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What does a mother runner look like? Strong. And smiley.Up today: round two of What Another Mother Runner Looks Like. 75 or so mother runners who come in a range of shapes and sizes, but personify what mother runners stand for: confidence, strength, ambition, inspiration, vibrancy. I hope the combined 132 pictures drove home the point that there is no such thing as a stereotypical runner. Sure, there are wisps who whip across the line seemingly effortlessly—and there are a few of them in this collection (and yes, we love you and your little bods!)—but the majority of the pack are runners who might have bulky quads; who might have a little extra bulge on their midsection; who might be far from the “ideal” runner physique. But here’s the thing about the majority of us: we’re dominating the race fields. Some days, we’re running long. Some days, we’re running fast. Some days, we’re just running. We’re setting PR’s and killing the hills. We’re surprised by how running has become ingrained in our DNA, the reward of dedication and consistency. We’re inspiring others to try it. In short, we are redefining what a runner looks like. I wanted to share a few thoughts from Rebecca, who describes herself as overweight/obese since puberty (“and three pregnancies haven’t helped,” she adds). When she submitted her picture, she wrote, [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="320"] Rebecca went outside her comfort zone to participate. That’s some serious strength.[/caption] “I like your idea for a photo essay: real women, with real bodies. It’s outside my comfort zone, but I’ve decided to include my photo because I think there are plenty of other women out there whose bodies look more like mine than any of the 14 shown so far. And I think it would mean a lot to those other women to see someone more like themselves. Women who equally value the another mother runner community that the two of you promote.” Rebecca: we so appreciate you—and the rest of you—who have put yourself out there. There is a reason why this community is so valuable: it’s as strong and supportive as the collective legs we run on. Again, I ask you to please share this gallery: Facebook it, tweet it, send it to your pals. Thank you, thank you. And here’s the link to Part I in case you missed it. (And full disclosure: I am not in this. I meant to be, but it’s 9:15 p.m. and I have to run at 5:20 a.m. and I have no interest into changing into a sports bra and spandex right now. Raincheck. Promise.)
What Does a Mother Runner Look Like? 14 Exhibits and Counting
October 1, 2012; By, Dimity[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] My very amenable, very brave running buddies, who stripped for me last Thursday morning, to begin a photo series. I asked the dogs to take off their collars, but they protested: they’re boy runners. Running with us is emasculating enough.[/caption] So I’ve had this idea fermenting in my head for six months now: a photo essay titled What Does a Mother Runner Look Like? A collection of pictures that celebrates the bodies that have carried us through all kinds of miles. I want to show that kickass strong and stretch marks go together–and that, despite what the cover of Runner’s World may broadcast, all sizes and shapes of bodies can be and are runners.I waffled for a long time, though, because I know how easily we women can fall into the how-great-is-her-body and how-much-does-mine-suck game? And I am not willing to promote those kind of sports. (Running? Yes. Jealousy? No.) So here’s my caveat: if you’re going to go into this post with a coveting attitude, covet just one thing: the fact that these women are so proud of their awesome, capable bodies, they’re willing to put them on display. I recruited a couple of pals to kickstart the project, because nobody likes to be first to the party. Initially, I had a very rigid idea of what I thought would work (individuals only, sports bras, short or skirt, in front of plain backdrop, whole body, head cropped off) and then I realized being rigid doesn’t make anybody’s life–and especially mine–easy. What follows is the beginnings of the album: some are group shots, some are alone, some mostly show bellies, others show full bodies, some are headless mother runners and others aren’t. As I work on being flexible, 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. I will then pull it together in some cool photo album app thing and so the world will know what a mother runner looks like: proud, human, strong, badass. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="360"] 43 years old, 2 kids, running for 2 years.[/caption] Proudest running moment: Just a month ago when I got to run Hood to Coast, I was very overwhelmed after finishing my last leg. Favorite body part: My brain because it is one part that keeps getting better with age well for me anyway; knowledge and wisdom increase with the years. If it has to be a visible part, it’s my legs. I truly believe that running saved my life and got me out of postpartum depression for good. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="360"] 2 kids; runner for 18 years.[/caption] Proudest running moment: finishing my first marathon in 1999. I felt like I could have kept running even after 26.2 miles! Favorite body part: My arms! Always the easiest part to show how hard you have been working out! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="360"] 46 years old, 3 kids, running for 25 years.[/caption] Proudest running moment: clocking 4:01 at the Big Sur Marathon. Favorite body part: my calves. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="360"] 40-something; 2 kids; runner for 6 years.[/caption] Proudest running moment: standing at the starting line of my first marathon. Favorite body part: my legs. They have carried me countless miles and they’re stronger than I give them credit for. They respond to strength training and hill running by getting stronger. If I would just listen to my legs instead of my head, I would run faster and farther…. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="360"] 48; 2 kids; runner for 4 years.[/caption] Proudest running moment: running my first marathon in 2010 while my daughter was going through chemotherapy for her kidney disease was a huge physical and mental achievement for me. Favorite body part: my thighs. I used to hate them: all fat, huge, giggly, with cellulite. Now they are toned, strong, and can carry me anywhere and as far as I want them to go. They still have some cellulite, but that’s ok.
