Mom's Running It Blog

Running with My Daughter: Anything Is Possible 5K

The anticipation of a race is half the fun!! The planning, prep, outfit selection, drive there, pre-race standing around is almost as exciting as the race itself.  Then there's the post-race glow.... I'm getting ready to do the Anythings Possible 5K at the University of Nevada Reno campus with one of my 19-year-old daughters. ( http://anythingispossible5k.com/)  9 cities are participating at 1:30 am while the clocks turn back thus giving runners a negative time. Can anyone say PR??? I don't usua…

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Mom Chronicles: Alana is 13

"I like running because it keeps me up and awake.  Not sitting on the couch 24/7 watching TV.  I remember when my Mom was running a marathon.  We waited at the very end of it and ran the end with my Mom and cheered her on.  It was really hot out and my  Mom was tired after.  Normally when I race I get super competitive unless I have something distracting me, so I like to listen to music.  I was on the cross country team.  It helps me keep training and running more often and I"m more ready when w…

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Surprises in My Running Playlist

It may sound crazy, but I put my 15 year old daughter in charge of my music. Don't get me wrong - I put in a lot of my own desires - in the form of tugging on her shirt and whining..... It's fantastic!!  She does the work and I get my groove on! I use an iPod Shuffle. I actually prefer non iPod brands because I can download more music and manipulate more easily than being locked in to iTunes. BUT, the shuffle allows me to clip on, it's super small and when I'm not "feeling" a song I can just pus…

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Running Motivation - My Imaginary Running Partner

Eric is a real, flesh and blood person. We went to high school together back in the old days and reconnected, like many people, via Facebook. It's interesting because there are so many people from my past that I would have never communicated with had it not been for Facebook. For that, I am grateful. Had it only been Eric, it would have been worth it. I am from the East Coast, but haven't really lived there since 1989 after my first year of college. (weird since I'm still only 28??) I'm in Reno,…

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Adoption Story: Still Rooting Her On

"I remember you being pregnant and rocking in your rocking chair in spandex pants eating an apple.. I remember you running all of us kids around and you being pregnant and getting sick but still making us bread.   You puked in sink and went on your merry way... I think we were just very busy in a big family I remember you taking me to climb my hill.. sending me to horse lessons. I just remember you being a very busy mom with 2 younguns and a few more of us..  taking us to school making lunches…

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Running With Kids: Reno 5000 Halloween Race 2011

Packet pick up is one of my favorite parts of a race.  I like seeing the coupons, little goodies, get my chip and race bib.  It lets me know it's ON!!!  And it's the countdown to donning the race outfit, getting a little anxious and feeling the energy of a race.  With the exception of Taylor finding a spider on him in the parking lot on the way out and freaking out so much I almost peed myself, it went off without a hitch but had all the fun elements of every packet pickup.  Kids are jonesing fo…

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Finishing the Race: Push Through the Pain

Gabrielle doubled over with side stitches during a race Most of us runners have a myriad of aches and pains along our running paths. Many of us have looked or felt like this picture of Gabi.   When Gabrielle saw this picture, she said, "Oh my gosh, Mom.  Delete that one."  None of us wants to picture ourselves looking like this, even though I know I've had this expression on my face on more than one occasion.  I like to envision myself more gazelle-esque.   For the most part, I'd tell friends (…

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Parenting on Exchange: Andrea

[gallery] "Well, you being yummy would be one thing I remember :-)! (My Mom tried speaking German once.  She accidentally said "I am yummy." in German.  We laughed so hard and from that moment on, every time we saw a cute boy, we would say the German phrase for "I am yummy"!!) I loved and still love you being active. You made me feel like being home. You were the one comforting me from the moment I spoke to you on the phone the first time even though I hadn't met you. Getting to be your daughter…

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Mom Chronicles: Olivia is 15

"When I run, I always start with my hair up in a ponytail. As I run, the pony starts to feel like a weight in the back of my head and where it rests it starts to pulse. So, I take my hair out and realize how much I love the sound my hair makes when the wind blows through it and how free I feel when I run with my hair billowing out behind me. I shared that with my mom for the first time today (10-28-11). She laughed and said that the hair gets stuck to your neck and gets itchy, but for me, it's …

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Mom Chronicles: Taylor at 12

"Dude, Mom I'm not into the whole blogging thing and having what I say be there for, like, forever." Right....  That's SO Taylor.  He calls me "Dude, Mom." because "that's who you are" "OK, so I remember riding my bike with you when I was younger and I was behind you.   I said "Dude, Mom your butt jiggles when you run and it makes me want to throw up." So you told me to ride my bike in front of you and that it was my fault and all my brothers and sisters fault that your butt jiggles.  And that …

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