Friday, May 8, 2015

How a Mother Shares the Love of Running

It took us a while to decide what we were going to write for this Friday's theme of "How to share the Runner Love" but every time we thought of those words, we kept thinking about how we run with our family. Seeing as this weekend is Mother's Day, we thought what better was to incorporate our mom into the post about sharing "runner love".

Princess race with mom


1. Our mom, like many others out there, works hard at everything she does. This includes doing things to make her children happy. When I decided that I wanted to become more involved in running, she didn't let me do it alone. When I wanted to run a 5K, she did it with me. When I decided to step things up and do a 7K, 8K, and 10k she was with me. She was with me during the hottest run I ever did (in Williamsburg). She helped push me through when I really thought I wanted to quit due to heat exhaustion!  When I wanted to challenge myself a bit more with the half marathon relay, she volunteered to became my partner. When I wanted to take the leap and run my first half marathon, she ran it with me and when I had to stop and walk because my nagging IT band wouldn't let me go any further, she walked with me too. 

2. When our mom is not running with me, she is surely a great spectator. She makes signs for my sister and I and tries to support us off the course. That may mean standing in the freezing cold at the Shamrock marathon or trying to catch a glimps of me during a trail race just to see if I'm all right.

3. Our mom is a great sport. She knows that we enjoy dressing up for Disney races so she just goes with the flow. We've made her be various Disney Characters and even had fun dressing her up for the Wicked 10K.

4. Our mom did not run the Marathon with us this year (She loves us and all but I kind of think that's where she draws the line..lol), although I know she totally could have done it.  My mom was with me on most of my training runs. Although she wasn't training for anything over 13.1 miles, she did some 15+ mile runs with me.

5. I'm sure 30 years ago my mom never thought she would become a runner but I am so glad she gave it a try. I know she did this stuff because she didn't want me to have to face these challenges alone but I think somewhere along the line she sort of fell in love with it too! 

This Mother's day we will be running with our mom at the Happiest Place on Earth! Yes, Disneyland.

How will you be spending mother's day?  -M

We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.

29 comments:

  1. i love it!! Hopefully I will run into you ladies this weekend. I will be driving down to Disneyland within a few hours

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  2. Love it! My parents running Disney races was what got me interested in running. They did the W&D relay in the inaugural year since I wanted to do the 5k as my first race.

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  3. That's fantastic!!! My dad doesn't really even know I run, and my mom lives in Kansas (and we're in Iowa) so I don't really get support from either one. However, my husband is very supportive of my running.

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  4. What a great tribute to your mom! I hope she reads this and realizes just how loved she is!

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  5. That's so awesome that your mom was able to pass along her love of running to you! I got that from my dad haha

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  6. Okay, you just made my eyes water (are those tears?) as I read this; so amazing! I don't have a relationship with my mother, but my mother-in-law is amazing and she is a huge cheerleader for my running efforts; she and my father-in-law have walked and run several local races with us. What a great way to honor your mother and I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

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  7. That's wonderful that your mom is so supportive and even ran 15 mile training runs with you! I hope you guys are having a great time at Disneyland :)

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  8. Great post and can I just say she sounds like an incredible mother!!!
    You ladies keep having a great trip. Good luck in all your races this weekend :)

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  9. I absolutely love this. It would be so wonderful if one day my mom could run...I love connecting with people through running so even just a 5k would make me so happy to complete with her. That picture of you two crossing the finish line is so moving -- I bet you'll save that forever!

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  10. I love this so much! My mother, sister and I just completed the Music City Half marathon a few weeks ago I can totally relate. It was her first half and I think we have convinced her to run the Princess Half with us too. It is so empowering to have a strong woman in your family!

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  11. awww this is so sweet. i hope she sees this post and knows just how much her running with you girls means to y'all! :)

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  12. Awww! This is really sweet! I love it!

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  13. your mom sounds amazing! my mother is devoutly not a runner, though she did agree to train for a 4-mile race when i told her she could walk part of it. our nights together at the track getting her ready for it are some of my favorite memories. and though she doesn't come to all my races, she was waiting at the mile 26 marker of my first (and so far only) full marathon and when i saw her i burst into tears. moms are the best. i wanted to convince her to do the tink 10K this weekend for mother's day but she drew the line at 4 miles ;)

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  14. What a sweet post! That's great that you'll be in disney with your mom for mother's day..the best gift you could give her!

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  15. That's so cool that you and your mom (and family) run together!

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  16. Awh love this post!!! My Mom is coming on Saturday for my daughter's recital, but is leaving the same day. Not sure what we will end up doing on Sunday!!

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  17. My wife has a 12k run (that's her longest this season) planned for the weekend, so the least I can do is enable/support that!

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  18. Oh my gosh... this just made me smile... what a great mom...
    You all are in the PERFECT place for this weekend!

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  19. Sweet post! I will be spending mothers day with my mom - kicking it off with a 4 miler :)

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  20. This is so touching. Have a wonderful time with your Mom this weekend. Mine has been gone about 7 years now and I miss her.

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  21. What an awesome mom! My mom doesn't run, but is definitely my biggest supporter when it comes to it. I hope you all have a great race and Mother's day!

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  22. I love this! I wish I could get my mom to run!!

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  23. Lucky you that your mom runs! My mom comes from that generation that believed women shouldn't sweat.

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  24. Amazing that your mom is so involved with running and that she is one of your best running buddies.

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  25. I love this post! I really wish that my parents would run with me, I think that would be a great way to spend time together.

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  26. This is so sweet! What a great way to spend time together, bond, and share accomplishments :) I love that mom trains with you! I hope you all had a fabulous Disney weekend :)

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  27. I love this post so much. My mom and I are the same way, I told her I wanted to run a half marathon and she said she would do it with me without even blinking. She also draws the line at a full marathon-haha!

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  28. Great tribute to your mom! I can't think of a better way to spend Mother's Day Weekend! Hope you ladies had a wonderful time! :)

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