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Hump Day Giveaway: Crafty Ladies, Part I

Seriously? Wait...seriously? I'll be crafty in another life.

I've never been a crafty gal. Places like Michael's can give me hives. So many things that I have no idea what to do with. Which is why I stick with the (highly-environmentally unfriendly) foam stickers and glitter glue in the kids' aisles. I may not be able to scrapbook or cross-stitch or decoupage or arrange artificial flowers, but I can make a mean glitter-glue rainbow.

Which is why women who craft for a living (or to supplement a living) so impress me. Not only are they skilled with their hands, they have an eye for design and enough smarts to launch a business. Muy impressive, in my mind.

Which brings me neatly to our first installation of—drum roll, please— another mother runner's (new name: to be explained on Friday) momtreprenuer showcase: four products created and launched by the likes of you.

First up, {anne franklin designs}.

Necklaces of repurposed Scrabble-tiles and beautiful ribbon proclaim your true numbers.

When and why did you start your business?
I’ve always been a crafter, but was able to embrace my passion for creating and turn it into a business while I was recovering from a preventative double mastectomy last spring.  I gave myself permission to embrace doing what I love during my down time and haven’t looked back!  I designed the 26.2 and 13.1 necklaces to celebrate running my first marathon, eight months after my surgery.

What's your favorite thing you make?
My favorite thing I make is always my newest product.  I think I may have crafter-ADD, because I’m always coming up with new ideas and love to create new products.

If I weren't doing this, I would be...
Hmmm.  I think I would be doing exactly the same thing I’m doing now, except for the fact my products would be piling up in a corner of my house.  I appreciate the flexibility that owning {afd} has given me to still be able to be a wife, mom, chauffer, chef, runner, etc. I can do what I love while still being able to serve my family and not have to run at o-dark-hundred to get to my job!

Next in line, Run Momma Run.

A 7", hand-finished metal rack, perfect for holding hats, medals or sweaty jackets.

When and why did you start your business?
A couple years ago, while chatting with some running mommas, I discovered none of them had a nice place to hang their marathon medals. Some let their kids play with them, some were stuffed in a box, mine were hanging on a towel rack in the bathroom. What are we thinking? Racing ain't easy. Finding time to train, running in the wee hours before kids get up, being sleep deprived, breastfeeding, working, trying to fuel, tending to injuries, being partners, business owners, you name it, it's a crazy life. We should celebrate struttin' our stuff. [Editor's note: Amen to that.]

What's your favorite thing you make?
I love the marathon medal display rack. It's got such a great, down-to-earth home décor design and color. I saw one the other day in a friend's home and thought, hey, that looks nice, damn nice. And look at those medals, girl!

If I weren't doing this, I would be...
Doing laundry. Much rather do this.

Behind door number three is RazzyRoo Sports Headbands.

The rest of you may be dripping in sweat, but at least your hair will look cute with these no-slip headbands.

When and why did you start your business?
I am celebrating my second year in business for RazzyRoo Sports Headbands. My company started basically by making headbands for myself. I wore one of my first headbands to a Marathon Health & Fitness Expo and had ladies wanting my headband on the spot! From there, my business has evolved into a full-time career.  I have a full network of ladies that handcraft our headbands, and we are proud to keep our product made in the USA.

What's your favorite thing you make?
My favorite is the glitter bands. They add some sparkle to your athletic outfit.
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If I weren't doing this, I would be...
Designing an athletic apparel line. I love how women's athletic apparel has evolved into so many fantastic styles.
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And our final entry: Body Bark.

Yes, undies seem a bit random here, but these undies, made from fabric derived from Beech trees, are so soft, you won't want to take them off.

When and how did you start your business?
A few years ago, as I was primping for a Halloween party, inspiration struck. While slipping into a scratchy sweater, I could not find a long sleeve top to wear underneath that could not be seen, a recurring routine that she was accustomed to each fall. I realized that she needed a fashionable, but invisible layer to protect her skin from the abrasive fabric. Voila! The idea of Body Bark was born. The line, which began with tops, has expanded to lingerie to bottoms as well.

What is your favorite thing you make?
The long sleeve V-neck is my favorite top. I love how it hugs my body, it is so soft. I like the flattering look the V-Neck provides.

If I weren't doing this, I would be...
That is hard to say: this is where my path has taken me. It continues to surprise me and takes me to all kinds of places I never imagined. I look forward to finding out where it goes next.

Each of the momtreprenuers--Anne, Laura, Cheryl, Catherine--has generously offered to donate three of their products so three lucky winners will take home a four-pack! Sweet.

Small print: if you haven't done a half-marathon or marathon, no sweat. Anne will let you pick from other necklace designs on her site. Cheryl will let you pick a headband of your choosing. There's only one rack you can win from Laura. For the undies, you can either choose white boy shorts (shown) or black or white thongs. O.k., I think that covers it.

Except for the question you have to answer to win: SBS is often asked if she has a hobby. "Running," she answers, fully realizing that isn't exactly classified as a typical hobby. Do you consider running your hobby, or are you crafty like these ladies? How do you prefer to spend (what little) downtime you have? Let us know, and three of you will have some serious craftiness injected into your lives.

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Last week's winner of the fast and light New Balance 890's is Stephanie.

Here's how she goes faster:
"I crank up a good song- something fast/dancy that you’d hear in a club, that always gets my feet moving. I also visualize myself finishing hard in a race: that last stretch of road when the spectators get denser & denser and then end is finally in sight. I see myself pushing harder & harder all the way to the finish."

Love the visualization, Stephanie. E-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com with your address and shoe size, and we'll get them shipped to you faster than you can even imagine.

308 responses to “Hump Day Giveaway: Crafty Ladies, Part I

  1. Wow! What an amazing collection of mother runners…. you have a tough job ahead of you, ladies. So, would you ship the gifts to the a** end of the world? – that would be Australia. (local joke).

    Have finally realised that I am an eclectic girl and my hobbies are a reflection of my eclecticism. They used to be lifesaving, cricket, and crochet. Now they would have to be baking, blogging and tweeting.

    And that running thing? That is as much a part of me as my mummy tummy and wrinkles. It makes my soul swell and my heart sing. More than a hobby, (to be cheesy) it is a way of life.

    Thanks for RLAM! Cheers, Roz

  2. Yep, running is my hobby, but a close second would be body building. If I couldn’t run, I would definitely step up the weightlifting! My other hobby when I have time is reading!

  3. I’m very crafty. I’ve been making stuff since I was a kid, but only took up running/biking a handful of years ago (there are decades in between.) Both bring me major sanity and peace.

  4. Running is definitely my hobby! With the three kiddos under age 6, a dog, a house, and a billion other things to take care of (or so it seems) I don’t have a whole lot of time for hobbies. So I consider doing anything I enjoy that is for me and not for anyone else my hobby- and for now the only hobby I regularly make time for is running. Maybe I’ll have to try being crafty sometime…

  5. Running and blogging are pretty much my hobbies these days. I’m not really a crafty person, even though I’d like to be! Since it doesn’t come easy, it just requires too much energy. I’m happy with running as my hobby 🙂

  6. I never thought of running as a hobby. Its just something I do. My hobby/ passion is sewing and I am an expert seamstress. I alter prom dresses and homecoming gowns like crazy. I make window treatments and home decor items. I make my girls’ (3 of them) Easter dresses, Halloween costumes, etc. If anyone can dream it I can make it happen… right after my morning run.

  7. Personally I have two hobbies: the first is (one I have been doing for a while an have gotten much better at) making cards. I was looking for a card for someone one day and I was really irritated all all the crappy cards that the stores had to sell. I decided that I would buy some items and make my own cards for this person. I found so much enjoyment in being creative and also the happiness that the recover has when they get a homemade card is really exciting. It is also nice to be by myself and relax and let the creativeness flow. Hopefully I will have my one business one day soon. My next hobby is one that my husband and I just started recently. Geoaching

    1. sorry pressed the publish button too soon…. for those of you who don’t know what geocaching is go to geocaching.com for a full experience. It is fun, great exercise and nice to explore the world around you. My husband and I like to do this and explore and see new places. We have found and met some really cool people so far!

  8. Right now my hobbies are tied between running and chasing a toddler around. I love my daughter and want to spend as much quality time with her before the new baby arrives, so if it doesn’t involve my running shoes or her, it waits until 8pm and at 28 weeks pregnant few things seem important that late at night.

  9. Before the focus moved to my kids and their sports, I loved sewing and scrapbooking. Now, running and reading are my hoppies because they don’t require set up or clean up and I can do them anywhere! Some day I will get back to the rest, but for now my RnR is R&R.

  10. My hobby is me. When the opportunity for free and alone time presents itself, I do something for me that I enjoy–running, reading (gossip mags count), sitting on my deck, shopping, bubble bath, nap–anything goes as long as I relax and enjoy it!

  11. Exercise is my hobby. I run, bike, ski, hike… you name it. It is what I do to relax and enjoy life. If I had to choose a sedentary hobby, it would be reading.

  12. I wished I considered running a hobby, but quite frankly its a chore. I love how I feel after a good run but it takes effort to get out the door and take those first few steps. Maybe some new and cute duds would do the trick!!! 🙂 I would consider my hobbies to be reading and scrapbooking.

