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J is for jubilant moms

Julie
Mother of: 2
Running is: still my favorite way to sweat and lose weight, even though I’m doing more cycling these days because of a foot injury.  Nothing beats a long run in Oregon misty rain on Oregon dirt.  Nothing.

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Jennifer

Mother of: 2
My last run was: four miles, just me and no jogging stroller with a 27-pound toddler in it. I felt as fast as the wind.

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Jude
Mother of: 2
I run because: It’s good medicine. Honestly, it’s not my recreation of choice, but for the record, neither are birthday parties for 6-year-olds.

 


Jennifer

Mother of: 2
I race because: Nothing beats the excitement when everyone takes off!

 

Jill
Mother of: 3
I run like a mother because: I want to show my kids that if you do the work, your dreams can come true.



Jen
Mother of: 2
I run like a mother because: It’s the fastest, cheapest way to get exercise right out my door.

 

Jessica
Mother of: 1.5
Running is my: peace of mind. I truly self-medicate with running.


Jen
Mother of: #181, #182 and their sister (#183?)
I race:  because if I didn’t have training schedules for races, I probably wouldn’t keep up the running so well.  And I love that my kids see me racing.


Jalene
Mother of: 2
Some of my best running memories are: long runs with my boys riding their bikes next to me and carrying my water bottle and Clif Bloks and telling me, “You look great.”  Well, I know what I look like and it’s not great— but I love the company and inspiration.

 

Junko
Mother of: 3
I run because: for a few moments of my day, it’s only about me and the road.


Julie
Mother of: 2 crazy boys (her description, not ours)
When I go a few days without a run: my husband gently suggests I make time for one.


Judi
Mother of: 4
Right now: I am helping my 10 and 7 1/2 year old train for a 5K to do together in May, and I am working towards another 1/2 marathon in May. Life is good, but life is better when I run!

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Jenny
Mother of: 2
I run: to be free, just me and my ipod or my running partner. No dishes to wash or meals to cook, shoes to tie or noses to wipe. Just me.

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Jennifer
Mother of: 2
Running is: a huge part of my life. I don’t know how I could survive being a wife, mother of two small children, a blogger, and a full-time communications professional without it!


Jolene
Mother of: 2
I suffered: for years with major depression. Running has made me learn to cope without medicine and been a way to cleanse my soul.

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Julianne
Mother of: 2
I just finished: my 19th marathon, half of which I trained for while
pushing my boys, ages 2 and 3, in a double jogging stroller.

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Jenni
Mother of: 3
Shocker: I actually like the ‘mill. My gym has ipod hookups and a personal TV screen on each treadmill, so if I need to put in a long run I download a movie (Harry Potter) or TV I need to catch up on (The Office) and run happy!

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Jenn
Mother of: 2
I’m training for: my fourth “first” marathon.  2007: Made it to mile 17 of Chicago Marathon before it was called because of freak heat wave. 2008: never made it to starting line due to injury. 2009: made it to starting line, but had to drop out at halfway point. Another injury. 2010: This is the year!

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Joleen
Mother of: 2
I run to: get away from the demons of the past, to combat the stress of being a working mother, to set an example for my kids,  to chat and catch up with my friends. But mostly I run because it brings me joy.


Jessica
Mother of: 3 living children and one angel
I didn’t run: until I lost Kenzi in 2007. I started to run and I found a release in running. I felt like I could outrun the pain of my loss, even if it was only while I was running.

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Jessica
Mother of: 2
I run because: it connects me to a strength and peace within myself. And it makes me happy!

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Jess
Mother of: 2
I was never a runner until: I had two toddlers. My runs became an escape to sanity and a time to jam out to music and lift my spirits. As the weight came off, it became addictive, creating a happier me, happier mother, happier wife!

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Jill*
Mother of: 5
I refuse: to let the Air Force and Navy running teams beat me in a race, even if I have to kill myself to beat them.
*A self-described Army wife extraordinaire. Accurate, no?

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Jamie
Mother of: 2
I just started running: last November and will be doing my first marathon at the end of November. I recently ran my first half marathon. It was such an amazing experience. I was on a “runner’s high” for a week.


Jennifer
Mother of: 2 daughters
I tore this quote out of a magazine once: “I’ll keep running because it lets me be selfish.  It’s the only thing I do that’s just for me, and nobody else.” It’s been my motto ever since and gotten me through 5 marathons.

 

Jude
Mother of: 4 girls
I run: for health, sanity and getting out of the house. It is an emotional outlet, but I really love the trail runs. Just did a 24km on the weekend–jogging interspersed with walking–and finished in 4hrs 17min.

 

Jackie
Mother of: 3
I discovered I was a runner: by accident. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, my first thought was “I need to sign up for that 3 Day walk!” From there I went on to sprint triathlons, and found I loved running-the one leg I thought would be the most challenging. I’m about to take on my first full marathon.

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Jenean
Mother of: 1
My dad was: always been a runner and I was daddy’s girl.  I ran cross-country in high school, but then discovered boys, rock n’ roll, Tom Robbins books and world travel.  Running (and my dad) just weren’t cool any more.  After I got married and got a “real” job, I started gaining weight and feeling like something was missing.  I came back to both running and my father. Now we run together whenever we can.

 

Jenn*
Mother of: 3
Being a single working mom with 3 kids: presents some definite obstacles with training and raising money. But I decided running the NYC Marathon was a great opportunity to teach my children about charity and getting outside your comfort zone.
*She’s the shorter one. The taller one? Boomer Esiason; she’s running the 2010 NYC Marathon in honor of his foundation, which raises money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

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Joanne
Mother of: 3 sons
Running is: my antidepressant.


June
Mother of: 1 “impossibly cute but impossibly impossible 2-year-old”
I started running: because I was tired of being a couch potato, and because I wanted to prove to myself that I could. I actually like the treadmill, imagine that!

 

Jodi (#382)
Mother of: 2
Seven years ago: I met with a neurosurgeon who diagnosed me with a herniation of my L5 as well as degenerative disc disease. He suggested surgery, which I did. The doctor said I would not be able to run again. Well, that was all it took!

 

Jill
Mother of: 1 daughter
I run like a mother because: it makes me feel strong, beautiful, present, and positive. I want to be a good role model and instill the same qualities in my sweet little girl!
**pic attached of Jill’s first family outing in her cool jogging stroller!

 

Jennifer
Mother of: 2
I started running: about 7 years ago as a Lenten sacrifice(!), and wound up loving it so much I kept on going. I have lost about 50 pounds along the way!

 

Jill
Mother of: 2
I run for: alone time, moments of clarity, time with God, great endorphin-induced conversation, a challenge, my kids, and the people I meet along the way.

 

Jennifer
Mother of: 2
I have had many a run: since I started where I channel whatever has frustrated me in the course of a day and run it out. This has lead to quite a few PR’s 🙂

 

Jessi
Mother of: 2
Since I started running: I have not only meet amazing women but learned it isn’t how fast or how far you go. It’s that you went

 

Jennifer
Mother of: 2
My favorite things about running are: the minutes of solitude if gives me, and the way it makes me remember how powerful and unstoppable I am!

 


Julie
Mother of: 5.5 (One on the way!)
I started running: because I needed to drop the 70 pounds I gained when pregnant with my twin girls. I kept running to de-stress and to have some healthy competition against myself.

 

 

Jenn
Mother of: 1 son “13 going on 33”
Running and training: are like my religion. They’re where I go to find what I know to be honest, true, and pure. If I work hard, I will be rewarded.
**Jen is the blonde with her brunette BFF of 35 years

 

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