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12K’s of the Holidays: Day 2+2+2+2

December 16, 2010

When God was handing out body parts, Dimity and I both must have dilly-dallied in the Height line, thus coming up short in the Breast one. Or, put another way: We are not big-boobed gals. While we can’t exactly relate to the literal pain some women runners feel when they go running–bounce, bounce, BOUNCE–we do value a well-designed, high-quality sports bra. After breastfeeding our respective bambinos, our chests need love and kindness in return. Features like well-placed (or non-existant) seams, padding (we hate high beams!), dependable support (ban any bounce), and fabric that wicks like there’s no tomorrow.

Through our years of running, we’ve come to count on Champion sports bras to deliver the goods. When I pull a Compression Vented Sports Bra, which Jessie gamely modeled, over my head before the crack o’ dawn, I know it’s going to keep my just-about-a-handful breasts securely in place. Its breathable mesh lining moves sweat away from my body. And the array of bright colors brightens my morning, even though it’s still pitch-black out.

Today, we’ve got five Champion sports bras to give away; the random winners can pick the style that fits her chest the best.

But in order to enter, we want to know this: who is the biggest supporter of your running? (Support…get it?) Spouse or beau? Kids? Parents? Friend? Trainer or coach? Weight Watchers counselor? Give them props, and your chest could get a lift.

One more time: Who’s your #1 running fan?

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Six winners of the Isis Henna Hipsters–and their commando preferences–are

1. Megan A: Depends on the pants or shorts. If they have a boy short or lining – commando. For winter running pants, no commando.

2. Lauren M.: I always wear them except when I wear my running shorts or skirts with the built in brief.

3.  Rachel: Nay. I switched to commando a couple of years ago – best decision ever. However, these underwear sound fabulous!

4. Veronica: None w/ shorts, and I recently tried going commando in tights/capris as well. It is apparently a no-go as I sweat like a dude and had a massive case of crack sweat that was embarrassingly visible.

5. Katie: Nay. Commando. Although I had to work up to being comfortable with that.

6. Kim: Nay~BUT would love to try a good pair workout undies that don’t “travel”!

Congrats, congrats. E-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com to claim your undies. Please put “Isis winner” in the subject line and your size and address in the body.

382 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2010 3:22 am

    Probably my sister just because we are running (or workout) partners 5 days a week. But my husband seems to generally think it is cool and is very impressed that I can just go out and run 12 miles, no biggy! 🙂 Meanwhile, my daughter cries at least once a week (or every other) and says “don’t go running Mommy!” She’s 6.

  2. Nan permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:23 am

    My biggest supporter is definitely my husband. He helps with the kids, brings them out to cheer me on at races and listens to me when I jabber on and on about mileage, time and running clothes. 🙂 He is a sweet, wonderful man, and I need to tell him that way more often!

  3. Lynn permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:26 am

    The biggest supporter of my running has to be my twin sister Lisa K. Not only is she encouraging and excited about the races i do and how often i’m running, but she is also the one that I compare myself to and compete with. If I can come close to her times in races then I’m doing great. When our babies were small and we lived on the same continent, we used to do running trades. I would watch the 5 kiddos while she went for a run, then when she returned, i would go for my run. It was such a great set up! And now when I visit her in MN we still schedule our kids’ playdates around when we need to get out for a run!

  4. Judy permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:27 am

    Definitely my kids. They know how important running is to me and support my training and help me to count up my miles and meet my goals.

  5. Anje permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:34 am

    Friends. They are so supportive and great to run and race with! I love the girl time!

  6. SueM permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:58 am

    my running partners – they’ve cheered me on through countless marathons and ultramarathons – they pick me up when I’m down and push me when I need it!

  7. December 16, 2010 4:01 am

    I have many people who support my running. My hubby lets me spend hours out on the road and many times my daughter cheers me on from our jogger. However my #1 fan is my running buddy Jill! She helps me achieve every crazy goal I set and logs most of the training right by my side! I’m sad that she is not living as close to me now but she is still my biggest cheerleader!

  8. Susan permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:06 am

    My biggest supporter without a doubt is my husband. He never questions my need to run and will even let me ramble on and on about running and shoes and running gear, etc. He never complains when I head out the door for long runs. My kids are also big supporters who have waited at many finish lines for me with hugs and high fives.

  9. BigDogMom permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:07 am

    My biggest supporters are my kids. They allow me to go out and run…getting themselves breakfast on those days (if you call a little toast with a jar if Nutella breakfast!) and even will bring me my shoes(asking a stressed out mom, “don’t you think you should go for a run?” ). They really understand what running means to me and whether they realize it or not they do understand on some level that a running mommy is a happy mommy!

  10. Megan permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:15 am

    Definitely my husband. He always makes sure that I get my run in and he never makes me feel guilty for taking time away from my family to do it. Sometimes he will suggest that I take a break, but he never insists and he’s always right. I realized my dream of running the Boston Marathon in April because of his support. For Mother’s Day he gave me a shadow box that he put together with my finisher’s medal, bib number and picture. He’s the best!

  11. Sherry permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:18 am

    My sister! She is 13 hours away but is a runner & athlete and is thrilled I’ve seen the light!

  12. Jennifer R permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:29 am

    My husband and kids are always there at the end of a race cheering me on, my youngest son will give me a high five as I’m going out the door for an after work run. My biggest supporter has to be my sister…I send her a text after every run to tell her how well (or not so well) I did and she always sends back loads of encouragement and goals…she is also my long distance training partner; we are both training for the Princess Half Marathon at Disney in Feb, she in NY and me in Fl!

  13. Catrina permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:38 am

    My kids are my bjggest supports. They always ask how far I just ran, and anything over 3 miles they are in awe. My 6 yr old daughter now wants to run a 5k with me!

  14. December 16, 2010 4:44 am

    No contest. My husband. He has never, not ONCE, moaned or groaned about my need to get a long run it during marathon training. He’s not a runner but he has a lot of outlets he enjoys through his work and he knows that since I work at home with small children all day…. this is my ticket to sanity and self worth. Gotta love and appreciate that!

  15. December 16, 2010 4:48 am

    That’s a tough question to answer. My husband is probably the most supportive. However, my biggest fan is my mother. She calls me after every single races. She ooos and ahhs and says all the right things.

  16. December 16, 2010 4:52 am

    My family stays home when I race now, and they’ve threatened to have me committed if I buy Yak Trax so I can run in the ice/snow!! At the same time the other day when I asked them (my DH and DD) if they’d rather come home to a clean house or to a me who got my run in-without hesitation they said “you make SURE you get your run in. Period!”. DH listens to me babble on about every day’s time/distance, supports me buying gear, encourages me to keep training to become faster and go further…and LOVES my runner body, even though he loved my curves “just as much”. DD at least talks about coming to watch me race …and probably will when it warms up again. So the short answer is “my family”!! 😀

  17. December 16, 2010 5:01 am

    My running buddies are my biggest supporters. We’re not running together so much now that the weather is cold and unpredictable, and I miss them!

  18. December 16, 2010 5:05 am

    I’d say my husband, he’s so proud of me and what I’ve accomplished this year. I’m 55 and just started running again. My 12 yr old is pretty proud too!

  19. December 16, 2010 5:05 am

    My biggest supporter has to be my fiance and my mom. Both of them have battled the elements to watch me run and are always happy to come along to a race. They have always encouraged me to run and to have fun!

  20. Sandi permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:11 am

    My biggest supporter is my husband. Whenever I have doubts in my abilities he is always there cheering me on. I do my best to support him in all his adventures too!

  21. Sheryl permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:14 am

    My 7 year old daughter tells everyone that I’m fast, but not fast enough to win 🙂 My dad inspired me as a child by running 6 miles every day before the sun came up and he left on his 2 hour commute to the city. And my sister had her husband fly up to run with me in my first half marathon. I’ve got good support and feel blessed.

  22. Carrie B permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:15 am

    I didn’t realize it until last weekend (I’ve only been running for a year now), but my husband is my biggest supporter. Too bad it has taken him a year to vocalize it! Communication is not his strength, haha! My biggest fans are my boys, 4 & 6.

  23. Laurie Allin permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:17 am

    My friends/running partners. I joke often that we are Team Facebook, run plans are announced, run and race reports given, and post run/race kudos and support in plenty. I love knowing that they are also right there even when our schedules don’t line up so that we can actually go run together.

  24. Kimba permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:18 am

    My biggest supporter is, without question, my sister Joanie. She did not judge as I started and quit my too many prior attempts at maintaining a consistent running routine. Just as Nemo’s Dory keeps swimming, swimming, swimming, Joanie kept gently encouraging, encouraging, encouraging. Thanks to my sister, I have developed a LOVE of running and feel so out of sorts when my husband and three kids have schedule demands that do not permit a run on a particular day. I have completed three 5K’s and one 10K and am seriously considering a half-marathon in the Spring. Hugs to my supportive sister and thanks to RLAM for your awesome blog!

  25. Joanmarie permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:18 am

    Easy one: my sister. She’s happy with and champions my running whenever, where ever, no matter the training schedule, no matter the goal. Total cheerleading fan and enthusiastic convert to the lifestyle! Yay!

    • Joanmarie permalink
      December 16, 2010 5:20 am

      Wow! That’s totally bizarre! Who posted just seconds ahead of me? My sis! Goosebumps!

      • December 16, 2010 5:48 am

        Ok that just made me teary that you two gals posted right after each other and each sighted the other as your biggest support!

        I have 2 older brothers-no sisters-but thankfully one of them married a woman who I’ve known since I was 10 and is my very best friend. She’s the closest I’ve got and my biggest supporter (after my husband!) Lucky girls you are!

        • Joanmarie permalink
          December 16, 2010 8:33 pm

          It’s great to have somebody close and who supports you in addition to your husband! Glad you have someone too!

  26. December 16, 2010 5:24 am

    My husband! (for the whole time we’ve been together – many years of significant other-dom before the wedding) Whatever distant race I want to enter, whatever puny mileage I’m doing, whatever training plan I’m analyzing and obsessing over through hours of discussion, however many different orthotics, sports medicine visits, chiropractor appointments and even (gulp) “ooh, running store!” visits – not to mention the outlay of funds for same and all the gear, nutrition,etc. – he is always my biggest fan!!! He’s even offered to pace me for my next half so I can continue to improve my PR.

    I too must have dallied in the height line (vs. endowment line) but I’ve come to appreciate both the height and smaller bust over the years. No breastfeeding droops for me, just aging, gravity and running, I guess. 🙂

  27. Kelly permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:27 am

    My husband is my biggest supporter without him the long Saturday runs would be impossible. I come home smelly and exhausted and he allows me to rest, actually I should say he makes me rest sometime that day!

  28. Kristin permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:34 am

    My husband. When I first told him I wanted to start running, he wasn’t exactly supportive thinking I’d quit or give up. But he was there for my first race with our girls and will now watch the girls so I can go for a run or to a race without any questions or complaints.

  29. Nancy McM permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:35 am

    My #1 fan is my husband… in fact, he did the C25k program with me and is more into running than me these days 😉

  30. December 16, 2010 5:40 am

    Definitely my kids. They love going to races and they love riding their bikes with me as I run during the week. Also my son’s cross country coaches. They are always willing to listen to my questions and give advice based on their many years of coaching. Love them!

  31. December 16, 2010 5:40 am

    This might sound strange, but my biggest supporter is my facebook family.
    My runkeeper automatically posts my run stats after each run. The comments I get about my run really keep me going. It is also a source of accountability. My FB friends know I run and expect to see 4-5 runkeeper posts a week. There have been days when I really did not want to get out in this horribly cold weather, but did it anyway partly (or mostly) because I knew that I would get encouraging/incredulous comments for running 18km in a snow storm etc.

  32. Amanda D permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:42 am

    My husband…. best dude I know. Allows me to get out and run whenever and has no issues with taking care of the crew. He’s a keeper.

  33. December 16, 2010 5:43 am

    My husband and my sister-in-law. And my cousin Tommy.
    After running New York for Team in Training I feel like I have so much support I could cry just sitting here thinking about it!

  34. December 16, 2010 5:49 am

    My husband is my biggest fan. He supports me on long runs by meeting me at strategic spots to hand me a water. The thing I get the biggest kick out of are the encouraging chalk messages he takes time to write to me on local race routes. It turns out other runners get a thrill out of them too. He’s just the best.