  13. I’ve been crocheting since I was a little girl. Most people I know don’t even know what it is. They see yarn and think knitting. My crochet beanies and half-mittens were in great demand this winter. 🙂

  14. YES! I consider running my hobby! I don’t have time to do anything else fun (2 kiddo’s, olivia 5 1/2, dominic 3 1/2, work part time, in school full time) – so I take what I can get with, and when running! My hobby is also a major de-stressor for me and very necessary! When heading out for a run I tell my kids, “mommy is going to exercise, I’ll be back in a little while”. My daughter will ask me “mom, why do you always go and exercise???” I tell her “because it makes me a better mommy, it’s fun, and it keeps me healthy!” Then she tells me she can’t wait to be able to come and exercise with me. So I look forward to the day that my daughter and I can share our “hobby” together :o)

    Corrie N. Cater
    South Euclid, OHIO (suburb of Cleveland)

  15. I love to bake and scrapbook! I do both with my kids and find them to be relaxing. It’s fun to share the treats I’ve baked and also share my scrapbooks with family & friends. I’m looking forward to scrapping my pictures from my first 13.1 earlier this year (I’m a little behind on my pages…)

  16. I love to read and play silly games (wii, FB, board games, cards). Running is more of a necessity. I am NOT crafty at all. Even as a child, I needed coloring books, paint by numbers, and rug hooking kits. A blank piece of paper? No way.

  17. I read in my downtime. But I have also caught myself coloring my daughters’ coloring books. It is ridiculously relaxing to zone out, blur my eyes and let the colors fill the pages. I love to bake too, but then I eat what I bake, then I feel like I have to run a little more, then I have less downtime….

  18. Running definitely counts as a hobby as does any form of exercise you enjoy! Also, reading for sure. I often say that the two things that has kept me (almost) sane while raising young children is running and reading!

  19. Definitely running is a hobby. I do it for enjoyment, for stress relief, and because I feel so powerful when I am done. And it consumes my free time. I tried knitting (and still enjoy it), but my husband has felted everything I have made. At least he can’t totally ruin a run.

  20. Running and reading are my hobbies. Despite my best intentions, I am not a crafty gal. My attempts at the arts or decorating have not been very successful. One of these days I hope to learn how to knit, but given my history, I imagine I will face a good challenge to make my mind and fingers work together.

  21. My hobby is running and working out and rewarding myself with Starbucks. I wish I had extra mojo to put towards other areas but all my extra mojo goes towards staying upright after a day of raising my 3 boys and taking care of the hubz. I greatly admire these mother runners and their craftastic ways. Women like this are kick booty awesome. A tip of the running shoes to them!

  22. Running is my hobby. Working full-time outside the home, raising two girls, and taking care of life only leaves time for a few hobbies! Before running I used to scrapbook or bake…and now when I have free time….it’s time for a run!

  23. I don’t really think of running as my hobby (I’m way to new for that). I like to say reading is my hobby, but I never find enough time for it.

  24. With a one-year-old, two dogs, a busy attorney husband, and a Part-time job as a Personal trainer, running is really the only “down time” activity I have time for right now. I try to run about 25-30 miles a week and apays have a race planned. Though when the house seems a little too clean, I try to make time for baking. There never seems to be a shortage of homemade treats at our home. Luckily, with all the running I do, the extra sweets don’t make too much of a difference in my waistline (yet).

  25. My craftiness, too, is limited to foam stickers or anything else a 5 year old can handle. I do consider running a hobby. Reading is another escape (when I can find a quiet moment to do it!)

  26. Running is such a joy and the only way that I can really get a good night sleep with out taking stomach acid meds but crafts are my hobby. Running keeps my spirits and over all health well but crafts keep my sanity well. I go to a quilting group once a week with a bunch of ladies from different seasons of life. We drink tea and eat dessert while sharing life and our latest projects. I simply go a little crazy if I’m not using my the right side of my brain every now and then.

  27. I think right now running is my hobby. Its been taking up any free time I have… and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  28. I am also very envious of crafty people. I want to be crafty, but I’m too lazy to do it. But when it comes to exercise… I can do it all! It’s def. how I spend most of my free time. If I’m not exercising, I’m planning my workouts or looking up exercise/nutrition info. online. It’s my favorite hobby by far!

  29. Isn’t a hobby something you do to “get away from it all”? Sounds like running to me. And yes, I consider it my hobby. I CAN do other things, but running is the thing I do for fun…. I’m obviously not very good at it 🙂

  30. I used to think I was such a crafty person until I met my Mother-In-Law. She puts Martha Stewart to shame. Now, I am a wannabe crafter. I see things in magazines and think I can do that! They usually end up looking like my 3 year old did them (and I usually tell people she did to save face.) I am currently suffering with a bruised tail-bone from my latest “crafting project” while trying to entertain the kids and get some exercise at the same time. Let’s just say there was a treadmill, a glue gun, and lots of yarn and glitter involved. My Mother-In-Law rescued us, fixed up our crafts, and promptly knitted me up a nice donut for my sore bum.

  31. I don’t think of running as a hobby, but as exercise I do for my health. If I could eat chocolate chip cookies and get the same benefits, I would run really fast to the cookies! In my moments of downtime I like to get crafty in my garage and build things like a train table, lemonade stand, and tree house for my kids, and other “stuff.” LOVE RLAM, btw.

  32. I consider running to be a hobby of sorts, but it’s really more than that. My other hobbies include jet ski racing, crocheting (my one crafty thing) and playing basketball.

  33. I don’t have an inch of craftiness(?) in my body. My son is 11 and I haven’t finished his 1st year scrapbook yet! But, I don’t consider running a hobby…it’s more like a selfish desire..

  34. I just started running. At this point, I don’t consider it a hobby. When it comes to crafts I dabble in cake decorating (mostly for family birthdays) and knitting. Down time lately is spent reading.

  35. Most def…running is my hobby and that includes running in the opposite direction of any craft project. I just don’t have the patience!

  36. I do consider running, cycling and yoga all hobbies. But I also sew, cook, take photos and make jewelry as hobbies. All of them are creative outlets for me. I guess it comes with being a graphic designer for a living!

  37. I absolutely consider running to be a hobby. I generally get my run in at a time when someone else is taking care of the kids so it’s my free time for the day. When the kids are older, I can expand and have a hobby that I’m better at, but for now, running is just about it. Especially now that I’m training for a marathon. There’s not time for anything else.

  38. I like to spend my ‘me’ time reading which is something I consider a luxury. It’s difficult to do when there is noise around or when I have to get up every 3 seconds. Running and sports are more of a lifestyle and health prevention so I don’t feel like it’s necessarily a luxury to find time for running.

  39. I don’t consider myself very crafty. I used to make cards using stamps but that’s fallen by the wayside. My big hobby, and passion I suppose, is photography. I just wish I could make a career of it! Someday…

  40. I ran a loooong time ago – it was crazy fun and challenging but it was not good for my knees… now I walk and I walk with my dog – it is like my religion. Beside that I enjoy qulting and reading – they too are good for the soul.

  41. I prefer to spend what little “me” time I have reading or scrapbooking, but that comes after the full-time job, children, house, laundry….you all understand…and the running, which I wouldn’t call a hobby but a necessity!!

  42. Outside of running, which is really more of a lifestyle than a hobby, I handcraft books, indulge in nature photography, and write short stories for my boys.

  43. Running is my new love and my hobby (first half on 3/27!!!). I have almost zero craft ability. Most of that stems from a lack of creativity. I can follow directions but I just can’t think of what to do.

  44. A hobby to me is something you dabble in, something you do to relax and unwind when you can, here and there. I have a couple of hobbies – nothing particularly unique – photography, gardening, and reading. Do I consider running to be my hobby? No way – running is way more than that to me. It is my sanity-saver, my passion, neccessary for my well-being! A day or two without a good run and I’m climbing the walls. Not that I don’t enjoy my hobbies, but planting peppers or putting my photos into albums are not activities that have the power to transform me back into a patient, happy, sane woman!

  45. I used to be crafty. When my kids were young I used to sew alot of their clothes, make them fancy shmancy birthday cakes, scrapbook etc…Now that I have 3 teenagers, my hobby is running. Running away! FAST!!! Hahaha!

  46. My other hobby is scrapbooking. I love to scrapbook, but not as much as I LOVE to run. I can share my scrapbooks with my family and friends, but my running is all mine. Many people think the time spent scrapbooking is very well-spent, those same people have no clue WHY I run. I love the fact that only a select few (including all of you!) truly understand my desire to run. Honestly, I don’t even consider it a hobby, it is a way of life, it is MY way of life.

  47. I think that I would love to consider running a hobby, however it is more of a necessary evil in order to stay sane and keep fit! As for the crafting part- I am “craftiest” when I am running- I come up with grandiose plans and all these ideas of what I would do/could do/should do as gifts, party plans, etc. However, it seems that that motivation/creativity seems to go down the drain with the shampoo during my post-run shower! Hey, there’s always tomorrow!

  48. About 10 years ago, a great friend of mine visited me in San Diego, where I was living at the time. Nancy and I grew up outside of Toronto, so San Diego seemed almost exotic. We had a fabulous time reminiscing, sightseeing, drinking. At some point over the weekend we had a conversation about decoupage. Neither of us are particularly crafty so the topic itself confused me. She started talking about how interested she had become in horses, and in particular, about decoupage. I am not a horse person, so at first I didn’t catch on…But over time, I realized that what she was talking about was dressage (for horses) not decoupage (for arts projects). We laughed for the remainder of the weekend. I am NOT crafty, don’t ride horses, but I do LOVE to run.

  49. I love to read whenever I have down time. If I could read while running I would be in heaven. I try to be crafty, but it never works out or I lose interest. I’d love to be able to come up with an idea, create it and be able to make money for my family by selling it.

  50. Running a hobby? Never. Its my life! Hobbies are scrapbooking, quilting making, card making, and photography. I need to run to be me, I guess I don’t consider that a hobby. ?? A passion?

  51. I consider running my hobby, right now, it seems to be the only thing I do that is “mine”. I want it to be more than my hobby, just me, I’m working on that. If I had more time, I would write, and of course, I love to read!

  52. I am crafty too! (But I have to consider running a hobby too…Yes, I love to run, I love to run…ok you get it!) Lately I have been teaching myself to use Photoshop to create party favors etc!

