Run Like a Mother

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If you would have told me even 4 months ago that I would fall in love with running, I would have probably called you crazy.  I had dabbled with 5Ks over the years and I enjoyed the excitement of running a race but 3 miles was about all I ever had the energy to tackle.  So when a good friend of mine (our very own Sarah) asked me if I wanted to train for a 20K, I even surprised myself when I said yes! 

It was a tough 2 months of training but we did it and I am so proud of us both!  Somehow, we found the time to run several days a week, meeting up for longer runs on the weekends and now, we are about to pull the trigger and register for our first half-marathon.  Yes, we are living proof that even busy working moms can reach new fitness goals with a little motivation.   

The point of this post is not to brag about our big accomplishment (although we will happily take the praise), but to let you in on a few tips that might just give you the motivation you need to set some new fitness goals for yourself and more importantly, to reach them.

Here’s what has kept me motivated:

  • Tons of support from my family and friends – Talk up your training and goals to family and friends so they can offer encouraging words.  Sarah and I were so lucky to have our families make the trip to New Haven on race day to cheer us on! 
  • My running buddy –  It is much harder to blow off a workout when someone else is counting on you!
  • An upbeat playlist  – I run faster to music.  Be sure to change your music often to keep things fun!
  • Changing my route – Running the same path day in and day out can get boring but a change in scenery can help keep you going.
  • Much needed mental breaks – Running has become almost like meditation for me.  Whether it is a quick 20 minutes or a long 2 hours, when I am running, I am not thinking about the piles of laundry that need to be done or the groceries that I need to pick up.  I am not worried about work or refereeing my two daughters.  I am just running like a mother.

Stratton Faxon

10 comments on “Run Like a Mother”

  1. Love the picture! Great job Patty…I am so proud of you. Not even an injury can keep you down. Great running advice you offer up in this post. Exercise is something that is so important to my life, it is too easy to make excuses about what you CAN’T do. I am glad that we proved to ourselves and to our families what we CAN do! Bring it on 10-12-13.

    1. What are you running on 10-12? I seem to recall that I was thinking of registering for something on that date (can’t remember which) but opted to do the Mudder instead!

      1. I’m thinking they are doing the hartford half marathon?? If I can make it I will totally come cheer you on!

      2. ROCK ON, ladies!!! And next time, make sure you put the Iron Horse Half in Simsbury on your calendar (June). It was my first half and it’s SO awesome. You are guaranteed to run a personal record there!

  2. I love this post too! I have loved watching your running journey along with Sarah – it’s been so inspirational. Wonderful tips too, I agree with them all. I especially like that you suggest changing up your running route – I find that if I run the same route too much, I get bored and my motivation lessens. Switching it up, or even driving somewhere else to run, makes a big difference!

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