  35. ann hardman permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:49 am

    my husband – hands down! He has actually kicked me out of the house to get workouts in. He’s the best

  36. Lisa permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:52 am

    Number 1 supporter is my husband. He has run alot of marathons so he gets the commitment it takes. Number 2 are my kids they love going to my races and cheer me on.

  37. Mina permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:52 am

    My husband and daughter. It was amazing seeing them cheering me on at the finish line of my first half marathon. My running friends from the gym come in at a very close second.

    Mina

  38. Julia permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:59 am

    Definitely my husband! When I don’t feel like running, he reminds me how much better I feel when I do run. And when I do feel like running, and it means I’m going to be gone for a bit and our day/morning needs to be arranged around it, he never complains!

  39. Michaela permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:08 am

    My kids. They LOVE when I find a race that is family-friendly and includes a kids’ race, and I think even at their innocent age they’ve figured out that Mommy is much more pleasant when she gets out and runs 🙂

  40. Kathy A permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:13 am

    I have a sister who lives 9 hours from me, but she is a runner too. She is my biggest fan and encouragement.

  41. Jessica permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:16 am

    My husband is not a runner, but he definitely understands and supports my need to run. He is always at my events with our two boys to cheer me on. They even cheer me on when I am just doing a typical run in the neighborhood!

  42. December 16, 2010 6:21 am

    My husband, hands down. He supports me, pushes me, kicks my ass when needed. I couldn’t do it without him…

  43. WendyLD permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:23 am

    My twin sister, and I couldn’t love her more for it.

  44. Allison M permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:27 am

    Wow. That’s a toss up between my kids and my husband, my mom and my step-mom. They are all great and they all let me get out and run. (Hubby, Mom & step-mom watch the kids when ever I need it) And my kids love cheering for me at races.
    “GO MAMA GO”

  45. ShelleyMM permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:34 am

    My husband is my biggest supporter. He puts up with me as I turn on too many lights at 4:30 a.m. during the week, and he just rolls over quietly on the weekends when I leave the house at 6:30 a.m. to get in a long run. He is not the cheerleader, loud and encouraging type, but he is the support I need to keep pushing…

  46. Jessica Carter permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:34 am

    Hands down it is my husband. He is my chauffeur on race day, my own personal photographer, and his mantra for our family on race day is, “it’s all about your mom.” I love that man.

  47. Jennifer permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:36 am

    First my husband, he runs too so he totally gets it! Then the kids the always understand when I need (or my husband and I) need to go run!

  48. Michelle permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:38 am

    My best friend, B. We’ve trained for three marathons together and neither of us could have done it without the other. And, when I tore my PCL last year, she modified her workout plans and came swimming with me instead, because it was the only exercise I could do for a few months. When she became too pregnant to run comfortably (ironically just a week after I was able to run again), we took our dogs to the trails at the nearby park instead. We’re both running again now, thankfully! Sometimes being supportive of a runner is the ability to be flexible when you cannot actually run!

  49. Denita permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:39 am

    My biggest supporter is definitely my 13 year old daughter. She comes to races and photographs me, she encourages me to run on days that I don’t feel like it and she is actually thinking of becoming a runner herself!

  50. December 16, 2010 6:40 am

    My husband is my biggest supporter. He will leap tall buildings and move mountains to make sure that I have time to go out on a run. Well, at least drive the kids around or pick up dinner so it will happen! Seriously though, I probably would have never even ventured into the running world if it were not for him. His excellent example and hard work ethic proved to me it was possible, and then I found out he is a great cheerleader as well!

  51. Lindsey permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:40 am

    It’s a toss up between my awesome husband who helps me get out the door or on the treadmill by being the greatest dad to our 2 kids and my younger sister who motivates me to keep going and strive for more goals. It has been a blast sharing running with both of them over the years.

  52. Paigie permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:41 am

    My HUSBAND! I ran marathons before we met and then took years off while we fell in love and went backpacking and foolishly I think I just sort of let my running self go 😦 When I started back in again 3 years into our marriage he was so psyched- has been really awesome- surprising me with a Garmin before my last marathon and running a few races with me. He knows that when I run I’m a better happier person to be with 🙂

  53. Nicole permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:43 am

    My training partner!

  54. December 16, 2010 6:45 am

    My whole family! My husband and our dozen children all love to run with me and cheer (loudly!) Love it! Thanks for all the great info you post here and for a wonderful give away too!

  55. Kelsey K. permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:48 am

    My dad has and probably always will be my number one fan!!

  56. Bente permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:49 am

    My husband-he has been at my side as we finished two half marathons (even though he could have finished much faster). I truly am thankful for his support and encouragement-and try to remember to tell him that daily!

  57. December 16, 2010 6:51 am

    My biggest supporters of my running are my friends. I post my runs on twitter and facebook and I always receive an encouraging word from friends both runners and non-runners alike. Without my friends I doubt that I would have run the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon but with their support I knew I could do it!

  58. December 16, 2010 6:51 am

    My husband is my number one supporter when it comes to running. He helps me be able to try and get back on track with running again. My son is my #1 fan. When we were training for the Susan Komen Race for the Cure, he thought it was super cool that I could go faster than daddy :). LOL!

  59. Sue G permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:52 am

    Wow, I’m at a loss for words. As I read all of the previous posts I was so moved and overwhelmed by the support that you receive from your significant others, friends, and family members. I almost didn’t post anything today because I didn’t want to be Debbie Downer 🙂 but I’m not really sure who supports my running. I often feel as though I’m going at it alone. Maybe I would have to say that I am my biggest supporter. Since I don’t have the familial fan club or running partners that so many of you have, I have to motivate myself, get my butt outside for a run, cheer myself on at races, and juxtapose our family’s schedule/life so that no one is inconvenienced. Gosh, that sounds pathetic! I hope there are others out there like me so I don’t feel like the only RLAM who is a self-supporter! Maybe a cool new running bra will give me the extra support I’d love love love to have!

    • Alecia permalink
      December 16, 2010 7:22 am

      I get that. My husband is totally supportive and always willing to take the kids while I run, but it’s still up to me to work it out with our hectic schedules. Also, we recently moved to a new city and although I’ve made a couple of friends, none of them are runners and it’s been getting pretty lonely out on the sidewalk.

  60. Julie permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:58 am

    My husband. I am working my way up to a 10K, and did a 4 mile run yesterday on the treadmill. He made it seem like I was such a great athlete, like I climbed Mt. Everest! He is a real sweetheart, and doesn’t mind when I spend money on running shoes or entering races.

  61. December 16, 2010 7:00 am

    My #1 fan would have to be my best friend Tonia. Hands down.

  62. Christy permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:00 am

    probably my kids, although my husband is nice and supportive of my running, they are the ones who get excited when I tell them I had a good run or PR.

  63. December 16, 2010 7:00 am

    While I’m lucky to have lots of support from friends, my kids and my mother, my hands-down biggest supporter is my husband! He believes I can conquer distances I’m still afraid to try and he’s gone out of his way to help me make sure I get my scheduled runs in. Wouldn’t have made it this far in my fledgling running career without him!

  64. Kathy G permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:01 am

    Definitely my kids! My 9 year old twins ran their first 5K with me over Thanksgiving! They only thing they don’t like is my “scent” after a run.

  65. Laurel Cutter permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:02 am

    Strangely enough, I’d have to say it my Mother in law. She always buys me running related gifts and tells me what a great example I am setting for my kids. She actually knows Joan Samuelson (has worked with her for years on the Beach to Beacon 10k in Maine, where they both live.) I am sure she has bragged about my running to “Joanie” but probably didn’t mention that it takes me longer to run a half marathon than it takes Joanie to run a half…

    • Laurel Cutter permalink
      December 16, 2010 7:03 am

      Ack – what I mean to say that it takes ME longer to run a HALF marathon than it takes Joanie to run a FULL marathon…

  66. Linda B permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:03 am

    Definitely my husband is my biggest supporter. Usually it’s in subtle ways that make a big difference, like never complaining when I have to get my runs in or watching the kids or bringing them to watch my races. Occasionally I hear him telling others how proud he is of me. My kids never want me to run unless I take them with me.

  67. Christine permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:05 am

    My husband. He has gladly handled all kid duties while I ran for the past 11 years. Now that they are older, it’s easier, but he still handles the getting ready for school routine on his own, at least 3 days a week. Thanks!

  68. December 16, 2010 7:06 am

    You two are so creative! 2+2+2+2 LOL!!

    My biggest support is my husband and then my five kiddos.

  69. December 16, 2010 7:06 am

    While my husband is definitely one of my biggest supporters, he’s not a runner, and I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m crazy. My parents, on the other hand, are runners so we are able to discuss training plans and running goals more. In fact, my family just ran a marathon relay together (my parents, siblings and me). My kids know I’m a runner and love to cheer me on in a race. But I’d probably have to say my parents just because it’s nice to be able to go through the ups and downs of running with my mom and dad.

  70. Holly S. permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:06 am

    My husband is my biggest supporter. He looks after the kids while I run, he has advice when I want it (but not too much when I don’t), and he is always encouraging.

  71. December 16, 2010 7:09 am

    My husband, no doubt about it. He bought me sports clothes and got me into good running shoes 12 years ago, and made it possible for me to think I *might* have an athletic bone in my body. Now he is as proud of my running as I am.

  72. Erica Richards permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:09 am

    My biggest supporters are my husband, 2 kids, my sister, and now, my parents who came to watch my finish my first marathon. Also, my running BFFs, Amy, Caroline, and Dawne. We push each other to reach new goals.

  73. Callie permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:10 am

    My daughter is, even though she’s too young to know it. She is 2 1/2, but the way everytime I put shorts or tennis shoes on she asks, “Mommy going running?” and the way she puts my shoes on and pushes her toy stroller around the living room saying she is going running makes me remember I’m doing something good for both of us and keeps me going!

  74. Stephanie S. permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:10 am

    Either it’s my husband because he encourages me to get out the door or down to the treadmill or my kids who spent a lot of time this summer/fall in the jogging stroller saying “go, mommy go!”

  75. Alecia permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:11 am

    My husband and sis-in-law. They were probably the only two people who didn’t give me the sarcastic and negative “good luck with that” when I finally got the guts to tell everyone my postpartum goal of running 26 miles. All the nay sayers, dramatically changed their tune at around week 14 of training.

  76. December 16, 2010 7:11 am

    My hubby most definately!! He will SUPPORT (HEHE) me in any goal I wish to undertake, and will help me get the gear, even on our meager budget! Since I’m done with school he knows I need to have goals besides being a mommy. I’m registered for the Cherry Blossom 10M and will register for a local 1/2 M after the new year!

  77. Jill R permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:14 am

    My husband and my 3 mother-running friends!!

  78. December 16, 2010 7:17 am

    I am blessed with many loved ones who support me when I run (unfortunately my boobs have less confidence). It is hard to choose just one person, but I’m going to have to say my husband. He works hard and when he comes home he graciously stays with the kids so I can have some quiet Mama Run Time. If I’m running on the treadmill he knows exactly when to come in and tell me “Ya, it’s boring, but it’s still running so keep moving!” …

  79. December 16, 2010 7:19 am

    My biggest supporter of my running is my brother George! We even ran in a race last New Year Day together. He can’t run it this year because he just had a grapefruit size tumor removed from his chest. I will run it!

  80. Stacey B permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:21 am

    I am very fortunate to have a whole team of supporters for my running. My husband is probably my number 1 fan. He and I play the “kid juggle” alot so that I can get my runs in, but he knows how important running is to me. My kids are great cheerleaders, and my 10 year old is beginning to do some running herself. I have a super running partner, a very encouraging running coach, and myriad of running friends who keep me company, motivated and on the go. Running has transformed my life and I am so grateful to have such a supportive network of family and friends!!

  81. Jeannie M permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:21 am

    Oh this sounds so pathetic, but my biggest supporter is me.

  82. Jessica permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:23 am

    My husband! Whenever I feel like I can’t get out the door and because it is too cold, too hot, tired…my husband always says it how it is, “you can do it, once you’re out running you will be glad.”