  53. My other hobby is reading…I LOVE a good book.

    And I didn’t read all the comments here, so I’m sure this is a repeat….anyone else think that cake looks amazing?!?!? Got me thinking about what I could do if I had a) the time, b) the creativity, and c) the patience!!! 🙂

  54. I’m a crazy knitty. I started knitting seriously when I moved cross-country, decided it would be a splendid time to ‘take a break’ and become a stay-at-home mom and hadn’t yet made friends. You’d be amazed at the amount of skill you can procure 🙂

  55. I knit and crochet, and have been known to bust out the Swarovski beads and make a piece of jewelry now and then.

  56. Running and working out are definite passions of mine but I don’t know that I would classify them as hobbies. Our “family hobby” is geocaching, if you’ve never heard of it google it, it’s a great way to explore areas you might not otherwise and it gives me a great excuse to go on a hike. My personal hobby is counted cross stitch but I don’t really think you can call that crafty since I’m following a pattern of x’s lol. It does result in sone pretty things to hang around the house though.

  57. These ladies are all so fab! I do consider running a hobby, but I also love to sew in my “spare” (what is that?) time.

  58. Running is definitely my hobby. I run for myself, but I also share my love of running by coaching elementary track & field and cross country teams. 🙂

  59. Well, running is my main hobby now. I also dabble in scrapbooking, it used to be my favorite thing to do with free time. I recently scrapped the pictures of my son and I at my first 5-k run, it is my favorite page I have done in a long time.

  60. Well, this is kinda disappointing when it comes to individualism, but I suppose aside from running- my hobby is my kids. Well, more exact my kids homework. The school district we are in is sadly lagging pretty far behind. The (unemployed) teacher in me sees to it that they are supplemented at home with harder skills. It is incredibly easy to google any subject they are studying across the curriculum and come up with tons of websites with crafty ideas of projects or games to play that help further their knowledge. It seems like I am forever digging through the recyclables to find the perfect piece for this art project or that game board. Makes me happy when the ideas are big hits!

  61. I would have to say running is my new hobby….love to scrapbook but who has the time to organize, pull it all out then put it all away….I find it easier to rack in the miles than to complete pages:)

  62. Running has become my hobby over past year. I’ve poured my sweat and tears in to it and have enjoyed the ride. I do enjoy relaxing on the sofa to a mindless reality show a few nights a week. But I’m proud to say that I run in my spare time that I chose to exercise for me and feel stronger and accomplished for doing so!

  63. I wouldn’t say running is my hobby, no. Physical exercise of any sort is a basic necessity. I am known to get crafty, but nothing as wonderful as any of these ladies have produced, that’s for sure. My favorite hobby is reading. It’s wonderful to get lost in a book.

  64. I would love to be crafty, but I’m not at all!

    My hobby would have to be baking. I love baking, and a week doesn’t go by where I’m not trying a new recipe. 🙂

  65. I collect hobbies. The more the merrier… unfortunately that makes me a jack of all trades master of none type person – but I’m happy with it! Running is a hobby – I really just started it for fitness, but I enjoy it as well, so it seems that I have added it to my hobby collection… along with crafting, cooking, reading… and the list goes on. Running is the one thing I get done on a consistant basis… unless you consider reading report cards and cooking Wednesday night dinner in 15 min part of my hobbies!

  66. Not crafty at all – AC Moore and Michael’s scare me! Hard to be a non-crafty mom…

    I’d say running, swimming and biking are my hobbies, followed very closely by reading and cooking.

  67. These are the things that I consider my hobbies:
    1. running
    2. scrapbooking
    3. photography
    4. cooking
    5. reading

    Running/fitness is something I do 6 days a week and the others when possible. Basically running is my number one but I fill up any free time I have with my other hobbies. Sometimes I combine them! The other day I did a long workout on the treadmill. I took a picture of the board with my time/mileage/calories burned and will document it on a scrapbook page with a few other running stories.

    Sandi

  68. Running is sanity right now and a hobby. As a stay at home mom/military wife I don’t really have any time for any other hobbies. I would consider running a hobby and enjoy being outside in the sunshine the perfect downtime.

  69. Just today I was commenting to a friend I needed a hobby (I hate scrapbooking, have started and stopped more sewing projects than I can count that somehow always get passed off to my grandma who finishes them) but, for several years now running has taken up my free time…I never thought of it as a hobby but I guess it is. However, as I am currently 9+ mo pregnant and expecting my first child any day now I am going to have to wait a few weeks to get back in the groove. In the meantime I think baby #1, and getting back in shape to run my next 1/2 marathon in Feb. will stay my hobby for now!

  70. I consider running my hobby. I have become slightly crafty due to the world of blogs. But, I feel as if I need to be crafty since I homeschool!

    And, that cake looks amazing! I cannot imagine making one like that! I put lego minifigures on top of a cake and call it decorated!

  71. Running is my hobby and my PASSION. I absolutely love love love to run!! It gives me such a sense of accomplishment!! I used to listen to people that told me you can’t do that, why would you think you can do a marathon or even stick with running? You will never do it. Well guess what? I have been running for 4 years, I am doing my second marathon on sunday and have many more races planned!! So take that!!:) I am not crafty at all, I will try just about any craft but, no I am not crafty!! I SO admire all of the crafts etc that are shown above!! Love the necklace!! running moms ROCK!!

  72. Running is my uninterrupted therapy…not really my hobby nor my craft. It’s hard but good for me. When I’m not running, I’m crafty. Right now I’m really into sewing. I also enjoy knitting and keeping picture books for my kids (but I’m not too into the scrapbooking). Someday when I finally start blogging, I imagine writing about my craft of the month. When I have more time to blog I hope I also have more time to craft…AND RUN MORE TOO!

  73. Here’s my life: kid, work, farm, run. Running has to be my hobby I don’t have time for anything else. Really admire mamas who are crafty.

  74. Running is definitely my newest hobby. But if someone asked me to list my other hobbies, baking and reading would be at the top of my list! I love to bake…following a recipe…seeing the finished result. Actually, it’s a lot like training for a race!

  75. Crafty, well , I have been called worse! I’m a scrapbooker, and I think running makes it worse, because I keep snapping photos along the route, saving things like Mylar blankets to use for my pages, and hoarding the fun custom papers some companies make for races! My recent Disney 1/2 I ran with TWO cameras so I didnt miss anything I wanted to scrapbook later.

  76. Like many of the others who commented, if there is such a thing as down time in my life, it is filled quickly by running (or some other form of exercise, as I have recently rediscovered the benefits and necessity of cross-training) and reading. I guess that another hobby (if you want to call it that) is writing my blog…I just started it last year, and as far as down time fillers go, I truly enjoy it.

  77. Working out is my hobby, whether it is running, snowboarding, biking, or being in the gym. I SO WISH that I was crafty – the best that I have done is sew hooded cloaks for my daughters for Halloween last year. When I am not working, with my family, or working out, I enjoy reading. Oh and in the summer, I like to grow veggies in our square foot garden. Does that count?

  78. I used to be somewhat crafty (counted x-stitch, at least), but now I prefer to run! I am a total running geek. I like to read running, talk running, share running. I probably SHOULD get another hobby, but there’s no time! Gotta run! 🙂

  79. Dog showing was my hobby for many years, and I am still a 4-H leader (in the dogs project) and parent of a child who shows dogs. It’s very time consuming, not to mention expensive! However, I have found a wonderful new hobby that gives as much (or more, actually) back to me as I give it……running!
    I love my newfound hobby of running. It has helped me to lose some weight and improve my health (cholesterol, tris, etc), and reshape my body. It was also given me back some ME time! I enjoy the time I spend running….it keeps me centered, helps me not to be grouchy, etc. We all know the many reasons we love running, and they are why we keep hitting the pavement, day after day, persuing the benefits we receive with each mile!

  80. Photography is how I get in touch with my “creative” side. I take my camera with me almost everywhere (I even sometimes carry a small one during my races!) and record the adventures of my life. I share my photos with friends and family on photo-sharing websites, and on my blog. I also love skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, and take lots of photos while I’m doing these activities. Running keeps me in shape, so I’m able to haul a camera and photography gear up the side of a mountain!

  81. Running is defiantly my number one hobby, it lets me release the stress and decompose while doing something I love-which in my mind is what the definition of a hobby is. My number two hobby is sewing and embroidering baby blankets for friends. I love the joy it brings the new mom and a treasured keepsake for the baby. I embroider them with the baby’s name,birth weight, height, time ,and length and also put God bless baby on it. It is very hard to find the time to do it but when I complete one I feel wonderful giving a special gift to a special baby.

  82. Does watching Housewives count for a hobby? What about in the summer sitting on the deck at night while trying new beers? I do enjoy making crafts with my kids. We host holiday dinners and always make placecards or a gift for each person (usually 25 people).

  83. My downtime (non-running) hobby is a bit crafty…I enjoy scrapbooking, cardmaking, and just about anything that falls into the area of papercrafts. I particularly enjoy crafting about running…lol!! I have started my running scrapbook to contain all my bibs and pictures from events I run…I know, it’s a sickness!!

  84. When I’m not running (and thinking about when I can dash out the door)—-I cook non processed foods (purchased from a local CSA) and tend to my kids worm bin (which breaks down the food we don’t eat which goes into the mini garden we have outside).
    This worm goes in—and this worm goes out— and then I play snoopity on my snout (I listen to snoop when I run).

  85. For me, running is a way of life, not a hobby. To me, hobbies are those projects you start and stop and start and stop and discover unfinished in a basket in the basement. I like to read although right now I’m at a stopping point…looking for a good book. I’ve recently started baking as a hobby which may turn into a business…trying to perfect the gluten free chocolate chip cookie. Not an easy task but I have lots of happy testers. 🙂

  86. Reading is my first hobby, with running coming close in second place. Both let me mind escape the stress of the day and free my mind. Although, in the next few months this may change because my 8-year-old has started running 5k’s, which he completed his first one last weekend with an awesome time of 30:00, so our new summer hobby may be running!!! I also have an aversion to anything crafy. My most creative moments are when creating running routes.

