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Hump Day Giveaway, National Running Day Edition: Sof Sole Socks + Insoles

Jen, a.k.a. The Jedi Mama,  taking on 10 miles after a 1-mile fun run...because it's better than crying in a closet. (Trust me: It'll make sense, below.)
Jen, a.k.a. The Jedi Mama, taking on 10 miles after a 1-mile fun run...because it's better than crying in a closet. (Trust me: It'll make sense, below.)

National Bow Tie Day (August 28). National Pickle Day (November 14). Clean Your Refrigerator Day (November 15). Make a Hat Day (September 15). If Pets Had Thumbs Day (March 3). All days I let pass without giving a second (or a first!) thought.

But today is a day I can get behind. A day I believe in. A day I promote (literally!). A day I will be kickstarting with an 8-mile run. Because today is National Running Day.

Celebrated on the first Wednesday in June since 2009, National Running Day encourages folks to go for a run, encourage friends and family members to run, commit to a race, set a goal. In short, it's a way to celebrate the sport we all take part in (and often love). The NRD organizers ask folks what motivates them to run, so I asked the same gals to fill in the blank on Twitter. Here's how a bunch of mother runners tweeted they answer the statement...IRun2014blank

Nicole: "I run to be healthy and sane."

Cateydid: "I run to remind myself I am strong & capable of facing whatever comes my way."

Karen Logan: "I run so I will be there for my family. I run for my health. I run for those who can't. #BAMR #cancerSucks"

Sarah AJ: "I run away. (But always home again.)

Jodi Snowdon: "I run 2 show my daughters how 2 set goals, work hard, sweat daily - and 2 see the body as an instrument, NOT an ornament."

Shannon Coleman: "I run to find peace in this busy life."

Susan B.: "I run to remember who I am.....not a mom, not a wife, not an employee.....me! #motherrunner"

Jen: "I run because it's better than crying in the closet."

BehrendtAmy: "I run because there is a @DairyQueen on one of my running routes!"

Melissa: "I run because hospital only sent me home w/free diapers & free gauze underwear, not a free gym membership."

Jenna Harper: "I run because I'm addicted to the feeling of accomplishment it gives me!"

KEC: "I run because it reveals my inner voice, which can often be drowned out."

Nicole runs to stay healthy and sane. (And, I suspect, so she can sport incredibly cute Oiselle apparel!)
Nicole runs to stay healthy and sane. (And, I suspect, so she can sport incredibly cute Oiselle apparel!)

I nodded so much while reading these tweets, my kids mistook me for a Bobblehead!

Okay, one guess what today's giveaway question is going to be...bingo: Complete the phrase, "I run..."

Want to know what one mother runner will win? Seven pairs of Sof Sole Running Select performance running socks (enough for a fresh pair every day without having to do laundry--a mom's dream, right?!), plus a pair of Fit insoles. Dimity and I dub these Sof Sole insoles as our, "secret weapons," since they provide the perfect amount of cushioning and arch support without overpowering our strides. We wear these insoles--available in low, neutral, and high arch variations--in all our running shoes.

Seven pairs of Sof Sole socks. Try saying that 5 times fast. And try winning them in this week's giveaway, along with a pair of insoles.
Seven pairs of Sof Sole socks. Try saying that 5 times fast. And try winning them in this week's giveaway, along with a pair of insoles.

To enter this Sof Sole giveaway for seven pairs of super-comfortable and cool Running Select socks + one pair of Fit insoles,  finish the phrase, "I run..." in the Comments section below this post on our website. And happy National Running Day to all!

Go green: Your feet (and joints) will thank you for slipping a pair of Sof Sole Fit insoles into your running kicks. (The green ones are for neutral-arched ladies.)
Go green: Your feet (and joints) will thank you for slipping a pair of Sof Sole Fit insoles into your running kicks. (The green ones are for neutral-arched ladies.)

[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 6/4/14 and ends on 6/10/14; the winner will be announced on 6/14/14. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $109.92. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law. 

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  21. I run so I can hear myself think and so when I return home I can be a better mother, daughter, wife, caretaker, etc.

  22. I run because I didn’t used to be able to. I was fat and unhealthy. Running helped me find myself again.

  23. I run happy. At a tri yesterday, a friend said that my race pictures are always “adorable & smiling” to which I laughed. Then the pics were posted, and sure enough, I had a big sunshine smile. It is the BEST part of my day.

