The marathon is the crowning achievement for a runner. After all your running accomplishments, it's no wonder you're considering it. You started with a short walk-run program. Over the following months you kept it up. You walked less and ran more. You signed up for a 5k, then a 10k, and maybe even a half-marathon. Somewhere in the back of your mind that ultimate goal has been looming. It calls to you. At first you dismissed it, but now you wonder. Are you ready? Could you actually do it?
Before you have a baby you have all kinds of illusions about what it will be like. You and your sweet, happy baby will have peaceful times together, she'll sleep through the night, she'll gurgle and coo at you from her seat or playpen and all will be right in the world. Then reality came. Sure you love her and can't imagine life without her, but you seem to have completely disappeared. You sometimes cannot figure out what makes her cry, Losing yourself does not make you a better mom, and losing your sanity certainly doesn't. Here are 10 tips for staying sane, even with a new baby.