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from the authors of Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother

 
 
 
 

C is for chiseled moms

Crystal M  Crystal
Mother of: 2
I’ve been running: since I was a child. There is something very special about running as a mother. I run for many reasons, but my favorite is the joy in my daughters’ eyes.

Charlene Charlene
Mother of: 2
My youngest son: challenged me to run a mile in 2010. At 48-years old, I could not. While I was not overweight, I was out of shape. The look on his face (embarrassment!) is burned in my mind. I vowed to run a mile. I ran a mile within a month. Two months later, I ran three miles. At that time, my husband joked I should run a marathon. I did research and signed up for my first half marathon. Seven months after not being able to run a mile, I ran my first half marathon in 2:11:54. Since then, I have run over 60 races of distances from two miles to full marathons.

 Christine
Mother of: 2
My favorite thing to do is: find an interesting place to run while I am out (I travel for work). Challenging to do, as you never know the ins and outs of other state’s running spots. I have found some beautiful rivers, lakes, streams and oceans to run by. My absolute favorite is running the Embarcadero in San Fran.

Caty
Mother of: 1
My proudest running moment was: this past November. I was at week 3 of my half marathon training plan when I decided to run the Richmond Half Marathon for a friend…with 36 hours notice! I was 5 months postpartum. Halfway through the race, I kept thinking, “I’m actually doing this!” I finished in a slow, but very proud, 2:25!

Chanin
Mother of: 2
I’m a newish mother runner. :)

Cathryn
Mother of: 1
I started running: when I got dumped. It was the best thing to ever happen to me. I’ve done one marathon (London) and several halves and am now working towards my first sub two hour half marathon, hopefully in October!

Cameron
Mother of: 1
I never thought: I’d ever be any kind of athlete (I’m one of those runners who failed the mile in high school). Now that I’ve tackled every distance from 5K to the marathon in the last 18 months, I just want to go back and give that fearful 14-year-old a hug and tell her to lace up, chin up, and put one foot in front of the other!

Cassie
Mother of: 2
I am amazed by: what my body is capable of and never thought I would be running regularly and enjoying it!

Carey
Mother of: 2
Favorite place to run: alongside my sister (sis in pink).

Christina
Mother of: 1
I’ve been a dedicated runner since: July 2011. After a pancreas health scare in late 2010, I decided it was time to focus on fitness again and reclaim my old hidden athlete (I used to be a varsity tennis player in high school).

Cindy
Mother of: 1
My last run was: a sunrise run of 10 miles along the cliffs of Del Mar coast. Our 10-mile Wednesday group normally runs the trails of Rancho Santa Fe, but we opted for the coastal route this week due to “astronomical surf” forecast, which made for excellent scenery.

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Christine
Mother of: 2
Running is: my passion.  It’s my job, my hobby, and I love it.  Thomas, my 6-year-old would respond to that statement, “Then why don’t you marry it?”  Hmm…if only.

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Christine
Mother of: 2*
*#2 was not yet in production when this shot was taken
My last run was: Glorious! Something was unleashed! 5 miles: 1.5-mile warm up, 2 miles at my pre-pregnancy “tempo pace”  and it was comfortable(!!), then 12 strides. I’m on top of the world!

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Charity
Mother of: 1 proud cowboy
I race because: I’d be running anyway, and once in awhile it’s nice to make it a party with refreshments!

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Carmen
Mother of: 2
Running is: my reward for beating cancer.

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Carrie
Mother of: 2 +one on the way
I started running in: August of 2009.  I joined a running group through Title 9 in Portland, Oregon, and we met once a week for about ten weeks, culminating in a 5 mile race the day of the Portland Marathon. I was hooked. I’ve since done a 10K, a 5K, and am training now for my first 15K.  I never would have thought this was possible 6 months ago!

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Caroline
Mother of: 2
The Susan G Komen Race for the Cure: started it all for me. I ran in honor of my friend who is a survivor.  I loved it and signed up for four more 5ks! I hope to do a 10k next! And, yes I run in basketball shorts…that is my first love!

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Christine
Mother of: 5
After having five kids: I found myself with about 50lbs more than I had started with! Over the years, I tried many ways to exercise, but nothing stuck until I went back to running, which I did in high school and college. It took me a while to be able to run very far, but now I am training for my first half marathon.

