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M is for maybe slightly masochistic moms

IMG_0096Maridith
Mother of: 2
I love running: because its hard, because it helps keep me in shape, and because I  get to be outside. Running is MINE! Its my time, my route, my music.  I love it and having a tribe or family of support is the best part, so thank YOU!!!!


Maggie
Mother of: 3
Running is: my “me” time, and I enjoy providing a healthy example for my children (even if I sometimes choose my race by which brand of free beer is provided at the end.)

race2Melissa
Mother of: 2
What running does for me:  Being a mother is my number one but running has given me something for myself. I fell stronger and more confident. After every run, I feel ready to take on the many tasks that us mothers do everyday.

SAMSUNGMolly
Mother of: 1
Favorite workout:   HILLS!  Besides being an applicable metaphor for all of life’s challenges (I’m a high school English teacher!), hills require big-time physical exertion and focus.  I love the cycle.

IMAG1684 (1)Meredith
Mother of: 2
Why I run: I am inspired by my mom.  She died of lung cancer when I was 8 years old.  I’m doing something that she was never able to do, and that thought keeps me going when things get tough.

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Mother of:2
Running (in one way or another): has to be part of my life and it’s nice to have a group of ladies that seem to have already gone through everything I encounter!

Marissa  Marissa
Mother of: 2
The most rewarding thing that’s happened: wasn’t crossing my first finish line or losing 80 pounds or placing in my age category. It was the day my children completed their first race and told me they were runners, “just like you Mom!”

Megan  Megan
Mother of: 2
My running: is now marked by the scary double jogger. We took it out once before the snow hit and it is a beast on wheels. For now, the beast is sidelined in the garage, but in the spring I know I will have a daily debate with myself about running super early (blah!) or late (double blah!), or do I brave time with the beast while my son watches the PBS kids app and I look really tough running down the sidewalk with the monstrosity?


Marnee
Mother of: 2
About two years ago: I was 220+ pounds. I was tired and hated the place I was in. I couldn’t even play with my kids. So I began the journey of weight loss and have removed almost 70 pounds from my body. I went from being winded going up two flights of stairs to this summer completely two 70.3 races!

Michelle
Mother of: 2
I just started running: in January. I have done at least two events every month and I have also become a triathlete. My next events include the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Antonio and the King of the Causeway Triathlonat SPI !

Melinda
Mother of: 6
I work out: with a personal trainer twice a week. It complements my running perfectly. I also love to bike, and one day wouldn’t mind doing a duathlon.
Mimi
Mother of: 2
I run: to feel alive. Working full-time and raising two kids sucks the life out of me sometimes. Running gives me my life back.
Marie-José*
Mother of: 2
Starting to run: changed me and is still changing me. I feel more energetic and more alive. It changed my eating habits cause everything I stick in my mouth I have to drag with me the next time I go to run. (*The blog is in Dutch, but there’s a translate button.)

Michele
Mother of: 1 on Earth and 1 in Heaven
My running experience: for years I was happy to run a few miles 3 – 5 times per week. I stopped when I had kids due to high risk pregnancies and a general feeling of being overwhelmed. Four years ago I got back into running and I couldn’t be happier.

María José
Mother of: 2
Began running: I needed some exercise, but didn’t have much time. I chose running because I can practice it everywhere, when I want, and it’s cheap.

Michelle
Mother of: 1
I run for many reasons: running keeps me healthy, makes me feel strong, allows me to shock people with distances that I am capable of covering, and helps me justify my (probably too frequent) urge for hamburgers.

Monica
Mother of: 2
Running: is my therapy and main form of exercise and really helps my attitude. (I tend to get down when I’m not running).

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Melanie
Mother of: 2*
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#2 is doing laps on his trike.
My last run was: on the DREADMILL. At 6’0 tall, I am not a fan of the treadmill; my feet are too big and I feel like I will fall off.

