If you’re a mother runner, you might be able to understand some of these.
1. You’ve pushed a stroller in a race and still managed to pass people. It’s empowering and gratifying at the same time. I’ve mentioned before how hard it is to push a running stroller but passing people while I push it makes me feel like a complete badass.
I once ran a 5k with all three kids and the route was poorly marked and ended up being 4.8 miles. My oldest ran the first 3 miles and got tired so he hopped into my BoB and I pushed 3 kids through gravel for the rest of the race. It was so very hard and I cursed the race organizers under my breath the entire time but I realized I’m a lot stronger than I thought.
2. Your kids are your biggest fans. This has to be the best part about being a mother runner. I have 3 amazing cheerleaders and who encourage me when I’m running with them and cheer me on at races too. When I saw them while running my marathon I cried my eyes out. I was so emotional and seeing their smiling faces made me realize I couldn’t give up. I wanted to be the amazing person they saw me as.
3. Your kids love racing just as much as you do. They all love to run with me but running and getting a medal is HUGE for them. We’ve run several races together as a family and I think it’s more fun to race with them than to race alone.
4. You’ve dressed up as a runner for Halloween. It’s a good excuse to where your medal again and the bright clothes make being seen at night a lot easier.
5. Your kids take better running photos than you. Doesn’t she just look like a natural?
6. Your kids regularly help you roll out your sore muscles after hard runs. I battled an injury last year and my son was my go to helper when I was trying to get back into training and my muscles were tight and sore.
7. You know that getting in your runs makes you a better mother and wife. Whether you get in your runs pushing your kids in a stroller, on a treadmill while they play at your feet or alone on the road; each run is a blessing. Running helps me stay sane, cope with the chaos of my life and helps me be an example to my kids.
On the rare time I get to run alone this is usually me as I head out the door!