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Hump Day Giveaway: Five Headsweats Mom-tastic Hats

Laughing so hard we're (or maybe just me!) almost crying at Charleston Mother Runner party earlier this month.
Laughing so hard we're (or maybe just me!) almost crying at Charleston Mother Runner party earlier this month.

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!"

Love it: This Headsweats visor is emblazoned with title of the book Michelle and her son were reading.
Love it: This Headsweats visor is emblazoned with title of the book Michelle and her son were reading.

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.

Good advice to smack on your head.
Good advice to smack on your head.

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.

Is your definition of a marathon as pretty as this Headsweats visor?
Is your definition of a marathon as pretty as this Headsweats visor?

[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.

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  21. A race is the blood, sweat and tears, all coming together to remind you of how much you have grown and the strength you posses!

  22. A race is a goal. It is the culmination of many hours and miles of hard work. At the finish line, it is a celebration of what I can accomplish with the proper training.

  23. A race is a time to show what I have learned and exactly how hard I have been studying for this test. But you can’t’ fail as long as you are out there doing it! It’s the best kind of test!

  24. A race is a chance for me to stop being intimidated by others, and instead learn to celebrate their successes along with mine (that I’m out there, too!!).

  25. A race (in a word or words) is camaraderie, festivity, friendship, inspiration, wellness, health, and happiness!!!

  26. A race is a place to test my limits, acknowledge the joy of running in the company of others, and celebrate the accomplishment of training and hard work.

  27. A reason to motivate myself to continue to push my own limits making me a better me, which benefits all around me

  28. My race is freshly baked cinnamon rolls at the finish line and the only mother runner in a family of father, brother, cousin, and husband runners.

  29. an accomplishment!!! (that no one else in my family has done!) and that I’m not too old to run!

  30. A race is a capstone event to celebrate the growth I’ve had during the training process. A pause to remind me to acknowledge the commitment I maintained, the strength in mind and body gained, and a chance to reflect and be present in a shared event with others. It’s a high holiday at my church – a shared celebration of work for the greater good.

  31. I race to me is going away for a girls weekend where we all support each other no matter how fast or slow we each are going. Or even here at home where we include my husband, who by the way only runs with us and only during races, then kicks everyone’s butt. 🙂

  32. A race is my way of proving to myself that getting up at 4:10 a.m. twice a week to run on the treadmill is really helping me get better, stronger, faster. After running my first sub-30 minute 5K last week, I realized the answer is most definitely YES!!

  33. A race keeps me motivated to train. It is a challenge to prove I can push myself and do better than expected. It makes me stronger.

  34. A race is conquering my fears and proving to myself that I am capable of doing things I never thought I could.

  35. A race is my way to stay committed. It doesn’t matter what my finish time is, it kept me on track with my goals.

  36. A race is a space of time that allows me to throw down a challenge and reel it in front of lots of supporters.

  37. Race- A chance to put all of my hard work and training to the test… and hopefully get a free beer at the end! 🙂

  38. Race: A date chosen (and paid for) that motivates one to keep lacing up on a somewhat regular basis for fear that you will a)embarrass yourself or b)have wasted that entry fee. Note to self: sign up for something today!

  39. My definition of a race is….a girls weekend (with a bit of running, a drink or two and lots of laughing)!

  40. I’m glad that you liked my son’s definition. 🙂
    A race (of any distance) for me is really a chance to be social and clearly he picked up on that. It’s an opportunity to run with friends – or make new ones. I love the energy of a group with a shared goal (finishing) and the contagious enthusiasm for achieving it.

  41. A race is a chance to perform your best and see what you are made of. Its also a really great chance to cheer on your BRF and team members.

  42. A race is a chance to show myself what I’m capable of – with other people cheering along the way and bearing witness to it, good or bad.

  43. A race is an opportunity to see how much I’ve improved and to see how strong I can be mentally. It’s also a test of my kegel muscles, ha ha!

  44. A race is a gathering of like-minded folks, all with different goals and fitness levels. But all there to do their best. Kind of a racing junkie over here!!

  45. After the Disney Princess half, my daughter brought me my running shoes and told me to “Put on your glass slippers and go run through the castle so we can see the princesses.” I think my preschooler sees races as her ticket to Disney. : ) I do love my running “glass slippers.” ; )

  46. A race is when people get together to compete with each other, but more importantly compete against themselves accomplishing more than they thought they could. It always includes athletes supporting each other in ways that only runners do.

  47. A race is something to sign up for to help keep me on track and motivated to run. If I don’t have a race lined up I tend to get a little lazy.

  48. EVERYTHING about the race is the best part! Running on a team! So exciting to have support and community on line. And obsessing over hydration, nutrition, sneakers, socks, everything! And the expo. I will be there an hour before the doors open just to talk to the runners in line. On race day, pushing yourself. Last, the race photos. Your kids will laugh at you, LOL.