  83. Cindy permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:25 am

    My husband is my biggest supporter! Thank you honey!

  84. Maria permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:29 am

    My namesake, Maria. We used to live down the street from one another and we met when our kids were in the same class. Now we live four hours apart and will start training for our next half via phone, email, and fb.

  85. Belinda permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:29 am

    My daughter, who started out small and just finished her first full marathon a couple of months ago! She has been a big inspiration and a supporter. I know while raising her I instilled many bad, unhealthy habits (SORRY!) Now she has replaced them with strong, powerful habits and encourages me to do the same!

  86. Aimee K. permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:30 am

    My KIDS! They are my biggest cheerleaders!

  87. Jessica permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:31 am

    Biggest supporter…my husband for sure! My number one fan…I can’t say just one right now. Really any mom on the move…you guys!

  88. Kristyn G permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:33 am

    my hubby is pretty impressed with my new found will power and dedication to running and getting in shape. but my favorite supporter would have to be our 3 year old that asks constantly to go in the stroller…”mama, we go run today?” love it!!

  89. cindyAz permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:33 am

    I am most motivated by my improvements. There is not any one person who is always cheering me on so I really run to see the improvements and that is what pushes me through. I know my kids and husband are proud of me but they really take a more distant approach to my running. I hope that doesn’t come off sounding whiny.

  90. Jenny C. permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:34 am

    Definitely my husband. He’s a runner too so we support each other 100%.

  91. Kat permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:38 am

    I don’t feel like I have anyone really close in my life to support my running at a visceral level. That being said, I couldn’t run without my husband’s blessing even if he isn’t always overly enthusiastic about my obsession. I know he’s proud of me, but i also feel that he might think its a tad unhealthy. =(

  92. Alison H. permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:39 am

    My best-running-buddy and neighbor. Back when I had just finished my 2nd 5K, she convinced me to train for a half-marathon with her. When we finished that and I was in a tight spot financially, she paid the registration fee for my first marathon as a 6-month-early birthday present.

  93. Gina permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:39 am

    My #1 fans are my my family with my running buddies running a close 2nd. Haha 🙂

  94. Kris O permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:39 am

    My husband! He never has a problem holding down the fort so I can get a run in, and helps motivate me to head out when I need it, too!

  95. Susan in Denver permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:41 am

    My husband. He is no longer able to run himself due to chronic hip pain, but always cheers me on. That’s love.

  96. Sara permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:42 am

    My daughter. At 8 years old she is already an accomplished triathlete. She tells me that to win my AG “all I have to do is go faster”. What a concept!

  97. December 16, 2010 7:43 am

    My husband is definitely my biggest supporter – he suggested running to me when I wanted to lose weight, agreed to run my first 1/2 marathon with me, and is always ready to take care of our boys while I run. I couldn’t do it without him!

  98. Majda permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:45 am

    My biggest supporter is my husband (a good runner).

  99. Tammy permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:45 am

    My biggest supporter is my sister. She believes in my more than I beleive in myself sometimes. When life just gets hard and obstacles try to get in my way, my sister knows just how to encourage and motivate me. She’s done some pretty fantastic things herself, but this is something I can do that I can be proud of that she hasnt done…yet, so its nice to make her proud.

  100. Tracy permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:52 am

    I’m seeing a theme on several of these posts! My husband has definitely been my biggest supporter! He had tried for years to get me to start running so when I finally did start – he was as giddy as can be! 🙂

  101. Kristen F permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:55 am

    My husband is my biggest fan. I lost 40 pounds and have been running only about 2 years. he brags about it to anyone he can find. Even the sales girl at the bike shop. He gives me unlimited time to run and will push me out the door if I am not in the mood to go.

  102. Tammy Sanders permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:55 am

    My dad!! He has been running since I was a little girl – has run every Peachtree Road Race since 1979 – and at 66 is a BQ-er, marathoner, avid runner, intense trainer, supporter, motivator, and just plain RuNnInG NuT! He’s very helpful to me in lots of ways, though I have to remind him sometimes that I am a woman and have had 4 children so some things might be a bit different for me than they are for him – haa!!

    I think I need this bra – I ran in one bra/tank this summer that literally left me bleeding where the elastic cut into my skin. I can only use it on shorter runs or for tennis matches.

  103. Jaclyn permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:56 am

    My husband. When I ran my first race he bought our entire family t-shirts that said “Team Jaclyn” and made everyone (my mom, my dad, our two-year old) wear them when they were cheering me on. I’ll never forget seeing all of them standing together at mile 6!

  104. rushartist permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:58 am

    Definitely my husband and kids. They were, by far, the most traveled fans at my first half marathon. And I can still hear my kiddos yelling, “Go, Mommy, Go!” Every time my 2 year old runs he says, “Shiloh running too! Like Mommy!” Makes me get all teary….

  105. Megan permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:01 am

    My biggest cheerleader is definitely my little boy. He always gauges how hard of run by how sweaty I come back to him and tells me I did extra good when I come back soaked. My biggest inspiration though is my sister. After getting well over 200lbs she decided she’d had enough and started walking and hiking last year, now she’s doing run/walk intervals and has run her first mile since high school. Hearing her daily/weekly goals and accomplishments keeps me motivated to push just a little harder, because I recognize that what she is doing is so much harder than knocking ten seconds off my pace.

  106. Christina permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:03 am

    Even though my son is only 3 1/2, I feel like he’s already my biggest fan! He always gets very excited to see me running or “go exercise.” I love it! I hope that, when he’s a little bigger, he’ll get to be my little running buddy! (Of course never mind that he’ll probably be running circles around my slow self!! Haha!)

  107. ferreira5 permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:05 am

    Definitely my husband! He’s been a runner for years and I’ve always kind of laughed at his craziness… er, dedication when it came to running. It wasn’t until I started losing weight and decided to give running a try to boost the results on the scale, that I started to appreciate his brand of craziness 🙂 He’s my biggest cheerleader, especially when I’m struggling to finish.

  108. December 16, 2010 8:05 am

    I’ve gotten lots of support and encouragement from friends and family, but my husband gets the biggest props. He’s been very encouraging, including giving me the Run Like a Mother book for Mother’s Day! I had not even heard of RLAM yet, so I have him to thank for introducing me to this wonderful community.

  109. December 16, 2010 8:07 am

    My husband is my biggest supporter when it comes to my running. As a matter of fact he helps push me when I don’t feel like running because of a long day, feeling fat, or crazy kids. He’s quite the saint to deal with all of my craziness…though in the moment I don’t feel like he is. Haha!

  110. Lyndsay S. permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:08 am

    I definitely have to go with my father since he’s been around for my whole running “career” starting in high school when he was my cross country coach. However, my husband is slowly catching up 🙂

  111. Staci permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:09 am

    My hubby. 🙂

  112. Jennifer Dewaele permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:11 am

    My biggest supporter is by far my sister, who has been an inspiration with her own running. It always helps to come home to cheering kids but my sister keeps me on track and her encouragement keeps me hitting the pavement.

  113. Julie Fredericks permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:12 am

    It is a tie – husband, kids and friends.

  114. Deby permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:13 am

    Without a doubt, my husband has been my biggest supporter. He’s the person who got me to start running a few years ago and has been by my side the whole time encouraging me to keep going when I definitely wanted to quit. We have raced probably 50 races together and for each race, he has run right next to me even though he could have run a lot faster. I am so grateful for him. Without him, I would still be sitting on the couch just thinking about running. With him, I’m running a marathon next year!

  115. Melissa permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:15 am

    I have to say that I have 2 HUGE and wonderful supporters, though they support me in different ways. My aunt (who is more like a cool, older sister)who expresses her pride and genuine interest and even indulged my craziness of doing long runs in a college town on game days. I called her when I hit my wall in my 1st marathon and then again at 25.5 when I was elated and knew I was going to make it 🙂 I am hoping to bring her to the finish line of her 1st half marathon in the next year.

    The other is my fiance who offers the daily support and positive affirmations of my efforts and never complains about the time training takes me away from home (I have a demanding career that also keeps me away quite a bit) He also travels with me to out of town races, dutifully waiting at the finish, camera in hand and indulges my pre-race mood swings and post-race cravings. I could never ever thank either of them enough!

  116. Amber permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:17 am

    I have to say it is a tie between my DH and DD (3 yo). My husband doesn’t really understand my obsession but he supports me. He stays with the kids without complaining, doesn’t throw a fit when I buy new gear that I NEED (wink, wink). I don’t think that he has missed one race that I have run. My DD enjoys riding in the jogger and often reminds me, “Mommy, you need to run today.” I think they both realize that running makes me a better (more calm and patient) wife and mother.

  117. Alli permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:19 am

    My parents!!

  118. Atha permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:23 am

    I have a couple of huge supporters. First, my husband is a huge support! He rarely complains when most all of our trips revolve around a race. He brings the kids to most of my races and spends long Sunday mornings keeping them entertained while I’m out for a long run. My running buddy also is a huge support. When we can’t run our long runs together she checks in on me to see how mine went. It’s nice to have someone who is right where I am in training too since we are both in the heart of marathon training!

  119. Celeste permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:27 am

    My husband!! He handles the kiddies while I log the miles. I would not be able to run without him.

  120. Jessica Russell permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:28 am

    My son and daughter are only 2 1/2 but when I go running they say, “go, mama, go!” That motivates me more than anything. They are my biggest little supporters.

  121. Andrea permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:32 am

    I would have to say that my biggest supporters are my 3 kids and husband. They know the importance of mommy’s daily run and encourage me to fit one in daily (especially if I’m a bit cranky). I love my family!!

  122. December 16, 2010 8:32 am

    I do all my runs with my husband and our middle child (13YO boy). My sons motto is, ” If you run, I run.” So he’s right there by my side at the butt-crack of dawn running in 11 degree cold or out there for our long hauls on Saturdays. He makes me feel good about our rest breaks, always claiming that he was going to cry “uncle” if I didn’t stop soon. Our time together makes running so much sweeter.

  123. Sarah permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:37 am

    I don’t really have a #1 fan. I usually go to races alone and run alone. I’ve brought home so many age group awards that no one really cares anymore. Ha.

  124. otherjulie permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:38 am

    hubby

  125. Jess M permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:44 am

    No doubt about it… my 4 year old is my biggest fan! She thinks running is so cool.

  126. Tryna Hermanson permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:49 am

    Husband and kids no doubt. Hubby also does triathlons, so he gets the excitement of picking a new event, figuring out the training plan, the build up and the relief to get an event done. Thanks, hunny.

  127. Melinda K permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:50 am

    this one is a tough one. i would have to say myself. i don’t have anyone who comes to watch me run races, sometimes i run with friends so they are supportive. my sister eli is supportive but we don’t live near each other. tried and true…..me. i do wish that i did have someone always out there rooting for me.

  128. Michelle permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:51 am

    My husband. Although he sometimes gets frustrated by my occasional selfish scheduling, he remembers how unhappy I used to be when I was overweight and out of shape. He does keep me in check though, if I start booking every vacation to include a race, he says something, and if I go a few days without running he says something then too. My running got him back into running which he really hadn’t done since high school, and it is really just so great that we share the passion!

  129. Becky Connar permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:53 am

    My biggest supporter is my best friend! Her and I run our long weekend runs together and we support each other no matter what. If one is running a race and the other isn’t, we try to be there to support the person running. We have lots of great conversations and we just “get it” about each other when it comes to running. I wish my husband was a bit more supportive, but with 3 small kids, sometimes it’s just easier to do things with my running buddies instead of dragging them along 🙂

  130. December 16, 2010 8:56 am

    My husband for sure. He was a very competitive rower and then a very competitive rowing coach, so he has coached me in all my races and my very first marathon of 3:49 in 2002…..and I was ‘never’ a runner. Although he’s a commercial real estate broker now, it’s fun to see him turn into ‘coach’ when I do well or nail a PR. The only tricky part is if he’s ever right next to me training me on a hard run or bike telling me to go harder and I just want to turn to him sometimes and say, “Shut the F up. I’m going as hard as I can!” But he knows I have more and doesn’t give in to my whining. And after the workout or race, I am that much more satisfied for that. His expectations of me are way higher than mine and I always end up surprising myself if I listen to him and stick to his plans.

