March 11, 2015

Running Makes a Difference!

A few weeks ago, one of our fellow Girls Gone Sporty Ambassadors mentioned that she was interested in starting a weekly post series called Make a Difference. Kelly (over at Miles to Go) had this great idea that running can really make a difference in your life. We talk about it often but she wanted to keep the discussion open so that we could explore the various ways it impacts people.

While running has impacted many aspects of my life, I wanted to highlight the impact on my relationship with Mom this week. It's hard to remember what our relationship was like before we both started running. We've always been close (at least since I grew out of the bitchy teenager phase), but running has changed our relationship, only for the better.


There's really nothing like having your Mom as a running buddy. The potential judgment, hesitations, and guarded-ness that can sometimes plague relationships of any kind simply aren't there. I can complain when I have a heinous run or celebrate an awesome one. It's an unguarded openness and candor that I value.

I have a built in cheerleader. I mean duh people, Mom came to all my swim meets, dance recitals and tee ball games. Now she attends my races (when she's able) with the same energy that she brought to the stands during my tee ball games when she and a friend taunted the other team. She's always on my side no matter what the score.


There's a kinship that comes with running. I have previously called it a fraternity of black toenails and hydration. It's a bit different when it's shared with a blood relative.  The ability to share this experience together has been incredible and it's difficult to specifically articulate the tangible impacts.

How has running changed your relationships?
{Christine}

27 comments:

  1. I love this! The relationship that you and your mom share is something that you can't share with anybody else, and I know very few mother-daughters who both run. Its a bond that you've shared and will continue to share, and I love how supportive you both are of each other.

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment. :) We are so grateful for the fun times that running has provided us.

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  2. I LOVE that you and your mom get to run together....so amazing! Running has changed my life in so many ways! I've made so many amazing friends through running! And not to mention all the health benefits from it...both physically and mentally! :-)

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    1. Thanks, friend. Yes, it's really amazing how something so "simple" as a new hobby can change your life so much. Grateful that it brought us to people like you!

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  3. Love it! Running is such an impactful life-changer when you take the right spin on it!

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    1. Thanks, Kat and couldn't agree with you more!

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  4. As you can imagine, have always been close with both my mom and my sister. Running has definitely given us a reason to take more "get aways" together. I don't run as often with my sister but running always gives us something to talk about. I love running with my mom because like yours, she is my biggest cheerleader. -M

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    1. It's funny, as I was writing this post I thought of you three since you're one of the few other mother-daughter running teams I know. Moms are great cheerleaders! :)

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  5. Such a great post and a great idea! Running has changed mine and Matthew's relationship tremendously! Spending hours upon hours with one person really gives you so much time to talk and bond. And we love planning our racecations- I really look forward to the planning and the taking of a trip because we're able to do it and enjoy it together. It has helped our relationship grow closer in a way that I don't know we would have been able to without running.

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    1. Awww I love that! I always love seeing how incredibly supportive you two are of each other. Makes me happy...and hopeful that maybe one day Adam will sign up to run in Disney with me. I'm still working on him!

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  6. Love this post! I think it is awesome you and your mom run together, what an incredible fun bonding experience!
    I am a solo runner I always have been. But if I had someone special to run with, maybe I would give it a try too:)

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    1. Thank you! It's funny, most of my training runs are solo but I always treasure any runs with Mom. :)

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  7. I love this! I wish my mom was open to running, but she's just not. What a great bond for the two of you to share!!

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  8. I love this! Running is such an awesome bonding experience for you and your mom...great pics! I wish I had more running buddies by me! It might be a little cheesy but running has changed my relationship with myself, it makes me so much more confident than I've ever been.
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. What a great comment, Karen! And not cheesy at all...and if it is, I'm cheesy too because I just got a big old grin when I read your comment. :)

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  9. This is such a sweet post. It's awesome to be able to share this journey with your mom. Running has brought me dear friends that I would never have met otherwise.

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    1. Yes I am so grateful for the changes it's brought to our relationship.

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  10. Running has helped me to make some amazing friends.

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    1. It is such a good "activity" to build friendships. I have a few dear friends who I met through running.

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  11. Aw, love this! It's so great that you both have this shared passion to bring you even closer. I've been trying to get my sister to jump on board the running train...but so far, no dice, haha.

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  12. I enjoyed reading your post so much! As everyone else said it is such a blessing to be able to run with your mom. The memories yall are making far outweigh any teenage grundles. You are one of few that are able to do this with her, cherish every race, every mile and every step! :)

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  13. This is great. I love that running has brought you closer. I wish my mom liked to run. She does like to hike but we don't go together. I'm not sure why, we live so close to one another. Running has helped me meet so many great friends. If I see a run mileage sticker on car, I almost immediately stalk them and strike up a conversation.

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  14. This is special! My mom doesn't run with me at all. In fact she lives on the other side of our country! Enjoy each mile you have with her. But I do have special running friends here that have changed my life for the better. The encouragement found in a running friends is irreplaceable.

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  15. Thanks for joining the link up with this post! Absolutely love the running relationship you have together!

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