Happy Mother Runner’s Day | Tuesday on the Run

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Happy almost Mother’s Day, Mother Runners!

What do you have planned with your family? Are you racing or walking or running with the kids? Let us know what your Mother’s Day run day will look like this year.

May topics:

  • 5/2: Race Cheats
  • 5/9: Mother’s Day
  • 5/16: Mental Training Tips and Tricks
  • 5/23: Free Topic Tuesday
  • 5/30: Grade your month


Happy Mother Runner’s Day

I have to confess: running for me as a mom was a selfish choice. I wanted to get away from the kids for a bit.

When there are a lot of little ones pulling at your leg and needing your attention, you sometimes feel the need to get away from it all.

I started with a mile a day, moved up to 2 miles and hung there for a while. I just needed 25-30 minutes of sweat, endorphins, and some non-kid-appropriate music blaring through the headphones to clear the cobwebs.

It worked, by golly.

Now those 2 milers have stretched upwards to 20 miles when I trained for the marathon. I’m still running; I’m still enjoying my selfosh time, but I’m also seeing an unexpected benefit:

My kids started running.

What?! How did this happen?

“We saw you do it, mom.”


Running with kids mother's day

Claire reaching 6 miles for the first time in a race. She was so proud!

A family that runs Disney together, finishes with vastly different times! Ha! First 10K for Seth and first legit kids race for Lucy.

A family that runs Disney together, finishes with vastly different times! Ha! First 10K for Seth and first legit kids race for Lucy.

Lucy running kids race


Insert ALL the emoji heart eyes here. 

To steal from my favorite running shirt: running isn’t mom being selfish, it’s mom being AWESOME.

Moms: go forth and run and be awesome. Mother’s day is your day and if starting it off with a race or a quick run is what you need, have a great run!

And I hope you feel absolutely zero guilt over it.

I’m sharing some of my favorite running mommas today. I love them and their spirit— and what they are passing on to their children. Because that’s what moms DO!

awwww- baby Naters!


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What a bunch of troopers! (get it?)

Sometimes being silly before the run helps ease the nerves.

Momma K and her 19th half marathon! An inspiration to everyone who meets her.

Way to get out there, Mom!

Doggy mommas gotta run too!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mommas! 

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About Patty

Patty Holliday is a wife and mother of four. She's a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)


  1. How great that your kids started to run after seeing you do it!

  2. What a great post! As a very new mother Runner who just had her first baby this year, it’s great to see that your kids and others have enjoyed running with you. It is hard to hush the mom guilt some days, but we all need our own me time!

  3. I love this post because I started the same way as you. Have been a mum for 5 years and until this year it really was all about the kids and I found that I needed something that was just for me. So I started running and I have finally found that “space”. I really love it and now as my 5 year old sees all these medals coming in, she also wants to get into it. So I will do a 5k with her in August/ September.

  4. What a great post! I loved seeing all the pictures of the moms and their kids running. My oldest son did a couple of races with me before he went through that not wanting to be around me stage… I hope he comes back to it.

  5. One of my kids runs with me sometimes. I would love to get him running more.

    Love all the pictures!

  6. Aww the last pic of your daughter running was precious. I wish I liked running with people but I just can’t. I get distracted.

  7. Melanie says:

    I am so excited that my picture made your blog. I feel like one of the cool kids. It is great when the kids pick up one of our good habits, not that I have any bad ones.

  8. I’m not a running mother but I do hope that I have kids that will want to run with me someday! I love all of those pictures you shared – I don’t think I’d seen all of your kids in one picture together!

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