another mother runner

a virtual aid station
from the authors of Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother

 
 
 
 

K is for kickin’ a@# moms

the block and kidsKristin
Mother of: 2
I’ve been running: for almost 20 years – since freshman year of high school. It’s become part of who I am. And now I am completely addicted to marathons. They are awesome, and I plan to do 1/year for as long as possible. I’ve done 2 so far, and my next is Mount Desert Island – I can’t wait!

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Mother of: 2
I started running to treat some post-partum depression after my second child was born. I was hoping that running would help turn my life around. And it did. Running forces me to make time for myself each week, and now I  feel happier and more energetic

Relay12Kate
Mother of: 5 (but working on adopting more)
I first started running: 2 years ago while in the process of losing weight and getting healthy.  I started the C25K program with no hope of it actually working. Needless to say……I was bit hard by the running bug and am now 50 lbs lighter!


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Mother of: 4
Being a mother runner: requires discipline. I work full-time as a corrections officer at a maximum security prison and have three kids playing sports. My husband is incredibly supportive; he even took our daughter to a well check up appointment while I was out on a 20 miler training run.

Kippi  Kippi
Mother of: 2
Every race: I carry a lucky charm that my dad gave me before my first track meet in junior high school. It has super powers…or maybe not; I’m not willing to find out!

Kristi
Mother of: 2
Started running: to finally get fit and lose weight before I turned the big 40 in the summer of 2012. I lost almost 30 lbs and I’m in the best shape of my life! Just did my first ever race — a 10k two days ago and signed up for my first half marathon today!

Kathleen
Mother of: 1
A few years ago: I had an itch to begin running, but I didn’t run because I didn’t have a good sports bra (seriously, I’m 5’0 and a 32 DD — it’s hard enough to find a good regular bra, let alone a sports bra). I watched the NYC Marathon on TV and “ran the last mile” around my living room. Then began year two of the un-scratched itch. I volunteered to work the finish line of the NYC Marathon. When I saw the Achilles athlete with not one but two prosthetic legs cross the finsih line I said, “SELF, if that man has the courage to do this, then get off your butt and on your two good legs and run!” And run I did.
Kate
Mother of: 1
I’ve run: two half marathons with my husband and a number of 5Ks and a 4 mile race. Trying to figure out if I should try a marathon.

Kate
Mother of: 2
My goal is: to get up to a 50 miles race, just to see if I can. Running makes me feel like I can do anything. I am unstoppable on a 20 mile run! The endorphins are nice, too….okay, REALLY nice!

Kristin
Mother of: 6
Running: helped me change my life! I have done several 5k races and two 10k races in the one and a half years since I started running (and have lost over 60 pounds). I’m running three half marathons this fall (2012)!

 

Kris
Mother of: 1
I’m a mother runner because: I ran my second half-marathon pregnant (and PR’d by 20 min!). I’m a mother runner because I completed my very first sprint triathlon at 26 weeks pregnant and wasn’t last. I’m a mother runner because I completed two more sprint triathlons while 30 weeks pregnant and wasn’t last.

Katie
Mother of: 2
I love to run: because it is my “me” time. I started running to lose my baby weight and now I have done a half-marathon! Hope to do another soon.

Katie
Mother of: 1
Thank goodness: my son is now old enough to go to school, because he never rode well in a stroller for a run. I have some open run time that doesn’t involve asking my husband to put down his Zynga games.

Kerry
Mother of: 2
I started: doing triathlons in 2005 after quitting my job to stay home and take care of the kids. I loved tris but found I was a much stronger runner than swimmer. In 2010 I set my sights on qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. I came close running a 2:47 at Grandma’s Marathon in 2011 PR by 21 minutes. My goal is to qualify in 2016, yes I will be older but age is only a number!

Kirsten
Mother of: 1
I ran: five 5ks after my daughter was born last year (first was at 2 1/2 months old), and continued on to an 8k, 10ks, trail runs, and a half marathon this year. I’ve become obsessed with PR’ing at each race and so far, so good

Kim
Mother of: 2
Going Gluten Free and Running: have both changed my life tremendously. Running gives me time to be quiet, enjoy time with ME, and mentally prepare for the busy day ahead. Running also helps me manage the calories from all the pretty gluten free lovelies I like to bake.

Kimberly
Mother of: 2
I’m a couch to 5k’er turned marathon mama, who has lost 90 pounds through running and a healthy diet over the last three years. I’m persevering through a running related injury in hopes to not be a one and done marathoner!
 Karen
Mother of: 1
I ran my 1st half marathon because: my husband was deploying to Afghanistan and I wanted something to look forward to and accomplish while he was gone. The race (Country Music Rock ‘n’ Roll 2010) was amazing, the energy of the crowd was awesome, and my husband was home in time to cheer me on!

Kristin
Mother of: 3
I blame (and profusely thank): my awesome husband for my running addiction. If my hubby hadn’t challenged me to finish a 10k in 2010, I don’t think I would’ve been able to fit back into my wedding dress after 3 kids and 10 years (I’ve lost 30lbs along the way).

Kristie
Mother of: 2
I used to run: to keep in shape, but now running has become so much more. Running has brought something that I can control into my life; as a mother, things are rarely ever controllable.

K.
Mother of: 2
Started running: to lose weight. I never thought I’d be a runner since I hated running as a kid.

Kimberly
Mother of: 1
Trained for my first half-marathon: while pushing a stroller. I love meeting other mother runners so we can exchange stories, and help each other over bumps and the challenges of juggling our busy lives.