  24. I run because I have a sweet tooth (ok, and because I like a challenge and want to be a good role model for my kids)!

  25. I run because I need to get healthy to be around for my boys & because it’s my quiet time to keep my sanity. 😉

  26. I run…for my sanity, to find peace, and to show my kids the importance of being fit AND having your own hobbies even when you’re a parent.

  27. I run…because it is the only time that is completely my own.
    I can’t imagine how I survived before I discovered this awesome sport, hobby, lifestyle, community.

  28. I run for happiness, stress relief, and to feel strong! Something about being a big sweaty mess makes you feel like a badass!

  29. I run to spend alone time with my oldest son. Because he gets me up off the sofa and out on the road! He tells me his dreams, his days. Mile by mile he just opens up in a way he can’t anywhere else.

  30. I run because of how it makes me feel. I am stronger both physically and mentally. I can do whatever I set my mind to do. I have accomplished things I never thought possible before. All thanks to running!

  31. I run to be a good example for my kids so they hopefully will avoid a childhood full of fat jokes like I endured.

  32. I run for many reasons, because I had twins (daughters) almost 7 years ago and needed to a healthy role model for them,I run because being a stay at home mom is hard work, I run to destress, I run because I can, I run for me!

  33. I run for fitness, comraderie, alone time, and to feel accomplished. I also run because I don’t want to stop running!

  34. I run because I really like pizza. Oh…and for my sanity and stress relief…I probably should have lead with that.

  35. I run to clear my head and manage my frustration. I run because it makes me feel better, work better and parent better!

  36. I run because I like chocolate (and cookies and brownies and cake and ice cream and other sweets) a LOT and I like my clothes to fit. I also run 4 Rosie who is my whoIrun4.com buddy. She is 2 years old, lives in Arizona and has Downs Syndrome. She inspires me to run and to keep running! I run for those who can’t!

  37. I run simply for ME! It is not to prove anything to my kids or spouse or anyone else for that matter. With 3 super active kids & a traveling husband, it is my time to be lost in my thoughts and at the same time, think of nothing at all!

  38. I run because it makes me happy! Sometimes, we forget, as mothers, that we deserve some time for ourselves and that we should be happy in the process. Plus, I love when my daughters run/ride their bikes beside me while I run. (and I would really love these insoles bc I am recovering from plantar fasciitis and a painful heel spur.)

  39. I run because I needed something that is just for me after having my kiddos. I can’t deny that I also love the feeling of accomplishment and that I am (so far) successfully fighting off the obesity that seems to hit women in my family after a certain age.

  40. I run… to take a break from work and life’s responsibilities, and to focus some time in my day on me and no one else.

  41. I started to run because I was called “skinny-fat”. I continue to run because I like the new healthier me and I love being a great role model for my girls.

  42. I Run because I’m reminded of how grateful I am to be alive. I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism last year and it’s a blessing to be able to breathe hard, feel the burn in the lungs, and to have sore legs.

  43. I run because I really like to eat and need to show my daughter that you can love food responsibly. I’m also running away from my mother’s ass. I don’t want that one following me around every day.

  44. I run to relieve stress, be healthy, and have some ME time! I also like setting an example of a healthy lifestyle for my children. One day they will (hopefully) say, if my mom can do it, maybe I can too.

  45. I run because it’s my alone time with God. I can talk with him without interruption. Sort stuff out in my noggin.

  46. I run because it gives me some much-needed (and far too infrequent!) girl time. I’m the ultimate multi-tasker (what mother runner isn’t?!) and it allows me to get some exercise, keep my sanity AND chat with my gal pals. Win-win-WIN!

  47. I run to be healthy and happy, to be active with my son, and because I always thought I couldn’t! 🙂

  48. I run to prove to myself that age is a state of mind! I can accomplish anything I set my mind to and I will finish my first half marathon in October when I turn 50!

  49. I run because it’s cheaper than Zoloft, lol. Seriously, I run to cope with the stress of family, work and life in general.

  50. To feel connected to my thoughts, my body, and the beautiful world around me that I never seem to notice with a million kids in the minivan.

  51. I recently pick up running again after taking about a year or so off. My motivation is my cousin who has been battling LLS this past year. I’m training for the Nike half in San Francisco is support of him. My first long distance run ever. Running teaches you a lot about life. If he can battle this disease, the run should be a piece of cake. Setting goals and accomplishing them is truly amazing.

