S is for seriously swift moms

MtKearsarge2010Suzy
(Dimity's cousin!)
Mother of: 2
I run because: I love being out there in the moment, because it is my stress outlet, and because it is the sport that fits best in my life as a working mom.

photoSandra
Mother of: 1
I started running: in August 2011 when my BFF asked me to run a half marathon with her (great place to start, right?). I disliked every minute of running until I crossed that finished line and I haven’t stopped running since.

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Mother of: 2
I am: a new runner -- sharing my experiences of training for my first half marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It has been an amazing experience. I am enjoying the running way more than I thought and I want to remember it all!

Sarah L  Sarah
Mother of: 2
I have been running: for a little over a year. A friend dared me to do a half marathon. The rest is history. January 2nd was one year to date of my first run and now I call myself a runner.

Sara  Sara
Mother of: 1
I'm a: new runner. After being sick for almost 2 years, I'm making the most of my ability to get moving!

Sara
Mother of: 2
My favorite place to run: is on the trials in our State Forest -- Cooper's Rock. But if I'm not on the dirt trail you can find me on the Rails to Trails system that runs through our town along the river. I ran my first half marathon in May of 2012 and by the end of the year I will have run four!

Stacey
Mother of: 2
My favorite running moments: are the running around playing tag with my boys and seeing their faces when I am crossing the finishline of a race!!!
Shanna
Mother of: 3
I started running: a few years ago after I tore my hamstring in two places while waterskiing. I went through months of physical therapy and when I was done I had legs of steel and wanted to get the rest of my body in the same shape.
Stephanie
Mother of: 2
Running experience: I used running to overcome postpartum depression after my first son was born in 2010. I also have a bad habit of getting pregnant after running a certain race the first weekend in May. I no longer run that race.

Shawna
Mother of: 1
I run: because I need a sense of accomplishment. Whether that be mileage, time, or just that I got out there and did something, I feel productive.

Sarah
Mother of: 2
My little ones: are a constant reminder of the relentless drive and motivation that we're all born with. By trying to keep up with them, I get faster and fitter every day. My current goal? To beat my longstanding 5K PR dating back to college. I'm almost there!

Sara
Mother of: 7
I run: to hear myself think. Being a mom is the best thing that I've ever done, but running helps me do it better! I began running in Aug. 2010. I'd been walking an hour a day and thought I can do this faster if I run, so I went home, signed up for a 5k and started running. I've loved it ever since. I currently run in England,but am moving back to the states this summer and can't wait to run at home.

Shannon
 Mother of: 4
Started running: about 9 months ago when I was finally fully recovered from cancer, surgery and all that goes with it. I was so unhealthy and out of shape as well as overweight. Running changed all of that for me. At first it was a minute at a time, then 5 and so on. Now I'm training for my first half-marathon in September 2012 The Rogue Run in Medford Oregon.

Sarah and Michelle
Mothers of: 2 apiece
Running together: makes us stronger, helps get us focused and of course get energy to teach the 850 students Science at our school [S & M are both science teachers]. We are running the Nashville Marathon together. Moms, runners, teachers, friends....it just doesn't get any better than that!

Sheila
Mother of: 3
Favorite reason to run: is to set an example for my little bambinos. They see me melt into a puddle of joy after a good run and grumble and fight through a tough run. They see the joy of finishing a race and fulfillment from setting and reaching goals.

Sandra
 Mother of: 1
Running is: the thing that's gotten me through grad school, a dissertation, my twenties, and now, new motherhood. It keeps me healthy, fit, and sane.
Susanna
Mother of: 1.5 (a boy on the way)
I'm in the lottery for this race: this summer. If I get in, I'll be running up a mountain six weeks after the baby is due. I'm a runner. We're just sort of crazy like that, right?

Sara
Mother of: 1
I began running: in high school (cross country) and have been in love with the sport ever since. Although I have years of running experience, I didn't attempt anything longer than a 5K until after giving birth. One year after my son, I ran my first half. Then two months later I ran my first full.

Sarah
Mother of: 1
Started running: after I had my son because it was the only workout I could easily do with him. Now I'm headed for my first half marathon this summer.

Shelly
Mother of: 2
My greatest joy in running: seeing my kids develop an interest in it. My son (8) has run a few 5ks and has his sights set on a 10k this year.

Sarah
Mother of: 1
Running has: helped me maintain a 110-pound weightloss for nine years now. Running makes me happy, clears my mind, provides alone time, and keeps me feeling like the "skinny mom" I want to be.

Sari
Mother of: 1.5
My last run: was with my 2.5 year old in the Chariot on snowy and icy roads while 7 months pregnant.  Makes eight miles fun and hard!

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Scheri
Mother of: 2*
*Her son, Miles, was out getting in his miles.
My last run was: one of my favorites.  I met a group of great friends to trail run.  It had snowed, so everything was quiet and white.  We saw many deer and no other runners or walkers.  A very peaceful, energizing run!

Sheryl
Mother of: 1.5 (.5 is due May 2010)
Without running: I know I wouldn't have made it through certain times in my life as well as I did, and I know it will help me always.


Shannon
Mother of: 1
My last run was: hard. I've been so focused on my next trip to Afghanistan for my non-profit that I have been putting running on the back burner.