  49. According to my three year old, a 5K is the same as running laps between the kitchen and the living room. He’s very sweet though, he knows I’m injured and I can’t run right now. He will come up and give me a hug and tell me that when my owie gets better he will runs ‘lots of Ks with me.’

  50. A race is a celebration of the human body and spirit and the feats that can be achieved when the mind is quieted.

  51. A race is a deadline when goal setting that keeps me on track and forces me to put my training first, and not let my goals be overwhelmed by the needs of the rest of the family.

  52. Family fun day! Race day is a day that often involves 3 generations! My mother, sister and I race together more often than not and lately my younger kids have opted in on more and more kids’ races while my oldest has been opting for 5k races!!

  53. To me, a race means that I get to get all dolled up and run like a girl! Skirts with matching headbands, tube socks – it’s all about fun! I love how I can incorporate my personality into my race outfits.

  54. I’ve always stood by the fact this isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. I guess that goes for racing too!

  55. I chance to, get away from my “normal” life and listen to some really great music for a half hour or more and get my sweat on with no worries about anything but me 🙂

  56. I tell my self I just need to run to my parked car.
    Which can be any distance b/n 5k, 10k. 13.1 it 26.2

  57. I saw one of those motivational cards on Facebook something about how a race is your victory lap after months of training. Seems so fitting!

  58. A race/run for me is a chance to show myself that I can get out of my comfort zone and I can do so much more than I ever thought possible.

  59. It is my chance to prove to myself that I really can do it…whatever the length of the race is. To prove that I am endure the miles, or the training to increase my pace or just to prove that I am worth the time and effort put into running.

  60. I saw this on the back of a tshirt at a recent race and think it describes my mindset. “Being slow isn’t a character flaw, quitting is” (BTW-for a good 1/2 mile I thought it said “quilting” instead of “quitting” and wondered what the quilter hate was all about! Ha!)

  61. Running any race of any distance is me against me and I win everytime. There is no other sport like it. I like to call myself the Relentless Runner.

  62. A chance to channel my BAMR self and challenge my body and my mind. Overcome self doubt and “just do it”. It’s sure a great feeling when I’m done. (And that visor is mighty cute!)

  63. Race- noun; an organized event where people of all ages, all sizes, and all backgrounds come together to celebrate life and the power and beauty of the human body.

  64. A race is motivation to work out the rest of the year. Signing up for a marathon months in advance gives me a reason to get out there on the days I don’t feel like it. Of course, once I start running, I never regret it, but sometimes that first step out the door is hard!

  65. A race is the cheapest, most inspiring “gym membership” I know of- it’s what gets (and keeps) me out there day after day in any weather because it makes me want to do my best and earn that shirt! (All my favorite shirts are race shirts- mostly because of the memories!)

  66. A race to me means those moments where you find your true self in a sea of people who are on the same journey of self discovery and goal chasing.

  67. A race is a chance for me to challenge myself to run faster or further or just run when I really, really don’t want to. It’s very hard to skip out on a race when you know you’re just wasting money!

  68. A race is a unique experience where being challenged, having fun and being inspired can occur all at once 🙂

  69. Race day is the final day you peel off that last layer of the big onion you have bean training for. For me that’s when I’m training for my fulls. Because each training run is a layer that tells its own story.

  70. A goal that keeps me running each day before and a social reward that feeds my spirit the day of!

  71. A race is motivation to do the hard training and the long runs. And it is then the victory lap celebration of all of that effort!

  72. Race day is a day for me to reflect on all those early morning runs (some that I’d rather stay in bed for!) and to show myself that I really am stronger and more determined that I thought weeks ago!

  73. A race is getting together with other runners, doing what you (and they) love, and celebrating at the finish together!

  74. A race is when my BRFs and I get to celebrate all our hard work and friendship officially with a tshirt, medal, and oftentimes a beer.

  75. Inspired by a sign I saw at my first marathon, which said, “You’ve already won, this is your victory lap!” To me, a race is a both a celebration of my commitment to train and a moment to prove to myself what I am capable of!

  76. A race is a chance for me to prove to myself that my body is able to do more than I think it’s capable of.

  77. A race is a time to celebrate the rewards of all of your training with thousands (or tens of thousands) of like-minded strangers!

  78. A race is when a group of people who may or may not (yet) know each other get together to eat, drink, and run for incredibly long times and/or distances while talking about any number of topics which may or may not have anything to do with eating, drinking, and/or running for incredibly long times and/or distances. (Yes, I’m an ultra runner.)

