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M is for maybe slightly masochistic moms

Monica
Mother of: 2
Running: is my therapy and main form of exercise and really helps my attitude. (I tend to get down when I’m not running).

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Melanie
Mother of: 2*
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#2 is doing laps on his trike.
My last run was: on the DREADMILL. At 6’0 tall, I am not a fan of the treadmill; my feet are too big and I feel like I will fall off.

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Mary

Mother of: 1 giraffe and 1 dragon
Running is my: salvation, frustration, addiction. I don’t really need to classify it, because I’ll keep doing it forever.

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Melissa
Mother of: 3 (and wife of a perfect-10 husband, to boot)
My last run was: comfortable. It was an easy 5 day.

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Molly
Mother of: 2
I run like a mother because: I think about my girls at some point during my run, and because I know I am modeling healthy options for them.

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Maggie
Mother of: 2
My last run was: on the treadmill (yuck) while chatting with a friend (yay).

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Mary
Mother of: 5
Running is my: WD-40. It fixes everything. If I have cramps, I run; they go away.  If I have a runny nose, I run; it clears up.  If I feel blue, I run; I’m happy again.  If I’m happy, I run; I’m happier.

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Megan
Mother of: 2
My last run was: awesome.  It was my first run over five miles since my second child was born almost 7 months ago and I was solo. I even left the dog at home!  It was so invigorating I almost came home and signed up for a marathon!

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Megan
Mother of: 2
I admit: I take some pleasure when when I finish that a seven-mile run seven minutes faster than my husband, but mostly I am just glad we can do something together where we are not moooom or daaaad, but rather husband and wife.

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Melodie
Mother of: 3
I ran my first race: at age 30, after suffering though a year of severe post-partum depression.  It was running that got me out of that deep, deep hole and helped me emerge again as human. The race was the Title Nine 9K in Boulder, CO, and it was amazing to be with all these women running together. One heart, being real woman!

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Michelle
Mother of: 1
I am anxious: to get into better shape after the birth of my son last October.  A half marathon used to be a “soft” goal until I started talking about it to everyone. Now it has morphed into something a little more concrete.

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Michel
Mother of: 2
My running experience is: infuriating at times. I have to push myself when I  get negative talk from people saying, “How can you do this or that?” or “aAen’t you afraid of getting hurt?” So when I run, I run to prove to myself that I am not the worst that “they” think I am. I am better because I run. And I will get better with each run.

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Maggie
Mother of: 2
I run: to feel strong, to maintain fitness, to burn off the cheeseburger I ate last night, to eat that piece of chocolate cake tonight, to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and to briefly escape and find a moment of peace in my life as a stay-at-home mom of 2 energetic girls and life support system of a general surgery resident.

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Morgan
Mother of: 3
I run because: it makes me feel both happy and that I can conquer anything that comes my way!

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Martha
Mother of: 4
I have been running: since I was 15 and am now 33. The picture is from my 1st marathon in Green Bay.  I was 10 minutes from BQ’ing so that is my new goal for next spring. Speed training here I come!

Melody
Mother of: 2
My favorite running experience: crossing the finish line at my first 13.1 and seeing how proud my husband, kids, and friends were of me for doing something I never thought I’d be able to accomplish. I keep that image of seeing them all at different mileage points throughout my race and the look of pride on their faces when I struggle with my runs.

Maria
Mother of: 1
I started running: to lose weight and then I just kept going because I loved the way it made me feel.

Molly
Mother of: 1
Favorite place to run: around or along any lake or creek (Green Lake & Lake Estes are 2 of my favorites, but unfortunately I’m nowhere near either of them).

Michelle
Mother of: 1
I started running again: at 38 to give the finger to 40.  I kept running because it makes me strong, it finds me some peace and quiet, and because after running a half this year, I discovered I really, really like medals.

Marisa
Mother of: 2
I started out running: to lose weight. No matter how cheesy this sounds, I never realized how much it would change my life. It has made me a better wife, mother, and teacher!

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