Raising Runners

Sophie in my sneakers. She was only about a year and half here. I love that she put them on unsolicited, and that our trusty old runner is in the background. I miss that thing, and having babies to put in it.

Some days I wonder if I’m being the best mom I can be. I won’t bore the world with the list of shortcomings (oh, there are many), but one thing I know that I’m doing right is proven by this photo.  Exercise is a part of life. I don’t expect my monsters to run marathons or become yoga instructors (although a yoga instructor in the family would surely come in handy), but they will know that exercise is just another thing we do, like eating or sleeping.  One of the most important lessons I learned when I worked as a fourth grade teacher is that kids learn by what is modeled for them. Do as I do, not do as I say. Now if only I could model that desert doesn’t need to be eaten daily, I could check another shortcoming off the list.



I’m Martha; a 41-year-old mom to twin girls who runs to stay sane and fit and balance the damage I can do with a bag of Oreos or a non portion controled bowl of ice cream (or two).

I consider myself a yogi having practiced for the past twelve years. Although I was blessed with a very bendy back, I struggle with core strength and still find it hard to get into the most binding and/or complicated (read beautiful/power filled) poses. Still I try, always returning to the mat for another go.

I love books and read when I can, but in my crazy busy world have become a a huge proponent of audiobooks (terrific tucked into my pocket when doing the dishes, folding laundry or just about any other mind numbing “mommyland” chores).

I write because I must; because it’s my outlet and my love. I am learning not to judge my work (not allowing myself to delete old posts) and am accepting that my job is to write and let the words speak for themselves.

I began Running in Mommyland as a way to document my life as I trained for my first marathon in March 2012. It’s been quite the adventure earning me new friends from across the globe and a serious addiction to social media (in all of its new and changing forms).

The marathon came and went (5:14) and was the culmination of a lifelong dream. New dreams and goals have been laid and I will run my next marathon (Miami 2013) in better shape, with a better plan and with a speedier time. and though struggling with a quadrecpt injury has forced me to reassess Miami 2013, I know for certain there will be another marathon in my future.

I should mention that I am not a doctor or a specialist of any kind. All of my opinions about training and health, food, fashion, child rearing, writing, etcetera, are my own.

Glad to have you visit and message me anytime!