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Cheryl
Mother of: 5
Running: has helped show my children how I’ve set goals, broken them down, and executed them to the best of my ability.

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Callie
Mother of two running buddies: 1 human (Jolie) and one 1 canine (Cooper)
I run: mostly in charity races so my daughter never has to. I want all these horrible diseases and terrible disasters to be solved so that charity races aren’t necessary anymore.  I want to fix them before they become her problems.

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Clea
Mother of: 1
Running is: just a way of life for me.  I ran until I was 35 weeks pregnant and am working back to being an ultrarunner again. Hopefully someday.

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Cynthia
Mother of: 2
I started running: about 20 years ago and ran sporadically after having my first child. Last year, I joined that huge group of running moms–those returning to or getting into it after having kids–and wondered what took me so long.

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Christy
Mother of: 2
I love: the feeling of leaving my worries and stress on the road.  I can almost visualize those things just falling behind me.


Catherine
Mother of: 3 boys
My favorite run: would have to be Boston, hands down. The first year I ran it, my then 5-year-old son was waiting with a sign on Boylston St. cheering and crying because he was so happy to see me. I look forward to the day when my little men can hop out of the (gigantic and heavy) jogging stroller and run beside me!

Carmelita**
Mother of: 2 girls
I run: to decrease stress; I run to be healthy; I run so I can eat candy; and I run to be an example for my daughters. I want them to grow up thinking that is what all mothers and women do. I am an orthopedic surgeon and a very busy working mom. I run for me.
**Carmelita is sporting the pink

Crystal
Mother of: 2 boys
After a marriage and two back-to-back pregnancies, my third (marathon) time was a charm. Although race day was unseasonably hot, I finished the full marathon smiling, upright, and  finally feeling as though my life was complete.

Christy
Mother of: 4
What I love about running is: that after getting back from a run, my kids greet me like they haven’t seen me in three days, as opposed to 30 minutes!

Cal
Mother of: 5
I actually do love my treadmill because: between my husband’s and my own hectic schedule, I know I can run on it anytime.

Christy
Mother of: 2
Best running compliment ever: was by my running bud while running our first half marathon together. After coaching her to the finish, she said I am “as energizing as a case of Gu and as supportive as your best jogbra!

Christi
Mother of: 2 teenage boys. (“ACK!” she says)
I get my “girl fix” by: coaching a Girls on the Run team at a local elementary school. I started running when I was 40, and now I’m looking forward to my first half marathon.

Courtenay
Mother of: 2 “fabulous *running* daughters”
Running: transformed my life in ways I could have never imagined! It has taught me to push past my self-imposed limitations and always strive to be a little better than I was the day before.

Cathy
Mother of: 2
I started running: for myself, but kept going for my kids. I want to be a healthy and active role model for them.

Carrie
Mother of: 1
Some time around my daughter’s first birthday: it became clear to me that I needed to start running again. I’ve been setting race goals to get me motivated, which will hopefully end in a marathon in November 2011.

Corrina
Mother of: 3 girls
Becoming a mother: is what made me a runner. I used to hate running, but now I can’t live without it. It is my happy pill.
Caroline
Mother of: 1
I have always liked to run: but never as much as I do now. For the past year I have been running to lose weight and to keep my sanity. I have also challenged myself, with my BRF, to run 1,000 miles in 2012!
Claire
Mother of: 2
I love running: because it makes me feel strong, and it gives me a break from my “mommy life.” I love being a mom, but sometimes I need to just be me.
mother runner
Mother of: 3
I started running: because of my daughter. At 18 months old, Isabelle was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Her school had a girls’ running club program she wanted to be involved in. While balancing the insulin with this activity can be tricky, I was not going to let diabetes stop her. Together we ran her first 5K, and she amazed me with her will and perseverance. Running is now my strength, when many days I just can’t find it anyplace else.
mother runner
Mother of: 3
Why I run: I used to be one of those people who made jokes about not running unless someone is chasing me, and I complained if I was forced to run for any reason. Then I started training with a friend for a 5K and fell in love! Now it’s taken me through two marathons, many half marathons, and three kids. Running has helped me lose weight and stay sane with a really busy life.
mother runner
Mother of: 5
I love running because: Running has totally changed my life! I started running almost two years ago at age 45. I was tired of being a slave to gym classes, and I wanted those happy brain drugs that runners talk about. Since then, I have completed four half-marathons and two sprint tri’s.

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