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Why I Run

Some mother runners and their stories

Why I Run: Amanda Thompson
Why I Run: Anonymous

Why I Run: Beth Risdon

Why I Run: Cathy Zieske

Why I Run: Ellison Weist
Why I Run: Ginny Flynn
Why I Run: Kelly Lewis
Why I Run: Nicole DeBoom
Why I Run: Phoebe VanScoy Giessler
Why I Run: Terzah Becker
Why I Run: Tonia Blanchet

Why I Run: Dorothy Beale

Why I Run: Janet Sherman

Why I Run: Monique Rubin

Why I Run: Janet Sherman

Why I Run: Carolyn Eakle

Why I Run: Jessica Morrison

Why I Run: Christina Reynolds

Why I Run: Laurie Marr

Why I Run: Renee J. Ross

Why I Run: Nicki Conroy

Why I Run: Heather Gonzalez

Why I Run: Atha Vermillion

Why I Run: Jennifer Roe
Why I Run: Annet Mauer
Why I Run: Melinda Kunz
Why I Run: Julie Somora

Why I Run: Tyson Cluever

Why I Run: Joan Markwell

Why I Run: Kirsten Poile

Why I Run: Ursula Gorham Oscilowski

Why I Run: Andrea Hallberg
Why I Run: Jennifer Bressette
Why I Run: Cynthia Ibarra
Why I Run: Christy Estep Davis

Why I Run: Kira Hagenbuch Monica

26 Responses to Why I Run

  1. Janel says:

    I run because I can. I run to clear my mind and to keep my sanity.
    I run because running helped me find myself and loose 157 pounds and I am never going back to the “old, unhealthy me”.

  2. Sara says:

    Running makes me feel good—body and spirit (and I love time to myself).

  3. Donna says:

    I run to prove to myself I can do anything- especially now, after having a hip replacement April 22. I am up to 4 miles!! Signed up for my next half marathon- The Princess at WDW in Feb.

  4. Bucci says:

    Because I CAN! And it makes me feel good and I like the challenge and I like the feeling of accomplishment and I like the people I meet. I do it because I can and I think about my mother who couldn’t even walk and I just keep going…for 40 years now.

  5. Els says:

    I run because I challenge myself to do something new I am not sure I can do every once in a while. After my 100th workout at Curves I decided I felt strong enough to tackle something that would take endurance; a very popular women’s 5K race in my region that takes place in May. I got me a pair of shoes and a bra that feels more like a corset, I got myself a training program on iPhone and off I went, into the park at the end of our block. Right now I am headed into the country side as my run intervals get longer and my walking-getting-my-breathintervals get shorter. I’ll get there before it’s May. Let’s see what time I can do!

  6. Shannon Torres says:

    Why I run:

    I run so the anxiety can’t catch me. After having two children within a year and a half and suffering from PPD, running lifted that horrible cloud. It gave me that alone time that I needed, it boosted my confidence, it helped me shed 82 pounds in three years, it restored my marriage. With every step, I have pounded away the negative thoughts and anxiety. I owe everything to running.

  7. klassenmommy says:

    I run because I can.
    I run because I was told that I never would.
    In 2003, I was thrown from a horse, burst vertebra T6 and compressed vertebra T7. I was immobilized for 4 months, and wondered if I would ever walk normally again. I had a long recovery which included the advice to avoid all high impact movement. I gained 40lbs. I worked hard and followed orders. The bones healed, but the pain continued and I became a different, depressed, sedentary person. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005 and got the best advice I would ever get. The more you move, the more you will be able to move. I started walking and stretching.

    I had my beautiful son in 2006, and suffered a very severe year of post-partum depression along with another 10lb weight gain. I had my beautiful daughter in 2008, which resulted in what turned out to be uterine and bladder prolapse (another reason not to do any impact exercise!). I tried diets and swimming. I discovered weight training. I got stronger and thinner and happier.

    Then I went back to school for my masters – life got away on me and the weight came back (social work studies involve a lot of food sharing!!). I finally had the major abdominal surgery I needed following my daughter’s birth in December of 2011 which put me on the couch for another 10 weeks.

    I switched to a vegetarian diet and started running in March of 2012 once I recovered from surgery. The pain levels went down, just like turning down the volume on a very very irritating radio alarm. I could only run for about 30 seconds with 2 minutes of walking in between. My knees, hips, ankles, and back hurt, but I know what to do with pain. I kept running. I did the couch to 5k, then the freeway to 10k, and my body got stronger, and smaller (about 4 sizes smaller, so far!). My joints stopped hurting, and my back started becoming straighter.

    I ran my first half marathon in October, finishing at 2:33, when I once wondered if I would walk again. I run with my son on his bike, and we’re happy. I chase my daughter, and it doesn’t hurt. I work full-time in my field, and I can release stress and control my cravings for comfort food. I carry a heavy pack to go canoeing with my husband, and my back and legs are strong enough from conquering the hills. I feel good, and am part of a community.
    I run because I can.

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