Running with a Toddler {Who said this was a good idea?}

11401237_910999225626598_3303814002061418768_nMy toddler reminds me of an elf—with her sprite smile, her devious “who-me?-I’m-not-doing-anything-wrong” giggle, and her father’s trickster ways. I melt into a pile of mush whenever the Angry Toddler smiles, laughs, or does something silly. She just hits me in the right spot and makes me feel like a kid again. That’s one of the reasons why I love taking her to a nearby park after work (not to mention it tires her out before bed). We have a blast running around, going down slides, and swinging together. (Side note: She refuses to go on the “baby” swing, yet she only wants to go on the “big girl” swing if she’s sitting backward in my lap. Is that a phase?)

The journey to get there—a mere mile if that—is another story altogether. It goes something like this:

Me: “Do you want to go to the park with Mommy?”

Her: “Yes! The big park!”

Me: “OK, let’s run there!”

{Commence gathering up ten pounds of gear such as cups, water, a pink ball, Baby doll, etc. and load up an additional 26 pounds of toddler into the jogging stroller. I’m sweating before I even start running. And can we rename “jogging stroller” to “I’m a kick-ass parent using a LIGHTNING-FAST running stroller”?!}

Me: “OK, are you ready to run fast?!”

Her: “Mommy, run FAST!”

{About five feet into our journey, we have to stop to make sure that her shoes are still on, Baby’s still in the stroller, she has her water situated just right, oh, look! there’s a bird! Wait—request to run over a squirrel!}

My left hip starts to burn a quarter of a mile before we hit our destination, but I can deal with that. A woman walking her dog coming toward us makes a comment about pushing so much weight, as I smile, give a thumb’s up, and continue up the slowly sloping hill. I’m trying not to look too out of shape, as I forgot to throw on a proper bra, I’m wearing a cotton t-shirt (gah!), and I forgot Body Glide again. {Hey, what’s an impromptu run to the park for if you have to prep YOUR stuff?} I feel like a bad-ass, but I certainly don’t look like one.

This scene reminds me of one of the last 5Ks that I ran in New Castle, DE. There was a wife and husband team, each with a RUNNING stroller pushing several children AHEAD of me the entire time. Mind you, I ran the race in under 30 minutes, so this couple was a powerhouse on wheels. I don’t know how they did it, and I commend anyone who uses a RUNNING stroller on a regular basis or during a race (hell, let’s just go with anyone at all), especially with children over 10 pounds each.

Generally, the Angry Toddler is well-mannered in the stroller, but on the way home during this particular trip, I had to convince her that yes, we were going to look at the duckies, even though we were already out of the park and well on our way home. I feel terrible fibbing to her, but it’s the only way I’ll get her back into the stroller these days. She’d much rather walk or run with Mommy when she’s in the mood. Whatever works these days!

I’d love to hear how you deal with running avec toddlers! Show me your RUNNING stroller pics with your toddlers—I’d love to see some fellow warriors on wheels!



A Runner’s Summer Reading List

IMG_5805Summer’s in full swing, and I need a new book to read on the beach. Normally, I’m a Stephen King kind of girl, but every once in a while I like to throw in a novel about running. I’d love your input, but below are the top five books that I want to read in the near future:

1. Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.—This originally self-published author was well ahead of his time in 1978 when he published this novel, now in its eight printing. From, “Inspired by the author’s experience as a collegiate champion, the story focuses on Quenton Cassidy, a competitive runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile.”

2. Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America by Marshall Ulrich—I’ve always wondered what goes on in ultramarathoners’ minds. You’re a crazy bunch, y’all!

3. Train Like a Mother by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell—I read Run Like a Mother, got caught up in the podcast, and now want to read AMR’s next book!

4. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen—Yes, this is a teen book. I’m a sucker for a good inspirational story. This one features Jessica who “thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?”

5. Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running by Jennifer Lin and Susan Warner—I love short story collections when I have a limited amount of time to read. From Amazon, this book “appeals to all women who know what it means to have the support of others who share their trials and triumphs.”

One Runner’s Wish List

Yeah, yeah, I’m writing a wish list in June. A girl can dream, right?!

Sometimes I just like to browse sites or running mags for items that I’d like to one day own. Do you have your own wish list? If so, I’d love to hear what’s on it!

Here’s mine:

1.) Bula Headwear:

My friend, Kate, from Mama Needs a Run showed me her Bula tube when we ran the Wolf Hollow Half in November 2014, and I fell in love! You can fold it in several different ways to make it a neck warmer, a headband, an ear warmer, etc.

2.) Boulder Bands: I’ve seen many folks, like Misty from Misty Runs NJ on Facebook, using Boulder Bands. While I adore my Sweaty Bands, sometimes I feel like I just need a thicker band, y’know?

3.) Road ID: Don’t shun me for not having one of these babies yet! Road ID products are really essential to have, especially if you run alone like I do. As I learned from the Runner Girls Podcast, they have some pretty nifty accessories too!

4.) Brooks Launch 2: Check out the Runner’s World women’s review! I’ve always run in Brooks, so it would be nice to get a snazzy new pair in the near future.