2 kids; runner for 2 years.Proudest running moment: finishing a half-marathon at the end of a 70.3 triathlon. Favorite body part: my eyes, because they never change.
45 years old; 3 kids; runner for almost 4 years.Proudest running moment: going sub two-hours in half-marathon in April 2011. Favorite body part: my legs for sure. They’re strong and lean.
Left: 39; 2 kids; runner for 2 years. Right: 39; 2 kids; runner for 1.5 years.Left: Proudest running moment: crossing the finish line at first mud run with 18-year-old son. Completely unassisted; no one had to carry me, as in an EMT. (Ha!) Favorite part of body: my kids. They always make me smile, and they are a part of me. Right: Proudest running moment: finishing a hateful 11 mile training run in preparation for my first half-marathon. Favorite body part: my butt. When I lost weight after pregnancy and while nursing, my behind was pancake flat. Running has made me curvy and strong again.
40-something; 4 kids; runner for 25 years.Proudest running moment: finishing my first 100-mile race with my family and my BRFs by my side. [Editor's note: forgot to ask her what her favorite body part is. Dang it.]
55 years old; 1 kid; runner for 35 years.Proudest running moment: when I qualified for Boston at my very first marathon at age 48. Favorite body part: Love my legs because they continue to carry me through long runs and over hill and dale.
2 kids; runner for 2 years.Proudest running moment: finishing the Twin Cities Marathon with friends. Favorite body part: TBA.
1 kid; runner for 12 years.Proudest running moment: with so many distractions and commitments, every single time I make it out the door for a run. Favorite body part: My waist. I’m psyched I have one. We’ll end with this beauty of a shot, taken by a professional photographer. The mother runner on the left writes, “Can you disclose this picture was from Laura Mahony, a professional photographer, who knows her lighting? It’s way more flattering than I would have gotten with a cell phone.” But wait! There's more! Be sure to check out the first set of photos Another Mother Runner received, and check out the post with the second set, Part II! Enjoy!
I work in Marketing. Behind a screen. Sending out any vibes I can through the tips of my fingers, rapidly pushing on the keys in front of me. Conveying to everyone how happy their excitement and pleasure in our product and our company makes me can be a challenge for a girl with a limited vocabulary. I often find myself at a loss of words and half ashamed to continually tell them they are "awesome, amazing, wonderful, and beautiful", but in reality, that's what they are. These women I've found myself connecting with are INCREDIBLE women. Incredible. They are doing their part to make the day okay. In any small way they can. Today I received the picture from our gal the Grand Prize winner from the Power of 9 giveaway, and the sight of it brought me to tears. I mean, look at her! :) Her smile was and is, one of the most genuine, gleeful, proud and honestly thrilled to be in the moment photos I've seen in a long time. Sheer, complete, truthful joy! The look on her face wearing her new Title 9 t-shirt with a tennis racket, golf club and soccer ball in one hand, is a look I'm certain parents have the privilege of enjoying on their kids on a summer day. She's beautiful. She's happy. And to top it off, she had just finished her fastest mile as part of her T9K training program :) She's a teacher. She has daughters. And she's enjoying every last moment of her summer that she can. And taking the time that I know she doesn't have to put on her new shirt, find some props, and talk someone into taking her picture to send to the pesky marketing gal at the home office. Jamie my dear, you are a doll. You put in more than one exclamation point despite it being a grammatical error because dang it, you're excited. We sign our emails "love". We address each other by our initials. You're my long lost Midwestern pen pal. Thank you for reminding me what life is all about and how wonderful it will continue to be... if you let it. If you're open to it. You are a beautiful gal - there are far too few like you. Rock on JMG - you're going to be great come that October race day.
WALKING TRAINING : Bay Area Title 9K
WALKING TRAINING : Chicago Title 9KFor the Runners Are you ready to run 5.6 miles!? We're here to get you there. This plan is intended for those who are already able to run a couple of miles. If you don’t think you’re there, spend a week walking for one minute and jogging for 11. Do this for a few days before kicking into this plan – and once you get started, if you need to break in bouts of walking during your runs, that’s okay too! If you need to switch days to accommodate your schedule, and swap a run for a rest day, that’s fine. Your EZ runs should be a comfortable pace to help loosen your muscles. The cross training (CT) sessions held once a week are extremely important; they balance your muscle groups reducing your chance of injury. You will also avoid getting bored with running and can continue to train if you inhibit certain injuries. Examples of cross-training include: swimming, water running, cycling or spinning, elliptical and rowing!
RUNNER TRAINING : Bay Area Title 9K
RUNNER TRAINING : Chicago Title 9KBay Area and Chicago Title 9Ks. Are you ready? Keep us updated on your progress, share your goals, and post pictures below! We would love to hear from you! Interested in volunteering in Chicago or the Bay Area? Drop us a line at email@example.com See ya'll soon!