  87. Running and yoga and reading are my passions. A hobby would be knitting. I love to make baby sweaters, which are so appreciated by the mom to be.

  88. Scrapbooking is sort-of my hobby. My truly neglected hobby. We recently moved to a bigger place with a designated table where I can scrapbook. It turned into a wrapping table at Christmas, stayed a mess until February, and then my daughter discovered it to draw there (she has her own table). Needless to say, it’s my hobby. 🙂

  89. I started off as running for my health. That still is a priority for me now, but now I just love and crave a good run. In my down time I love to read, and I am starting my first quilt. I do love to do crafts with the kids.

  90. I can so relate to Michael’s giving you hives! If I didn’t run, I would not have a hobby at all. Running gives me an identity of my own besides being a mom and an employee. I do play some Scrabble, so those necklaces would be super cool. I admire people who are talented and creative.

  91. While training is defiantly taking up most of my hobby time right now I also am crafty / artsy too. I love creating cakes for friends and family and can honestly say that cake picture above would be super easy to make. I also love painting, welding, and sewing although I still haven’t found the time to sew up my own running gear yet.

  92. Before kids I had time to do photography and read and watch movies and knit and run and hike and cook and volunteer and learn Spanish and travel. I was proud to have a long list of hobbies to rattle off to friends, include on resumes or post on Friendster (remember Friendster?). Now I have 2 1/2 year old twins and the one hobby that survived is running (unless you count full time work and full time housekeeping as hobbies). I know some people (non runners) think I’m silly for considering exercise a hobby. To those people I say, go weave your potholders and decoupage your shoebox, I’m going for a run!

  93. OMG these are all so great!! I will certainly be ordering some ‘Glitter Bands’ and a Necklace @ the end of the year!

    Oh I always have something on the go cause I am so scattered. But mostly I love to research. Whether it be a new sport product to motivate me or Black Book prices for a new truck we want to buy. I also digital scrapbook. So maybe I would say, the computer…..the internet is my hobby these days.

    As long as I can tear myself away long enough to go for a run or to make some supper. 🙂

  94. I’d say cookIng more than just the usual dinners. I love to cook elaborate meals and try new recipes, I find it relaxing, add some music and a glass of wine… Wait, that was before I had a kiddo! I Also enjoy photography and reading. Since having a baby though, running is how I spend most of my free time and I do enjoy it so it qualifies as a hobby:) of mine.

  95. downtime? I googled it and yet….huh. kidding! I am so not crafty and laughed when you said Micheal’s gives you hives. I buy candles there. period. I guess my hobby or downtime thing would be reading. Total book nerd.

  96. Running, biking, and reading are my hobbies. I tried to be creative before my kiddo’s went to school, we did crafty stuff. My down time is family time, whether it’s playing in the yard or riding bikes, just being together is the best!

  97. Running is my hobby. It is what i do in my spare time. I am the least crafty person I know. I always feel bad for my kids and their projects. I am so not helpful.

  98. I’m still a newbie runner but I’m desperate to make running my hobby. I have failed at every craft imaginable and prefer the joy of running. I have signed up for my first half in August and am terrified. In the little downtime I have between running and motherhood, I try to read about how NOT to be terrified for my first half.

  99. I don’t know that I would describe “running” as my hobby. I’ve only been doing it for a few years, and was never athletic before, so I’m still trying to define what running is to me – beyond exercise, sanity, escape, thinking time – “hobby” doesn’t quite seem right. However, I don’t know that I have a “hobby” – I read, and am in a book club. I enjoy cooking and wish i had more time to do it. I have made wine charms and given them as gifts. Outside of running, though, all my free time seems to get absorbed by kid and family duties.

  100. Of course running is a hobby, among many others! I am a crafter and enjoy making tons of items out of wool! I also enjoy hiking and gardening. There are just never enough hours in a day for me. I can never sit still!

  101. Running is definitely the hobby I’m most passionate about but I also love designing and stitching crocheted hats. I sell them too. Honestly it doesn’t make much money but it keeps my creative side alive!

  102. Does knitting count as a hobby if I never actually get the chance to so it? I have a lovely basket filled with yarn but except for a few hectic weeks before the holidays (when I stay up til 3am knitting scarves for family, friends, teachers, etc) I never actually sit down to knit. But it’s the best I’ve got, so I’m tossing that in the hat as my hobby.

  103. When folks ask me my hobbies, reading and running are first on the list. I also like to do counted cross-stitch and I do a little sewing (nothing fancy – baby blankets and burp clothes mostly – I’m a beginner!). I have my first half marathon a week from Sunday (3/27) and am TERRIFIED – training has been rather difficult.

  104. Honestly, I’m not quite ready to consider running my hobby. Right now its a mission, some I’m going to do no matter what. When people ask my hobbies, I usually say reading or sewing. I enjoy both very much.

  105. I love to knit in my down time. My running girlfriends say that they are going to get shirts that read: I’m running away from my knitting friend.

    Of course, that means they’ll have to catch me first!

    There is actually a group on the social website for knitters, Ravelry.com, for Triathletes who Knit. So, I am not alone in the hobby combo. ; )

  106. Running isn’t a hobby, it’s like breathing, it’s something I like to get lost in. As a single mother, and professional, it’s the thing I do for me. It’s free, it’s mine and it’s limitless. Just for me….

  107. scrapbooking was my hobby until the wonderful CZ turned me to running…now most of my down time is running..UNTIL…next year when both kids are in school full-time! YAY! then I can scrapbook AND run AND cook AND clean AND do laundry! CAN NOT WAIT!

  108. I would have to say that running is my favorite hobby. But other hobbies that occupy my days…reading, blogging and digital scrapbooking. Oh, and cleaning. Doesn’t sound like a fun hobby, but since it is what I do with a lot of my day, I think it fits.

  109. When I first read the questions I thought to myself “running is not a hobby its who I am; it defines me” then I thought okay what do I do when I’m not taking care of my two kids, working full time or keeping up the house and I thought I’m running so…. I guess running is my hobby. Or, running does define me and sleeping is my hobby… yes thats it sleeping is my hobby.

  110. I used to stitch – needlepoint, cross-stitch – in a big way B Kand R (before Kids and Running). After kids I needed a way to get in shape and started running and did some races so I guess that became my hobby because I don’t have time for much else. I am trying to get back into stitching with a monthly group.

  111. If you had asked me five years ago I would have said I was crafty. I would have also told you that I only ran when chased. Boy have times changed. Two kids later I rarely have time to craft. I became a runner in December 2010 and I love it. Carving out 30mins a day to run is my hobby now.

  112. I still have too many days when running seems more like a chore than a hobby – at least until I get out there and do it. I like to spend my down time reading, scrapbooking, and occasionally quilting.

  113. With a four month old and a work-from-home career to manage, running is for sure my sole hobby. I just don’t have enough time or interest to pick up a craft, but kudos to those who do!

  114. I’ve never actually considered running a hobby, but I should! I’m a really crafty people, I love to work with my hands. I mostly quilt, with some other sewing, knitting, kid crafts, etc. thrown in along the way.
    If I have free time during the day, I tend to browse the internet for ideas. My free time at night is always consumed with sewing or other crafting. I can’t even sit and watch a movie without working on a project.
    I don’t really consider running to be something that I do in my free time, b/c it’s just a part of my day. Like eating and sleeping. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway! I recently found your blog through Carrie’s blog, and I love reading about running now!

  115. For some reason the word “hobby” doesn’t seem to fit running for me. I run to stay in shape, for fun, and as a release. That said, I’m not crafty at all, so maybe I should start to call running a hobby, because otherwise I don’t have one!

  116. I love hearing about the hobbies that drive women! Running is definitely my #1 hobby … for fun! But I’m crafty all the way around.

    I’m a free-lance graphic designer, started doing wedding stationary on the side for friends and it’s now turned into a great business that allows me to be at home with my kids (www.paperdreamsdesignstudio.com).

    I also love to bake (and eat!) cakes and cupcakes. I do a big fundraiser every year called Cupcakes 4 Cure to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fight breast cancer. Today I’m actually baking 100’s of St. Patty’s cupcakes! (www.cupcakes4cure.webstarts.com)

  117. Running is definitely a hobby for me considering I’m a mom of 3 (one with special needs) and don’t have much time for other things. In what little down time I have, I play computer games! My little escape from the ‘real world’ for a little bit!

    1. Michelle – are you on twitter? I would love to follow you. Last month my son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS on the Autism Spectrum. We are just starting down this journey and would love to connect with other moms with special needs children.

  118. Do you consider running your hobby, or are you crafty like these ladies? How do you prefer to spend (what little) downtime you have?

    Running is my primary hobby lately, if someone asked me what i do for fun i’d say i run. When i have tiem outsdie of that (and work & the kids) I lvoe to read. I am so not crafty- my kids are in trouble when they get older and have to do “creative” projects for school.

  119. Here’s my hobby list:
    1. Running
    2. Reading
    3. Scrapbooking
    4. Quilting
    5. Knitting
    I often get torn in many directions and always want to multi-task so sometimes I’ll listen to an audiobook while running, but haven’t figured out how to run and knit at the same time, so that one always is last.
    PS-Love that cake, but cooking definitely not my forte.

  120. No craftiness here…my hobbies involve exercise–spinning, running, combat–the sweatier, the better. Wait…does drinking wine count as a hobby?

  121. I used to do mosaics and stepping stones as my hobby. I loved creating something out of nothing. However, now that I have a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old and a new business, oh yeah and I do a marathon about every 6 months, I don’t have much time for a hobby. So I would say my hobby-on-hold-until-I-have-more-time would be mosaics!

