Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday to my Iron(wo)man Mom!

Here we are at my Masters Graduation

Today is my mom's birthday!

She is a runner.  

Has my mom run a 5K? No.  Has she run a 10K? No.  Has she run a marathon? No.

Well, not in the sense that most people would classify running a 5K or a 10K.  She runs just to run.  That's right my mom has never run in a race (even though we are hoping that will change in the spring), she doesn't run with a team or running buddies and, as she said herself, she doesn't do anything special for running, she just runs.  

Yet, she is fast.  Faster than me and Mike.  She runs 9 miles in the amount of time that it takes us to run 6 miles.  She just recently purchased a Garmin watch because Mike and I (and Mike's mom) were using one while we were visiting my parents in Maine this summer.  I think she is hooked on that.  (I'm hoping she is going to get hooked on Nuun too!) 

My mom reminds me that running isn't about racing, it is about loving what you are doing.  If there ever came a time where we couldn't afford to pay for races, compression socks and, yes, even Nuun, I know that we would be alright because that is what my mom does. 

I'm hoping that we will be able to get her to run in a few races, though.
If not, I would still consider my mom the most amazing runner I know.  She is a runner in the purest sense of the word, which is pretty hard to come by!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY mom!  Keep on running!


  1. Nice post, Jamie!! Sue will love it!!!

  2. Thank you for this wonderful birthday post....I love running but I love you sooooo much more!!!!