  79. A race is the pain of pushing yourself as hard as you can followed by the euphoria of crossing the finish line and immediately forgetting just how painful it was. Kind of like childbirth 🙂

  80. a race keeps me motivated to work towards something, a better PR, a longer distance, to support a good cause!! Each race is different, and the training to get there is always fun 🙂

  81. A race is a chance for me to remember “I got this” and that training plans work and goals can be reached.

  82. A race is my time to celebrate that I am able to run, set a great example for my kids and feel the sun (or rain, wind, etc) on my face 🙂

  83. A race is the event that keeps me going on the days when all I want to do is sit on the couch for 45 minutes instead of go for a run.

  84. A race is proof of hard work and dedication but also an affirmation of how much I love running. They show my kids and family how terrifyingly amazing running/racing is and racing has brought us all closer.

  85. Races are the chance for me to show my kids, husband, and myself that I still “got it.” I can still compete and better myself physically & mentally at any distance I set out to conquer.

  86. Half marathons~At the sart I always try and find “my people” runners that look like me. Then by mile 2 I find my real people, regardless of looks, by this time I can scope out who is going to push me the next 7 miles. At mile 10 I’m looking for a taxi(joking), actually I’m looking ahead at who I want to chase down to pick up my pace. Mile 13, I hit a sprint, because I can only sprint .1 of a mile. I love it!

  87. A race is my victory lap for long months if training. It is my chance to celebrate all it took to get me to the starting line!

  88. To me a race is the outward display of the joy, pride, and contentment that running has brought me. Plus, I like shiny medals. 😛

  89. A 5k is great family time usually. My longer races are usually enjoyed with my sister. Races are a great way to put all your training to the test, have fun and feel stronger!

  90. A race to me is doing my best and making myself proud. And when I finish I ask myself, “When is the next one?!”

  91. A race is my time to smile and relish in my accomplishment…I know smiling may seem odd but I do, I smile all through the miles because I never thought my body would ever be capable of running two plus hours.

  92. I love the journey that the training for a race provides. I love facing the challenges each week of training and how I have to be determined and creative to meet them (and to keep the family going too). For me, the race is a carrot at the end of the proverbial training stick.

  93. A race is… Opportunity. Opportunity to prove to myself what I can do … to prove that mind over matter always prevails… To employ the philosophy of serenity, courage, and wisdom.

  94. A race is time to sit back and enjoy the results of your training. That day you can’t do any more so just do it, hold on and enjoy the ride!

  95. I always race with the woman who encouraged me to begin running. She has become my closest friend, like sister, which makes every race day that much more special.

  96. My half marathon meant strength…..mentally, physically and emotionally, plus a check off the bucket list!

  97. To me, my first half marathon meant dedication and self-worth. I never thought my body could handle something like that! It was amazing to finish, and have my two little girls and husband waiting for me at the finish! Now I am training for my first full marathon which = craziness

  98. I’m a teacher so for me my half marathons are like final exams. Final exams that I have totally prepared for and can ace!

  99. To me, a race is an opportunity to put my best effort out there. It isn’t always the best I hope for, but it is always the best I can push myself to be on that day.

  100. Its my time to be more than a mom. My own personal time to step outside the box and do something just for me. Its my chance to build my self confidence every time I cross that finish line!

  101. A race is the finale to pushing yourself physically and mentally as far as you can. Proof your body can do more than you ever thought. The work is done. The race is the reward.

  102. A race is my time to see how far I have come and what I can do! I also get to see my kids posters that they have made for me….I feel like a rock star!!

  103. A race is a chance to see the results of my hard work, and to prove to myself, (again) that I am more mentally tough than I ever thought possible. Running my first marathon with the stomach flu, (I DON’T recommend), I was amazed and so proud of how mentally tough I was to fight to finish when everything in me wanted to quit by mile 5.

  104. I race with my friend. We aren’t trying to PR at every one. We really use races to support each other and develop a deeper friendship. We are dipping our toes into ultra races which gives us lots of time to bond :).

  105. A race is an opportunity to run down a street that’s shut down or marked just for you and have people cheering when you start, cheering when you finish.

  106. An opportunity to move so fast that you want to puke! (My husband always worries about me at finish lines, he says you always look pale & gray!)

  107. A race is the opportunity to celebrate all my hard work and to be thankful that I am blessed to be healthy enough to run!

  108. A marathon to me, is a chance to do something that is bigger than me. To accomplish what I think is impossible, to do what I never imagined my body could do. Something that is bigger than the race itself. Something that lives in me everyday, making me believe I can accomplish anything!

  109. A marathon to me is a chance to meet new people as a stay-at-home-mom of a toddler meeting people who can tie their own shoes is a blessing.

  110. A race is an opportunity to be surrounded by other people who “get” me! Just a great chance to celebrate a dedication to health, fitness, wellness, time for self, joy, and fun!

  111. Racing is very motivating, but even more uplifting being around so many people who share the same kind of goals. A lot of time people are racing for the first time and that, in it’s raw and naive state, is beautiful and wonderful to share!

