Why do I run?
Before I dive in…let me preface by saying I was not always in love with running as I am now. Running was a means to an end for me in my “younger” athletic years; I played soccer, skied in the winter months, and did sprint distances and long/triple jump as well as pole vault in track. It wasn’t until I began my struggle with disordered eating, (however, another post, another time)…. that running found me and I found solace and healing in the power of running.
Running for me is a cheap and efficient way to stay in shape. I love that wherever I go, as long as I have my running shoes, (and a supportive bra…I nurse so this is critical) I can get the happy endorphins I so desire to be a pleasant human being for the remainder of the day.
Running has been a way for me to show my boys so many life lessons without having to say a single word. When I put my very cooperative and understanding boys, (most of the time) in the stroller; they know this is mom time and it is time I dedicate to myself as a way to say that mom matters too, (after all the rest of the day I am at their disposal.) Running and getting into races has also showed my boys that if you put in the time and effort, anything is possible. I am just now getting into running races; I’ve only run 2 marathons and 7 or so half marathons; but, my boys have seen their mom train and prevail by finishing with a smile every time!
Currently, I have taken it upon my usually unorganized self, (as well as tech-unsavvy) to organize a chapter of “Mom’s Run This Town” for ND. My hope is that I will inspire other women in the community to get out and enjoy running. I don’t think I will convert everyone to a hard-core runner, but if I can find everyone interested their “perfect running buddy” I will have done my job.
I chose to run/train, (if you call pushing a stroller and pulling two dogs on a leash training) to join the group of female runners that one can read about and aspire to be someday, (obviously, I will never be Kara Goucher…)but, I would love to show other women that being a mother and trying to juggle “domestication” with an “elite” runner status is possible. I would also love to bring more recognition for women runners here in ND.
I’m sure this won’t be the last post on why I run. I’m just trying to lay down the foundation of which you’ll get to know me by.
If you live in ND and want to join our running group please click here Minot, ND Moms Run this Town; all are welcome, mom or not. This is a fairly new running group, however, it has become a passion of mine and I have met some incredible women/runners already.