Kim
Mother of: 2
I run for: a sense of accomplishment. Running gives me instant gratification; every run is a success, whether it’s a hard track workout or a long, arduous 20-miler.

 

Kayla
Mother of: 3
I don’t mind: treadmills. I can watch a mommy show or movie and do it when it’s convenient.


Kami
Mother of: 3*
*The 8-year-old was out running. (Kidding.)
Running is: just like raising kids. Emotional. Mentally difficult, physically exhausting (newborn sleep schedule anyone?), super-satisfying, blissful, heavenly.


Kelly
Mother of: 3*
* “I have no pictures of me with the three kids because I’m always the one taking them.”
Running is: the one thing in my life I can completely control.

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Kelly
Mother of: 4
I don’t do races because: they are so stressful. I would rather spend the entry fee on coffee and a cute scarf.

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Kristin
Mother of: 3
I run because: It keeps me sane.  And it helps when you have two Brownies, selling Girl Scout cookies, in the house.

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Kyndra
Mother of: 2
Last run was: a tentative thing to see how giant, half-way weaned boobs would feel on a run. (Answer: not good.)

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Kathy
Mother of: 2
I race because: it makes me feel like I’m in my 20′s again. I fake that I can run just as well!

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Kim
Mother of: 2 trail runners
Running is: definitely my happy pill. If I don’t get a morning run in, I’m grumpy and tired.

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Kelly
Mother of: 2
I’m currently working towards: My first half-marathon on my 40th birthday in May. My goal is to exercise for 365 days straight, in spite of Type 1 diabetes, 2 kids, 3 clients, a pack of coyotes and a million other excuses.

Katie
Mother of: 2
If I miss a couple days of running: my family hands me my running shoes and shows me the door.

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Karen
Mother of: 2 beachcombers
The important reason why I run: is because it makes me feel ALIVE. (Okay, it also keeps me sane.)

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Kristine
Mother of: 2
I run because: of the limitless sense of possibility it gives me. I solve all my problems, my neighbor’s problems, the down economy, health care and world hunger. Sure, there are a few kinks to iron out after unlacing my kicks, but that invincible feeling is priceless.

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Kathy
Mother of: 2
I never thought I’d be able to run: because I suffer from fibromyalgia. There was a time when just walking around the block landed me in bed for a solid day, popping ibuprofin like candy. How I got from there to training for my first 5k is a long story, but the bottom line is that I got sick of the disease telling what I could and couldn’t do. I stopped believing I couldn’t run and just started running.

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Kelly
Mother of: 1
I quit running: many times but one year ago next week I tied on my shoes and haven’t looked back. And I can’t quit again because someone little knows how to say “We go wunning, Mom?”

Kelly
Mother of: 2
Like a stealth ninja: I sneak into my husband’s drawer while he’s still sleeping and steal his running socks. Despite the fact that I do most of the laundry at our house, mine is always the last to get done—and my running socks never seem to get clean. So I steal his, even though they are far too big. I get my run done.

Kate
Mother of: 4
I have run: for years, but for some reason this year is the first I’ve really considered myself a runner: The idea of a marathon is starting to knock-knock in the back of my mind….

Kim
Mother of: 1 “munchkin”
I’ve run: on and off for years, and up until now it was always to lose or maintain weight, impress people, blah, blah, blah. But this time around it’s for me.

Kathy
Mother of: 2
Running is: a part of me, and it has been for years. I ran the entire time I was pregnant with my first son, including a 3-mile run on my due date.

Kristine
Mother of: 5
I love running with my running group because: we talk about everything under the sun!

Kim
Mother of: 2
My favorite race so far has been: the You Go Girl Half Marathon in Tacoma, WA in September 2010, my first all women’s race—I even PR’ed!

Kellyn
Mother of: 1 self-described “monster child”
I run: for overall health. And to get the heck away from the kiddo and husband for some ME time!

Karina
Mother of: 2
I run because: it’s a constant reminder that discipline and wisdom produce good results—both in running and life!

Kim
Mother of: 2
I wasn’t a runner until: two girlfriends and I challenged each other to run a 10-mile race (never having run a race EVER before!) Three months later, I finished the race, YAY!

Kerry
Mother of: 2
I qualified for Boston when I was 45 in my only marathon running a 3:43. I ended up not going because my father had a stroke. I vow to run a marathon again and qualify so I can run for my Dad.

Katie
Mother of: 2
I just completed my first 5K: after wanting to run in a race before I turned 30. Now, I’m training harder and trying to lose weight. I have found running to be an amazing way to just zone out and not have to think about anything!

Katherine
Mother of: 2 boys
I’ve had: three foot surgeries but keep bouncing back. I love to run just for the feeling of freedom it gives me, even though I am not so good at it.

Kate
Mother of: 4
After my third child was born:I found out I had high cholesterol (a family curse). The doc said I could take drugs the rest of my life, or I needed to buckle down and exercise. So, I went back to running and ran my first 5K after three months of training. Now, I love to race.

Kristi
Mother of: 1
I have one 15-month-old: and read Run Like A Mother while pregnant with him. Though I really wanted to start running while pregnant, my obstetrician said no. After my son was born (and while my husband was deployed), I trained and ran my first half marathon.

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