Susan
Mother of: 2*
*The tiger belongs to somebody else.
On my last run: My heart felt at peace, and I was truly happy. No one was asking me a question. No one was asking me to find something. No one was telling me they needed something. No 5-year-old girl drama.  No hard 7th-grade math homework questions to help with. It was just my rhythmic footsteps on the blacktop street, and a huge smile on my face.

Sara
Mother of: 2
Running is: my everything. If I used any other word to describe it, I would be limiting what it means to me, and I can't do that.

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Stephanie
Mother of: 8
Until the weather improves: I'll continue running on the dreadmill while seriously jamming out to Michael Jackson!  I crank up his Dangerous Tour on DVD and Moonwalk in my mind...with love, l-o-v-e.

Sarai
Mother of:2
Without running: I just don't know where I'd be today. My body changed after having my first baby. I was overweight and depressed and running gave me an even a better version of me.

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Sarah
Mother of: 3*
*18, 16 and 12: My babies are almost all grown up!
Best running memory: Wedging the birth of my youngest daughter between the 1997and 1998 Boston Marathons.  Ran Boston in 3:02 when Hannah was only 12 weeks old.  NO IDEA how I pulled that one off!

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Sherri
Mother of: 2 kids and 1 puppy, named Oso.
My last run was: the  New Orleans Half Marathon with my 2 girlfriends. It was a blast! Lots to look at while running with two of the coolest gals around. The miles flew by!


Sonal
Mother of: 3
My first 5K: seemed so daunting.  I didn't follow any method, but sort of fell into it. Running has been a learning process since the: finding the right shoes, the right orthotics, the right fuel, etc. An inexact, unorganized journey.

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Sara
Mother of: one proud medalist and one excited Spiderman
I used to think: I ran for me. Now I know I run for them too. It keeps me sane and healthy, and sets a fantastic example of a strong mom. My favorite recent run was joining my 7-year-old daughter in a family triathlon!

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Sarah
Mother of: 1
My last run was: The Santa Cruz Half Marathon, which was my fist half ever. Despite shin splints and windy, rainy weather, I finished. I can't wait to do it again!

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Staci
Mother of: 2
I started running in January 2010 because: my mom went through chemo last year (she's cancer free now: yeah!) and my dad was deployed January 5th (yes, I said my dad).  Those two things motivated me to get my butt running, which has always been challenging for me. Watching my parents handle their 'problems' made me realize I could suck it up and run a few miles.

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Shannon*
Mother of: 2
Before my last half-marathon:  I hadn't realized I'd lost some weight and my skirt started falling down right after the start. After a mile of holding it up, I stopped used safety pins from my bib to take in the waist. Lesson learned: run in the gear at least once before you race!
*She's on the left, with her friend Heather: pic taken before the Moab Half-Marathon

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Sam
Mother of: 2
In "real" life:  I often feel lumbering, clumsy, and aging. But on a run, I am strong, fast, beautiful, triumphant, generous, optimistic, and fabulous. And when conditions are good, I can carry those feeling with me, post-run.

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Sara
Mother of: 1*
Running: has taught me that I can get through anything in life by just putting one foot in front of the other.
*Hunter, a talented photographer

Sherri, has two blogs
Mother of: 3
Running is: my escape, my air, and my passion. I am an all-weather girl; I'd rather run outside in the dark, in sleet, rain and snow before I will get on the dreadmill.

Sheryl
Mother of: 1 daughter
I grew up: watching my dad run races and admire his dedication to his health and running. I aim to be that type of role model for my daughter and for fitness to be a part of her life!

Samantha
Mother of: 3
My entire family; husband and I, as well as our three kids (two sons and a daughter), plus the dog are a full fledged running family.

Sheena
Mother of: 1
In six months: I’ve gone from running less than a mile at a time, to running a half-marathon. My goals are getting higher and higher the more I run!

Shawna
Mother of: 1
I run in sleet, snow, and crazy-ass wind: and most of the time I spend half the distance trying to give myself a good enough excuse to stop, turn around, and go home because it's that unpleasant. But I do it.

Stephanie
Mothers of: 1 little girl
Running with my daughter has been: something we both enjoy. When I say "let's go for a run!" she  gets my Vibram FiveFingers running shoes out and heads for our stroller.

Sarah
Mother of: two
I run: for the rush of overcoming obstacles and facing fears.

Sarah
Mother of: "one step son, one husband, two dogs (one who runs, one who doesn't)"
Running keeps both me and runner dog: sane and in shape. I hope for a sub 2:00 half-marathon in May 2012.

Shannon
Mother of: 1
I run like a mother: because it is empowering. I feel like I can conquer anything after completing a long run.

Sarah
Mother of: 2
Running has become the only thing in my life that truly is just Sarah's.  I no longer work outside of the home and I am the type that gives and gives and gives and never asks for anything.  Running has become the only thing I do that is just for me and is all about me.

Susan (in the middle)
Mother of: 2
When I started running: I couldn’t get past how slow I was and was embarrassed to run with or around other people.  My friend Darlena, a fellow runner, told me I had to get over that. She said she only runs for herself. Once I got that mind set everything changed. Now, when I head out on a run it’s only about my own sense of accomplishment.

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