Susan Tirch, Raiser of Kids, 37 Texas
Running is something that always challenges me. It doesn't matter how long you've been a runner, you can always to challenge yourself to go harder, longer or harder for longer.
My dad started running later in life (in his 50s), but was a big source of inspiration for my own running. I always felt like if he could do it, then I could too. I hope I'm influencing my children's thinking about running and a healthy lifestyle of exercising right now.
Usually I run in the morning. It seems that if I don't get it out of the way first thing I find a million excuses why I can't run. If I just get out there an do it, it's done for the day and I don't have to think about it again.
I can't run without water. I don't know why but I feel like I NEED it. I just recently (as in the past two weeks) ran 3 miles without water (that was my longest distance ever).
On my iPod, I have a lot of stuff with explicit lyrics. I do have a wide array of music featuring anyone from Taylor Swift to Jay-Z. It's crazy, but it works for me.
Having three kids keeps me inspired. I want my kids to grow up and say, "my mom was always very active and inspired me to XYZ."
My kids have already expressed an interest in running with me which makes me happy. I'm going to take them up on the offer now because I know there will come a time when they probably won't want to run with their mama. At that point, I'll just wait around long enough and eventually I'll be good enough again.
There was a time in my life where I couldn't have imagined running a mile much less a marathon. At one point I was one of those people who said, "I could never do that." Now I say to myself, "Why CAN'T I?"
One of my favorite places I have ever run was Central Park. The energy was palpable and it's a feeling I won't soon forget. NOTHING has ever been like it.
The perfect run is when you think you're running slow and you 're afraid to look down at your Garmin to find out your pace. You avoid looking, speeding up because you feel so slow. Finally you look down and you realize you've been holding a MUCH FASTER pace than you expected. (If you're a runner, you have to know what I'm talking about).
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