  131. Tina Z permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:57 am

    My parson russell, Domino. He makes almost every run fun, even when I am loathe to go.

  132. Staci Bush permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:58 am

    My biggest supporter? My running buddy! After 14 years of running together, I can’t believe she still hangs out with me. After all those years and after all those miles together, no one knows me better. She’s my best supporter, for sure.

  133. RunnergirlPNW permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:59 am

    Definitely my husband!! ♥

  134. Jennifer L. permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:01 am

    My sister probably understands it better because she has been a runner longer than I have (and she’s way faster) but my husband has to sacrifice more, so he gets kudos as the biggest supporter. He might not feel exactly the same way about running, but he knows how much it means to me, and he doesn’t complain when dinner is at 9 p.m. because I had to get in a run after work, errands, and maybe even after falling asleep briefly on the couch! He also is protective, so on my long runs he likes to be nearby, whether he’s reading, listening to music in the car, or walking his mom’s dog.

  135. Trish R permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:05 am

    1- My daughter – she loves the basement picnic and TV time when I do tread millruns and cries she learns I ran while she was sleeping. Maybe not genuine support but the calls of “mommy go get your running clothes on” pushes me over the hump.

    2 – A shout out too to my BFF Janice – always encouraging and offers to babysit or run with me and sends great links for destination races to motivate me.

  136. realrellim permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:06 am

    My kids. The 6-year-old wants to run like I do. The 9-month-old is keeping most opinions to herself, but she’s happy in the jogger. Good enough, right?

  137. JamiAnn permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:06 am

    My husband. When I ran my first 5k this summer (after a lifetime of not running), he bought me a new running shirt for luck 🙂

  138. Alma permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:12 am

    Definitely my hubby. He watches the kids while I run or bike.

  139. jessica permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:13 am

    My hubby is my #1 fan. He drives me where I need to go, helps me plot running courses and treks all over race courses to cheer. I love him!

  140. Angela G. permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:14 am

    The spouse, hands down. Without his buy-in, I’d be goin’ a big fat nowhere on inclement weather days when it’s not feasible to take the toddler in the jogger or when I’ve got speed sessions planned. There’s also nothing better than doing long runs with your own pit crew on nice days- 8 year old on her bike, husband on his pulling the baby in her trailer (stocked with snacks and Gatorade, of course!).

  141. Liz permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:18 am

    I’ve had many suppporters. My mom, sister and husband are all responsible for keeping me going since March when I started running. I’m excited that hubby started running just last week. Maybe I’ll have a running partner for my next race 🙂

  142. Ali permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:20 am

    My Aunt….Definately my aunt!

  143. December 16, 2010 9:20 am

    My biggest supporter would be my sister. She cheered me on in my very first 5K and now has since started running herself. She understands why I run and lets me talk her ear off about it. We rarely get to run together, but the couple times have been so enjoyable. When our kids are older, I hope to make more time to support her running too.

  144. December 16, 2010 9:21 am

    Most definitely my husband. He is always encouraging in both my running and my blogging about it. Although my mom/kids are right behind him in their efforts.

  145. Rachel Taylor permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:23 am

    My 14 year old son is my biggest supporter. He’s always the first one to ask me, “Did you go for a run today mama?”. And when I tell him yes he is quick to ask how far and tell me “good job!”. His genuine interest and concern for my well-being keeps me motivated.

  146. December 16, 2010 9:27 am

    My husband for sure. He’s encouraging and supportive, and I am so grateful.

  147. Karen Falat permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:29 am

    My dear non running husband takes my 5 year old to school, watches the other 2, makes breakfast, just so I can run. He works out his work schedule for me, he cheers me on and is so, so proud of me. Not a day goes by that I dont realize how lucky I am.

  148. Eugenie permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:34 am

    My husband is my biggest supporter. He is always encouraging me.

  149. Corinna permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:36 am

    My biggest support would be my husband, son and parents. My dad is actually the person who has inspired me to run so he gets it. My mom is at all of my dads races and if we lived closer I’m sure she would be at mine. My loving husband is always willing to watch our little one so I can run. He knows I enjoy it and it keeps me sane lol. And my soon to be two year old already says “Mamma run” when I have my gear on and lace up shoes. Without my support team I don’t know how or if I would have decided to run.

  150. Kris permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:37 am

    My biggest supporter is my trainer along with the other mamas in my stroller strides class. They all encouraged me to start running and continue to encourage and inspire me.

  151. Sarah T permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:45 am

    I’d say my friend Sarah. She’s always interested to hear about my runs and we run together once in a while. My family is mostly bemused… they aren’t quite sure what to think about this running thing!

  152. the Ringmaster permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:46 am

    I’m blessed with supportive friends, kids, and a great running partner. But my husband wins this one. After he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the summer of 2007, he lost the ability to see the tennis ball fly by, and he’s largely lost the ability to enjoy his sport of choice. In spite of this, when I came down with a painful case of shin splints on my last long run and had to cancel my attempt at a sub-4 marathon–after 4 months of training–he comforted and supported me without a shred of self-pity. He has lost his sport, but he is incredibly supportive of me as an athlete in every conceivable way.

  153. Stacy permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:48 am

    I have a couple friends who are super supportive, but the most is my husband, hands down! He runs sometimes and doesn’t want to do events, but is totally behind me doing them. He even drove me into Seattle recently at 6:30 am (he HATES the city), so that I wouldn’t have to ride the train by myself. My local friends had all bailed on me for a recent half but I was determined to do it 🙂

  154. Sharyl permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:51 am

    My biggest supporter is defintely my husband! He puts up with a 5;30 am alarm clock ringing every morning and gets our son ready for school while I go out on my morning run. My biggest fan is my 6-year old son. After completing a race, he always ask if I won it!

  155. Patty permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:52 am

    My biggest supporter is my husband. He is constantly encouraging me to get out there and push myself but gives me some slack when I need it.

  156. Jessica permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:56 am

    My husband has to be my number one supporter. He has been FABULOUS since I’ve started running. There is no way I’d have been able to train for my first half coming up next month if it weren’t for him. My daughter comes a VERY close second, though. Everytime I get ready for a run or to go to the gym she always asks, “Can I watch you, momma?”. It melts my heart every time:)

  157. December 16, 2010 10:05 am

    my daughter and my husband!! My daughter will run with me on occasion (to be honest, when she started cross country last year I wanted to run to be able to run with her) and the husband does anything to help out (make dinner, drive the kid around, etc) so I can get my run on!

  158. Kristen S. permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:07 am

    My husband…he has never made me feel quilty for the long runs I do on the weekend, he gets our girls up and fed and even tries to clean up the mess before I get home, and he learned how to make my coffee just the right way so I have it when I get in the door, LOVE HIM!

  159. Rebecca J. permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:09 am

    My husband!!! I was so nervous when I signed up for my first 5k, but when I asked him if he’d come with me for support, and he agreed, I knew it would be an awesome day no matter what. He’s brought both our kids to my other 2 races (one a 3-degree Thanksgiving Turkey Trot) and even goes out on the course to take pictures for me. I show him my new gear, and he always had something nice to say. Plus, I have heard him say more than once he likes my “tight runner’s butt!” And I’m taking that to be a good thing 😉

  160. December 16, 2010 10:13 am

    Would have to say my sister, she turned me onto the sport!

  161. dirksgirlsmama permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:13 am

    For sure my husband, who will do 100% of everything (cleaning, cooking, taking care of the kids, meeting me at races, etc) without even being asked. Not only so I can run, but so that I’m a happy person in general. He’s perfect – I’m lucky, I know.

    My close 2nd is my bestest running mama pal, Chelle, who does 100% of everything you want a running partner to do (meets you early for a run – regardless of the weather, walks w/ you when you really need it, listens to your successes and gripes about running over email, text, phone calls, etc. and has even promised to pace me in the last 3 miles of my next marathon so I don’t finish with the dreaded marathon death walk!)

  162. Laurie A. permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:17 am

    My friend Beth. We were close friends in high school (26 years ago!) and had sort of drifted apart. We ran into each other at my first 5k (done as part of a Weight Watchers challenge-so I mostly walked). She encouraged me to join her in the mornings and has steadfastly shown up in the wee hours, in the heat of South Georgia August and in the current, unusually cold of December. She is also the one who ran eith me in the first 5k where I ran the whole thing and she let me go through the shoot first. She is an awesome friend and an even better cheerleader.

    P.S. she is also an elementary school principal and her school started a running club that meets and runs on Mondays. It is quite a sight when you see a whole group of elementary school kids in their matching t-shirts running those 5ks also.

  163. colesbites permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:20 am

    My parents! Since I started running in 3rd grade, they’ve always been there for me. Every cross country and track meet, they were their to cheer me on. My dad ran track in high school and I feel that connection with him. He and my mom come to my practices when I high jump and give me input on what Im doing right or wrong. They are the people who make sure Im early for every practice and have a brand new pair of runnig shoes for each season. I’ve even motivated them to start exercising and walking the track when Im practicing.

  164. katie permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:22 am

    My biggest supporter-by far my hubby. He has been know to say, ‘hey, you seem kinda stressed…do you need me to watch the kids while you go for a run?’ And he usually fixes breakfast so I can sneak in a morning run and still get my kids off to school on time.

  165. Donna permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:24 am

    I would have to say that my BiL (and his wife) is my biggest supporter. He watches my son so I can run on the weekends and he plans on coming to my marathon in March to watch me cross the finish

  166. Jessica Whittaker permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:38 am

    There is no question, my husband! He evens attempts to push me out the door when I am dragging. When training I post the schedule on the fridge and he always says the night before “how far you going tomorrow?” On the long weekend runs (no running partner for me) he drives to meet me at some point along the way with the kids to cheer me on and bring new water. Priceless!

  167. December 16, 2010 10:40 am

    Definately my husband – he has been there at the start and finish line of each race I’ve done so far (2 5K’s and a 10K – just got the racing bug a few months back but have been running for about a year) – he’s been encouraging and supportive for sure! Next are my 18-year old twin daughters who are always complimenting me and telling me how bad ass I’m doing!

  168. Susan K permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:40 am

    My biggest supported would be my sister! She’s a runner too and we could talk for hours about anything running related. We ran our first marathon together in October.

  169. runnerchic permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:46 am

    Definitely my husband. Since our daugther is down to only a PM nap, he has made it to every race this year. The look on his face when he sees how well I have done is priceless.

  170. Stacy permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:49 am

    My biggest supporters are several of my coworkers who are active triathalon competitors (and winners–these guys are hard-core). When I first started running this summer, they gave me lots of tips, and they cheer my accomplishments (like finishing my first 5K under 30 minutes). Because of their encouragement, I’m gearing up to run a 10K in the spring, something I never thought I’d do.

  171. Beverly permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:57 am

    My biggest supporter is my husband. He constantly encourages me to get out and run. To try harder. To push myself further. To learn to find joy and freedom in running. Without his support and encouragement I don’t know if I would have started running! Now I can’t imagine my life without it.

  172. December 16, 2010 10:59 am

    Definitely my husband!
    Who else would get up at the crack of dawn to drop me off at the starting line?
    Who else would struggle with 8,000=10,000 other racers looking for a parking spot?
    Who else would wait 2 hours at the finish line with 2 kids to cheer me in?
    My best friend and biggest supporter, Jim!

  173. Kes permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:59 am

    My husband definetly. He picks up all the slack at hone, and watches our son while I’m always out running. Plus he tells everyone about my pr’s, big races I’m doing, my mileage, and is always taking awesome pictures of me at races. 🙂 (he’s not a runner himself, just a proud hubby)

  174. Anne permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:06 am

    My sisters! Although kudos go to my husband too.

  175. December 16, 2010 11:10 am

    no question, it’s my 2-year-old! kid gets more excited than i do when he sees me putting on my running gear. he’s in toddler heaven when he gets to wear his “running shoes” (just a pair of sneakers, but to him they are his wings). the day we pushed him along in the stroller for the Jingle Bell Run? all. out. glee. he wears his Run Mommy Run tee with pride.
    (my mother, who cried when i crossed the finish line of the half, comes in a close second.)

