Nikki, 38, mother of 3
"The first time I ran one mile without stopping, I called my friend and left a message saying, “You are friends with a chick who just ran one mile! One. Freaking. Mile!” Even though I just completed my first half-marathon, that first continuous mile was tougher and made me prouder. It was a turning point in my life."
Sara, 31, mother of 3 (including a 7-week-old)
"After a year of running an old man said I had the finest ass in the parking lot while tailgating. Glad people notice, even if I wasn't sure if I
should take offense."
Caroline, 43, mother of 2
"My brain keeps getting better with age; knowledge and wisdom increase with the years. But my legs are important too. I truly believe that running saved my life and got me out of postpartum depression for good."
Jeanye, 38, mother of 3 and grandmother of 1
"My proudest running moment was hitting a 5K in under 30 minutes. The next day my husband and I both set a new PR for our 10K as well."
Erica, 48, mother of 2
"I used to hate my thighs: all fat, huge, giggly, with cellulite. Now they are toned, strong, and can carry me anywhere and as far as I want them to go. They still have some cellulite, but that’s ok."
Katie, 41, mother of 4
"My proudest running moment: finishing my first 100-mile race with my family and my BRFs by my side."
Meredith, 33, mother of 2
"Favorite running moment? Finishing a half-marathon at the end of a half-Ironman triathlon."
Bea, 40, mother of 2
"I never thought I would be able to run as far and as fast on my legs as I have so far."
Sarah, 46, mother of 3 (twins + 1)
"Proudest running moment: clocking 4:01 at the Big Sur Marathon."
Catey, 34, mother of 9
"My proudest running moment was crossing the finish line of my first marathon."
Stephanie, 42, mother of 2
"Proudest running moment: finishing my first marathon in 1999. I felt like I could have kept running even after 26.2 miles!"
Tamara, 43, mother of 2
"My best running moment was finishing a marathon with my dad."
Teri (left), 39, mother of 2; Kara (right), 39, mother of 2
Teri: "I was most proud when I crossed the finish line at a mud run with my 18-year-old son. I was completely unassisted; no one had to carry me."
Kara: "When I lost weight after pregnancy and while nursing, my behind was pancake flat. Running has made me curvy and strong again."
Holly, 31, mother of 2
"Here's a before and after; I've only been a serious runner for about 3 months. I love the muscles my legs are developing."
Alison, 51, mother of 4
"Never in a hundred years would I have expected to be able to (not just run, but) RACE 13.1 miles."
Shelly, 50, mother of 3
"I've only been a runner for a year, so my proudest moment was completing a half marathon with my best friend since kindergarten."
Denise, 45, mother of 2
"Favorite body part? I'm working on it. I've lost 50 lbs since I started running, everything is transforming. It's great!"
Ellison, 55, mother of 1
"I was most proud as a runner when I qualified for Boston at my very first marathon. At age 48."
Jana, 47, mother of 1
"My favorite body part used to be my calves but they have turned against me lately. So I will say my shoulders."
Robin, 39, mother of 4
"I've been running 20 years, but my 39-year-old self would totally kick my 19-38 year-old selves' asses."
Laurel, 41, mother of 2
"My favorite runs are the ones where Dimity makes me run faster and longer than I really want to." (And yes, she might have hijacked this caption.)
Renee, 42, mother of 1
"Most proud of running my first marathon. It's not done yet—race is in a few days—but I'm claiming it."
Dede, 46, mother of 4
"Proudest running moment? When my 11-year-old told me that his friends say they see me running all over town, and he thought that was cool!"
Rebecca, 42, mother of 3
"I had my oldest daughter—17 and a committed XC and track runner—pose with me in this pic because my kids, especially two daughters, are a significant part of my mother runner badge. I feel it's vital for parents to model healthy behaviors for their kids, and it only adds to a girl's empowerment if she know her mom's a BAMR."
Amy, 44, mother of 2
"Proudest running moment? Crossing the finish line of the Twin Cities Marathon with friends."
Kristin, 41, mother of 2
"With so many distractions and commitments, I'm proud every single time I make it out the door for a run."
Julie, 44, mother of 3 (twins + 1)
"I have a love/hate relationship with my quads. They're big and strong from years of leading bike tours in my 20's and all my running; I can't buy a pair of jeans without altering the waist."
Susan, 38, mother of 3
"My proudest moment was finishing my first marathon after overcoming broken bones and kidney stones during training."
Jessica, 40, mother of 2
"Someone told me once that I had Michelle Obama arms. I'm not sure if that's true, but it was a great compliment!"
Melissa, 31, mother of 3
"My favorite body part may be weird, but it's my collar bones! When I was 60 pounds heavier, I couldn't see them, and now I can!"
Lisa, 39, mother of 3 (and one four-legged)
"When I trained for my first half marathon I finished my ten-miler and felt so strong and confident, as I rounded the corner near my house, I actually cheered for myself...fist pumping, arms up in the air, the works! It was a beautiful moment!"