  122. Don’t laugh! I love making workout routines in my spare time. 🙂 I lead workouts during lunch at work and I like to come up with new routines to challenge my coworkers. Is that completely lame? Before baby #2, I enjoyed crocheting. I enjoyed making scarves and hats. Ironically, the last project I completed was a baby blanket for my son… That was four years ago.

  123. I sort of consider running a hobby, but it feels more like a necessity. I also knit, crochet and garden. Though gardening seems like a necessity too, since most of what we grow is produce that we eat, and in order to do that things have to be done at certain times. Knitting, crocheting and reading are really the things I do in my free time.

  124. What crafty mammas!
    I am not crafty. My mother in law is though. She can keep the kids entertained for hours doing crafts with them.
    I never thought of running as a hobby, but I guess it is! I enjoy reading on my down time. Or watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Did I just say that out loud? Nerd alert!

  125. Like many, my hobbies were more active before motherhood: playing piano, canoeing, hiking, knitting, you name it. These days, baking seems to be one that is most active. It goes well with a houseful of stepkids, a toddler and a running habit. I’d like to know the trick to getting the rainbow in the cake so bright and clear!

  126. I’m not remotely good at home-made stuff… I have a bin full of scrap-booking stuff to prove it!

    I think blogging has turned into my hobby much to my husband’s dismay. As a SAHM it gets me to use my brain at least a little bit every couple of days. The other down time activity I love is reading. It’s not always quality (re: schlocky romance novels), but it’s better for me than watching tv.

  127. I am not crafty. At all. I wish I was. I am the anti-Domestic Diva. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I could become more of a Susie Homemaker, but it is just not who I am.

    I started swimming competitively at the age of 9. Being an athlete became a large part of who I am. I used to despise running but it has become my hobby, my outlet. It has helped me find the athlete inside of me and although my competitive swimming days are behind me I still have plans for the athlete inside of me.

  128. I have the supplies for lots of hobbies, but I’m not sure I’ve stuck with any of them long enough to really consider them my hobby. I’ve scrapbooked . . . some. But I have lots of cute paper and cool tools! I’ve done cross-stitch . . . four times in ten years. I gave away all my supplies (except thread for the kids to use for friendship bracelets) a few months ago. I bought a sewing machine three years ago to replace one that had been given to me that I broke on my third sewing project. I’ve used the machine exactly once. Though I did have a friend come over and alter my daughter’s dance costumes last year – she used the machine properly and thoroughly. I have a 4-drawer organization full of paint, ribbon, markers, glue sticks, stationary, foam cut-outs, glitter, and a hot glue gun. All were purchased and used for *something* specific and the left-overs are still just hanging out here in my office taunting me. I think maybe my hobby is collecting hobby-supplies as self-punishment for not being crafty by nature . . .

  129. I don’t consider running a hobby mainly because sometimes it’s WORK. But I do craft as a hobby. I sew and I have since my grandma taught me when I was in the 3rd grade!

  130. I am crafty! I can knit, sew, I dabbled in scrapbooking, beaded jewelry and now I am a Sparks leader (Canadian Daisy Scouts) so I can work the glitter glue like a pro. Carpal Tunnel syndrome keeps me from knitting as much as I like, and kids keep me away from the sewing machine, but I am getting my crafting fix with my Sparks group now.

  131. Definitely knitting! It keeps my creative side illuminated while also keeping me sane when life gets busy and tough. I am knitting a one-of-a-kind pair of armwarmers out of sock yarn to run in as we speak!

  132. I’ve been crafty at many different points in my life: knitting, scrapbooking, quilting, making earrings. Since having kids I haven’t been as motivated to maintain a hobby. I don’t consider reading or running a hobby, they are part of my life.

  133. Running is what I do to keep me sane. Since my hobbies aren’t something I work on 3-4 times a week, calling running a hobby for me would make it less important to me than it is! My hobbies are sewing, cooking (okay, I do that every day :), knitting/embroidery/crochet/needlepoing, gardening (seasonal), etc.

  134. Running is definitely a hobby…that, and music, (listening to, not making it!) and thanks to mp3 players, I can do both at the same time. I’m not even slightly crafty, although I’ve occasionally given it a weak effort.

  135. As I sit here thinking of my hobbies I am realizing that I have quite a few hobbies. I love hiking, running, shopping, playing on facebook, chatting on the phone with my s-i-l, taking walks outside with my family, playing games with my daughter and friends, drinking wine, watching cooking shows, man the list could go on. Running is one of my recent hobbies/obsessions but it is one of many. Crafty…not really, but I do scrapbook and color 🙂

  136. I would consider running my hobby and my sanity! I would not call myself crafty. The little down time I have is spent 1 of 3 ways. Depending on the amount of time I have, I go for a run because I know I can come back a better mother and a better wife (and better runner). Secondly I try to enjoy a cup of coffee and savoring that moment. If I have more down time (which is not very often) I am trying to gather thoughts together for a project I am calling Mommy Diaries and I hope to get other Mommy perspectives to random thoughts and common Mommy Mis-haps.

  137. I’ve been running since I was a pre-teen with my father.

    I’ve done a lot of crafts over the years- oil paintings, watercolor, mixed media collages, clay, statues, sewing, knitting, jewelry making. But I don’t really keep them up. Either we don’t really “click” or they aren’t as much fun as I envisioned or once I “master” them, I move on.

    While I have spent a lot of time with these crafty things (even winning a neat art award once), running has been what sticks. This is one hobby I am keeping for life.

  138. If I had the time, I would be making jewelry. Easy, beady earrings and bracelets. I’ve made a few and it’s fun, but I don’t have the time to devote to it.

  139. running is something I do so I can eat more. Hmmm, motivation! Right now I am wearing too many other hats to indulge in too much of a hobby, but I do sneak in a book or two throughout the year.

  140. I do consider running to be one of my hobbies. I also can cross stitch, and can be crafty with other things too. 🙂

  141. Running is a hobby for me, but it’s also a lifestyle. I feel the same way about my other lifestyles: knitting and reading. Those three, more than anything else, make me who I am.

  142. I can be crafty, but usually choose not to be. Running is definitely a hobby. At the moment blogging has become something I love to do in my spare time. So much that my hubby is constantly telling me to log off.

  143. I do many crafty things, but never for me! I craft so my kids can give cool presents, so the cutest cupcake is my daughters and that it can take up soo much time on snowdays! My hobby, my me time: RUNNING!

  144. My hobbies these days include reading, cooking and knitting and crocheting during the colder months…really effective for keeping my hands busy and out of any treats I might have baked that day!

  145. Pre-child I used to crochet and loved it, it calmed my mind and connected me to my grandmother who has passed. Now sadly my crochet hooks are buried somewhere under baby/kid stuff. With 2 jobs and a 3 year old I barely can find time to run or exercise let alone crochet without someone grabbing and pulling my ball of yarn and asking again and again, “Mommy, what’s this for?” Maybe one of these nights after Goodnight Moon I can stay awake long enough to pick up my yarn and hook and connect with my beloved hobby again.

  146. For me running and being active is a way of life. Last January I decided I was finally going to lose my “baby weight”, now that my “baby” was turning 10, I thought it was about time. I set a goal to train and complete two sprint triathlons and a few 5k’s and did just that and lost 25 lbs. This year I am not only going to do those same Tri’s but also train and complete my first half marathon. I grew up running in high school and remember how great it can feel. I am not there yet but hope to be soon. I am thoroughly enjoying “Run Like a Mother” as I am a mother of 4 (ages 16, 14, 12 & 11) and they keep me hopping!!

  147. Running is for sure my favorite hobby, but sometimes I am crafty…in spurts. For a while I was hooked on scrapbooking, then making jewelry, then knitting…running is the only hobby that I am able to stick with because it’s my favorite!!

  148. I am with Phoebe V-G, today is also my birthday so that random thingy needs to pick me too;)

    I would say running is becoming a hobby. I just started running around 6 mos ago. And I turn 31 today and am running my first half-marathon in a week and a half!!! I really never thought I would enjoy running. I just didn’t get it but I’m glad I gave it a try;)

    My other hobbies are reading, I still play soccer for a co-Ed league and blogging about my family as a means of scrap booking.

  149. Running has become a must-do 🙂 Hobbies include making gifts – like painting, stamping, sewing. I don’t do it all the time but I have lots of stuff to make things with.

  150. I don’t consider running as a hobby…it’s more of a physical/spiritual practice like yoga or meditation. My hobbies are handmade cards, jewels and doodles. Cheers!

  151. Running is the hobby that is solely for ME. I’m the only one who benefits from it. (Unless you count my family not having to deal with a cranky mommy.)
    I also make hair bows for little girls, which is a fun and relaxing and I enjoy it. I love when my girls look put together. It gives me the illusion that I’m put together. ;o) Check them out if you’d like. http://www.sweetiepiebows.com

  152. Running is my hobby! I try my best to squeeze it in 2-3 times a week between my jobs of teaching spin classes, cardio classes, toning and being a mom! It’s a juggle, but I manage. 🙂 I totally ROT at all things crafty. I try, and my 6 year old DD is kind enough to always pat me on the back and say ” that’s good momma” even though it looks pretty bad! 😉

  153. In my book, if I am reading blogs, spending a small fortune on clothes & gear, and generally being obsessive about running, then (by gosh) it’s a hobby!

  154. I would have to say running/strength training would have to be my hobby. I read more things about both on a daily basis than I ever thought I could. I tried to be crafty when my oldest was little, but that didn’t pan out. At least the running gear I buy gets used unlike my craft supply collection!

  155. Crafty – the word is not in my vocab. Running is my hobby and down time is recovering from a run. I raise my hat to all ther crafty ladies (enviously)

  156. Crafty – Um No! But I do enjoying buying the products of others or copying their ideas. Running is a sort of hobby but also something that my body craves and needs now several times a week. It is my downtime from life in general and where I can bond with other ladies who are making this their lifestyle and hobby!