  176. Shaygram permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:22 am

    My sister is the reason I started running. She got me hooked on races, waited for me when I was slow, pushed me farther than I thought I could go, and took dorky pictures of us along race routes. Love her to pieces!

  177. sel permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:23 am

    Running partners!

  178. December 16, 2010 11:25 am

    My husband. He encourages me to run and never complains when he has to watch our 4 year old. I think he knows the household runs a little smoother when I can get some stress out.

  179. Lisa permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:27 am

    Without a doubt my husband. He’s the one who got me running in the first place, he’s the one who pushes me out the door saying “you NEED this!” Most of all, he’s supportive of the time away from home and being with the kids!

  180. renee permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:28 am

    My hubby. He’s my biggest fan. If I miss a goal, I think it buggs him more than me.

  181. Sarah permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:35 am

    My husband is my biggest supporter…in running and all things.

  182. December 16, 2010 11:42 am

    Oh, my hubby. Without a doubt! My biggest fan!

  183. Lee permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:47 am

    Tough question. I have lots of support from my husband and my friends!

  184. Kate B. permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:54 am

    I would definitely say my husband. He attends almost all of my races with our two little boys and always encourages me to get out there. He is extremely supportive of me as a SAHM and understands my need for exercise and time alone.

  185. ice cream addict permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:57 am

    It’s a toss up between my husband who watches the kids on the weekend and my on-line running pals that motivate me to keep at it but creating new challenges to achieve.

  186. sandra m. permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:02 pm

    My newest supporters are my younger brother and his wife. they both started running at age 39 for health reasons, knew i had always been a runner for stress release and now love to compare stories and trials. i am so glad they found the “runners high” and can relate to me and “why i do that” as most of my family usually says.

  187. December 16, 2010 12:20 pm

    I think my 2 boys may win this one. They always ask me how far I went and seem proud of me. Sometime even joining me on a run. I love that!

  188. Erin P. permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:23 pm

    My friends are my biggest supporters and also my biggest inspiration.

  189. Brandy permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:29 pm

    My husband…he will encourage me to go run almost any day of the year…he will stand in the rain with our three kids to cheer me on and bring me supplies during a race or for after the finish and still be smiling and in a good mood. And he will either cook or go out and get whatever my post race body is hungrily craving. My husband empowers me to be the runner, mom and wife that I am by being my personal cheerleader. I love him and am grateful that he is mine.

  190. Jennifer V permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:35 pm

    My biggest supporter is my neighbor/running partner. She agreed to run a half marathon with me after saying she would never run over 5K.

  191. Michelle permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:37 pm

    It’s a tie between my husband and my kids, and having their support and encouragement makes all the difference in the world!

  192. December 16, 2010 12:44 pm

    i would say my husband, since he’s the one who makes it possible for me to run every day. but really, it has to be my mom! at my first marathon 2 weeks ago, she drove me to the race THREE hours before it started because she was afraid of traffic. we literally beat the race committee to the starting line- there was not one set up when i arrived! : ) she was so excited about my marathon (she did several many years ago) that she couldn’t sleep all night- she had the pre-race jitters more than i did. love that lady!

  193. Cassandra Hook permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:47 pm

    all family members are supportive….I love them for it!

  194. Robin permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:56 pm

    Spouse, hands down. Without his support, I’d rarely make it out the door. Also, no one else takes the same degree of interest in my pace or my mileage. Although some of that is friendly competitive spirit and a self-serving interest in having a running partner who can keep up — it is mostly pure pleasure in seeing someone he loves do well. I am so lucky.

  195. Sue permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:11 pm

    No question about it: my husband. He’s my inspiration, my coach, and my enabler. Thanks baby. Here’s to racing the planet together someday!

  196. Lizzie permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:17 pm

    My old running partner Angie. I cried when I moved for lots of reasons, but the #1 reason was because I lost my running partner- who was in my driveway every morning at 5:30 am to run with me! My husband is also a great support- but I feel like my friend was/is the only one who really understands me when it comes to running!

  197. Rachel permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:22 pm

    So many- husband who makes it happen schedule wise, running partner who gives me the motivation i need to make those weekly runs, running club who offers so much support in different ways, but I would have to say having my young girls support my running is a real motivator for me- having them cheer me on, notice when I have not been running as much as I should and also wanting to run with their school club- because of me! That is the ultimate show of support in my eyes

  198. Jennifer permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:27 pm

    My kids and husband are both very supportive. My husband is very proud of me and my kids love it when I get done running. They always want to know how long I ran for!

  199. December 16, 2010 1:29 pm

    My number one fan
    would have to be my main man.
    He is supportive like no other
    And allows me to run like a mother.

  200. Amy permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:31 pm

    My hubby is my number one supporter. He know it makes me happy and if I’m not happy, the entire household is not happy!

  201. Juliane Hyma permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:31 pm

    The greatest supporter in my world is my husband Tim! I could never do what I do as good as I do without him!

  202. December 16, 2010 1:32 pm

    My biggest supporter is definitely my hubby!

  203. Jasmine permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:33 pm

    My husband….wouldn’t be possible to get my training in without him!

  204. Lauren permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:37 pm

    I have a friend who really inspired me to take my running to the next level. When we talk, the conversation inevitably leads to running at some point!

  205. December 16, 2010 1:38 pm

    My little sister. She got me into the whole running mess.

  206. December 16, 2010 1:41 pm

    My tip-top, number one supporter is my hubby. He started me in on this running addiction. Although he regrets it at times, he is never void of a “you can do it.” or “I believe in you” or “it’s just a bad run.” Not to mention standing out in the cold on many a Saturday/Sunday morning just to cheer me on.

  207. Tara permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:42 pm

    I think it’s probably my husband– he has to prove it more. He has to get my daughter up and dressed and get breakfast going, all while I’m on my run or cross-training. He never complains and always listens to me about how proud I am, or annoyed at cars that don’t stop at stop signs, or the numerous other things I prattle on about. My daughter is a little interested, but mainly because my first race was at the children’s museum and there were a bunny and a dinosaur there– she thinks that bunnies and dinosaurs are always at races now (she’s 2 1/2).

  208. December 16, 2010 1:42 pm

    My firend and co-runner. Without her I wouldn’t do so many races/keep running in those “ugh” times. In second place is my hubby who supports it b/c he knows I love it. Deep down I know he doesn’t like the time it takes away but he understands that I need it to be a happy person.

  209. Melissa permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:45 pm

    My husband! He’s not a runner and doesn’t quite get my obsession, but that makes me appreciate his support all the more. He does baby duty while I run, asks about every run (and then nods and acts interested when I give him a play-by-play) and shows up at every race. What a guy!

  210. pam permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:54 pm

    My husband!! He always wants to be at the finish line to support me!

  211. December 16, 2010 1:59 pm

    my dad! my husband comes a close second 🙂

  212. Alison Price permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:00 pm

    My biggest supporter is my husband, easily. He was a runner when we met, and I wasn’t, so he is excited that 20+ years later I get it. Most of my training doesn’t impact our daily schedule, but with 4 kids, every once in a while, he has to really step up to help me get a run in!

  213. Jennifer permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:01 pm

    My husband is very supportive, especially at races. He always goes to cheer for me. He also encourages me to go run on days I’m feeling lazy.

  214. jessicastout permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:05 pm

    Brace yourself- I think I AM MY BIGGEST RUNNING SUPPORTER!?!? Crazy!?! I really just believe in my own power and strength and can encourage myself… maybe that is also because I have an INCREDIBLE husband and kids and friends that support me with all that they are too!! 🙂 Blessed- blessed- blessed!

  215. Lori permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:06 pm

    My husband. He knows I must. =)

  216. Jill Hundley permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:11 pm

    I have to say my biggest supporter is my husband and my dad. I can’t really choose. My dad has taught me from a young age how important it is to healthy and active. My husband is always willing to hang with the kiddo so I can go run.

  217. Melissa permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:23 pm

    The hubby…It benefits him too I guess, because he says I’m in a better mood when I get my run in!

  218. Jackie permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:34 pm

    That’s an easy one. My BRF Karen!!!

  219. kat :) permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:38 pm

    my husband by far, so supportive and proud of all the running i’ve accomplished!
    and after that, my running friends! i’ve made so many great friends through running, and they’re always the first to give me kudos after a long/hard run or race!

  220. Debb permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:39 pm

    My husband! He was my Ironman Sherpa… and has been to every running race and triathlon I’ve done except one. Always super supportive.

  221. Ashlea permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:41 pm

    My biggest supporter is my husband. He wants to see me succeed at my goal of getting fit and loosing weight. He loves me how I am now and doesn’t want me to change but he wants me to be happy and feel good about myself.

  222. Jennifer permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:01 pm

    Defiantly a close tie between my running buddy Jeana and my husband.

  223. Heidi permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:06 pm

    My 7 year old son. He is physically handicapped and can’t run. I tell him I run because he can’t. When I ran my first marathon, he wrote me a letter saying he how proud he was of me and said I was “total awesomeness.”

  224. Maria Young permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:07 pm

    My biggest running fan is my dog Ollie…cause it’s our time together and he gets to go out and commune with nature. If we had a fenced back yard, he probably would not be as enthusiastic.

  225. Steph permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:09 pm

    Definitely my hubby. He’s a big subscriber to the belief that, “Happy wife = Happy life!” So he’s the first to kick me out the door for a run because he knows how happy I will be when I return on a runner’s high! Gotta’ love him!

  226. Pam permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:11 pm

    My parents and siblings are the biggest supporters. While my husband is supportive, he doesn’t run so he doesn’t “get it” when I have a good run or PR. And my 2 year old and 3 month old just aren’t old enough to care (yet anyway). So I’ll stick with my parents and siblings to encourage and give me the ra-ra’s when needed 🙂

  227. December 16, 2010 3:12 pm

    My Aunt Fran is my biggest supporter. She’s always asking how my training is going and keeps up on my races. And my girlfriends..they’re proud of my weight loss and determination. My husband doesn’t love the time commitment (especially since it often happens to be at the same time as homework/bath time!) and my kids hate when I come home sweaty 🙂 But screw them…they’re the reason I need to get the hell out of the house in the first place 🙂

  228. Marie Johns permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:20 pm

    My daughter–back in the day, tall girls didn’t run. She proved them wrong, and then showed me that I could do it too. Now two tall girls running and one more tall girl walking.

  229. Margarita permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:21 pm

    My husband has been there for 4 out my 5 marathons and 4 out of my 5 half-marathons. In all kinds of weather, at 3, 4, 5 am, without breakfast, on foot, camera in hand, he’s been there. He’s been my biggest supporter, and I love him for it.

  230. Naomi Savaro permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:22 pm

    My support would definitely be the stroller strides group that I work out with almost daily. If it wasn’t for this great group of mom’s I wouldn’t get dressed half the time let alone get out and excercise!!

  231. December 16, 2010 3:23 pm

    Hands down, my husband. He’s accompanied me on training runs, listened to incessant obsessing and been out on the courses – even the cold. He’s amazing.

  232. Jeana permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:24 pm

    My husband and my kids are my biggest supporters. My husband recently took up running, so he has a better understanding of my need to get out. My kids, 3y and 6y, love to go running with me! They only go about a half mile, but it’s a great start. My 6yo even wants to run a race in the spring.

  233. Katrina permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:26 pm

    My biggest supporters are my kids! They ask me all the time about my running :). I’m glad to be a postive role model for them!

  234. Wendy Miner permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:27 pm

    I am my own biggest fan! DH isn’t hugely competitive and is has taken him 20 years to “get” why I run… though he tries. My kids are interested in my passion. My brother and SIL are also runners and are a great source of encouragement, but bottom line is that I motivate me and running motivates me!! 🙂

  235. Molly permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:27 pm

    My husband isn’t a rah-rah kinda guy, doesn’t come to races or get very interested in the minutiae of my running life. But he has put in countless hours with the kids while I get my miles in–without ever complaining!

  236. Dana Brooks permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:28 pm

    My biggest supporter is definitely my husband. Despite the fact that it means the alarm going off at 5:45 in the morning, when he doesn’t have to wake up till 8. He’s seen what happens to me when an injury sidelines me and I can’t run. I think he’s seen how much happier I am when I’m running, so he pushes me to run (sometimes literally if I try to get back into bed).

