It was the winner of our final Thankful Mother Runner contest, and the Tribe went wild for it. It was the perfect mix of confidence and pride, beauty and reality of motherhood. It also reminded us of the "What a Mother Runner Looks Like" slideshow that Dimity put together in 2012 (check out part 1 and part 2) and this time of year—with all the New Year, New You/Find Your Perfect Body posts floating around—seems like an ideal time to revisit it.
So here's our official call to action: We're looking for your Mother Runner snap. it's the one that shows that stretch marks and strength aren't mutually exclusive, and that runners come in all shapes and sizes. We want you—all of you, no matter how fit you feel, no matter how many little stretchy rivulets run along your abs, no matter if you're currently channeling badass or not—to join in.
Please send us a picture of yourself as a mother runner. You can be with a pal (the two- or four-legged kind); you can crop off your head or not (or ask me to do it); you can be as revealing as you want. (We'd prefer to see you in a sports bra, please, to keep some consistency with the pics.) Might be good to take the pic before a run so we don't get you in all your sweaty glory, but we'll take that, too.
Info to include:
Age; number of kids (fine if you don't have any); number of years you've been a runner; proudest running moment; favorite body part (no wiggling out of this one).
Pull it together and send it to: runmother at gmail dot com. We can't wait to see what arrives in our inbox.