  157. Crafts? Run away! My hobbies are reading & running (it counts, trust me). I depended on daycare & now school to provide my kiddies w/craft moments. We all have our strengths. Mine was to introduce my kids to the library.

  158. I’m fairly new to running and have kind of a love/hate relationship with it. I wouldn’t consider it a hobby. Photography is my hobby.

  159. Right now I would say running is my hobby becuase I am still fairly new at it and I have taken some random advice to heart and I have immersed myself in all things running. The books I am reading are running related (and RLAM recommended), I check my daily mile profile a couple of times a day and subscribe to RW. Oh, and I read this blog and Shut Up and RUn everyday. I can be crafty when the need arises (school projects, birthday cakes and halloween costumes), but it is not something I do all the time. I do enjoy reading, but again, that is currently running focused. I like to cook and bake although baking usually results in eating all that I have baked, so I do not do it often. So yup, running is it.

  160. Running is certainly not a hobby – some days I have to drag myself out there to do it. I’d call it my vocation; I love it, I hate it, I can’t stop doing it. In my free time, though, I love to bake, spend an afternoon in my veggie garden, take photos – especially action shots of the kids playing sports, and play a little football with the kids.

  161. I LOVE to knit!!! Before my kids, I had a business selling my hand-knit, felted, and recycled objects purses. After my oldest was born, I feared she’d poke herself in the eye with a needle or unravel a nearly finished bag as she crawled across the floor, so I’ve taken a hiatus from craftiness. Now my main hobby is framing my previously mentioned oldest child’s art work.

  162. I do consider running to be one of my hobbies, and feel proud that I finally have a hobby that includes some health benefits! I also love reading, photography and movie watching. I have always longed to be crafty, but alas, it does not come easily for me. I long ago decided to focus on things that come more naturally to me and don’t create so much stress. But my many crafty friends provide be with much awe and beauty. I love enjoying their creations!

  163. In terms of hobbies? Running is definitely what I spend a lot of my extra time doing. Can social media/blogging be a hobby? Because that is where I spend any additional time I have in life blogging and twittering. 🙂

  164. I really enjoy scrapbooking, but it’s pretty time-consuming so I don’t do as much as I would like. I finally finished our wedding scrapbook on our fifth anniversary 🙂 So running is pretty much my only hobby right now….

  165. Chatting with the ladies while I run is my hobby. Running is secondary and in my other mode I turn to my fiddle. I am learning that late night fiddling and early morning running are not compatible.

  166. Working out, reading, being outdoors….those are my hobbies. There is not a crafty bone in my body, so I know it is best to leave that talent to someone else. 🙂

  167. That’s a really hard question because running has become much more to me than a hobby…but other than running, swimming and biking I don’t do much of anything else! I like to sew, but never really have time. I would like to bead, but don’t know how. I would like to garden, but I have a black thumb. I tend to think of a hobby is something you DO…running (and biking and swimming) has become part of who I AM.

  168. I would say gardening is my hobby. I like nothing better than to take unbroken ground and turn it into a space full of blooming color from Spring to late Fall. I have been know to totally up root everything in a flowerbed and start over. I can’t wait for the last frost to arrive so I can get out there and get my hands dirty!!. I also like interior decorating. I am always moving things, repainting, etc. My husband travels a lot. Some times when he comes home he’s not sure he walked into the right house!

  169. I used to think running was a hobby but since having my ability to run stripped by a complicated pregnancy (Only 2 more weeks!) I have realized that it WAY more important to me than a hobby. I NEED my time to run. It makes mananging every other aspect of my life so much easier. I would say my hobbies are more flexible, meaning I do not feel the same anxiety when I think about not being able to do them. Knitting, crocheting and sewing help me relax but they definitely do not provide the balance in my life that running does.

  170. If you mean is runnning the one thing that I do completely for myself, solely for my own enjoyment and at the exclusion of other activities, then yes running is my hobby! (not yet an obsession). I am NOT crafty. I wish I had some talent for it. I can help put together the last minute school project with glue, leftover stickers and even holiday napkins, but I do not relish these activities the way I do when I go out for a run. Running is the thing I will make time for when it seems there is no time left!

  171. Running has been a hobby for less than two years for me. But if I have free time could choose to do anything, it would be to read! I’ve always loved to read, and I have passed that love onto my two daughters.

  172. I have a lot of hobbies – running, quilting, reading, jigsaw puzzles. I love the challenge that running is for me, quilting is exact (for the OCD Type A me!) and I love producing them, it’s fun to escape life sometimes and read in another world, and jigsaw puzzles are simply relaxing for me.

  173. Not crafty, but happy to report my youngest daughter is. I like to let people think of running being my hobby because that helps them classify it–but it isn’t how I feel about it. I suppose reading and guitar playing I would call my hobbies.

  174. Since I consider running my therapy….. can it also be my hobby?
    I feel like I’m pretty crafty. I’ve dabbled in jewelry making, scrapbooking, decorating, and other odd crafts. I really enjoy it…..for awhile. Then, I have to move on to another craft. 🙂 (For me, they are usually money pits) I love the creativity of cooking right now. I love “throwing things together”. Creating soup is my favorite. Lots of creative room there.

    I run for my health. Mental and physical. (and have come to enjoy it as a side-effect HA!)
    In my free time, I try to get time with my family. My boys are active! Trying to keep them busy takes creativity and craftiness as well.
    So, is running my hobby? Considering the amt of time I spend on it right now, you could probably say yes. 🙂

    P.S. Love the cake!! How do they DO that? I want the recipe! 😉

  175. Running is absolutely my #1 favorite hobby. It’s the one thing I’ve devoted 5+ years to, and have stuck with when other hobbies have come and gone. Although I love to do triathlons, scrapbooking and cooking with new recipes, all of those things ebb and flow based on my family life. Running never gets sidelined – except for recent injuries – and remains one of the main things that defines me.

  176. I love sewing things for babies – maybe because I’m a new mom myself. Some of my favorite things to make are pacifier clips, portable-waterproof change pads in much funkier designs than you get with your standard diaper bag change pad, blankets, burp cloths. I love to make them for friends and family. Maybe one day I’ll have enough free time to make it a business.

  177. Yeah, I can REALLY identify with the discomfort in the craft aisles. I wish I was better at those things, but it not happening this lifetime.
    I would call running my hobby too. My other two favorite hobbies are hiking and reading. Sometimes I get lucky and combine two hobbies….trail running, or running while listening to a good book on my mp3 player.

  178. Absolutely! Running is a hobby. My other hobbies are reading, photography, and swimming. All of my hobbies at some point compliment the others.

  179. I caught the quilting bug a while ago, but it’s really hard to find the time. Right now, running is my priority and I try and get some quilting done when I can. The downside: I wanted to make my good friend a baby quilt, bought the fabric when she was 6 months pregnant, and now the baby is 6 months old, and I may not have started making it yet….. But I ran a mean 15k! So, there’s that…. 🙂

  180. I would say that running is my number one hobby these days. Other than that, I’m in a bookclub and am always reading one (or more) books. I dabbled in knitting at one point but can only do that when I’m forced to sit still, like on a long car trip 🙂

  181. I run, sew, knit and read as hobbies, but I tend to focus more on one or two at a time. Right now I’m mostly running with a little sewing or knitting thrown in here and there.

  182. I think running definitely qualifies for a hobby!
    A hobby essential to the mental & physical well-being
    of many, many awesome moms!

  183. I don’t consider running (or working out–spin class, step class, or any other type of exercise) a hobby…it’s a necessity, a non-negotiable. My hobby is scrapbooking. I used to “work” in the scrapbook industry for a paper/sticker company and teach classes, so it used to be a “job”, but now I do it just for me.

  184. Running is a necessity, so it’s not a hobby for me. I like the crafting ADD comment, because that is so me. I once sold notepads and framed word art (family, love, etc.) at a craft show. I also scrapbook although I’m considering going digital on that to save time and space. I have made domino necklaces. I love to read (just got a Nook Color! love it!) and I love to cook. Those things are hobbies to me.

  185. I am TOTALLY not crafty, though I can knit scarves…anything that only goes straight across. Aside from running, I guess the only other downtime activity (there is downtime? Really?) is reading. My Kindle is my BFF. 🙂

  186. I have so many hobbies, and not enough time. My top hobbies are running, sewing, quilting, and making homemade cards. Now that my kids are a little older I hope to have a little more time to myself. Running so far is the only thing I can do without them arounds, so it’s #1!

  187. My hobby is knitting. I knit in my down time. Right now I’m knitting a poncho for my daughter – her request. I’m pretty sure I would class running as a hobby too. Just of a different sort – but I don’t class it as “down time”… It falls into the same category as my other self-propelled activity hobbies – cycling, canoeing, etc.

  188. I am a little crafty.. I scrapbook and sew and make jewelry whenever the inspiration hits. But running is more than a hobby; it’s not just something I do when I have some free time. It is something I can’t live without.

  189. I am a little crafty. I like scrapbooking and card making. Though lately I have nor had time for much; with a newborn, a 6 year old, a full time job as an accountant and my passion for triathlon training (not to mention losing the “baby” weight) I have not had the chance to sit down and let my creative juices flow.

  190. I’m a knitter. I have something on the needles with me at all times — it’s the way I survive the endless waiting rooms associated with my kids’ activities. My goal this year is to consider running my hobby & not something I’m making myself do — a goal I’m making progress on!

  191. A little R&R (Running & Reading) are my favorite hobbies too, but I secretly LOVE doing holiday school crafts with my boys (5 & 7) because they lose interest after a few minutes and I get to finish the animal felt pens all by myself in peaceful silence. And then they’re actually GRATEFUL for their semi-creative mom (for at least one afternoon) because they have cool Valentine’s gifts for school the next day 🙂 This has happened more than once….