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Mary

Mother of: 1 giraffe and 1 dragon
Running is my: salvation, frustration, addiction. I don’t really need to classify it, because I’ll keep doing it forever.

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Melissa
Mother of: 3 (and wife of a perfect-10 husband, to boot)
My last run was: comfortable. It was an easy 5 day.

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Molly
Mother of: 2
I run like a mother because: I think about my girls at some point during my run, and because I know I am modeling healthy options for them.

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Maggie
Mother of: 2
My last run was: on the treadmill (yuck) while chatting with a friend (yay).

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Mary
Mother of: 5
Running is my: WD-40. It fixes everything. If I have cramps, I run; they go away.  If I have a runny nose, I run; it clears up.  If I feel blue, I run; I’m happy again.  If I’m happy, I run; I’m happier.

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Megan
Mother of: 2
My last run was: awesome.  It was my first run over five miles since my second child was born almost 7 months ago and I was solo. I even left the dog at home!  It was so invigorating I almost came home and signed up for a marathon!

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Megan
Mother of: 2
I admit: I take some pleasure when when I finish that a seven-mile run seven minutes faster than my husband, but mostly I am just glad we can do something together where we are not moooom or daaaad, but rather husband and wife.

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Melodie
Mother of: 3
I ran my first race: at age 30, after suffering though a year of severe post-partum depression.  It was running that got me out of that deep, deep hole and helped me emerge again as human. The race was the Title Nine 9K in Boulder, CO, and it was amazing to be with all these women running together. One heart, being real woman!

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Michelle
Mother of: 1
I am anxious: to get into better shape after the birth of my son last October.  A half marathon used to be a “soft” goal until I started talking about it to everyone. Now it has morphed into something a little more concrete.

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Michel
Mother of: 2
My running experience is: infuriating at times. I have to push myself when I  get negative talk from people saying, “How can you do this or that?” or “aAen’t you afraid of getting hurt?” So when I run, I run to prove to myself that I am not the worst that “they” think I am. I am better because I run. And I will get better with each run.

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Maggie
Mother of: 2
I run: to feel strong, to maintain fitness, to burn off the cheeseburger I ate last night, to eat that piece of chocolate cake tonight, to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and to briefly escape and find a moment of peace in my life as a stay-at-home mom of 2 energetic girls and life support system of a general surgery resident.

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Morgan
Mother of: 3
I run because: it makes me feel both happy and that I can conquer anything that comes my way!

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Martha
Mother of: 4
I have been running: since I was 15 and am now 33. The picture is from my 1st marathon in Green Bay.  I was 10 minutes from BQ’ing so that is my new goal for next spring. Speed training here I come!

Melody
Mother of: 2
My favorite running experience: crossing the finish line at my first 13.1 and seeing how proud my husband, kids, and friends were of me for doing something I never thought I’d be able to accomplish. I keep that image of seeing them all at different mileage points throughout my race and the look of pride on their faces when I struggle with my runs.

Maria
Mother of: 1
I started running: to lose weight and then I just kept going because I loved the way it made me feel.

Molly
Mother of: 1
Favorite place to run: around or along any lake or creek (Green Lake & Lake Estes are 2 of my favorites, but unfortunately I’m nowhere near either of them).

Michelle
Mother of: 1
I started running again: at 38 to give the finger to 40.  I kept running because it makes me strong, it finds me some peace and quiet, and because after running a half this year, I discovered I really, really like medals.

Marisa
Mother of: 2
I started out running: to lose weight. No matter how cheesy this sounds, I never realized how much it would change my life. It has made me a better wife, mother, and teacher!

Melinda
Mother of: 6
Running makes me feel like: I can do anything! It allows me to be proud of myself, to be good at something, and to teach my kids “old people” can be strong, too!
Michele
Mother of: 1
I ran: during my entire pregnancy (including 2:00:15 half-marathon at 27 weeks) and up until the day before my son was born (5 miles) to stay happy, healthy, and fit and to have an easy labor and delivery. It worked.
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