  112. A race is a place with shoes you lace, where you make your case to show your happy BAMR face, with an amazing pace, and Nuun to taste, and no kids to chase! So with no time to waste, and a knee with no brace, stake your space, your legs flying with grace, it’s time to be in your HAPPY race place!

  113. Embrace it!! Challenges make me focus and stronger. It is also an example to my family that hard work and big effort reaps the reward.

  114. Race day means I am stronger than I ever thought possible. It doesn’t matter what distance…the fact that I committed to a race and then trained for it is a huge accomplishment. Running does not come easy for me so every day I get myself up and out is a blessing.

  115. As I was training for my 1st Half Marathon last summer, I was quite fond of “I’m only 1/2 crazy”…not crazy enough for a full…but crazy enough to enter a race with the word marathon in it.

  116. A race for me is a way to push myself just a little bit harder. It also helps me see how far I have come in my running career, which is far considering I used to hate running..and now I can’t go for more than a couple days without running.

  117. A race is a way to push myself and keep me focused, then celebrate the months of training with lots of other motivated people!

  118. I don’t race much but the ones I do are annual events for me, such as a Thanksgiving Day half marathon. These races are like milestones that help me to take inventory and celebrate how far I’ve come since the first time I was there.

  119. A race for me is to show my friends and family what ALL that training is for. It’s actually to show myself too.

  120. A race is proof that I can do things I never thought I would do, or even want to do. Hopefully, my children will remember that I tried hard, put in the training hours and did my best.

  121. A race is my happy place! I don’t even call it a race I do it because it’s fun, makes me feel free and I ALWAYS meet the most AMAZING people!

  122. A race is a time to go out of your comfort zone and push yourself to do things that you otherwise think you couldn’t (or didn’t want to)do.

  123. A race means culmination of hard work, sweat, (sometimes) tears, and elation… all in one short amount of time. Very emotional!

  124. I am a solo runner so for me, a race is a chance to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who love to run and don’t think that I am crazy because I run.

  125. To me a race means proving to myself that in my 30s I can be badass and do something my younger self would have never dreamed of!! And it also sets an awesome example for my children to get out there, get moving, be brave and challenge themselves! Plus I’m a bling whore and race=bling!!

  126. To me the race doesn’t mean much at all and I really don’t stress about it! It’s just the celebration at the end of my regimented exercise plan. The training is the hard part. The race is just fun!

  127. A race is a test of how far I’ve come from nothing. It’s a tribute to who I want to be and how I’m working towards that.

  128. The race is a celebration of all the hard work I did to get there. And I get to celebrate with everyone else that worked hard to get there too.

  129. A race is part mental/physical challenge, part competition, part social outing, part fashion show & LOADS of FUN.

  130. A race is a goal I can work towards and conquer! With all the challenges of daily life and motherhood, a race gives me more confidence and proof that that I am bad a#$!!

  131. A race means to me is accomplishment.

    To feel I’ve done something for the better of me makes me feel good, GREAT! <3

  132. A race is a fun event that proves how hard I have worked to be healthy. It’s a time when mom gets to talk and mingle with other adults.

  133. A race is the only place that I can be completely comfortable in a sea of complete strangers. Each person is running their own race. While each of us may have different goals going into the race, we are all aiming for the same finish line.

  134. A race keeps me moving. I struggle with staying motivated at times and having a race forces me to run so I am well trained.

  135. Racing is a way to make new friends and bond with old ones. Running is more than a sport , it is a community.

  136. Every race is different. A race means to me first enjoying the run from start to finish. I sometimes have to dig deep to push myself to continue the race. I keep telling myself I will not DNF! I love running with my daughter and enjoying the experience with me which is priceless plus staying active at the same time.

  137. An upcoming race is my carrot (or sometimes my stick) to get out the door for a pre-dawn training run in the rain.

  138. A race is an opportunity for me to push myself, accomplish something to make me feel better about myself, while enjoying the company of my friends and like-minded individuals.

  139. A race is a way to prove to myself that I am stronger than the negative voices in my head, and a place to find joy and inspiration amidst hundreds/thousands of other runners. It is also a way to cry happy tears as I cross every single finish line, no matter how short or long the course. Every. single. one.

  140. A race to me is a chance to show my boys (ages 12, 10 and 7) that anything is possible when you believe in yourself! To shoot for the stars, dream big, work hard and you can do anything you put your mind to!

  141. Every race = CONQUERED
    (It’s a very specific and measurable goal. And when I do it I can CHECK IT OFF, even if it’s a 5k or fun run in my small town, and it makes me feel like I conquered something. checkity check check check.)

  142. Race = Fun!! My BRF and I run races to have fun, enjoy the day, and feel good about ourselves! It’s not about winning and personal records for us…it’s about friendship, fitness, and fun!

