THIS CONTEST IS NO CLOSED
CONGRATULATIONS to lucky #17, Jenifer! She won one race registration! Have fun & good luck with the 5k, Jenifer!
Being afraid but doing it anyway.
That pretty much sums up my life.
Fear is a powerful motivator. Love and anticipation of the day’s unexpected surprises ahead may be what gets me up in the morning, but fear makes me move faster, makes me work smarter, makes me jump into crazy situations without much thought because my gut says “go for it!”
The best things that have ever happened to me have happened because I decided to suck it up, punch fear in the face, and without hesitation or overthinking, just try.
So when Run Like a Mother contacted me, of course I said “Sure! I’ll give it a go!”
And then I started freaking out. Because I am not a runner. Because it’s a 5K race in 44 days and I’ve never run a 5K. Because April is an insanely busy month for me with several events and workshops to run & plan, client projects, birthday parties and trips to plan and execute, volunteer duties, and somewhere in there must be sleep and family time.
Did I mention that I am not a runner? More on that later.
Run Like a Mother
Run Like a Mother was started by Ridgefield, Connecticut mom & triathlete Megan Searfoss. She launched the race on Mother’s Day 2008 as a way to celebrate and empower women. The first race was a success with 400+ participants, and now the annual race is held in several cities throughout the country, including Portland, OR; Ridgefield, CT; Seattle, WADavis, CA; Dallas, TX; Hinsdale, IL; Milwaukee, WI; and Raleigh, NC. There is also a virtual race for those who do not have a nearby event or cannot participate for any other reason.
All races occur on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12, 2013. There are also training programs in each city, with four levels of training (I signed up for the novice training program in Portland). After each race, there are post-race activities, food, and more fun.
I took the plunge mainly because I love the feel of this race: it is a race started by a mom, for moms, and feels warm, welcoming, fun, for moms at all fitness levels.
Look at these smiling mom faces. They’re glowing with accomplishment and happiness, right?
In addition to the 5K run/walk, there is also a 1-mile kids’ race in the beginning. I have a feeling this little guy didn’t run, but his mom sure looks happy, and in the end, isn’t that what this — ALL of this that we do in our lives — is for? For our own little kidlets.
Also important to me: the camaraderie among moms. If you know me, you know this is part of my life’s mission: to connect and empower fellow women, especially those who bravely walk the path of Motherhood. I love Run Like a Mother’s mission, and the local charity is one that I care about: My Little Waiting Room was started by two local moms, and has helped bring drop-in childcare to hospitals. One of the founders is a former co-worker of my husband’s, and a wonderful woman, professional, and mom. I was honored to design their logo, and have loved watching their organization flourish through the years. Seeing My Little Waiting Room as the benefiting charity for the Portland, Oregon race sealed the deal for me. I was in.
photos courtesy of Run Like a Mother
An athlete, I am not
So, I’m in, but I’m not going to lie: I am really, really nervous. While I am healthy, I’m not athletic. I ran track in middle and high school, but I was a sprinter. I stopped track when I became a cheerleader, a sport that put me in the best shape of my life. I used to go jogging with my husband before we had kids and tried to get back into it after kids — you know, the ridiculously expensive & unnecessary double BOB stroller that my second child absolutely refused to ever get into — but only with sporadic bits of success. And soon my days pounding the pavement or the track became fewer and farther between, and now maybe I go jog/walk/old mom strolling just when the mood strikes, which is hardly at all.
I share all this, because I don’t think I am alone in this, and yet sometimes it feels as though I am. Somehow I’ve found myself in a life where so many of my friends are runners and athletes, who post daily Crossfit workouts on their Facebook feeds and every weekend means hundreds of marathon photos from all over the world. How do you people make time for this? Where are the busy mom entrepreneurs who don’t run? Surely there must be more people like me out there…right? If you’re out there — or even if you are a regular runner — I would love for you to join me in this journey.
I’m doing this race as a mom – a normal, everyday mom who is not a runner or athlete, who loves baking and appreciates delicious real food and who works hard to help support my family. I’m doing it for other moms who can’t participate. I’m doing it for what it stands for, and what it supports. I’m scared, but I’m gonna do it any. I’m ready to Run Like a Mother!
Run Like a Mother is graciously offering to give away one race registration ($40 value) for the Portland, Oregon race to one Urban Bliss Life reader. Learn more about the race at www.RunLikeAMother.com, and then enter to win!
This giveaway runs from March 28 – April 4, 2013. I will close entries at 12:00 noon Pacific Time on Thursday, April 4th and use Random.org to select a winner.
Simple leave a comment here and let me know why YOU want to Run Like a Mother.
Four optional additional entries to increase your chance of winning:
1. Like the Run Like a Mother Facebook page, then come back here and leave another comment letting me know you have done so (or that you already do).
2. Like the Urban Bliss Life Facebook page, then come back here and leave another comment letting me know you have done so (or that you already do).
3. Follow Urban Bliss on Pinterest and pin this article to one of your boards, then leave another comment letting me know you have done so.
4. Share this post on Twitter or Facebook, then leave another comment letting me know you have done so (be sure to set your post to Public so I can see that it’s valid)
Fine print: This giveaway is sponsored by Run Like a Mother. Winner must respond to my e-mail within 24 hours or else forfeit the win; at 24 hours after sending the e-mail win notification, I will then select a new winner. I am grateful to Run Like a Mother for sponsoring my own training program and race.