  237. December 16, 2010 3:29 pm

    My husband, definitely. I keep signing us up for halfs and he gamely runs with me. He, however, has declared his running season next year as March-October. No more winter races!

  238. michelle permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:29 pm

    My sister is definitely my biggest supporter. I could feel lousy and like I accomplished nothing and she is still so proud and supportive I can’t help but feel better. Everyone needs someone like her for encouragement.

  239. Lisa permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:29 pm

    Probably my sister. Even though she lives halfway around the world, we still do at least one race together every year when she’s home and we talk about our workouts almost daily. She’s also pretty much the only one I like running with!!

  240. Amy permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:30 pm

    My husband is the most amazing supporter of my running habit! Not only does he do whatever he can to allow me to train, but he comes to my races whenever possible, usually bringing a child or three in tow. But the most incredible thing he did was travel with me to SF to run my first marathon (SBS and Dimity – I believe you met him at the expo when you did your talk). Not only did he run his own mini-marathon that day, cheering me on from all over the course, but he also made the most incredible movie, documentary/music video style, of the weekend (and yes, SBS and Dimity are featured in the video too!). I couldn’t do this without him!!

  241. Steph permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:31 pm

    My biggest supporter is my mother because she runs races with me!

  242. Kathy Helmond permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:31 pm

    My boyfriend is my biggest supporter. He’s been running longer, runs marathons, but he is so patient and a great cheerleader. Any of my very minor gains are major to him and he always encourages me to keep going. And when I don’t – he doesn’t beat me up about it, but encourages me to try again. I successfully did a 5K this summer and have signed up for a mini in the Spring. I don’t think I would’ve done any of it without his support.

  243. heather permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:32 pm

    My biggest supporter (aside from myself) would be my parents. My dad is very proud of my dedication and abilities, and my mom attends almost every race I have entered. However, at the heart of things, I know that I am my own biggest supporter. Without my internal drive to push myself, I would sit on my butt and watch TV or “veg out” like everyone else. There’s definitely something “different” about us runners, and I think it’s because running is a sport where you really have to push yourself to get moving. Even if you have people behind you that support you–it is ultimately YOUR decision whether you get your body up and going…and I think we all deserve credit for that!

  244. Amy permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:40 pm

    My running partner….my dog!!

  245. Caren permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:40 pm

    My 4 year old son! He loves telling his friends at preschool how much “mommy stinks” today…

  246. Angela M W permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:40 pm

    It would have to be one of my CrossFit coaches. She’s a runner herself, and when I first started CrossFit, I couldn’t even run 400 meters without stopping. I’m now doing 5k’s! Without her help and encouragement, I never would’ve made this far.

  247. Ruthann permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:42 pm

    It would have to be my 5 year old daughter. No matter what time the race is she is always there with a sign to cheer me on. On days I don’t feel like going out she tells me “Mommy you have to for me”. She melts my heart and its enough to drag my butt out into the heat/cold to run for awhile.

  248. Vicky H permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:43 pm

    My Daiquiri Divas…Amanda, Jessica & Nancy…we all race together…two of us are up to half marathon, the other two are working there way up to it.
    Love you guys!!

  249. December 16, 2010 3:45 pm

    Easy, my husband. Even though he sabotages my own efforts with his bad habits he does support my running and fitness. Now that we have a son I think he is relieved to know he won’t have to do races with me since someone has to watch our baby while I’m on the course.

  250. Sarah Schmal permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:45 pm

    My biggest supporter is my son, without him even realizing it. I’m a single mom to a 4 1/2 year old, and have always been a single mom. I ran track in high school but stopped running for some time. When the stress of life and work and single parenthood weighed me down heavily I started running again, and although I’m doing it for me, the image of my son is always on my mind when running. I think of him when I’m struggling in a race and want to quit. I imagine how proud of me he will be when he’s old enough to understand. Whether it’s him telling me which way to run while he’s in the jogger, or just thinking of the good example I’m setting for him, my son is definitely what pushes me for one more mile.

  251. cindy f permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:57 pm

    My husband and Mother-in-law. They are always willing to watch the kids so I can go run. I think they realize it cuts down on the amount I yell.

  252. Miranda permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:00 pm

    My biggest supporter is my friend Steve. He and I motivate and help each other with our running when we need it most. This past spring, I encouraged him to enter his (and my) first 5k. From there he took off, entering all sorts of races – 5k, 10k, duathlons – he even ran a half marathon! He ran beside me during my first 10k and helped me crack through the wall to finish – even though he definitely could have gone faster. We are always chatting about running, running clothes, running music – he has been a great “supporter”!

  253. tanya permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:02 pm

    rasheen

  254. Vivian permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:03 pm

    My 3 year old daughter. I recently just started running and she supports me by asking to run with me or bike while I run. She motivates me with races and tag. I can;t for her to watch me cross my first finish line. She makes running worth the boob bounce (I’ve got big’uns).

  255. December 16, 2010 4:04 pm

    Definitely has to be my husband. He watches the kids almost EVERY Saturday morning when I go for my long runs, and doesn’t complain when I run off to races on other weekends. He drags the kids along to cheer me on, and even though they often get bored and whiny, he still has smiles and encouragement for me. When I have a bad run, he’s there to help me keep my chin up…and when I have a great one, he’s there to congratulate me. I would not be able to do what I love if it weren’t for the man I love. He is my biggest fan and my staunchest supporter!

  256. nikki permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:08 pm

    My kids are my #1 running fans. No run=1 crabby mommy! 🙂

  257. December 16, 2010 4:09 pm

    My husband, hands down! He rarely complains when I take off and run. Even when it’s for a few hours.

  258. Mary Lindauer permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:10 pm

    I would have to say my husband is my biggest supporter, as I am his. He’s a Marine and I would follow him anywhere the Corps sends him, and support him in every way. In return, he lets me enter all my races and gets that I need training time, and overlooks the house being a wreck when I have a long run to do. He’s the BEST! 🙂

  259. December 16, 2010 4:11 pm

    My biggest supported would be my husband – I got into running because of him, so he is always 100% behind me!

  260. Darcy permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:12 pm

    Would definitely have to say my husband and also my BFF. Husband does a great job watching kids and helping with dinner (if home in time) so I can get my late afternoon run in. My BFF was visited for Thanksgiving and she was my moral support to take me to an official “running store” for the first time on Black Friday to get fitted for good running shoes! Great encouragement from both of them!

  261. Leslie permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:30 pm

    My biggest supporters are the people in my run club. Not only do we support each other through all of our training runs and races, but we support each other through every day obstacles in life. I have met some of my best friends through running and couldn’t imagine my life without them.

  262. December 16, 2010 4:40 pm

    My sis, for sure. She’s been a runner far longer than me and is faster too, but she is always my number 1 fan. Whether it’s encouragement during training or cheers during races, she’s there for me. And she is there in all aspects of my life too.

  263. sara henderson permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:47 pm

    definitely my husband. he is proud no matter what my time are and how i look afterward. he always gives me the push i need to push myself.

  264. December 16, 2010 4:49 pm

    My husband. He has been a runner longer than me, but is so ridiculously supportive, I don’t know what I’d do without him! I love going on our long runs on the weekends when he slows down just for me!

  265. Summer permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:01 pm

    My friend Lisa. She wouldn’t let me give up on myself no matter what excuse I came up with.

  266. Valerie Miller permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:13 pm

    My daughters (5 and 2) are my biggest fans! They are there at every race waiting at the finish line, yelling “Go Mommy!” And as soon as I cross the line they are grabbing on to my legs, hugging me! Definitely the best way to end a race!

  267. DebbieLeslie permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:18 pm

    My husband and my sister. Though I have been frugal for years, they have both been trying to convince me to go ahead and buy a treadmill. And I finally did! I have had it for one week! These two special people are always encouraging me to reach and achieve my running goals!

  268. Cassandra C permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:26 pm

    My mom is my biggest supporter and fan. She is unable to run due to health reasons, but attends every race that she cans and waits for me near the finish line. If she can’t make it, she is the first call I make after I cross that finish. When we go shopping after a race, she is sure to tell EVERYONE what I did that day. She scrapbooks all my races and has allowed me to rearrange our lives around my racing schedule. I am so blessed to have her love and support.

  269. Mary Bates permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:29 pm

    I would have to say I actually have two but my first one would be my friend/coach Dr James. He has encouraged me to learn to run after losing 125lbs so far and to gain my life back. I walked my first half marathon in October 2010 and now I am training to run/walk my second half marathon. My other one would be my partner Steve. He has been my biggest supporter and fan. Even know during most of my races he has been unable to attend due to having to be in dialysis for kidney disease he is still cheering me on from the chair. I love both of these people so much, bring on more weight loss and more races.

  270. Courtney W permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:30 pm

    It’s a toss up between my husband and my 4 year old son! My husband loves when we can share goals (like training for a race) to keep each other motivated, but my son loves the simplicity of “going for a run!” His enthusiasm helps me most while my husband is deployed.

  271. Tami Pike permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:31 pm

    My whole family. My hubbie is mostly a silent supporter, the best support he gives me is not a lick of complaining when I say I am taking time on the weekend for a run. My kids never ask about how my run was on any given day but if I tell them I went for a 3 mile or 30 minute run or whatever it was for that given day they both always say wow with wide eyes – it kinda makes me feel like a superwoman for about 1/2 a second.

  272. Sher Turner permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:34 pm

    My son is my biggest supporter! He encourages me and boosts about my fitness to others! So, he is big fan, too!

  273. December 16, 2010 5:34 pm

    My greatest supporters would have to be the boys and my hubby. they have come out to cheer me on at EVERY marathon. I’m so lucky they love to run and cheer along with me during those toughest miles. Hubby switches his social schedule around so I don’t miss Tuesday night speed workouts with group or Saturday morning long runs.

  274. Lori S permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:35 pm

    My husband is probably my biggest supporter. He will probably never understand how I can spend hours at the gym and hundreds of dollars on race entry fees throughout the year, but he NEVER discourages me from living my dream as a competitive runner!

  275. rossmel@triad.rr.com permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:35 pm

    Now, I’ve gotta say, when I’ve pushed myself across the handful of finish lines over the past several months(I’m a newbie), I have NO family or friends cheering for me. Alas, no…BUT my husband is still a huge supporter, despite his wish to sleep later and not drag our daughters to the races. One example is how he made sure I found just the right shoes the other day. I sat surrounded by stacks of shoeboxes he wanted me to try. I was going to wait until January, but he said I needed the right equipment. I can tell he is proud and he supports me. I think he is a little impressed that I’ve stuck with it for so long.:)

  276. Alyson Yoder permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:46 pm

    My husband is great. I always ask him, with trepidation, “Can I go for a run tomorrow morning??” and he always answers with gusto, “Of course, run, go, sure!”
    My parents were pretty awesome this summer as I tackled my first two sprint triathlons. They came to the first and my dad helped with my swim-bike transition. Because of schedules, they were the ONLY fans at my second. They walked me to my car afterward to be sure I was okay to drive home. So cute.

  277. Becca permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:47 pm

    My husband is my biggest supporter. He’s willing to watch the little one so I can find time, and he seems genuinely interested in hearing about my workouts/looking at my Garmin data.

  278. Alison permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:56 pm

    Definitely my running buddy Carrie! We keep each other going.

  279. Chris V permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:57 pm

    My #1 running fan is probably my husband. He’s not able to run due to an injury, but he’s so supportive of me. More than willing to watch the kids and make time for me to run.

  280. Rebecca permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:58 pm

    The biggest supporter I have is my friend Stacy. I can truly say that not only would I not be a marathoner without her support, but I would not be a runner. She got me back on my feet after one too many injury in too short a period of time. And, my favorite (of three) marathons was the one that I got to do with her. I only hope that I qualify for Boston one day and that we get to run it together (her running it is a given, but it would be great to be able to join her there one day).

  281. Robin permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:58 pm

    Joy W. she got me started with my first Mud Run …yikes about 7 years ago. She has encouraged and pushed me all the way. Don’t see her much these days but the support and encouragement she gave me to get started has stuck!