  192. Running and exercise are so much more than hobbies to me. They are part of what makes me, well, me! I would not be able to function as a wife, mother, or teacher without them. My #1 hobby–the thing I am able to do in my “free time” (ha ha) is read. I read anything I can get my hands on. I am extremely craft-challenged and am dreading the day when my kids have school projects because theirs will definitely be the lamest ones in the class. (But how many of their classmates will be able to say, “My mom runs marathons!”??)

  193. I was crafty in my former life – now, I still owe my mom crafty christmas presents from 09! My downtime is spent reading and trying to learn how to take better pictures with my DSLR.

  194. Running is my hobby…and I am studying to become a personal trainer. I think that will also be my hobby. I haven’t decided whether I want to work with moms or teen girls…but I’m excited about the prospect of both.

    Ironically, last night a friend brought over homemade lollipop cookies that were green and white and I said, “I only have domestic friends…so that my children can experience craftiness.”

  195. I don’t really consider running my hobby, more like part of my lifestyle. I can be crafty when inspired but I’m not original if that makes sense. I can duplicate others ideas and make something look good but I’m not one to come up with fantastic crafts on my own.

  196. right now cooking is my favorite hobby. I have started making everything from scratch including soups, stocks, broths, breads, cookies, candies, and sauces. I used to run, but haven’t since I have little ones. I would love to start again.

  197. Fitness is my hobby. Running and pilates are such a part of me that I make time in my busy life for them. The rest of the time, when I get “free time”, I either clean/organize/run errands or sleep, depending on the time of day!

  198. Running is my new hobby. I needed to lead a bit healthier lifestyle and wanted to lose weight after a breast cancer diagnosis.

    My previous crafty home business included knitting and quilting. And while I was setting up my booth for a street fair one morning last fall, there were also tri-athletes in town getting ready for their race. I knew right then that I’d rather be with them than trying to sell my handmade items all day.

    Now I run more often than I knit or quilt.
    I would also like to add reading books to my list of hobbies, but I don’t know if I can sit still that long.
    Carolyn in NC

  199. With working and running, there’s no time for a hobby. A long time ago, before I was a runner, I used to scrapbook. Therefore, one of my children has a couple of awesome scrapbooks and the other does not. When I’m not working, running or doing housework/cooking, I’m usually reading.

  200. If I have some more free time after running, I love to sit down with a good book even for 15 minutes. It’s another great way to escape!

  201. I’ve been sitting in front of my computer for 5 minutes trying to think what I do for a hobby, and I can’t think of a thing. I guess I need to go out and find one! I can’t call running a hobby. I don’t do it for fun, I do it for sanity. 🙂

  202. Gardening and reading. If I get to choose what’s on TV, a very rare occurrence, I like to knit or do needlepoint while I watch.

  203. Running is NOW my hobby but I used to scrapbook. I loved scrapbooking but it takes money (more to print off pictures than the crafty part), time, and an area where little hands can’t get at my stuff.
    I really like being crafty and have a lot of ideas…maybe some day I’ll own a shop for something. Until then, I run.

  204. I wish that I was crafty, unfortunately it isn’t my thing. When I hear about people scrapbooking I feel my lack of creativity, but at the same time I have no desire to get involved. The thought literally gives me a headache. I consider my hobby to be reading, I always have two different books that I am reading at the same time. That doesn’t mean that I read quickly, but I do read pretty consistently. Sometimes my other hobby running comes into the reading, those are the best times:)

  205. Running is my hobby. If I had a fallback, it would be reading, but the only things I’m interested in reading lately are books/magazines about…running. Seriously, with family and a full time job, I don’t have time for anything else. Family-Work-Run, rinse, repeat.

  206. I live four lives – I am a mom, a teacher, a running coach and a ceramic artist and the pieces fit together well. I was an art major in college and after a long hiatus to become a teacher and start my family, I was fortunate enough to get back into sculpting. With being so busy, I make an effort to work with clay at least once a week and I have sculptures for sale at a local gallery. My family is very supportive of my coaching and art-making and I couldn’t be a luckier person for that!

  207. I didn’t realize how much running had become one of my favorite hobbies until a little over a week ago when I was sidelined with an “angry hip.” I am on day 9 without running and thank goodness I’m on the mend because of an awesome sports massage and a really good friend who is a physical therapist. When I have been out and about the last week I have never been so jealous of someone as when I see them out running. Hoping to be able to get out there again this weekend! It’s my hobby and my “mental medicine.”

  208. I don’t get crafty very often, but I always make my kids Halloween costumes. I refuse to let them be the 35th Party City spider man, or princess. Last year they were He-Man and She-ra.

  209. OK – first off, let me just say that I WANT that cake! Shame on me for looking at that picture when I’m hungry 🙂

    Running is my #1 hobby at this time, mainly because it’s one of the few things (besides work and chasing after the four-year-old) that I really have time for. But I DO like to dabble in crafts here and there. I don’t have enough experience/know-how/creativitity/time to start my own business, but our home has some treasures which I’ve sewn, quilted, knitting, scrapbooked, etc. etc. Mainly I’ll pick up a craft (often a new, random one which I’ve never even tried before) when I’m bored!

  210. In the world of stay at home mothers who quilt, scrapbook, decorate, bake, etc I am out of place. I have zero interest in pursuing these things although I appreciate their beauty and usefulness. Still a newbie, I love spending my time running. It’s not extra time-it’s prescheduled time. My husband and I were discussing the costs associated with crafty hobbies versus running and when you throw in travel and race fees I’m sure running is more expensive. But I love the high it gives me -and that, I can’t get from a scrapbook.

  211. I knit. I also dabble in crochet, sewing, quilting, and baking. I read voraciously, but for some reason have never thought of that as a hobby. The same goes for running/cycling/hiking/all the other active things. I love them, but have never thought of them as hobbies. (Apparently, in my mind hobbies produce things.)

  212. I would consider reading (recently falling in love with following blogs) as my hobby. I am a new runner and am not quite advanced enough to really consider it a hobby yet, although I have found that I love it dearly. I have always tried to keep in shape, but I have found no other activity but running to be as addicting and satisfying.

  213. Yes… running is definitely my hobby although I do enjoy wine tastings/festivals when I get the chance (not really sure that is a hobby… but still fun!). There are many hobbies I would like to try one day (photography or jewelry making) but those will have to wait until the kids are older…. one day!

  214. I feel more comfortable calling myself a quilter than a runner, even though lately I’ve been spending more time running than quilting in preparation for my second 8K. My other running quilter friend Abbey and I were just saying that our perfect weekend away would be to a place with a quilt festival and a race in the same weekend.

  215. Running and working out is pretty much the only “hobby” I have time for with a full time job and two little girls. Maybe when they’re older I can take sewing and other creative endeavors up again. I love to cook as well, but at this point in my life (see full time job and two small children above) it’s more of a must-do than a wouldn’t-it-be-nice-to-do. And it’s usually not gourmet.

  216. I don’t feel like I should say running is my hobby but it is the only thing I do with my spare time. Not overly crafty but I can put the sticker by number mosaic pictures together with my 4 year old like a pro! 🙂

  217. For me, running is not my hobby…A hobby to me is optional, and running to me is essential. So, after I have fit my run in for the day, along with 8 billion other essential things, if I have time left and can sit for a few uninterupted minutes, I like to curl up with a good book.

  218. I love this post – but I AM SO CRAFT CHALLENGED!!! Both my mom and sister are very artsy crafty, so I am the anomaly in my family, and I’m fine with that. My hobby is running. Love it. Embrace it. It makes me happy. It is how I like to spend my “extra time” (after kids, hubby and work of course). Running makes me, well, me.

  219. My current hobby is necklace making, I also like to scrapbook whenever I get the chance. And baking too. Guess I have more hobbys than I thought!

  220. My hobby is definitely not crafting! I am the least “crafty” person I know-ask my daughter Olivia and she will whole heartedly agree. My hobbies are running, cycling, soccer anything outdoors and active. I also love to read-especially good reads like RLAM and the new Kristen Armstrong book Mile Markers.

  221. Running and being outdoors, in general, would have to be my hobbies. I wish I could be more crafty, but it will never happen in this lifetime. I guess my other hobby would be reading, although as I think of the word ‘hobby’ neither exercise nor reading seem to fit my definition of the word…semantics, I guess!

  222. I’m with Dimity…places like Michael’s depress me, because they remind me just how developmentally delayed I am in the creative realm. A couple of months ago I had to help my poor son with his 3-D model of the solar system and I must say, it was NOT pretty (his moon didn’t waste any time falling out of orbit and he was reminded by his teacher that an apocalypse was not part of the assignment).
    Yes, running is one of my hobbies, but I am a glutton for punishment and love to volunteer in my community. I raise my hand often to help with everything from fundraisers to organizing health fairs to writing grants for good causes. It’s my way of connecting with my neighbors and showing appreciation for everything that has been done for me.

  223. Running has become my passion and my addiction; I make time for it. My hobbies get time when I have some spare time … with five kiddos, it’s very limited. I do like to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and sew.

  224. I used to do more crafty things, but get bored with them quickly. I’ve cross stitched, crochet, and made jewelry. None of which I continue to do. Running is my official “hobby”. I don’t really see it as a hobby, though; more like part of my life. Maybe later in life I can have a creative hobby – or maybe I’ll just train for another race.

  225. I run and blog when my kids are a sleep. I have two active little boys so there isn’t time for much else :). Looking forward to the warmer weather on the horizon so I can get my new double stroller out and run with them.

