Call us sappy, but Dimity and I speak straight from the heart when we say that this community of mother runners never fails to amaze, energize, inspire, humble, and entertain us. Whether in person or online, we are moved countless times every day either to tears or laughter--and sometimes both at the same time.
Like yesterday on Facebook, Michelle Proses Hoffman shared this anecdote:
"Last night, my 5-year-old and I were reading See Mom Run by Kara Douglass Thom. (I'd just returned from the Nike half--PR--yay!) I asked him if he knew how to explain what a marathon is. He replied, 'It's when a group of people, who don't know each other, get together to meet new friends and go on a long run together.' Yep, he nailed it!"
So many layers to love there: That Michelle PR'd at an all-women's half-marathon. That Michelle and her son were snuggled up together reading a book called See Mom Run (by a mother runner we adore who is a contributor to our third book, btw!). That Michelle's son looks beyond the factual answer of, "a really long race," and, instead, conveys the joy and spirit of a marathon. That Michelle shared this vignette with us all. Like I said: tears and laughter often at same time.
To celebrate scenes like this one, that we know are happening every day in the lives of mother runners, and Mother's Day, we're giving away five Headsweats hats or visors. Headsweats is far-and-away our favorite brand of running headwear, and in true SBS-Dimity yin-yang, I favor Headsweats hats, while Dimity prefers the visors. Either way, we both know the lightweight toppers sport a terry sweatband that keeps liquid-awesome from stringing our eyes, and that they fit and flatter a variety of head shapes and sizes. (We know this because the visor and hat we sell in our store are Headsweats brand.)
Each of the five winners will get to pick her style--hat or visor--from Headsweats limited-edition Just for Moms collection. Each of the hats and visors are available with a choice of five words on the front: Choose from Run Mom; 13.1; 26.2; and, apropos for this giveaway, two versions of See Mom Run. To enter to win, tell us your alternate definition of a race. It doesn't have to be a marathon, like Michelle's son ID'd for us--just capture what a race of any distance means to you in a few words or short phrase. To submit your entry, you need to click on the Comments banner beneath this post on our site; emailed answers do not count.
[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 4/30/14 and ends on 5/6/14; the winner will be announced on 5/10/14. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $22. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.