  282. Melissa Ann Brook permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:58 pm

    My husband, he’s the one who motivates me to keep going… even when I’m having a bad day, especially when I’m having a bad day!

  283. December 16, 2010 5:59 pm

    My husband is my biggest running supporter and favorite running partner.

  284. December 16, 2010 5:59 pm

    My biggest supporter is my husband. Even when he is deployed (on his 5th year long tour), he still sends me encouraging emails and lets me know he is thinking about me. He will call before a race (if he can) and when he is home, he drives me and cheers me on, even during long training runs. I couldn’t do half of what I do without his support, but then he assures me that the support I give him during deployments more than makes up for it. We make a good team!

  285. Kaitlin permalink
    December 16, 2010 5:59 pm

    My boyfriend–he’s lost 90 lbs and run 9 marathons! Thinking about his accomplishments inspires me every run.

  286. Elizabeth Wolf permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:02 pm

    My biggest supporter is my friend Erin. She has more faith in me then I do myself. i wouldn’t be where i was in my running life without her:)

  287. Melissa Davis permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:03 pm

    My husband!!! He makes sure I always have the opportunity to get a run in. This week end he is watching some friends kids (along with ours) so that we can all race together. Love it!!

  288. Selene permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:03 pm

    My husband for sure. He watches the kids every Saturday while I do a long run with friends. He also goes into work late twice a week so I can run. He also shows up with the kids when I do an event and is cheering me on all the way. But I have to say when I overhear him bragging to friends about my running (which I just started to do a little over a year ago) that is when I feel the most love/support from him. All this has got me teary eyed…

  289. Carla O. permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:03 pm

    My husband and children are my number one supporters! There is nothing like running along and seeing the boys up ahead, then hearing my 4- and 7-year old sons yell “Zoom-zoom – GO MOMMA!!!!” It’s awesomesauce!

  290. December 16, 2010 6:03 pm

    My #1 supporter would probably be two people actually…my girls! They are only 5 and 3, but they ask every day if I am going running and if they can go with. I love that I am able to be an active role model for them and they want to participate in races, too! It melts my heart to see them at the finish line of big races and inspires me every day!

  291. Leigh Ann cotter permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:04 pm

    Champion! The one with the underside, adjustable straps and hooks in the back. I only have to wear one bra with it & it’s affordable.

  292. Alicia permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:04 pm

    My hubby!

  293. sarah permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:05 pm

    Whoa, i had never thought of running commando – Looks like there is overwhelming evidence that it’s a good thing. Anyway, my biggest running supporter is my husband. He planned our first date around my run, and cheered my on through my races, then he got bit by the bug and now we do the same ones (he’s faster than me, so I can’t necessarily say that we do them together).

  294. www.theevolvinghomemaker.com permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:06 pm

    Most definitely my running coach. She won’t let me quit, and I have tried a gazillion times, and has had more patience than slug trying to cross a highway. She is my super duper motivator!

    🙂
    Jen

  295. Dawn Ball permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:06 pm

    My biggest running supporters are the women from my office. On the days that I don’t run during lunch I join them on a 2 mile walk around the office park. We ran a marathon relay together this past october and everyday when I join them for the walk they always want to know how my training’s going for my next race, and always have encouraging words to say even when my body is screaming for a break between events. Definitely the best group of friends anyone could have, let along work with.

  296. Kaci permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:07 pm

    My biggest supporter is definitely my husband. He not only watches our two toddlers for me to get in my runs & cross training, he also hauls them around at races, often finding me multiple times during a race. The first race I ran, they found me every mile. I joked that he was running faster than I was to get them around to high five me. His support and encouragement mean the world to me. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without him, running or otherwise.

  297. Kathleen permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:14 pm

    Definitely , my boys ! My little guy (age 3 1/2) broke his femur last May and was in a cast from the chest to his toes for 6 weeks . He would tell me to “go for my runs , Mama” even though I felt horriby guilty doing so when he couldn’t even take a step . He’s now 100% back to his speedy self and joins me for strides , “Let’s race , Mama” . My older guy (age 6) is like the road runner – he challenges me to work on speedwork – “Did you win your race , Mom ? How come they gave you a medal if you didn’t win?” They are my best little fans and I’m determined to stay a healthy , running Mama for them as well as for me 🙂

  298. Danielle permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:15 pm

    My husband and my kids are my biggest running fans, no doubt. When I’m not sure if I feel like going out for a run, my husband says “Yes you do. Go run!” And every time I come back in, my girls chant a song (“mommys home mommys home yay yay yay!”) and my little one asks if I won my race. And I always tell her yes. 🙂

  299. Anne permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:15 pm

    My biggest source of running support is a group of women I haven’t even met in person – my friends on the Supermoms message board at RW. They give me advice, listen to me vent, and hold me accountable (in a supportive way) of my planned runs. They truely understand the joys and challenges of being a running mom.

  300. Liz permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:15 pm

    Definitely my husband. He comes home early for my night runs, and takes over mornings with our kids on the weekends. At my first half-marathon, he showed up 4 times along the course to cheer me on. He is the best!

  301. Becky permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:16 pm

    That would be me, myself, and I. My family tolerates my passion.

  302. Gayle G. permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:18 pm

    It’s got to be my husband. He’s always pushing me to get my butt out of bed at 4:30 in the morning to go for a run. He finds races for me to sign up for. And he even creates training plans for me. He’s a runner too and although he’s much faster than I am, he ran with me during my first half marathon. Now that’s a supportive guy!

  303. Heather permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:19 pm

    It would have to be my running group (both live and on facebook). They understand like no one else can.

  304. Annette M permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:19 pm

    First time around (when I started running 10 years ago) NOT my husband — he didn’t like being on young children duty. This time at it, my husband “I like your runner-body!”

  305. Pilar permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:20 pm

    Of course hubby is up there – watching the kids through all the running. But for true fans, I’d have to say my kids. At the 5k I ran in October, I was the only runner whose cheering section had a sign – courtesy of my 7 year old son “Go Mommy” with hearts and trophies! Plus after the race my 2 year old daughter kept saying “mommy run fast!”. 7 year old now wants to run so he can “build his endurance for soccer”. Greatest fans I could ever ask for!

  306. December 16, 2010 6:23 pm

    my hubby, he watches my 8 month old while i hit the road or tm

  307. Sherri permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:24 pm

    Definitely–my husband (fellow triathlon training partner)

  308. December 16, 2010 6:25 pm

    I was going to say, “Friends I made early in my running career who chime in on facebook,” because so few people I know now run or really appreciate running. But then I realized that, indeed, it is my husband. He may not come to many races, but he puts up with my crazy training schedule and long runs without a fuss.

  309. Amy Adlich permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:28 pm

    My supporter is my husband! Although he runs he doesn’t LOVE it like I do…he runs just to spend some extra time with me! He even trained for my last full marathon with me (did all the 18 and 20 milers) but didn’t run the marathon cause he knows it’s my thing. Love him!!

  310. Laura permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:30 pm

    My husband is my biggest supporter. He handles all kid duties and helps me prioritize myself. He even moved my treadmill into his ‘man cave’ (media room) when I was on a business trip so I could run with the good TV. Now that’s support!

  311. Melody S permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:31 pm

    My husband is not only a huge supporter of my running, he truly goes the extra mile. (No pun intended there, but I’m leaving it.) He’s endured dozens of expos, ridden next to me on his mountain bike for my 20 mile training runs, even helped me raise money for my charity (Girls on The Run)… by promising to run the last 6 miles of the marathon in a tutu and wig if I hit my fund raising goal. Not only did I meet the goal rapidly, the last 6 miles of that race were amazingly fun. I can’t imagine my running world without him. Thanks for giving me the chance to voice this.

  312. Cindy permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:31 pm

    My girlfriends…they understand the sacrifices like none other!

  313. Leslie permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:34 pm

    My biggest running supporter is my personal trainer, Kelly Luedke. She has encouraged me to find my “inner runner” even when I don’t want to! When I was recovering from ACL reconstruction, running was one of the goals the PT set. I looked at him and said, “do I LOOK like I’ve run since high school?” Now I may not look like a runner, but I’m starting to like it. And once I get my black belt in February, my next goal is a 5K!

  314. Beth permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:40 pm

    My biggest supporters are my two girls (ages 4 and 2). I do most of my running on the treadmill so I can be home with them…they love to come sit by the treadmill and give me tips on my running technique! They always beg for a turn when I’m done. Seeing their faces motivates me to continue running and to continue becoming a healthy role model for them.

  315. Marjorie Stout permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:41 pm

    The support I would most hope for is a very good bra. I used to have Champion sports bras back in the good old days when I was a mere DD. I *loved* them! But since giving birth to 10 -11 lb babies its never been the same. I can run because I haven’t yet found adequate support! I’m serious – its no fun and I’d love to be able to run without pain and discomfort, and something that would be affordable. The sports bras I’ve found and tried to use are all over $70 range and not as great as my Champions were in 1996.

  316. Janice S permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:42 pm

    My husband–hands down! He is amazing!

  317. Katie permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:44 pm

    My running partners–we’ve gone through 4 pregnancies and get up 5:00 am 2x a week to keep each other on track!

  318. Marika P. permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:44 pm

    I have two good friends who convinced me to start running longer distances. They have helped me through some tough times. Their strength and commitment inspire me.

  319. December 16, 2010 6:50 pm

    My biggest supporters are my Team in Training network: the coaches, participants, friends and family that have donated to the cause!

  320. Arwen permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:50 pm

    By far, the Shock Absorber, Run bra – it is the ONLY one I’ve tried that keeps these 30FF, post two-babies, well-nursed, breasts in place comfortably!

  321. Elaine permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:53 pm

    My husband. He gets fitness! When I’m slacking he reminds me pretty fast to get out there. Couldn’t do it without him. He is THE BEST!!!!

  322. Kathy permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:54 pm

    My hubby is my biggest supporter, he actually pays attention when I tell him that I just ran 4 km at 5 min/km, and he UNDERSTANDS what that is to me. He has also found the perfect level of annoying that will get me out for a run when I am sloughing it off, but doesn’t make me want to cause him bodily harm. (AND he watches all 4 kids while I run).

    My biggest fan is my 2 yo daughter, when she sees me in my tights, she brings my runners to me and says “Here you go mummy, you go “nunning” now”.

  323. Eileen Hamilton permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:56 pm

    I met a few ladies at a running club and we started training together.
    We have kept each other going for years through the heat and humidity summer and through the windy, icy winter. We now understand that we will be there for each other through thick and thin, no matter what the needs are.

  324. December 16, 2010 6:56 pm

    My husband! He is with our boys while I run and he doesn’t complain (much!). And my boys love to tell me to “be careful, don’t run too fast!” 🙂

  325. Vicky permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:01 pm

    I have two friends that inspire me….I love them both

  326. kellie permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:02 pm

    my friends martha & ronda. we finished our first 5K in november!!

  327. Ann S permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:09 pm

    My husband for sure. Whenever I say I want to go for a run, he always has a positive and genuine response. He always lets my running come before his workouts. He brings our young daughters (dressed in outfits only dads can come up with) to watch me finish a race or triathlon. If I have an injury, he commiserates with me. I am so very grateful for this kind of support.

  328. Jackie permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:09 pm

    My husband hasn’t always been supportive of my running. This year while I trained for my first marathon he helped out a lot by taking care of the kids while I did my long runs and was waiting for me every two miles during the last half of my marathon to cheer me along and to see if I needed anything. Now he supports me fully.

  329. December 16, 2010 7:16 pm

    My boyfriend Paul is my biggest supporter. I run about one race a week and he comes to all of them. No matter the weather, cold and rain, snow or heat he comes to all of them and always takes a finisher’s photo for me. He’s the best!

  330. Connie (OHCowgirl) permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:18 pm

    My biggest running support is my new hubby…and his family! For my first race my BIL and his GF made shirts for the whole family with all of their names on the back as supporters. Hubby’s shirt said coach. Who could ask for better?

  331. Cindy from the north permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:19 pm

    Absolutely my husband. He paced me through and kept me going when I first started running a couple of years ago, and has rearranged our schedules, family chores etc. to accommodate my training runs once I moved up to doing 10K races. I couldn’t do it at all without him!

