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K is for kickin’ a@# moms

Kami
Mother of: 3*
*The 8-year-old was out running. (Kidding.)
Running is: just like raising kids. Emotional. Mentally difficult, physically exhausting (newborn sleep schedule anyone?), super-satisfying, blissful, heavenly.


Kelly
Mother of: 3*
* “I have no pictures of me with the three kids because I’m always the one taking them.”
Running is: the one thing in my life I can completely control.

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Kelly
Mother of: 4
I don’t do races because: they are so stressful. I would rather spend the entry fee on coffee and a cute scarf.

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Kristin
Mother of: 3
I run because: It keeps me sane.  And it helps when you have two Brownies, selling Girl Scout cookies, in the house.

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Kyndra
Mother of: 2
Last run was: a tentative thing to see how giant, half-way weaned boobs would feel on a run. (Answer: not good.)

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Kathy
Mother of: 2
I race because: it makes me feel like I’m in my 20’s again. I fake that I can run just as well!

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Kim
Mother of: 2 trail runners
Running is: definitely my happy pill. If I don’t get a morning run in, I’m grumpy and tired.

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Kelly
Mother of: 2
I’m currently working towards: My first half-marathon on my 40th birthday in May. My goal is to exercise for 365 days straight, in spite of Type 1 diabetes, 2 kids, 3 clients, a pack of coyotes and a million other excuses.

 

Katie
Mother of: 2
If I miss a couple days of running: my family hands me my running shoes and shows me the door.

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Karen
Mother of: 2 beachcombers
The important reason why I run: is because it makes me feel ALIVE. (Okay, it also keeps me sane.)

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Kristine
Mother of: 2
I run because: of the limitless sense of possibility it gives me. I solve all my problems, my neighbor’s problems, the down economy, health care and world hunger. Sure, there are a few kinks to iron out after unlacing my kicks, but that invincible feeling is priceless.

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Kathy
Mother of: 2
I never thought I’d be able to run: because I suffer from fibromyalgia. There was a time when just walking around the block landed me in bed for a solid day, popping ibuprofin like candy. How I got from there to training for my first 5k is a long story, but the bottom line is that I got sick of the disease telling what I could and couldn’t do. I stopped believing I couldn’t run and just started running.

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Kelly
Mother of: 1
I quit running: many times but one year ago next week I tied on my shoes and haven’t looked back. And I can’t quit again because someone little knows how to say “We go wunning, Mom?”

 

Kelly
Mother of: 2
Like a stealth ninja: I sneak into my husband’s drawer while he’s still sleeping and steal his running socks. Despite the fact that I do most of the laundry at our house, mine is always the last to get done—and my running socks never seem to get clean. So I steal his, even though they are far too big. I get my run done.

 

Kate
Mother of: 4
I have run: for years, but for some reason this year is the first I’ve really considered myself a runner: The idea of a marathon is starting to knock-knock in the back of my mind….

 

Kim
Mother of: 1 “munchkin”
I’ve run: on and off for years, and up until now it was always to lose or maintain weight, impress people, blah, blah, blah. But this time around it’s for me.

Kathy
Mother of: 1.5*
Running is: a part of me, and it has been for years. I ran the entire time I was pregnant with my first son, including a 3-mile run on my due date.
*This picture is of Kath, 5-months pregnant with #2 before heading out for a 10-mile training run

 

Kristine
Mother of: 5
I love running with my running group because: we talk about everything under the sun!

 

Kim
Mother of: 2
My favorite race so far has been: the You Go Girl Half Marathon in Tacoma, WA in September 2010, my first all women’s race—I even PR’ed!

 

Kellyn
Mother of: 1 self-described “monster child”
I run: for overall health. And to get the heck away from the kiddo and husband for some ME time!

 

Karina
Mother of: 2
I run because: it’s a constant reminder that discipline and wisdom produce good results—both in running and life!

 

Kim
Mother of: 2
I wasn’t a runner until: two girlfriends and I challenged each other to run a 10-mile race (never having run a race EVER before!) Three months later, I finished the race, YAY!

 

Kerry
Mother of: 2
I qualified for Boston when I was 45 in my only marathon running a 3:43. I ended up not going because my father had a stroke. I vow to run a marathon again and qualify so I can run for my Dad.