  143. My mom completed her first 5k with the goal of eventually doing a marathon. To her it means a victory over the cancer which almost took her life and an inspiration that anyone can do anything if they work hard enough.

  144. A race means I have the ability to center my thoughts and channel my inner strength. Whether it’s speed or distance, it’s a chance for me to connect with my mother who passed; whom I always run for. She is the reason I started running and the reason I continue to run; she is my strength. It’s like the weekly shopping trips we used to take when we were together. It’s a chance for me to be with her and show her that I am strong and a fighter just like she was.

  145. A race is a chance to see what I can push myself to do… and the company, snacks, and swag are just an added bonus.

  146. Races are for me simply a way to connect with other like-minded crazy people! And I love the sound of hearing nothing but all those runners’ feet striking the ground—it’s a powerful sensation!

  147. An opportunity to see if I have put in the work to meet my goal whether it’s just to go out and have fun, finish or PR.

  148. Running is like going to school: steadily accumulating mileage, strength, endurance. You can’t take the final exam until all the pre-requisite work is finished. And in this sport cramming for a test doesn’t work. I’m nervous, anxious, and excited for my “final exam” come race day. Then I get to experience what I studied really well, what I can work on more, and the triumph of crossing that finish line.

  149. A race gives me the chance to push myself to reach a goal that I didn’t think was possible. I gain confidence and feel like I can conquer anything after I finish a race! And I love the “free” food and shirts!

  150. Priceless! I have been able to spend time with my niece at races, time together that has been a special connection I treasure

  151. A race is a test of the mind, body, and heart. It allows people of all shapes, sizes, ability-levels and life-experiences to come together and experience the collective joy of crossing the finish line and realizing we are all stronger than we initially thought.

  152. A race provides a sense of community. Sometimes as a runner, no one gets my early morning workoiuts, my obsession over shoes (both on and off the trail!) and my constant hunger and thoughts about mileage and trainig plans. But when I show up at a race, I always get a sense of “yes, these are my people! These people get me!”

  153. some friends and I have coined the term (probably not uniquely) “catered run” to pay homage to the aid stations and food offerings at the end! (it also sounds fancy schmancy!)

  154. To me a race is an opportunity. An opportunity to see others pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone to achieve a goal. An opportunity to support someone. And an opportunity to grow. 🙂

  155. My daughters and I just ran the Nashville Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon this past weekend. We called it “a 2 hr. activity concert”

  156. To take the pressure off, I sometimes say “a race is just a long run with a bunch of people and a medal at the end”.

  157. A race is where I can see my goal become a reality. It is where I can stretch myself. It is where I can enjoy my city on foot.

  158. A race is when a cause or a friend becomes more important to me than the convenience of running anytime anywhere.

  159. Races to me are about community, uniting together towards a common goal. Even if it’s just a group of strangers all running together on a Saturday morning, there’s a camaraderie and energy that’s tangible.

  160. It’s the finale of all the training I do to get to the start line. A place where I am able to prove to myself that I am capable of doing more than I ever thought I was able to do. It’s a grand event!

  161. A race is a change to challenge myself physically on a public stage, with a bunch of other people who totally get it!

  162. To me, a race means meeting new “old” friends. I love the chats that I have while standing around waiting for the results and medals. Even though I never win a medal, I LOVE chatting with fellow runners, especially the over 80 men, they are so sweet and jovial.

  163. Racing to me means challenging yourself to push beyond what you have set as “limits” in your own head. Sometimes it means making a conscious decision to help a fellow runner exceed their own “limits” as well, which is more rewarding.

  164. I’m often nervous before races, so I tell myself ” it’s just another long run, but with aid stations and lots of other people”

  165. A race for me is drawing energy from the people around me and having a great time. I’ll never be fast but I’ll have a great day.

  166. A half marathon is a time to fly free and be extraordinary. To do something empowering. It’s therapy on the go!

  167. A marathon is a race that gives me the chance to be superwoman if only for several hours! In those miles I’m invincible though in pain! It is a source of new strength. A half marathon is a test of stamina! How long can you push it and still have fun chasing a new PR?

  168. My definition of a race – a chance to prove to myself that I can do it, and anything else I put my mind to 🙂

  169. Races for me are the motivation and reward for all of the preparation and training. Even if the race does not go as expected, it is still a reward to be out there running with a like minded community.

  170. Racing is a challenge! I’ve been a full time mom for the last 3 1/2 years. As much as I LOVE being a mom and being home with my kids, I need more. Racing gives me a goal to strive for, a challenge to tackle (beyond the mundane tasks of cleaning, instructing my children on life, etc), and a sense of fulfillment!

  171. Races help me feel a part of something…being around people who love running and don’t say, “I can barely walk a block.”

  172. Running is freedom, stress relief, time for my thoughts, pushing myself further than I ever thought possible. Showing my kids that fitness is fun!