  226. When I’m not being a mom, working, or running I like to knit (or read books, but I dont know if reading is a “hobby”). Right now I’m working on a sweater for me and fingerless gloves for my 5 year old. I also like to quilt – as long as it’s straight lines. 😉

  227. I once thought I was ‘into’ scrapbooking until my husband pointed out that I never really make time for it and I don’t get my projects done. So once I had the ah-ha moment, I realized that I don’t actually really liked it…I never do it any more. I have a box in my basement with some cool stuff that I will probably just let my kids play with…when they are ‘into’ their scrapbooking phase. Now running…I make time for, so I guess I actually like that!

  228. I do run more than any other hobby, but I also read tons, knit, cross stitch, and scrapbook. These all seem really sedentary for a runner, but I think sometimes my body wants that.

  229. Running is definitely my hobby of choice. Otherwise I stick to reading, playing with my kiddo, and tv watching. Crafting would be a disaster!

  230. I like to sew and knit. I’m not very good at either but it’s fun to break out my stuff and play, especially in the winter when it’s too cold to go out and run

  231. I really admire people like Catherine, Cherlyn, Laura and Anne because they somehow manage to fit their creativity into their lives with everything else going on. I haven’t been able to figure that part out because I actually do have a craft side to me, but rarely indulge in it because my free time is spent running (and cleaning, doing laundry, catching up on work). It kind of falls into the same category as my gardening and cooking, which are also things I like to do but don’t do as often or as creatively as I would like. I don’t see running as my hobby as much as I see it as a necessity (like sleep and nutrition), because without it I would just fall apart!

  232. I too am in the “not so crafty club”…so running is definitely the answer when someone asks “what is your hobby?”. Although I guess I could also answer reading, although I am not sure I have read too many books for pleasure (other than RLAM of course) in the last 5 years….gotta stick with short and sweet with four monkeys hopping around!

  233. I am not terribly crafty, every now and then I try something but it really doesn’t turn out how one would hope it would. I stick to painting with the kids and lots of foam stickers. I love to read, so I would put that down as my hobby. Running and training for triathlons is more of a passion and therapy, it helps me keep my act together.

  234. My non-running hobby would have to be baking!! Which works out well that running is my other hobby so I don’t gain 30 pounds a week from all the baking ( :

  235. Running isn’t really a hobby for me…yet (although shopping for running gear is becoming one;). My crafty hobby is crocheting – I started making preemie-sized hats and blankets to donate to NICU babies when I had hernia surgery last summer. I also LOVE to bake – that’s my stress-relief. And I read. What is this thing you call “down-time”? I don’t think I’m familiar with that…

  236. My hobbies are running and photography. I would love to do more of both. I have very little downtime, but when I do find some I like to read and spend time with my family.

  237. It’s running…and maybe cooking/baking for pleasure. Reading went to the wayside with the birth of #4 and I only craft prn (as needed) for things like holidays.

  238. Yep, running always goes under the “Hobbies” tab in my life too. My scientfic, scatterbrained mind doesn’t stick to anything long enough to be productive. Although I have been known to pick up a crochet hook and get through an afghan here or there!

  239. Back in my pre-kid days, I studied to be a professional opera singer. While there is no longer time for late night all week long rehearsals, I still relish the few times when I can sit down and play the piano and sing. It’s just as soothing as a good long run.

  240. Reading and taking pictures are hobbies of mine. I can get lost in a good book for hours (or until my eyes close!) and I love to take pictures of my kids. I don’t think of running as a hobby either, because when life gets busy I put down my book or my camera. I never put aside running.

  241. I do usually say “running” first, but I think I used to be crafty…I made baby carriers and slings for a while when my kids were babies, and even a dress and a halloween costume in my prime (four years ago)! Going back to work full time sort of put an end to that, although I still LOVE fabric and drool over it like running clothes sometimes. Maybe when I retire?

  242. My hobby is reading. I can get totally absorbed in a book for hours. I don’t consider running a hobby, it’s just a part of who I am.

  243. I would consider reading and running as my hobbies. Love both of them! I am not very crafty, but a friend of mine gave me some homemade cards. I loved them, so I am asking her to help me start this hobby. I was looking at the catalog and feel a tad overwhelmed:)

  244. I think running is my hobby right now. I used to scrapbook a lot, but now I do about 2 pages a month. I’m OK with that.

  245. I consider myself a little crafty and have been an avid scrapbooker for a while….but running has replaced some of that time and has been a great outlet. I get to hang with my girlfriends and let off some stress and feel better in the process!

  246. My crafty hobby is knitting… It’s a great tv-watching, downtime on the couch after Saturday long run activity.

  247. I really would not say that running is my hobby. Hiking and reading are my down-time go-to hobbies. Running I do because it is the quickest way to burn off those pesky calories and sometimes I do enjoy it, LOL!

  248. I am not crafty at all, so I guess running is my hobby. I do love to read, but don’t get to do it as much as I would like to. Kudos to all you crafty mommas, I am so impressed and quite envious of your craftiness!

  249. Running is def. my year round hobby, but I do get crafty at Christmas time making a gazillion different types of cookies (the winner this year was PB cookies stuffed with brownies) and making our family holiday cards. Right now I’ve been getting crafty making up different bread recipes. Most of the time they work out and oh so good after a long run!

  250. First of all, no pressure random person picker computer program, but today IS my birthday… So, you know, it would only be right for you to randomly pick ME!

    Running is definitely not a hobby. That would be like saying that sneezing or peeing was a hobby. I just GOT to, ya know?

    My other passion is community theater. I am not quite Rachel on Glee in my passion (and certainly not with my talent level)… I help to produce, direct and perform in all kinds of local shows but most of all I love a good musical comedy. Preferably being the wacky side kick to the beautiful heroine.

    SO impressed with these talented Mother Runners!

  251. Running is not a hobby. 🙂 It’s exercise. Since we homeschool, exercise is part of school. I have to practice what I preach for the kids. (Actually, I was running long before I had kids!) My hobby… well I guess I’d reading is my hobby. It’s what I do when I have down time. It’s portable. It’s easy to do. Sometimes it’s something that can fill a small space or a big space of time (depends on the book).

  252. I’m a scrapbooker (one of CZ’s rabid followers ;)) but I wouldn’t call myself crafty… I’m just a mom-photographer and storyteller.

  253. I love the medal rack! This is a perfect gift for my younger sister, who is running her first half-marathon to celebrate her 50th birthday soon. I’ve been searching for an inspired gift (since my sister inspires me every day) and this fits the bill perfectly! Thank you for highlighting these fantastic artists.

    Susan Riley

  254. That cake is just nuts!
    Great crafty yet useful stuff!
    My hobby is definitely running. I dabbled in beads for a bit and took a silversmithing class, but with little kiddos around, that ain’t happening.
    I’d say baking is my hobby but I don’t do it as much as I’d like since I have no willpower.
    So yes, I’ll stick with running.

  255. Running and other forms of exercise are my hobby, too. Not to be lame, because obviously all of us moms have a lot on the go, but I am crazy busy right now as a dental student, so no time for crafty stuff. When I do have time, I am hard-core into planning parties and cake decorating for birthdays.

  256. I consider running my hobby. If I can find some downtime, I read (usually a running magazine) or, very occasionally I will work on a cross stitch I have been doing for about seven years now (yes, the same one!)

  257. Wow. I love that cake! Running is my heartthrob. My kids are my life. Not much time for hobbies right now. I’d like to take up golf or fishing (sports my husband loves) later.

  258. Running is my preventative maintenance of self!

    I am still finishing college so I don’t have a “hobby” but I sure do spend an awful lot of time reading. So much so that when my little girl mimics me she goes to her bookshelf gets a book then goes to her mini couch and opens the book, puts her finger to the page and babbles and babbles out loud while nodding her head YES! She’s only 16 months!! lol! I was even reading my text books out loud to her during midnight feedings! She cracks me up!

  259. Running is way more than a hobby–it’s a part of me. I would consider reading my hobby. Whenever I get a free moment, I read. I always have a book with me and sneak in a few pages wherever I am–the carline at my daughter’s school, halftime at her soccer game, waiting room at the dr’s office, rare pedicure, etc. One time we were going on vacation and the road was closed due to a bad accident. My husband and kids were miserable sitting in the car, but not me–I had my book!

  260. I’Ve recently rediscovered reading for pleasure. With a busy family and a full time job outside the home as well, we all know that “me” time is scarce. To be able to take just a few minutes to lose myself in a book is so restorative. Not to mention, the convenience of e-readers has made it so much easier to have a wide array of literary choices at my fingertips.

  261. FIrst-let me say that cake is just crazy cool! I have yet to frost a cake without a mishap or two!
    Do you consider running your hobby, or are you crafty like these ladies?
    The definition of hobby is: An activity or interest pursued outside one’s regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.
    So yes, running/biking/swimming/weight training is my hobby AND my part-time occupation 🙂 I love it all!!
    I am not crafty at all-that gene must have skipped me because my mom is the most creative and artistic person I know. She could redecorate her home with $5 and some twine and it would look amazing. Me…not so much. She actually had to do all the decorating here when we bought this house. I have no aptitude for it I guess…

    How do you prefer to spend (what little) downtime you have?
    My downtime is best spent with my family-gardening, playing at the beach, hiking, playing outside. We also enjoy cooking together as a family.

  262. Running is my hobby. When I get a chance, I attempt to squeeze in some book reading. These days I “read” my books while running by listening to them on my ipod. Amazingly effective use of time!

  263. I would still consider running to be my number one hobby. But if you told me that does not count then I would say reading. And of course I read a lot of running related material! Like RLAM.

  264. I have always considered running my hobby…although I secretly wish that I had that natural crafty flair and I’m somewhat envious of all my crafty friends. My mother can make absolutely anything – somehow I did not inherit her crafty genes…luckily my daughter did! Women who run and are creative beyond color coordinating shorts and a shirt at 5:30am totally rock in my book! Crafty on ladies!

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