One of the most momentous elements of running is the peer support. Mothers by nature are cheerleaders, so it makes perfect sense that BAMRs seek each other out for dark o'clock runs, loops around the neighborhood, or even 30 minutes side by side on the treadmill. When you get enough volume, it can overcome infinite amounts of inertia (or busy schedules and excuses). We get out there together! Stacey, Katie, and Valerie prove that running is a group sport, after all, with their best Mother Runner moments of 2016.
"Seven mothers in suburban Boston (Needham) on a long training run leading up to the Boston Athletic Association half marathon this fall. We met Saturday mornings at 7:30, leaving our collective 15 kids to have fun with their dads while we set a great example for them about setting goals and achieving them with the support of others." —Mother Runner Katie
"Yesterday I participated once again in what has become my favorite race of the year. Sebastian Rosado is a disabled young man who was denied entry into a 5k race a couple of years ago because of the amount of time it would take him to complete it. Instead of giving up, he decided to make his own race and started a race called Run It, Walk It or Wheel It, into which athletes of all abilities are welcome to participate. All the funds from race entries go to a charity established by his family that sponsors a summer camp for children with disabilities.
"For the first two years he was able to complete only a portion of the course and last year, he became the first person with quadriparesis to successfully complete a 5k course. It took him more than five hours. This year, he cut that time down to 3:15. Talk about a PR!
"I have been a part of his entourage for the last three years and it is always an honor and an inspiration to walk beside such a determined athlete." —Mother Runner Valerie