  52. I run because I need to show my boys that you don’t have to win a race to be a winner and to show them to follow through with something even when it’s hard.

  53. I run because I love the feeling of accomplishment. Many runs are not easy, but the feeling afterwards is priceless. When else can you feel fully successful for just getting out the door?

  54. I run because it gives me time with my sisters! We are too busy with our families, but will always find time to run together and catch up on life.

  55. I run to remember, I run to forget, I run to feel, I run to escape, I run to motivate, I run to think, I run to eat, I run to breathe. . . This can go on forever – it’s too hard to pinpoint a reason because my reasons are constantly changing.

  56. I run for the time to appreciate everything this life has given me: my husband and son, my friends, my home, my job, my strong legs, my will to push myself, beautiful views. How lucky I feel to be out there! And the endorphins keep me coming back 🙂

  57. Right now “I run for my brother who recently found out he has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and started chemo on his 49 birthday”. In fact i signed up for my first Full (RnR San Diego) next May.

  58. I run because I can. I run because my girls play “race” and run around the house until they deem the race complete and come to me for a finishers ribbon. I run because I am SO proud I’m modeling that for them.

  59. I run for stress relief, me time and a dip back in the sanity pool. Obviously I don’t stay there too long because I will be out running again tomorrow.

  60. I run to be quiet. It’s amazing the thoughts that come to me when I am just putting one foot in front of the other and breathing hard.

  61. I run because it allows me to do something for me. My pace…my route…my music…just me and my thoughts.

  62. I run so I can get and stay healthy. Having my only child at 41 makes me want to be here a long time for my son.

  63. I run because I am able. I have many friends and family members who can’t. I am thankful for even the crappy miles. 🙂

  64. I run because it’s my quiet time, reflection time, my positive example go health for my two girls and because I can!

  65. I run because my lungs can breathe, my legs can carry me, and finishing a run reminds me I am a strong woman.

  66. I run because even though I’m not as athletic as many other runners, I am just as proud of what I accomplish as I would be if I was winning every race!

  67. I run because it keeps me together and to show my kids how important it is to find something you love and do it. It makes me a healthier, happier mom, wife and teacher.

  68. I run to…(we can have more than one reason, RIGHT??) to prove to myself that I can set and meet unheard-of goals. To connect with myself and disconnect with stress. To give myself room to enjoy (some) foods, ’cause I love food…to be part of the “whoa, check out that sunrise” community. To have quality time to talk to my BRF–therapy and then some. To build and maintain a healthy body, ’cause I can enjoy lots more things with a healthy frames than without. (Gave up my 2x pack per day habit 23 years ago!) I run because it feels GREAT when I stop, throw off the shoes and jump in the lake!
    …I could keep going.

  69. I run… because I can… and because it gives me an excuse to buy more cute running skirts and an excuse to wear them

  70. I run to hear my voice, to tune into myself, and process life’s stresses. And it feels good (especially when I am done!.

  71. I run to dig deep inside and push through the miles. -And- Because I’m truly blessed to have the ability and body to do so.

  72. When I run I am the lead actor and the music on my ipod is my soundtrack. I am beautiful, I am charismatic and I can do anything.

  73. I run because it transformed a very overweight teenager who couldn’t run even a 1/4 of a mile 36 years ago…and has kept me healthy before, during and after three pregnancies.

  74. I run to lose weight and regain sanity. What started as a way to get up and get active has helped me to lose 45 pounds so far, running just under 3 miles a day (pretty happy considering I was running nothing 3 months ago), and de-stress from taking care of a 15 month old toddler with a high pressure job. I run to take back control of my well being physical and mental once and for all.

  75. I run…. because it makes me feel healthy and strong.
    I run… because at work I see others who can not run, walk or even stand any longer and I CAN.
    I run… to set a good example for my daughter.
    I run… for time alone, to clear my head and lower my stress level
    I run… because I like how my legs look in a skirt and wedges 🙂

  76. I run … Because it makes me look and feel so good, and because I hurt more if I don’t, and because I have such a wonderful group of women that I run with,

  77. I run because I can. I always think of part of a poem I learned when I was a kid, but I changed a couple of words: “God forgive me when I whine, I can run, the world is mine.”

