You might be a mother runner if…

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

IMG_4348Can you see that pure joy?
zazoosh_990233132-1800My only wish is that there was a discount on race registrations when running as a family!  It gets pretty expensive to pay for 5 people!IMG_7913

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.

 

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5. Your kids take better running photos than you.  Doesn’t she just look like a natural?

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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.

IMG_55117. 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!

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