#Gmas18 Marathon Training: One Month Update

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4 weeks down, 12 weeks to go in training for the Grandma's Marathon! The first month went fairly well considering a sick bug got to our family last week and we're all back to somewhat "normal" this week. I'm tired but that was expected as our family has grown to three kiddos.

Our littlest will be 7 months old on race day and this has brought back many memories from training with a baby back in 2013. Fitting in the miles with a baby isn't easy but some aspects are easier now. I feel like parenting is more relaxed with the third baby, we have a treadmill now and we aren't smack dab in the middle of the moving process. I may be three times more tired but the earlier factors do help!

The below picture is our oldest son, E, at 4 months old while training for the Blue Ox Marathon and now our youngest, C, at 4 months old while training for Grandma's. Oh, how life has changed since 2013!

Having three little boys (5 years, almost 3 years, & 4 months old) feels like a juggling act most days but they add so much joy and energy to our home! Each boy is certainly unique and a sweet blessing from the Lord.

As for marathon training, it's harder to fit in training runs with three but I appreciate getting out for a long run all the more. It's not easy to do! I am SO thankful my husband and my mom take turns watching the kids on those Saturday long runs. It's a great mental break that I don't ever want to take for granted.

Next month the long run mileage continues to grow and hopefully we will be able to try a run or two with the stroller! Granted, now that our oldest will ride his bike, we won't cover too many miles. Like maybe one :)

Running a marathon with small children seems like insanity to some but I see it as a nice break. A nap is fine but I would rather spend a free moment running instead!

#Gmas18 Training W4 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!


Easy Effort 6.2 mi, 01:00 @ 09:40 pace. Early morning run and just above freezing. This morning was SO nice! I debated on going for 7 miles but figured... meh, let’s not be an overachiever now. hehe. McMillan's Strength in Stride Stability A circuit that night.


(Treadmill) Progression Run 5.37 mi, 00:45 @ 08:22 pace. I started with 9-min-ish warm up, then progressed to the 8-mins, ended at 7:30 for last 5 minutes.


Easy Effort 7 mi, 01:07 @ 09:38 pace. I made it out on this snowy morning. It was coming down a little heavy for my liking at some points but overall very pretty fresh snow.




(Treadmill) Easy Effort 3.13 mi, 00:30 @ 09:35 pace. Quick run at my parents’ house. I didn’t have the heart to leave my hubby with a fussy baby this morning at 5 am. The run waited til this afternoon — hoping to get out tomorrow!


Long Run 12.03 mi, 01:44 @ 08:39 pace. This was supposed to be a 1:50 run but I cut it short. 12 seemed long enough for now and we needed to get to my youngest brother's hockey game! I felt really good but it was crazy windy. Better to train in wild weather to prepare for anything on race day. That's what I tell myself at least...



TOTAL MILEAGE: 33.73 miles

What is your favorite part of spring? It's messy outside but I love the warming temps!

Let's Connect!

Linking up with Holly and Wendy's Weekly Wrap Up.


  1. Hi, Amy.

    Running is also my least favorite exercise. Do you have any tips to help beginners like me? I really to start running longer distance and shorter time duration.

    1. Running is a blast once you get used to it! I would say ease into it - a walk/run strategy is a great way to get started. Example: Intervals of 3 minutes walking with 2 minutes jogging to start with. Happy running!

  2. I am so impressed that you are able to marathon train with those 3 little ones! Enjoy that alone time on the road!

    1. Oh I do!!! Especially when it’s daytime! I struggle with wanting to get up early to run in the dark...

  3. Great week of training. I love hearing about moms taking time out for themselves. Just think for the marathon you will have 4 plus hours of blissful "me time" haha.

    1. No kidding! It’s nice to have some alone time but I know I will miss the littles by the end of the race 😉

  4. I think your miles count double if you do them right after having a baby :)

  5. Great job with your training! It sounds like you are doing great getting in your miles even with your 3 little ones.

  6. I also have 3 boys, all grown now, and I remember the struggle to get out and run when they were little! This post brought that all back. It does get easier. When they were young, I ran and loved the time alone! For my birthday last year, they all ran a race with me, along with 2 of my 3 grandsons! Don't know if you have ever done Grandma's before, but it is absolutely one of my favorite marathons. Enjoy!

  7. Great job with training and fitting it in with THREE kids- impressive!

    I love Grandma's...such a great energy from the whole town. I paced my sister there last year and she was so impressed, even though it was a tough race due to the heat, the people of Duluth did so much to help keep the runners cool.

  8. It's wonderful you have the support of you husband and mother who can watch the kids for you on the weekends for your long run. I can appreciate it's the time you need to think, reflect and re-charge in order to be the best Mom possible. The road is certainly the right place to do that. Thanks for linking!


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