  78. I run to not only to keep my wheight down, releve stress from my job. I run because I run! Love it

  79. Because I found something for the first time in 20 years that makes me feel good about who I am. I haven’t felt this way since college.

  80. I run to see what I can do. (And also because my kids are relatively quiet & immobile when buckled in the BOB!)

  81. I run to prove to my cardiologist I don’t have to take medication for the rest of my life and need heart surgery….(It worked!) I run because Lymphoma wanted a piece of me a year later and I kicked its butt too on the road…. God gave me health…. and I celebrate it every time I hit the road!

  82. I run because I want my kids to grow up appreciating the importance of being active, setting goals, and pushing yourself to accomplish things others think are impossible.

  83. I run because it is the one thing in my life that is just for me–it is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual release for me in a life that is all about serving and caring for others.

  84. I run because I want to be healthy for my family and set a good example…and it feels amazing when I am finished! 🙂

  85. I run to set an example for not only my two babes but for family and friends. For the other mother out there wishing she had an outlet, feeling stressed, and run down… running fixed it all..well for the day anyway and then you run again tomorrow!

  86. I run to get out of my head and feel my body; breathing, sweating, working hard on MY time. The only time I get MYself.

  87. I run so that I can push and expand my boundaries….mentally and physically. I also run because I am greatful that I am blessed with a body that can. I’m not the fastest or most technically correct runner, but I run because I can!!

  88. I run for a few minutes of solitude. No wait… I run to enjoy the company of my fabulous friends. No wait again, it’s to be healthier and stronger than I’ve ever felt. Nope again, it’s really just because running gear is so comfy. I guess you can figure it is all of those things and even more!

  89. I run to have something to think about that is concrete. Numbers, times, gels, training plans, paces, it’s all black and white. The rest of my life? Just not as simple!!

  90. I run for some QT with me, a time I can listen to music that isn’t Taylor Swift or Macklemore. Also, I LOVE it!

  91. I run because I feel centered in those moments and miles. I can carry that feeling with me throughout the day, making motherhood even more enjoyable.

  92. I run because I can. So cliche right? But 2 years ago I had a medical condition (a result of a sedentary lifestyle for 10+ years) that basically reduced my movement to laying on my tummy for 4 months. 4 damn, dark, depressive months. In that quality down time, I promised myself that as soon as my body healed, I would treat it with the respect it deserves. I started with a walk around the block, and I haven’t stopped. So every time I am at the end of my running rope and feel like maybe I should just stop, I remember laying on that sofa. Run because you can, while you can, because you never know when it may be your last.

  93. I run to be part of a healthy family — it started out that I was the only runner (and not a fast one at that!), and then my son and husband joined in. Now, they both leave me in the dust, but I’m glad that I inspired them!

  94. I run because every morning I stumble around in the quiet and dark only to get up, inhale and appreciate life, beauty, breath and every single step I’m blessed to take.

    I may be tired by dinner hour but those early morning runs are sacred!

  95. I run because it’s the only time I am truly by myself. Also, so I can drink beer. Quality, calorie-laden beer!

  96. I run to stay healthy, have been running for about 8 mos and now plan to run Disney princess half.

  97. I run to show my boys that my stroke doesn’t control me and that you can over come anything.

  98. I run to because it makes me feel badass! A good runners high will help me breeze through the sometimes not so exciting day of being a mom!

  99. I run to force myself to breathe. Nothing clears the lungs, the mind, or the spirit like huge gulps of air.

  100. I run because I love it and its healthy effects on my physical, mental and spiritual well being. Besides, it is free, and I am a girl after a bargain!

  101. I run because I want to set an example for my family that fitness is important and that you feel better when you’re active!!

  102. Because a mother’s victories are often so far in the future and I need little daily victories to keep me sane! Every run is a win.

  103. I run because I love the way I feel afterwards and can be a better mom! I feel strong like nothing can bother me today!

  104. I run because it is my happy place, it’s MY time (which doesn’t happen all the time when I push my two boys in the double jogger but that is what being a mother runner is all about) it’s my thing because I run for me. In the process I have influenced my two boys to love running and my husband who used to not enjoy it!

  105. I run to prove to myself that I can do more than I ever thought I could and for the feeling of accomplishment I feel when I finish!!!!

