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I’m Convinced Mama Duties Are Harder Than a PR

I’m Convinced Mama Duties Are Harder Than a PR


Good evening.

I ran my first marathon of 2014 this morning, the Carlsbad Marathon.

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I wasn’t quite sure how things would go after logging more miles than I’m used to for the STUFT 60 Challenge, but somehow I pulled off a new PR. I will gladly take it and be sure to celebrate tonight.

My official results were lost for a bit, it was a good thing I had proof.


They did turn up after awhile and I got first place in my age group. That’s pretty exciting.

However, my big plans of writing the full race recap today did not happen and I only have a few minutes (and a massive headache) at the moment.



So, funny thought today as this afternoon has been, well, let’s just say a little rough here at home.


Heck yeah running a marathon is freaking hard. It’s mentally and physically exhausting to say the least.

But, honestly for me, I think having patience and holding it together as a mom and trying to always put your best foot forward at home is harder. Today, for me, dealing with 4 year old issues this afternoon has been harder than the marathon this morning.

Funny how that is, huh?


I remember someone once telling me that parenting is the hardest job in the world. I will not argue that one bit. As the boys get older it takes more time and attention to address certain things.


Obviously, today of all days, the boys have been in rare form all day.

Fighting, whining, not following directions, saying “poop” one too many times and someone even told me he didn’t like me and didn’t want to be my friend anymore. Lovely.

I had to be ON with these guys all day. Mama duties come first. I was busy having talks, explaining why we don’t do certain things, talking about how to shoe respect, etc.

By the way, is it me, or is there such a thing as the terrible fours? We didn’t really go through the terrible two stage, but we’ve recently come into some new territory. I’ve got some refocusing to do.


instead of trying to cram in a race recap post and letting things slide by, we had some quality time together and worked on something a little more important.


Yeah, these cool Melissa and Doug responsibility charts.


I bought them at the book signing last Sunday.


I’m pretty pumped and we decided what responsibilities we’re going to focus on this week. The charts have quite a few to choose from, I was impressed.


So, we’ll see how it goes.


After a week without them, I also had to go for a baked Quest Bar (or two- chocolate chip cookie dough and white chocolate raspberry) topped with NuttZo and coconut butter with a little homemade almond milk protein ice cream.

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They actually went down a little something like this.

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A short “break time” was a necessity today.


Oh, before I go, the winner of the Core Power Fit-Kit Giveaway has been posted.

But….. there’s still time to enter the 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook giveaway HERE.


Have a good night.

Recap coming soon as well as some exciting products that participants and/or people who donate to the STUFT 60 Challenge can win!


See you tomorrow! Bright and early because I will NOT be getting on the treadmill first thing.



Do you or did you ever do the responsibility chart thing at home?

Did anyone race today?

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  1. 1

    Amazing race! Seriously you are unstoppable– I happened to think that the 3s were “terrible” we are more then halfway done with 4 and I am loving it!!

  2. 2

    Awesome job on the PR!! You rocked it! 🙂 I don’t have children, but I can 100% believe that it takes more patience and stamina to raise two twin boys than to run a marathon! Sounds like you had some great family time today.

  3. 3

    Amazing!!!! Can’t wait to read the whole recap =) xoxoxo

  4. 4
    Erica says:

    MAJOR congrats!!! So exciting Parenting definitely tests your patience in every way. Enjoy a little breather in the morning 🙂

  5. 5

    Congrats on the marathon! Amazing job…And yes, totally agree with you on the mom front. It is the hardest job in the world and a true test of patience. I used to think it would get easier as he got older, that the “not needing to watch every move he made in fear of him getting hurt” would make it all easy. So not true! They tell me it goes like this – little kids, little problems, big kids, bigger problems. I even asked the preschool director a few years after my son finished preschool why she didn’t tell me it got harder? lol.

  6. 6
    mp says:

    What’s the recipe for the protein ice cream? I can’t seem to find it….Great job on the race. Seeing as how i live down the st from where the Boston Marathon starts it is my goal to run it.

  7. 7
    Denise says:

    Great job with the race!! I’m impressed you can PR a MARATHON & still be a great mom ! I’m training for my first marathon in the fall, but find it so hard to get the time to myself and get miles in. My little guy isn’t in school yet, so it’s hard 🙁 And I TOTALLY agree with you , mommy is harder than marathoner!! My boys are pretty much awesome, but its just the little things like not always listening and fighting over toys and sometimes even saying they don’t want to be brothers 😉 But in the end I love being an at home mom and will be sad when they are both gone all day…… Till then I guess we just grin and bear it, and be grateful for the good days of family fun, hugs, kisses & being together. I say a great shirt one day ” marathon mom.., 26.2 miles of quiet ” 🙂

  8. 8
    Ashley L. says:

    Congrats again on your PR! I do think parenting is the hardest job. We never had any issues either in the twos, and then the fours hit. So, I’m wondering when this stage will stop because it’s definitely not fun.

  9. 9
    Kim says:

    Sorry that the afternoon was so rough!! We had a responsibility chart very similar to yours way back! I hope that today is a better day!
    Great race, though – that PR and age group win is awesome!!

  10. 10
    Denise says:

    Oh my goodness friend! This is great news! Congratulations on your race and PR! Beyond that congratulations on being such a wonderful mommy too! You know we are right behind you by 6th months and I so appreciate all your commentary about 3-4 year olds. Funny thing we recently bought a similar responsibility chart…..Olivia is more concerned about matching the colors in the chart but we are getting there! We will be ready to start pre-school soon and I would love to chat with you about that. Pretty soon we will be registering for kinder! Yikes!
    I miss you like crazy….so much to tell you….but wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and I enjoy your posts!

  11. 11

    Congrats on the PR! And totally agree with the four-year-old thing – I won’t say what my friend refers to this stage as but let’s just say I wouldn’t be getting a smiley face next to “Don’t use bad language” on the responsibility chart 🙂

  12. 12
    Nicole says:

    This is why I love your blog so much! I not only love reading about the running and fitness aspect, but I also enjoy the “mom moments”. Congrats on the race – you are awesome!

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    Cintia says:

    Hey! I ran my first marathon last Sunday! I can relate to this post. Training and racing is challenging but parenting is way more difficult. Thank God for grace! My oldest is 4 but we don’t do charts yet. It’s a great idea! I love your blog. Thanks for all you do in social media! Hugs,

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    Susan says:

    Congrats on your PR! I was told once when my three kids were 4, 3 and a newborn that it is the Terrible Two’s, the Horrific Three’s and the @#!$ Four’s. I will let you fill in the blank. 🙂 They were right! Good Luck. We are now just on to other issues.

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