Do you believe, mother runners? Race day for Adrienne Martini at the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon is finally here! She’s all smiles…kind of. (Catch up on her journey with past episodes of Martini Fridays.)
By the time you read this, I will be in the middle of driving the seven hours to Pittsburgh in order to run the Half Marathon on Sunday. Unless, of course, you are reading this on any day that isn’t Friday, in which case I’m either currently running or am enjoying a cookie or driving back home. Time is weird.
My last long run happened to coincide with one of our local races, the Fly Creek Cider Mill Cider Run…
Mother runner and running coach Tia Stone, 35, is in taper mode as she eyes the Pocono Marathon in Stroudsburg, PA in another couple of weeks. The Searcy, AR mom of four calls this her “big ‘A’ race.” Up first, however, is a local 10K this Saturday. “I race often—maybe too much!”
Best recent run: I had a really intense 1K workout recently where I had to talk myself through each set (and there were 12 sets). It was challenging physically and mentally, but I was able hit the splits I wanted and I finished feeling strong.
Running while pregnant: The best advice I could give to any pregnant runner is to not compare yourself to other moms! Every pregnancy is different…
Call us sappy, but Dimity and I speak straight from the heart when we say that this community of mother runners never fails to amaze, energize, inspire, humble, and entertain us. Whether in person or online, we are moved countless times every day either to tears or laughter–and sometimes both at the same time.
Like yesterday on Facebook, Michelle Proses Hoffman shared this anecdote:
“Last night, my 5-year-old and I were reading See Mom Run by Kara Douglass Thom. (I’d just returned from the Nike half–PR–yay!) I asked him if he knew how to explain what a marathon is. He replied, ‘It’s when a group of people, who don’t know each other, get together to meet new friends and go on a long run together…
I ran the New York City Marathon in 1997. And a short 10 years later, I ran my second marathon: Nike Women’s.
I did my first half-Ironman in 2002, the spring after I had a miscarriage, to prove that I had control of my body. I did my second in 2004, after having my daughter, to prove that I had control of my life. And then, a short eight years later, did my third in preparation for Ironman.
Oh, and in 2011, I threw in the Mt. Taylor Quad, a crazy race up and down a New Mexico mountain, mostly for a magazine story.
I did my one—and probably only—Ironman in 2013.
Brief recap: 1997, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2011, and 2013 (a double-whammy) were big event years for me…
We had a couple captions cooking for this lovely pic, but there’s just too much good material—victorious girls, delicious smiles, pink cowboy boots, pouty Batman—that we had to hand the reigns over to you. How would you caption it? Answer in comments below.
Winner, picked by Sarah and Dimity based on creativity and humor, will be announced on Facebook on this Thursday, May 1; we’ll also email the winner so you’ll be sure to be notified.
What do you win for your clever words, you’re probably asking?
Oh, just our brand-new lifestyle tee that syncs up perfectly with this picture: motherhood: the race with no finish line…