  332. Carolee Hall permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:21 pm

    My husband has been so wonderful in supporting my running. After 21 years in the Army, he swore he would never again get up before the light of day to run in a downpour. But guess what, he does to support my running. I love Jay! Rangers do lead the way. xoxo

  333. Jen permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:26 pm

    My boys for sure – it took them a long time to stop asking if I won every time I went to a race. I love that they believe enough that I could win.

  334. December 16, 2010 7:30 pm

    A bit of a toss up but I’d say my biggest supporter right now is my mother! She babysat for me while I was participating in a running clinic, and has brought my son out to cheer me on at my first race (and subsequently cheered me and my son on at our first race together!). (the other competitor for biggest supporter would be the aforementioned son LOL).

  335. Tita permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:32 pm

    My biggest supporters are my 2 running buddies. One ran a marathon (both of our first) at my pace even though she could have gone 1-2 mins/mile faster than me. She knew I was hurting and stuck by me. The other, who wasn’t able to run that marathon, showed up at my door afterwards with a giant bouquet of flowers.

  336. Meredith permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:35 pm

    My biggest support comes from my parents and my bestest friend/running partner. Being a single mom, it is hard for me to find time to run many days. However, they are always willing to watch my daughter so I can get a run in. I couldn’t do it without them. My other support system is my great running partner, Fawn. She is always willing to run with me EARLY in the morning before I have to go to work– she is a stay at home mom. She is always encouraging me and we look forward to our “therapy” runs. 🙂

  337. Darcy permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:35 pm

    My neighbor and dear friend, Cristina, who just ran the Marine Corps Marathon. I just got into running this summer and she has motivated me, run with me and supported me 100%. She has been there every time I’ve increased my distance and always says, “you can totally do this!” I wouldn’t be where I am with my running without her.

  338. jessica permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:36 pm

    My boyfriend is my biggest supporter – he knows when I’m running at my best and when I’m slacking. He knows exactly what to say to get me the extra oomph that I need to get going. And although he’s never run more than 6 miles, he understands that a marathon is a big commitment and gives me my space and time for training.

  339. Jodi permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:39 pm

    my friend Corie – she got me into running thru a 5k 3 years ago & offers non stop encouragement. even when she was injured & couldn’t do a half she’d trained for (more than once) she was always cheering me on. She moved 9+ hours away- from across the street 😦 last winter, but still continues to be my #1 running partner thru spirit. and she was finally able to complete her first half just last weekend, and she rocked it 🙂

  340. Amy Cifelli permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:41 pm

    My husband is, by far, my biggest running supporter … he not only supports me .. he also motivates and encourages me! The days I feel like letting the bed-magnet win, he gives me the swift kick I need to get going. Times when I am discouraged by not meeting a running goal, he reminds me of my successes .. my biggest of which is converting him into a runner as well. Now we can share our passion for running together .. which is really cool.

  341. Becky permalink
    December 16, 2010 7:57 pm

    after my first marathon (run on my 40th birthday!) I overheard my 8 year old middle son tell his friends “My mom is really cool! She ran like 20 miles and beat everyone else her age!” All 3 of my sons are sneaky fans, they may not admit it but I feel it in their hugs when I cross a finish line! Hubby is right behind them!

  342. Jill Schiller permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:07 pm

    My husband is my biggest supporter! I was going to find part time work this fall after leaving my full-time job in June 2010, but I asked him if I could wait a year to return to work so I could train for the 2011 Vancouver USA Marathon–my first marathon. I have been running for only 5 months and he also has been very supportive with the things I tell him I need (or so I think I need)…he has been selfless and very supportive of my new passion. 🙂 I am so thankful.

  343. Alaina permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:12 pm

    My husband. He’s wonderful about giving me time to run!

  344. December 16, 2010 8:14 pm

    Truly, my husband. He thinks I can do whatever I put my mind to…he thinks I can run times that I think are ridiculous…he has the belief in me that I do not 😉

  345. December 16, 2010 8:14 pm

    Lucky me to have a lot of people support me: my friend who got me running in the first place and encourages me from a few states away now. New running buddies who without much notice ran 10 miles with me when I had a 12 mile training run scheduled. But without a doubt my biggest supporter is my husband. Every word is encouraging and everything he does to accommodate my running makes me feel like the luckiest woman around.

  346. Katy permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:22 pm

    Two words – my husband! I love him!

  347. Kortni permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:24 pm

    My husband. He gives up his biking time and alone time so I can run. He is a champion at taking care of the kids at races, during long runs, or in the middle of the night so I have energy to get up in the morning.

  348. Nora permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:28 pm

    My neighbor and bestest running pal Laura. She reminds me that running isn’t about calories burned or time splits. It’s about clearing the mind and telling a great story. And if that means slowing down to have more time to tell life’s tales, so be it. She’s the reason i get out of bed at 5:45 AM.

  349. Christina permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:40 pm

    I count my lucky stars for my hubby! He really is so awesome and supportive. He covers me when I need a run, cheers me on at races (while watching an almost 1 yr old and almost 3 yr old!) and gives me much needed PT when I have aches and pains. I know he’s super proud of me and I want to make him proud. =)

  350. Linda Strange permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:47 pm

    My husband is my biggest supporter. He watches the kids when I go for non-5a.m. runs and races. He also unfailingly supports any goal I set.

  351. Linda permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:49 pm

    My biggest running supporter is my sister. She is the one who inspired me to start running again after a 20-year hiatus. She ran with me in my very first half marathon, and I couldn’t have finished without her encouragement. Even thought she lives 1200 miles away, we still stay in touch and ran two races together last year.

  352. December 16, 2010 8:54 pm

    My hubby and my sole sisters. Hubby loves the benefits he gets (happy wife, svelte figure, feeling strong = feeling sexy to me, etc etc etc) and my sole sisters are on the journey with me…quick to share their horror stories or successes from their latest runs. Couldn’t do this crazy running thing without any of them!

  353. Jenn permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:54 pm

    The ol’ ball and chain. Kidding, used that term because there are sooo many husbands listed on here. We’re all very lucky gals. I dallied in the boob line and skipped the height line. Sucks. I’ve spent a lifetime trying to make ’em disappear.

  354. Loree permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:24 pm

    I wish I could say my hubby is my #1 supporter, but he really has no interest in running. But for the past year I have been sending out the weekly email to the Colorado Columbines, and writing for all of those amazing women has kept me motivated!

  355. December 16, 2010 9:35 pm

    I would have to say that my biggest ‘support’ for my running is my husband. Although, when I *do* bring home medals from my races my children get the biggest KICK out of that and show loads of enthusiasm and excitement about “Mommy winning her race” ❤

  356. Erica permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:46 pm

    My two running buddies—they have stuck by me through it all and I really wouldn’t be where I am as a runner without them. 🙂

  357. December 16, 2010 9:51 pm

    My 3 sisters are my biggest supporters, but we all vary in the amount of support we need 🙂 Every time we’re together we can’t wait to get out for a run. It’s the best way to catch up with each other.

  358. marcy permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:02 pm

    My hubby – he doesn’t complain about the hours I put in, spends time scouring ebay for deals on gear, takes care of the kiddos, cooks especially for me, etc 🙂 My running buddy is also a great support as she UNDERSTANDS… My folks were always great support as well, and are now as well; Just more difficult as they live across the country.

  359. Christen Skinner permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:10 pm

    After I gave birth to my baby-girl my husband felt sorry for me while I was out running solo so he decided to train and run a half-marathon with me the year after she was born. My “official cheer squad” includes all of my family. My hubby, sister-in-law, sister, & mom (who think I’m nuts) but are always willing to keep baby-girl so that I can get my groove on.

  360. Christine D permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:13 pm

    My #1 running fan is my friend Amy J. I want to be a runner so bad and she has always encouraged me! In a race/run that i did this past spring, she found me when she was done and ran with me to just before the finish line. So, thanks Amy! 🙂

  361. Andrea permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:23 pm

    In addition to my husband and kiddos, I have to say my biggest supporter is my trainer, Daniel. I’ve been working with him for six months now and even when I think I don’t have it in me to step one foot in front of the other, he tells me “Yes, you can!” And, he really does believe I can. He has taken me from a tired, yucky feeling mama that in June ran a mile in 11:43 to one that is energetic, happy and can now run an 8:30 mile. Thank you for believing in me, Daniel.

  362. Ruth Lehmann permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:29 pm

    My daughter, Helen, since she could talk she wants to be a “runner” when she grows up.

  363. Mary permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:32 pm

    my husband. he’s a runner too and gets it. some of our best dates are when we take long trail runs together. there’s nothing like sharing a long run on the trails with him!

  364. Shari permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:45 pm

    Too many supporters to count–from my dear friend Rudy who shows up to hold a sign for me at every run I’ve done this year to my husband who works hard to pay the bills while I am out training, to my running parter-in-crime Lauren who listens to me whine and complain about the wind, the cold, the heat, the hills etc.–I have happily found that my great friends are also my greatest running supporters.

  365. Michelle J permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:04 pm

    Hard to list just one. So many people in my life support my running. From family to friends they support me all the way.

  366. December 16, 2010 11:16 pm

    This is a tough one- it is definitely a handful of girlfriends. I can’t name just one. There are also some guy friends too…. just by checking out my facebook page, you’ll see the wealth of support- even from people I don’t know well. The ‘running community’ is like nothing I’ve ever experienced… Support comes from everywhere- once you put yourself out there, it will find you.

  367. Janelle permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:19 pm

    my husband and my girls! My five year old always asks how my run was when I get home. My husband helps make my workouts happen! He also gives me a little nudge if it’s been a few days!
    Plus, while he is a biker and triathlete. He trained for and ran Portland marathon at the same time as me!

  368. Jessica Douglas permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:26 pm

    1.) My hubby, for sure! I’m so blessed to have such a supportive family.
    2.) My Dear, dear friend, Meg. She’s always there to cheer me on and push me toward my next goal!

  369. Ashley H permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:12 am

    My son. He’s only just turning 2, but he says, “mama running? Go, mama, go!!”. And he knows when I’m going running just by the clothes I’m wearing. 🙂

  370. Abby permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:40 am

    My fellow running moms, always validating and encouraging a good run and keep me on track. My kids who ask, “Mommy running?” But I guess the quiet, but original supporter, my husband, who knows when to say, “Why don’t you go for a run?”

  371. Stacey permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:03 am

    My husband is my greatest supporter! In my training for a full, I have had many doubts, but he helps me through them. And he isn’t even into training at all!

  372. Tasha permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:09 am

    My 7yo (with my hubby nipping at his heels) is my biggest supporter. He is always asking about my running; how did it go, how many miles did you run, how far is that? When I did my first 10k he made dad help him make me a sign 🙂 When I got one of my first injuries, he wanted to know what happened, how it happened, if I could run, etc. He was very concerned that I wouldn’t be running. Now that I’m moving slowly, he wants us to go to the track so he can keep my pace slower so I don’t re-injury myself. It’s great that he loves to hear about my runs, I’m hoping he’ll follow in my running shoes soon.

  373. SarahPV permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:05 am

    My adoring HUSBAND! He is my biggest supporter and almost always runs in races with me if he is able to. We have traveled for weekend “getaways” just so I could run in a race!

  374. Kellsey permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:23 am

    My sister, a rock hard, 3:09 PR marathoner, is always super supportive of any and all fitness goals I set, work for and may or may not achieve. My hubby and my daughter are pretty darned supportive too, especially when it means watching cartoons together while Mommy runs.

  375. December 17, 2010 4:00 pm

    My kids and my close friends are my biggest supporters. With my kids and my friends, it doesn’t matter how fast or slow I am, just that I finished. My husband is supportive, but he used to run track in HS, so my 10:30 miles are very slow!

  376. ann kierl permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:12 pm

    My husband is my biggest supporter because he know how happy it makes me when I run!! He stayed home with our four kids (two were throwing up) two weeks ago so I could run my first half in Dallas (Whiterock)!!! My running partners are also huge supporter for me!! I have about nine of them and we get together most weekends for long runs and we all try to support each other in running and just in life!! Running is such a wonderful bond! What other activity can you do with friends for a couple hours a week and feel so healthy about it!!!?

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