5.) Personalized IRUN4 merch: I run for two amazing people—Joey, my IRUN4 sibling who suffers massive migraines, and Jene, my IRUN4 Buddy who was in a near-fatal car accident and still suffers great pain. I’d love to get a tech t-shirt, a headband, or something else I could wear daily and during my races for them!

60-Day PiYo Results

Hey, fitness folks!

The results are in, and I’d love to share some stories with you. Myself and my fellow challengers saw some great results with PiYo. Let’s check it out.


I only lost 0.3 pounds, but I lost a total of 8 inches overall!

PiYo Final

She lost 4.6 pounds and 5 inches overall! 


She lost a total of 2.2 inches overall, and says that she doesn’t own a scale, but her clothes fit better!

Torie said, “Feeling great! Although my weight is actually up slightly, I have been losing inches throughout my body, and for once in my life, I don’t really care so much what the scale says. I can tell that I am improving with the moves, and I always feel stronger when I’m done. Love it!”

Dianna said, “I feel better, run stronger and am just excited to get to my workouts each day. I can definitely see a difference in my arms and my thighs. I can see so many differences—REALLY!! This cycle of marathon training has been more consistent, and I’ve had longer runs with very little to no recovery. This being my 4th marathon training cycle—this is new to me, as I am usually worn out!”

Rachel said, “I’ve been drinking the Shakeology each morning for about a week and I am loving it! I can really notice a difference – it has reduced my cravings and kept me full! So glad I tried it – I may be a customer for life!”

Just Call Me Mrs. PLOW

006Happy Friday, friends!

I’ve been honored with the opportunity to become a PlowOn gum Ambassador! I’ve been using PlowOn religiously ever since I posted my product review. Plow is there with me during my runs, before my wedding, and I’m so proud to be officially part of the Plow family!


10514943_10154344461985193_834982166_nUse my code “runbeckyrun” at checkout to receive FREE shipping and handling on all of your Plow orders.

You want a what?

At some point as a family, we’d love to own a dog. However, just recently, I learned that I’m allergic to dogs. So I’ve been on the hunt for a hypoallergenic breed that can also handle running, because I’d love a new running buddy!

So far, I’ve come up with three breeds that seem to fit the bill.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier dog breed1.) Wheaton terrier: “The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a great dog for hiking, traveling, jogging or just going for a walk around the park,” says “Without regular exercise the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier can become somewhat jumpy and hyperactive although this is relatively uncommon. The breed can be kept in a kennel for brief periods of time if necessary but is typically well behaved when left alone in the house after they have been fully trained.”


2.) Standard poodle: According to, the standard poodle thrives on exercise (at least daily walks). “The Standard retains its sporting instincts, has great stamina, and needs more activity than the smaller varieties.”




Brock n Riker 6 2011 cropped LR border3. Vizsla: “Vizslas are great running partners! They are built for running and being active. But I paid attention to the vet’s recommendations, and held off running with Captain til he was about a year old,” says





What do you think?

Happy running,




PiYo + Shakeology: A Match Made in Heaven

I’mpiyo_cp_promo_160x600_B so excited that PiYo (a mix of Pilates and yoga) has finally been released! I ordered my Challenge Pack today, which gets me PiYo workout DVDs and Shakeology.

I have to admit, that I was skeptical about Shakeology at first. Previously, I had been using EAS Lean (the lower-calorie version) vanilla powder to put in my coffee in the morning. I ran out of it, and I never bothered to get any more. But I think it really helped me get my protein in, because I know I’m always short on it.

I tried the chocolate Shakeology first, and honestly I wasn’t impressed at all. I thought it tasted “vitamin-y”, as I said to my husband. Next, I tried vanilla. Same thing. Lastly, I tried strawberry. That by itself is very good! So, I decided to add some different flavors to the chocolate and vanilla kinds. To the chocolate Shakeology, I added some PB2 (powdered peanut butter) and just a small scoop of regular peanut butter. YUM.

To the vanilla Shakeology, I added some fresh cubed watermelon, and it made all the difference in the world! I can’t wait to add blueberries, peanut butter, or really anything else you can think of!

In terms of PiYo itself, I’m also going to admit that I’m intimidated. But guess what? I’m just an ordinary busy mom who wants to up her level of fitness so that she can be happier and healthier for her family. So join this journey with me, won’t you?

To order Shakeology by itself, please go to

To order the Challenge Pack, please go to


It’s been too long!

Wow. It has been five days since I’ve been on a run! That’s the most time off that I’ve taken since I started seriously running at the beginning of the year. I did have a good reason though! My family was in town for my wedding on 6/16/14.

How do you get your mojo back so to speak after taking a few days (or even a week?) off from running? I only have two scheduled runs this week and a long run this weekend, so I think that’ll help ease me back into it.

Here are a few photos from the big day!

Happy running,

Mrs. Clayton



Product Review: Sweaty Bands

Have I told you lately that I love you, (Sweaty Bands)? I’ve been a Sweaty Bands user for years now, but sometimes I neglect to shout it from the roof tops that I adore this product. I’ve recently started using them for motivation by buying the 13.1 and 26.2 bands, and to top it off, I received a FREE Sweaty Bands in the mail thanks to their National Running Day giveaway!

Neat, huh? I find that they don’t really slip, keep most of the sweat out of my eyes, and are totally cute. What more could you want? Do you have a favorite pattern or color?

PicMonkey Collage