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The Rundown

by Christine@TheAums on November 18, 2013 · 5 comments

Sometimes I can’t believe I’m a runner. Running is one of those things I didn’t get into until becoming a mom…kinda like wine and chocolate and sweatpants. In fact, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t until after my second child was born that I even attempted running, and back then I alternated heavily with walking fast.

So it blows my mind that these days I normally shoot for somewhere between 4 and 6 miles when I go on a run and I try to run 3 to 4 times per week. I have a virtual 5K, 5-miler and two 10K footraces under my belt and I’m planning on running my first half marathon in the spring. I barely recognize the woman who just typed that sentence.

What I love so much about running is being outdoors. I can’t imagine running on a treadmill when I am blessed with scenic routes all around me. Do you know I’ve actually seen whales while I run?! Yes, running by the ocean is chicken soup for my soul…so is running through the redwoods, on a beach, up and down a mountain…you get the idea.

However, just because I’m a runner doesn’t mean I always want to run. Depending on what life is throwing my way, it can take a lot of convincing to get me in my running shoes and out the door. And now with the days getting shorter and colder, I really have to psyche myself up to wake up early and get it done first thing in the morning.

To keep my motivation, especially through the fall and winter months, I’m going to share some weekly running highlights with you. Ready, set, run!

Today’s Run (I wrote this on Saturday)

Stats
Distance: 6.02 miles
Time: 1:09:04
Average Pace: 11:28 min/mi (The last mile of this run was up a never-ending steep hill )

What I saw: This cute cat soaking up sun in the doorway of an old historic barn.
Wilder Ranch Cat

Who I ran with: The Mommy Tsunami (pictured below). Did you know we met on Instagram? I’ll have to share that story with you some time. We both have four kids and running helps keep us sane, especially when followed with a glass of red wine and some artichokes.

See what I mean about scenic paths? Until next time, I’d like to share with you one of my running heroes and fellow moms of 4, Runner Mom Jen. Do check out her blog for running inspiration and beyond!

And let me know, do you run? Wish you ran? Hate running?

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Angel themommytsunami November 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

Love it! Also, love that I was there for the first post’s run.

You are one of the coolest moms I know. Thank goodness for instagram and awkward emails.

xoxoxox
Angel
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mryjhnsn November 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

I wish I ran. The idea is one that I get but not one that I can do. Maybe I should at it to my list.
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Runnermomjen November 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Aw, thanks Christine!! Yes, running is a definite sanity saver ;)
Totally agree about the treadmill too…it is SO much better to run outdoors!
xoxo
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Lanae November 19, 2013 at 11:31 am

I live for running! I feel so productive getting my miles in first thing in the morning. Running makes me feel empowered. It also does a lot for my self-esteem. I feel like I am setting a healthy example for my kids by getting outside and exercising. I love the communities that runners form and have gotten to know so many new people through running. What is this half marathon in the spring you are planning on? Tweet me about it! Hope to see you soon.

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Janice November 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

You are def lucky to have scenic running routes! And cool running buddies too. :-)
I’ve never been a runner either til i became a mommy. Weird, right? But hoppin’ on my elliptical is the best i can do. I could run around my neighborhood, but I’m scared of stray dogs. Heh. I’ve got the double jogger, but I’m afraid of dogs.
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