Want to Be a Mother Runner? 3 Must-Haves to Get Moving

November 5, 2014 7:47 PM

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Want to Be a Mother Runner? 3 Must-Haves to Get Moving

You may have noticed on your Facebook feed that fall racing season is upon us, as the crisp days make for cool running, and turkey trots and jingle bell runs beckon. It may be that your news feed has become an endless stream of photos of all your mom friends beaming at finish lines, status updates filled with tales of couch to 5K miracles, and half and full marathon stories of monumental accomplishments. And all of this is happening because no other endurance sport has witnessed an all out female takeover as much as running has these last few years. According to Running in the USA, among all running event finishers in 2013, women made up 57 percent, while men made up 43 percent. No longer an exclusive "men only" sport, female runners, especially weary and frazzled mothers, are soaring in numbers. You may be considering taking up running, eager to see what all the hype is, and looking for that runner's high all your mother runner friends boast about. And then reality hits; you have kids to nurture, a spouse to love, a home to manage, a full or part-time job, and an endless list of mothering daily duties. So exactly how do you get started running? And where will it fit into your life?

Like most new physical endurance based challenges, running is going to be something you will most likely fail at miserably on the first try. You will lace up your shoes, head out the door, and three minutes in, lungs burning and heart pounding, your mind will begin tossing out questions: "Isn't this...

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