  106. I run for all of the benefits I get from it, including improved physical health, confidence, and the sense of accomplishment. The best side benefit is my running partner. Over the miles we’ve gone from being casual friends to the best of friends.

  107. I run because I can. Just lace up my shoes and go. No extra thought or planning. Just go get it done, right out my front door!

  108. I run because it’s the very first fitness activity at which I’m successful after nearly six decades of failed attempts. I run because I helps me to feel well, physically, mentally, emotionally. I run because it is helping me to face oncoming senior citizenship with confidence and without fear. I run because I like it. I run because I can.

  109. I run because I am lucky enough to be able to and to remind myself that it’s never too late to have new goals.

  110. I run so I don’t end up in a mental institute…ok so I can maintain whatever sanity I have left with my three kiddos 🙂

  111. I run to not scream at my kids.
    I run so my kids will look up to me.
    I run to fight my weight.
    I run to get faster, go farther.
    I run so I’m proud of me.

  112. I run to feel strong, to work out stress, to model for my daughters how it’s done, to feel sleek, to hear myself, to enjoy nature, to eat cake. I run because I can.

  113. I run to challenge myself, it is so rewarding to set goals and see them thorough. (The phrase I am Stronger then I Thought, comes to mind.) 🙂

  114. I run to show my girl what it means to be strong and to like what I see in the mirror, even after pie and whipped cream. Uummmmm… whipped cream….

  115. I run in paradise: the city by the Bay – San Francisco. So weather is never an excuse for not getting out there for a run. Only maybe an earthquake.

  116. I run from my problems, so I can be a better person, a better friend, a better wife, a better mother…

  117. I run to feel my lungs heave and my legs turn over…and to be grateful that I am healthy and strong and that I GET TO DO THIS!

  118. I run because I love goal-setting… And running helps me make big goals for myself and then push myself hard to achieve them.

  119. “I run to have time for myself… a needed hour away from my caregiving of my beloved husband”

  120. I run to keep my cholesterol and weight in check. And because even though I’m slow, non-runners are super impressed when I tell them I ran a marathon! 🙂

  121. I run because as an older runner I realize there will come a day that I can’t. I feel such a sense of accomplishment after I struggle through a run.

  122. I run… because I love to eat, because of the sense of accomplishment it gives me, to prove to myself that I AM an athlete, because I love setting & accomplishing goals, and finally, I run to manage the stress of being the main breadwinner in our family and the mom of 3 boys.

  123. I run…because it is good for me, it’s fun, I can spend time with friends and I have a sense of accomplishment that I alone can own!

  124. for the “high” afterwards…the run is not always easy but there is always such a good feeling after, whether it be from a hard effort, a long run, a good sweat, or just plain getting out/away by myself!

  125. I run for a lot of reasons – to be an example of a healthy lifestyle for my kids, to prove I am strong to myself, for the runner’s high, to bond with my husband, and for the race t-shirts!

  126. I run because I always hated to run. I decided to embrace it, now we are having an affair! Lol!

  127. I run because sometimes the only way to be badass is to just go out there and be badass.

  128. I run because my daughter thought I couldn’t a couple years ago (and she was right back then!) and because I have amazing running friends who keep roping me in to run further and further!

  129. I run because I can! I am so grateful to have healthy and strong legs, heart, and lungs. Running makes me feel alive and happy!

  130. I run because……Tramps like us, baby we were born to run! Credit to Bruce Springsteen who I would run with anyday.

  131. I run towards being the role model I want to be for my daughter. I run towards being the fun and active wife I want to be for my husband. But most of all, I run towards being the healthy Me I want to be, for me.

  132. I run for my health and sanity, to be outdoors using my body, for my spirituality (Sunday’s long run is my equivalent of going to church), for solitude when I’m on my own and companionship when I’m with a buddy. I run to be a role model for my kids. I run for me.

  133. I run to maintain my sanity. I’m just glad to hear someone else cries in their closet! I sit on there on a move ottoman next to my running medals. I never admitted that to anyone before but I guess it is not totally abnormal!

  134. The reason I run seems to depend on how I feel when I roll out of bed and put on my sports bra. Today it was to feel powerful enough to make it through what my calendar says is going to be a doozy.

  135. I run…walk to be healthy and to get out and see where I live. I am amazed at the places I have seen since getting out and walking as I have lived in Portland for almost 12 years and so many places are new to me when we are out on our weekly long walks.

