Another significant mother runner joined the tribe on Monday night: Deena Kastor, bronze medalist in the 2004 Olympics, and American record holder in the marathon and half-marathon, gave birth to Piper Bloom Kastor, a little girl who will likely be faster at age 2 than I've ever been in my life.
Deena has already pushed her body to the edge in the world's hardest race, so she's primed for motherhood, right? After all, there are some marked similarities between running and mothering:
Both simultaneously wipe me out and leave me enervated.
Both fill me with an immense sense of pride.
Both can feel impossible when I, unable to sleep, can't stop thinking about them at 3 a.m.
Both have that never-ending air about them: there's always another mile to run, and a mom's journey is far from over when her kid hits 18. (To wit: I gave my mom a magnet that reads, "The first 40 years of parenting are the hardest.")
Both allow very little privacy with respect to bathroom time.
Both require similar wardrobes: clothes that can hide stains, are durable and still show that you have a sliver of style left.
To that end, we've got a whopper of a giveaway today: Deena's favorite outfit from Asics, her sponsor. As a skin cancer survivor, Deena is super diligent about protecting as much skin as she can. Her fave things these days include the Women's Run II Everyday Cap, Favorite Long Sleeve, Thermopolis LT Capri and GEL-DS Trainer 16 .
So how can you be--0r at least look--like Deena? Give us another way that running and mothering are similar. If that stumps you, you can tell us how they're vastly different instead.
Let us know how your miles and offspring are the same, and we'll pick a random winner to outfit from head to foot in Asics. (Small print: outfit does not come with a guarantee of an Olympic medal.)
P.S. The winner of the Sheex, last week's special Valentine's Day giveaway, is Janette. Random.org somehow knew that she's at the time in her life when she needs extra temp regulation at night.
A good night’s sleep? I’ve forgotten what that is! Hot flashes every hour day and night for the last year or so have ruined my sleep. Those sheets would help a lot, I’m going to have to get me some of those. Hopefully this too shall pass,(and the sooner the better!) and a good night’s sleep of 8+ hours in a cool, dark room would be bliss (and no getting up to pee either).
Congrats, Janette! E-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com and we'll get you--and your bed--set up.