with a slow pace like me. How do they juggle full time out of home working, kids, baby, husband, cleaning house, staying on a budget and sticking to a schedule? With a 12-13 min/mile

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