  136. I run for my health, to feel like I am flying, but also for the glory of a selfish moment– Moms don’t get many times to reconnect to their quiet mind and be peaceful. (Or be NOT peaceful with my other running Mom friends!) Running reintroduced me to myself after losing it for a little while amidst the diapers and crying, and reminded me that I’m a cool person to spend time with.

  137. I run for my mental health…..cheaper than drugs or docs or maybe not after all of the cute running gear you HAVE to have!

  138. I run to literally shake myself awake in the morning and give myself the energy to keep going all day…and when it’s race day, and my 2 little girls are frantically jumping up and down at the finish line, yelling, “GO MOMMY!!!”…it’s all so worth it!

  139. I run to quiet my inner voice, to listen to MY music and not some KidBop crap, and to remain fast enough that I can outrun my boys if they attempt to follow me! (Unless they find their bikes :-/)

  140. I RUN….
    away from bad moods
    away from whiney kids
    away from bad days at work
    away from crabby husband
    away from bad body image
    away from self doubt
    I RUN….
    towards a better me
    towards happiness
    towards time with my BRF
    towards being a better, patient mom
    towards being a better, patient wife
    towards being a BAMR!

  141. I run so I can enjoy some chocolate, glass of wine or some other treat. I also run for my health and to be a good example for my kids and hubby

  142. I run to keep from crying as well as to allow myself to cry, to remember that I’m strong, to stay sane, and to keep my butt the same size over time!

  143. I run to keep my sanity and my weight in check, to feel powerful in my body, to socialize with likeminded women and not feel guilty, and to serve as a role model for my kids (ages 6 and 3).

  144. I run because I needed to find that one thing that was just for me that made me feel strong and capable. That thing that helped me work through the stress and gave me back my missing self confidence. Plus the 40’s were doing a number on my thighs.

  145. I RUN for my mental health, to have “me” time, to have a break from hearing “Mom – can you find this, Mom – can you get me this,Mom, Mom, Mom!”, to remind myself that I am a strong runner, to inspire my children to be active and healthy, to exercise my dog and to set goals and accomplish them and finally to have time to listen to AMR podcasts!

  146. I run because it makes me feel awesome and it inspires others. I run because I love to feel the wind in my hair and the trails under my feet. I run because it makes me a better wife, mom, friend, sister, teacher…EVERYTHING!

  147. I run because life’s too short to just sit around! It’s nice to get out there and feel you’ve accomplished something and with running you get to experience so many things you wouldn’t otherwise.

  148. I run to keep me sane. And to keep my family sane. And okay, okay, I run so I can eat that cupcake. Or two.

  149. I run for tangible evidence that even if the dishes aren’t done and the laundries piling up, this mama still has some swagger. It’s easy to forget it but the miles don’t lie- I’m still kinda awesome.(;

  150. I run because I can. I run for those that cannot. I run because I like cookies. I run to show my girls (ages 7 and 11) that you can do anything if you just try. I run for the kid in me that was teased in gym class so many, many years ago that everyone can be an athlete, you just have to find the right sport!

  151. To be outside and to feel strong.
    And also to spend time with my BRF before she moved way (boo hoo).
    So that I can plan a girls trip to a race:).

  152. I run because I love the feeling of accomplishment… and because nothing is so good as a chocolate milk after a long run (or an ice-cold beer after a race)!

  153. I run because it makes me smile. No matter how much it hurts, or for how long, it always makes me smile….and I have pictures to prove it!

  154. I run to show my children how to be healthy. I run to be healthy mentally, physically, and emotionally. I run to tame the competitive beast that lives inside me!

  155. I run because I’m an older mom and realized I needed to change my lifestyle if I wanted to see my grandchildren.

  156. I run to get mentally prepared for the day ahead and to have something of my own, in my craziness of being a working mom of 3 boys.

  157. I run for so many reasons, but mainly I run so I don’t kill people. I run for a social outlet. I run for sanity. I run for cookies and wine. I run races to give me a sense of achievement, something I sorely lack in all other areas of my life.

  158. I run to stay fit and regain sanity. The sound of my feet on the pavement does wonders for my mental health!

  159. I run because I never want to feel like I can’t: go on, get up, move out, stand up, deal with, handle, tolerate…do life!