Patty, 58, mother of 6 and soon-to-be-grandmother of 1
"I have been running a year. Yes, I started late, but I'm really okay with that. I broke my foot in March while training for my first half marathon. I watched my daughter run that half, but finished my first half in October in 2:15. Just makes me smile."
Susan, 43, mother of 2
"After a recent half-marathon, a runner told me, 'You were really booking it during the last couple of miles!' That made me feel great!"
Ami, 30-something, mother of 2
"I was really proud, after a year of running, when I ran a half-marathon with little training. Made me very happy."
Jana, 47, mother of 2
"Favorite body part: feet. They have been plagued with plantar fasciitis for almost a year and are finally starting to heal. (And I'm scared that if I don't pick them they will rebel!)"
Denise, 58, mother of 2
"My proudest moment was when I completed a Tough Mudder with a group of sassy girls I run with nicknamed the 'sole sistas.'"
Sarah, 31, mother of 1
"Despite many injuries, surgeries, and now runs, my legs still are strong and carry me wherever I want to go. They rock."
Heather, 33, mother of 1
"I recently suffered a miscarriage at almost 13 weeks, and my doctor told me to wait at least three full cycles before trying to conceive again. In that time I will complete the an 18-week marathon training plan and compete in my first-ever marathon!"
Lisa, 37, mother of 2
"In September, I dropped 20 minutes off my 1/2 marathon time in three months to PR at 2:10!"
Lacy, 28, mother of 1
"My proudest running moment: nursing my daughter at mile 27 of a 50 mile trail race."
Molly, 45, mother of 3
"Proudest running moment: going sub two-hours in half-marathon in April 2011."
Nancy, 51, mother of 1
"Truly, every day run is my proudest running moments. I have never been any kind of an athlete and the fact that I am running 3 times a week just astounds me each and every time."
Elizabeth, 28, mother of 1 + 30 weeks preggo
"I love my abs, pregnant or not!"
Patty, 44, mother of 1
"My favorite body part are my knees. I'm hoping by flattering them they'll continue to hold up so I can keep running like I stole something!"
Megan, 31, mother of 1
"I've had many proud moments, but the best so far was finishing my first half-marathon!"
Jo, 44, mother of 2
"My legs have carried me countless miles and they’re stronger than I give them credit for. They respond to strength training and hill running by getting stronger. If I would just listen to my legs instead of my head, I would run faster and farther."
Randi, 26, mother of 2
"Not sure if the picture does my shoulders and traps justice, but I oogle them when I have to run on the treadmill (in front of a window at the gym)! I worked hard for those!"
Jennifer, 45, mother of 3
"Super proud that I recently ran a 5K in 18:08, just about as fast as I could 20 years ago!"
Jessica, 42, mother of 1
"I was really proud to finish my third half-marathon in August 2012 after not running for about 4 yrs...except my 15 weeks of training!"
Karen, 42, mother of 1
"Favorite body part? My heart."
Elizabeth, 42, mother of 2
"I was injured about a year ago and so I decided to learn to swim. The first day I got into the pool I could not make it from one end to the other. Learning how to swim got me to the starting line of my first triathlon and gave me a great cross-training activity. I never knew what swimming could do to your body! My son actually looked at me recently and said, 'Wow, Mom! You actually have muscles!'"
Deb, 41, mother of 2
"I'm proud of my tummy. It's pretty.flat, despite 2 kids, 2 c-sections and 2 other major abdominal surgeries."
Apryl, 26, mother of 2
"My proudest running moment was finishing my first marathon in sub-5 hours one week ago today!"
Christine, 43, mother of 3
"I was NOT a runner but my friend passed away from cancer at age 48 on Oct 2, 2010. On Oct 9, 2010 I saw on Facebook that my cousin was running a half marathon in New Orleans on Feb 12, 2011 as a charity runner for Amercian Cancer Society; I joined her team that moment.I took my deep down grief and decided to do something positive. I finished in 2:37. I'm proud of that, but I knew I would finish it. It was DECIDING to do it that I'm most proud of."
Amanda, 31, mother of 2
"Favorite body part? All of it! I'm proud to be a woman who loves her body and feel very lucky about it as well."
Lani, 36, mother of 1 + 1 32-week-old
"I ran until 35 1/2 weeks with my son and loved showing off my pregnant belly--and getting some looks, both positive and negative, and comments from others. This picture was taken right after a 5K."
Charlotte, 44, mother of 3
"My proudest moment was a run three weeks ago when I just didn't need to stop. I kept running past my four-mile mark, and it felt so easy to keep going. I ended up with 5.2 miles and a happy feeling my cross-country running son diagnosed as 'runner's high.'"
Amanda, 39, mother of 2; Heather, 43, mother of 2; Erin, 38, mother of twins
Running highlight: getting this amazing picture taken by a professional photographer (another mother runner named Laura Mahoney).