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Reasons to Run (That Have Nothing to do With Being in Shape)

October 25, 2016

Why do I run? Health benefits, alone time, energy boosts aside, these things really have no bearing on my desire to lace up. Since becoming a mom my reasons to run have taken a slight….shift.

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Leggings (XS for reference) | Seamless Hoodie (Small) | Sneakers (customized Nike IDs)

Reasons I run….

I run for avoidance reasons, i.e………. laundry.

Because of socks.

Putting socks on squirming bodies when we are already 4 minutes late.

Socks that don’t “feel right”.

Favorite socks that we can only find one of.

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Realizing what lies beneath my couch cushions.

Unidentifiable rashes.

Legos, sprinkled like fairy dust, all over my house.

Spilled milk.

Legos stuck in vacuum cleaners.

4 year old boy birthday parties.

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Math homework that involves regrouping.

Pee everywhere (boy moms you feel me on this one).

Three year olds.

Dinner fails.

“Simple” Pinterest crafts.

Incessant wrestling.

Sibling rivalry.

The hours of 5-7pm.

….and okay, the mac and cheese remnants add up.

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I run because it’s free, fast and effective and quite honestly I don’t have time for much else. I run because every time I run, I come home and I realize that wet toilet seats aren’t the worst thing in the world, that socks are a good enemy to have, and that three year olds, like the one who is running down the driveway towards me with open arms because the 25 minutes that I was gone seemed like a lifetime to him, just might be the cutest being on the planet.

And also, I run so I am never outrun and because “momming” is a sport, and sometimes I like to dress the part.

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Why do you run?

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  • Renee Smith
    October 25, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I run because it keeps me sane.
    I hate running but I found it helps me feel better. I’m not so angry. I’m not so sad. I just feel better emotionally and physically. I’m a mom to six girls. Three are adults, a 16 year old, 10 year old and the last is 3. I run because I just need to, lol.

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