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Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Running | 9 comments

Can I Still Call Myself a Runner?

I just realized the other day while chatting with Dave that I haven’t ran a half marathon since the Zooma Half Marathon in 2013 (major throwback post right there). I got a PR during that race and then I really did just quit while I was ahead, because 2 weeks after that race I discovered I was pregnant with Atlas and I haven’t signed up for another long distance race since. I just had babies instead. Can I still call myself a runner?

Her little crossed legs in this photo kill me.

Her little crossed legs in this photo kill me.

I think I can, but running looks a lot different for me now. I typically run 2 or 3 days a week and my runs are between 3 and 6 miles. They are usually early in the morning with Ob, on the treadmill at the gym or at random times when I can take the single running stroller with one baby while Dave watches the other munchkin at home. It works for me right now.

That’s the great thing about running – it’s always there when I need it, in just the right dosage. It really is such a spiritual sport for me. That’s so cheesy, isn’t it? But it’s true.

Bob Stroller

I love that I can include my kids in it too when I bring them in the stroller, especially Atlas. Right after Andi Rose was born, I would take Atlas for runs and we would stop at the playgrounds and play and then run home. It was such a sweet time for us since life with a newborn at home was bananas. He always tells me to ‘run faster’ and he likes to control the music while we run (which sometimes means I listen to the same song 5 times in a row – talk about developing that mental strength).

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Family Run

Bob Running Stroller

There are talks in our house of signing up for a half marathon this fall and I want to do it so bad, but Dave is on the fence. I really don’t want to run my first race post-kids without him because I think having him along for the training will help me mentally. I love the idea of it being a family affair, but I certainly don’t want to pressure Dave into doing a race if he isn’t up for it because nothing is worse than training for a long distance race when your heart isn’t in it.

So much has changed since my last half marathon, but I’m still running in Mizunos. I think I’ll be loyal to them forever. I do run in Saucony’s from time to time – especially when I am (was?) doing speed work, just because they are so light.


If we do sign up for the half marathon, I will definitely be writing about my training here. I have a million thoughts swirling around in my head about the whole thing, so if we commit to it then I’ll dish all those here. Getting back to those CnC roots, ya’ll – all about running for those cupcakes!

Mother Runner

Outfit Details:Β Sports bra // Similar tank top // shorts // shoes // stroller (couldn’t do life without this thing)// Andi’s popsicle shoesΒ (without a doubt, my favorite shoes she owns)

Where are my runners at? Any good races you guys have on your radar?


    • Thanks, Kelsey! πŸ™‚ And that’s a great perspective – “you can be whatever you want to be!” LOVE

    • YES! Mother Runners Unite! πŸ™‚ LOL

  1. It doesn’t matter the distance-once a runner always a runner!! I ran 1 mile tonight without stopping and it felt so good! I ran my first 1/2 marathon when I was 40 and after a long hiatus (due to back surgery) I just started back! I run in Brooks. During the no sales tax and Hibbit’s bogo1/2 off -I snuck a pair for me. Now …if only there was a Nordstroms close by!

    • That’s awesome, Wendy! I think the YMCA is sponsoring a 5k race in October – you should sign up and do it! πŸ™‚

      And Nordstroms is free shipping and free returns, so it’s like having the store right at home. πŸ˜‰

      • Thanks Ashley!! You are so resourceful – I love it!!!

  2. Of course you’re a runner! You wouldn’t do that to Ob πŸ˜‰

    I was just thinking that I wanted to run another race soon, but I am possibly in the worst shape of my life. Well, that’s not quite true. I *was* in the worst shape of my life a few weeks ago. Need some serious motivation, and this post (plus the bonus Zooma post) may have started that fire. Still wish we lived closer. I’d bug you to whip me into shape!

    • I wish we lived closer too – I miss working out with you! And I’m proud of you for starting up your workout regimen again! Just take it ONE day at a time and you WILL get back to where you want to be – I’m sure of it! When you come visit us we will go for lots of walks. Our neighborhood is the hilliest place in all the land so you’ll get a good workout in while you’re here!

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