  160. I run to be fit and healthy and I run for my mental well being! It is therapy hour whether lost in my own thoughts on a solo run or surrounded by running friends in a group work out. It all gives me the energy I need!

  161. to have something to keep me from returning emails, running one quick load of laundry. To have something that requires I am just me for an hour (sometimes less, sometimes more)

  162. I run because I can.
    I run to eat every brownie in the pan.
    I run to catch up with my friends.
    I run to to stay out of depends.

  163. I run because I can. I’ve had major spinal surgery and have two rods and several screws that hold my spine in place. I never thought I could do anything athletic, but now that I know I can, it brings such a sense of accomplishment.

  164. I run to feel strong, toned, and to get that beautiful feeling of simultaneously energized-yet-calm.

  165. I run for the mental and physical strength I gain with each step. I run for the gratitude I feel following each run (I GET TO DO THIS, not I HAVE TO DO THIS!). I run because it really makes me a better version of myself – I’m a better wife, a better mom, and a better person in general when I run.

  166. I run to teach my young sons that with some commitment and hard work, they can do anything they put their minds to.

  167. I run….to stay sane, to stay fit, to stay happy and healthy, to be a role model for my boys, because I love to run!! And because I LOVE good food!!

  168. I run because it makes me feel strong and kinda like a badass some days. I run to be a better and more patient mom, and I also run to train. This year, specifically, I run to become an IronMother!

  169. I run to feel free. Free of the obligations of my life, free to dream (can I do this for 26.2 this year?), free to not have to think of anything at all.

  170. I run for my future (and my kids’ future). I run to achieve my very own goals (and no one else’s). I run to earn ice cream.

  171. I run to find peace and balance in my soul, and to show my daughters that your body is made to be lived in not just looked at.

  172. I run because I just love to torture myself. 🙂 Seriously though I run because it gives me a sense of completion and accomplishment since I never thought I could run more than 1/2 a mile!

  173. I run to keep the depression from taking over. So my kids will see that they have a mom who gets out of bed every day and gives it everything she’s got.

  174. I run to clear my head, to solve problems, to pray, to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in all seasons, and because it makes me feel strong.

  175. Hahaha! Gauze underwear. LOL! I run because it’s hard. I never thought I could be a runner , but I can. So I run 🙂

  176. I run to minimize my jiggly bits. I run so I can shazam! Kapow! and be the super hero my kid thinks I am!

  177. I run because I like to eat, it destresses me, it makes me feel like I could do anything, it has made my body stronger and more powerful, and I am setting a good example for my son.

  178. I run to keep up with my kids, and to show them what goal setting, hard work and accomplishment looks like.

  179. I run for the sore, strong muscles it gives me the next day. That feeling is like a drug for me- keeps me coming back for more!

  180. I run to feel free. To clear my mind, shed the weight of my worries. To test my limits, and push my body.
    To pray, to listen, to feel.

  181. I run for me. After struggling with my weight my entire life I run for the joy of a sport that has helped me finally be healthy.

  182. I run because I can. I try to keep perspective on how fortunate I am to be in a place physically that my body allows me to run. When people around you have a situation where theycan not run…..it makes you more determined than ever to do it!

  183. I run for me and my children. I run for my health and to be a good example for them. I run because even after the hardest run I always feel better and am glad I sucked it up and did it!

  184. I run to find myself again. After 22 years of marriage, my life has taken an unexpected turn and I’ve found myself alone. I run to connect with the old me, remember to be grateful for the present me and encourage the new me.

  185. I run for so many reasons! Currently, I run to set a good example for my kids, to relieve stress, to take a break from everything, to stay healthy, to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin summer!

  186. I run so my children live to see another day! It’s most definitely my “me” time to clear my head and let go of the stresses of the day.

  187. I run: to refill my tank. I can only stand to do yoga once a week, I’ve tried (unsuccessfully, alas!) to meditate. Running is the only time where mommy-guilt fades to the background, and I only check my watch for the pace, not the time elapsed.

  188. I run because I’ve always done it and don’t want to stop. My mileage ebbs and flows but it is a consistent in my life, something that no matter how tired or busy I am, I feel better after I run. And it gives me my much needed quiet time.

  189. I run because I get to see the beautiful sun rise, to re-arrange my ‘mental’ furniture and to set a good example for my young daughters. I want them to see what strength and perseverance look like…