  173. I’ve done several 5K races– To me it’s a high-fivin’, fundraisin’, sprint-to-the-finish good time with my family!

  174. For me, running is so many things. It’s therapy; it’s a lifestyle; it’s me time; it’s fitness. A race gives me affirmation of the confidence and the balance that running brings to my life.

  175. Marathon = where I pay to push myself to the brink of a mental breakdown and back again at mile 22. But the smiles, cheering, and post-race doughnuts are all worth it.

  176. A marathon is the definition for life, life is the definition for a marathon. There are highs and lows, happiest of happy sadder than sad, but always worth the effort. Always worth the time.

  177. A race is a gathering of random strangers with a sprinkling of favorite runner friends who show up at the same time one morning to receive cheers, high fives, bling, free bananas and beer for what we do every other weekend thanklessly and before non runners are out of bed.

  178. A race is a time for me to feel 100% connected to a bunch of people I don’t know. I am completely unguarded and raw as I push myself mentally and physically. There is no better way to show people who you are.

  179. A race is when I REALLY run for myself. It’s not about sanity, or girl-time. I get to really try and see what I can do–with thousands of friends with me for support.

  180. Marathon: peace of mind by seeing that I’m not the only person that’s crazy enough to enjoy running long distances.

  181. Exactly like the young man in the story. I look around at everyone at the start and say out loud, “who wants to go on a long run with me this morning?!” Usually gets a few laughs.

  182. A race is where people from all different back grounds and life exprences come together for the same thing. To celebrate running and all the greatness it brings.

  183. Running a race is an excuse for me to feel great about myself all day and to eat anything I want that day without feeling guilty. Donuts, Lattes, bring em on!

  184. life is my race, but I also think races are a reminder of positive energy around living an active life! plus I love seeing the variety of people participating and spectating/supporting….great slice of humanity at races!!!!

  185. Running marathons is like a metaphor for motherhood. There are days you will not even want to get out of bed but when you do, inevitably your child will do something amazing or thank you for something they usually take for granted. Just as when you get out there on mile 1 of a 20 miler, your thinking seriously, I have 3 hours left but once your finished it is such a sense of satisfaction and a feeling that I am unstoppable, I can do anything. BRING IT!

  186. A marathon is an opportunity for men to come as close to feeling what childbirth is like as possible: pain, sweat, tears, misery, elation and nothing but pure joy at the end realizing everything you went through was totally worth it!!

  187. Training for a half marathon is my “me time”. The race is me “showing off” to my family how much I have accomplished!

  188. A race of any distance is a time for me to prove to myself, I’m stronger than I thought! Four years ago I was NOT a runner. Now, I’m a 7-season GOTR coach, half-marathon finisher, and regular 5K and 5 mile racer.

  189. A race is a nexus – a goal to train for, a coming together of like minded people on an event we can all agree on, and a test of yourself.

  190. Racing = opportunities to PR in FUN! Really, I’m not a racer; I much prefer my solo training runs to trying to chase a time goal in race conditions and the results show it – I’m nearly always faster in training than in races. So I rarely bother to race anything that doesn’t offer a chance for huge amounts of fun!

  191. The icing on the cake! The cake part is needed (building the miles, doing the speedwork) but the icing makes it enjoyable (those PR’s, AG wins, or simply a reason to run really hard with 1000 of my new running friends for the day)!

  192. A race is that thing at the end of a training cycle that makes you sit up and say, “What do you mean my training cycle is over?!?!”

  193. To me a race represents a challenge, camaraderie, companionship and occasionally craziness, depending on the course and the distance!

  194. I like to think of half marathons and the training leading up to it as hours and hours of free therapy sessions with friends. By the time the long training and the race are complete, we have pretty much figured out all of the problems of the world (until the next time we run…we always find something to talk about). Even though the race costs money…think of all the money we save in therapy!

  195. I choose “health” as my representation of what a race is. I choose to race because it gives me motivation to train for that upcoming race. That motivation to train keeps me health meter on the positive side both physically and mentally! The friends along for the ride are extra perks!

  196. A race is my freedom to just be me–I run away from all the labels slapped on me during the daily grind (Mommy, wife, blah blah position at work, volunteer, allergy-free cook extraordinaire) and run towards just me and the miles ahead.

  197. Every race I participate in is actually another step away from the unhealthy, lethargic, apathetic mom I used to be and is a huge, leaping step in the direction of the healthy “I’m actually living this way!” mom I am now.

  198. The definition of a race for me is : is to run MY race for me and remind myself where I came from, where I am and where I am going.

  199. A race is a way to reward myself for my dedication to training and showing my kids that hard work pays off. Training for a race is like working on a major project at school or work.

