Just like toddlers, we like routines. So every Thursday (okay, maybe on Friday if SBS is crazed!), we're going to profile a running momma who blogs to broaden the circle of moms you follow. To kick it off, check out Kelly Marker, a 31-year-old mom of three who lives in Sherwood, Oregon.
Best Recent Run: A 4.5-miler with my pal Sarah. It was her first run post-baby, and I’m still coming back from a lingering illness. We’d planned on running only 2.5 miles, but just kept talking and talking. I was very proud of her and excited to have her back as a running partner. Over the last five years, we have shared many ups and downs as running partners and friends. She has been with me during my best moments and my biggest disappointments, both in life and in running. Having that time to talk uninterrupted by children is one of the things that makes running so important to me.
Can’t run without: My Garmin! I am a numbers geek, and I love having all that information in one place! I don’t always look at it while I run, but I love to see the stats at the end.
Nutella or peanut butter? Peanut butter--all natural!
Run with or without kids? Without. I bought a jogging stroller with my oldest son (now 8), but I quickly realized that running was the time I needed to clear my head and be rejuventated. I feel I come home a better mom when I have had time to myself and accomplished my goal for the day and/or time with other adults. As my kids get older, I look forward to sharing more runs with them to have one-on-one time.
Undies under running tights? Yes. I only go commando when shorts have built-in liners.
Preferred time of day for running: In the morning, so I know it is done and it starts my day off right. Right now that has to be before the kids wake up. I look forward to the day when I can go for an 8 a.m. run--that would be my ideal time.
Wear running socks more than once w/o washing? Never. I am a big-time sweater. I wash clothes once a week, so I have about 10 pairs of running socks!
Big-time running goal: When my kids are a little older, I would love to become a marathon pacer. I picture myself as a pacer for 4+ hour groups. My first marathon was not the greatest, so I would love to help others experience a fantastic debut marathon. I've been told I have a gift for distracting my pals on a run and making time go by quickly.
Follow this mother: at marathonmommies.blogspot.com.