Pushing through walls as a parent and as a runner!

Jenny Masche gave birth to sextuplets and ran a marathon a year after. How did she manage thát, you may ask while you grit your teeth thinking you were ecstatic when you were dressed before noon after a year?!

“Because they’re good sleepers,” Jenny Masche told Meredith Vieira during an exclusive interview on TODAY Thursday in New York. “As soon as I put them down at 7 o’clock at night, I’d literally throw my running shoes on and my friend and I would go and run for like two hours.”

What interests me about Jenny is the connection she sees between running and parenting!

“The marathon was so fun for me — until I hit 21 miles,” Jenny recounted. “Then you hit a wall. You push through and you’re so exhilarated.”

"It’s not unlike raising six children through the first year of life," she added.
“I hit walls taking care of them sometimes. I don’t want to get out of bed. But then you push past them and there’s something exhilarating on the other side.”
It has been a lot of work, the Masches admitted.

“Laundry is a never-ending process,” Jenny told TODAY. “We get them up, we feed them, change them, play with them, go for a nap, get them up, feed them, change them, play with them, they go for a nap. The routine is definitely the key to our success.”

So I'm sure you can see Jenny and I have a lot in common! We both see the connection between running and motherhood.
Now if only I could run a marathon...


  1. I reckon she has to run to get some peace ;-) I love your blog and you've inspired me to move my A and get physical. I'm dragging a neighbour with me so you've inspired us both! Thanks

  2. You can do it!

    Your blog inspires me, too. I run for my (and everyone else's) sanity, as well, and am especially interested in connections between running and spirituality.

  3. I totally see the parallels b/t motherhood and running. I have a love affair/angst affair with both! I also found that running marathon has a lot of parallels with childbirth...

  4. Hi.
    Amazing story, what a mom!
    Running the marathon is no piece of cake but if you set your mind into it, why not?
    Good Wednesday!

  5. This is cool, but when does she spend time with her husband if she's using up all her evening time to run with a friend?

    I want to run, but not at the expense of time with my husband. My husband is a runner, too, and he's already out enough. We can't run together because of our children. So, something's gotta give, I guess. I workout at home, during the day, with the kiddos around.

  6. Just wanted to say: Thanks so much for your lovely comments!

  7. i saw her story in Runners World and was amazed! If she can do it, anyone can!!

    I hope the clip ends up on YouTube so I can see it.

  8. Definitely amazing! My children are 14 and 11, and I feel lucky if I even get a brush through my hair by the end of the day...let alone do a load of laundry!

  9. She truly is a tough woman to be able to do all that. I think it is good to hear stories to help people get motivated, even though keeping up with all of that is not always in the cards for everyone. She must be one amazing woman!

  10. I don't run but would love to get in shape to do at least a 5k. You are definitely inspiring as is that Mom. I'm lucky I can get my kids to bed some nights. Oh well, I guess it's good to have goals :)

  11. if she bottled her motivation and sold it, i would buy it! i'm a mom of a almost four year old and a one year old... i wish i had her motivation!

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  13. I just found your blog. I will go back and read to learn more about your running history and why you think you couldn't run a marathon.

    I never thought I could ever run a marathon. I never thought I could run...PERIOD. Then, just like everything in life, you can do with a little effort and determination.

    Go for it!

  14. I agree -- I'm sure you'd be able to run a marathon. But I understand feeling as though you can't.