  200. Running (races) brings out my inner athlete! I love the feeling of being part of the team of runners at the start line and especially at the finish line. Hugging the girlfriends you trained with and celebrating together after a race = perfection!

  201. Any race, any run is my race against Chaos. The chaos that is my daily life, be it with work, kids, husband, friends, etc. Its my chance to literally ‘run away’.

  202. To me a race is a chance for me to prove myself (to myself!) and keep my motivation up. I love working towards a goal!

  203. Race’s keep me motivated to run in between them. If I didn’t race (and that’s a big stretch for me) I might not run at all. But I pay for a race and if I pay for something I’m going to do it and do it to the best of my ability.

  204. David versus Goliath. Something is always a giant when you’re running whether it’s the time you have or don’t have, a physical issue during the race, or a mental issue which is normally mine. You have to fight against that giant to reach the finish line and not look at your time or someone else’s time and just know that you finished.

  205. A trail race is just a sweaty party where you bring your own bottle and follow the trail to the next buffet table!

  206. Any race = ME time! Time I spend only on myself. I don’t have to worry about husband, kid, dogs, work, family, house, bills, car, yard, etc. It is just ME.

  207. Races give me a chance to compete against me. To strive to train to do better, to stay healthy and fit, and to have a feeling of exhilaration when I cross the finish line! It gives me a chance to have a goal and meet it both for myself, and as a role model for my kids!

  208. Motivation to train, opportunity to assess fitness and release competitive spirit, and sometimes just a fun time, with provided water breaks, running in places I love

  209. A Race is the moment or many moments when all of the time energy and effort come together for an experience like no other!

  210. For me a race is a goal, something concrete to work for to give me focus. And it is also an opportunity to take part in my community.

  211. I always have the “why am I doing this?” moment before a race. Once I’m moving forward, whether I’m chatting with fellow runners or in the zone grooving to an awesome playlist, the doubt and insecurities fall away. No matter my pace or final time, I am empowered by the challenge and the opportunity to do something I used to think was impossible.

  212. 13.1 = BUCKET LIST!

    I’ve seen lots of other people do it, and thought… “Why not me?” I can be a runner too! So I am. 13.1 this fall!

  213. It depends on the race at hand, but sometimes (ahem, in Disney) it is just a chance to dress like a princess! And run through castles! And pose with princes! And earn pretty bling!
    I have a (non-Disney) half this weekend and oy, it may not be pretty. I have only been back outside for about 3 weeks since getting off the treadmill (polar vortex victim here). So, I am thinking of it as a long run on a new, exciting route with BRFs and a medal at the end. Taking the pressure off and just enjoying the fact that I get to spend part of my morning doing something I love with friends.

  214. A really fun way to spend time with 100’s of my closest friends I’ve never met proving we are stronger than we know.

  215. A race is the dessert of a training meal! It’s the time to realize the training really works and to enjoy what you’ve gained from your training. I don’t always have great races but I always learn something from them to tweak the training meal or dessert for the next time.

  216. It is my final exam of the semester. Instead of spending hours studying, I spend hours running and cross training to then test myself and the hardwork I put forth.

  217. Race day for me means it is time to put the small part of me that is insecure and full of doubts in a small box and tuck it in my pocket because the bad-ass ultrarunner that is hidden beneath the surface gets a few hours to shine.

  218. A race is when like minded people gather to do something they have been training for. Others in your life may not understand why you choose to do this, but these people get it. Some in your life may even think you are a little crazy, but not the people at the race. Whether it is the spectators or other racers, they get it. I think that is why race day feels so great!

  219. A logistical exercise that involves arranging childcare, travel, food, and medical care so that I can challenge myself physically and mentally.

  220. The chance to see that I really am stronger than I think. (I’m always surprised by a better time than I’m expecting. Apparently, I tend to underestimate myself.)

  221. A race to me means: always believing that you can! The victory is a spiritual one. Running for me is sacred. It is my therapy, my healing, and my growing!I am doing my first HALF marathon on May 25th!

  222. A way to set and work toward a goal. I love the race and the feeling inside is not easy to describe, but the journey to get there means almost as much.

  223. The opportunity to spend time with friends doing what we love (being together.. oh, and getting in some exercise) while usually supporting some amazing cause!

  224. My favorite 15ks: A great way to see downtrodden upstate NY cities in an hour and a half with a bunch of new friends.

  225. A race, any distance really, is about the spirit of life! For many it’s about accomplishing a new goal, for others it’s about kicking cancer, diabetes, MS, really any diseases butt, for others it’s their serenity, for many it’s about raising awareness of an issue, and for all of us, I think it’s about never giving up hope, showing our strength whatever it may be on that day of the race!

  226. A race is when I dig deep and find power that I forget exists in me, the same power that I discovered when I delivered each of my three sons. After exerting with so much effort, my sense of self-confidence is boosted while the rotten self-doubt demons are squashed down. I want all mommies, all women, to try it!

  227. A race is a runner’s networking paradise. I have met so many runners (imagine that!) at races. The expo is the initial Meet and Greet. The corral is where you find your OTP (One True Pacer) The course is where you find out who your real friends are (everyone) And the finish is where you exchange phone numbers and promise to do this crazy thing all over again.

  228. Race: a chance to show yourself how strong you are and how dedicated you are to your health. (Alternate meaning: a reason to keep your commitment to running)

  229. A race is just like the Day After Thanksgiving shopping but yo get a medal at the end and nobody tries to run each other over 😉

  230. For me, a race is about finishing something I started. It’s also pretty nice that my 2 year old daughter ran in her first race a few weeks ago and she ‘ran fast like mumma goes running’!

  231. Testing my strength and endurance in a totally awesome way with other like minded runners. Everyone s after their own goal and its friendly competition.

  232. A race is (hopefully) validation that my training has paid off, in my running world and in my work and family world. It’s sort of a pep talk and confidence booster for my entire life…you just trained for and PR’d in that half-marathon all the while remaining (mostly) sane and keeping your family (relatively) happy? GO ME!

  233. A race, at any distance, is a way to show my children that their dad isn’t the only one who can rock a race!

    And amen to the visors… With such short hair, I like to look like a baby chick with feathers flying out the top of my visor 🙂

  234. For me, a race is a goal I set so that I have something to work toward in my daily runs, whether that’s a new distance, a new pace, or just a reminder that I can still do this thing!

  235. No one understands the challenges and triumphs of running except other runners. Standing at a race starting line, I always think “These are my people!”.

  236. A race is the time to remind yourself in the company of many of the joy moving your body can bring you. It may or may not be a fun time during the race but cross that finish line and you feel
    awesome.
    Sandi

  237. Honestly, my definition of a marathon is…great for others, I’m not there yet. I respect you withy mad props.

    But this visor I see is the damn near sweetest visor I’ve laid eyes on.

    Visors on, ladies! They ain’t just for grandmas retired in the southern states in polyester koolots and striderites cleaned with windex!

  238. A Race is something that reminds me that I am healthy! and its also permission to take a 3 hour nap after that I never get to do in my Crazy Zoo!

  239. A race is a chance to see different parts of new places that you probably never would see and meet new friends you probably never would meet otherwise while encouraging each other in something you both love to do.

  240. I typically do trail runs which are known for having lots of food. So I think of my runs as sweaty picnics in the woods with friends.

  241. 13.1/26.2 is the opportunity to see a new place on foot, while friends have water and snacks available along the way!

  242. My husband taught my son a phrase for me when I run, they see me off waving and cheering…and yell “Mama Strong!” He even makes a little bicep curl. It is super cute and so encouraging because he knows that mama is going to run so she can be strong, not just because she is strong.

  243. Oh my goodness – I was just talking about this on Sunday with a male friend who doesn’t like to race! A race is an opportunity to run a new course – safely, charted by someone else, surrounded by other people who share my passion!

  244. An accomplishment, a therapy session, a way to get your body moving and heart pumping, a chance to prove and challenge yourself. And sometimes an excuse to eat a cookie or have a drink 😉

  245. We’ve all trained separately but right now, for this race, we’re all in it together! It’s the best party you can have where sweat is the accessory of choice 😉

  246. I adopted the race definition of my 3 1/2 yr old son: “race is when we go run with lots and lots of other runners. You have to go really really fast or you don’t win. But you then you see the finish line and everyone islapping. Even if you go slow you will get a medal. I want a medal”
    Me too Buddy. I Like medals. Lol

  247. In 2012 I did a year of ultra racing. I capped it off with a 50 miler trail race that started and ended in the dark. I ran with 2 good running friends. I described that day/race before, during, and since as “a gorgeous day spent in the woods with friends.”

  248. A race is the motivation to get my butt out the door (many days) and to push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of.

  249. A race is the end of a commitment that you’ve made to train yourself physically and mentally to go beyond your limit. To be fierce and prove to yourself that there is more that you can do than what you had previously believed.

  250. For me, a race is proving to myself what my body and mind are capable of accomplishing. My preferred race distance is the marathon- the more challenging the course, the better. Nothing provides a better feeling of accomplishment or a greater sense of self like crossing that finish line.

  251. A race is best way to push your legs, lungs, heart, brain, and soul. Requires hugs, celebrations, and margaritas afterwards.

  252. To me a half marathon means new discoveries. Deciding to run one (with a lot of pushing from my BRF and a final nudge from Train Like a Mother) was the best decision I ever made. I learned a lot about myself. That I can do what I set my mind to, that I am stronger than I thought, that a BRF is the running accessory I hate to do without, and most importantly that I thrive on distance running. 🙂

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