Welcome to Mom Runs for Fun!

Hello, and welcome! My name is Sara, and I am the mom behind Mom Runs for Fun. Writing the first post for your blog is a little bit awkward, kind of like introducing yourself to a room full of strangers that you can’t see or hear – it’s hard to know where to start.  So I’ll try to hit the basics quickly to get us rolling 🙂

This is me:

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You might be wondering why I’m starting this blog and what I hope to do with it. In a nutshell, I love running.  Aside from my husband and my kids, running is pretty much my favorite thing.  Also up there on the list are hanging out at the beach, traveling/exploring new places, reading, eating (pretty much anything), drinking (wine or beer, responsibly, with friends), and Christmas.

With this blog, I’m hoping to connect with other people like myself who love to run, read about running, talk about running, and who may also be parents trying to fit running into an already hectic life.  While I expect that my main focus will be running, I also plan to write a bit about life in general.  Imagine your usual running blog with a little Scary Mommy mixed in.

One thing you should know about me is that I am a solidly middle of the pack runner. Hopefully this makes me relatable 🙂 Unless some sort of miracle occurs, like me finding an extra 10-20 hours per week to devote to training, don’t expect me to be bragging about 7 minute miles or sub-3:30 marathons or anything like that. While I would love to be able to accomplish those things, I don’t see them in my near future. This is why I run for fun – because I’m definitely not winning anything any time soon 🙂

Here I am running my first marathon, in the middle of the pack, finishing at 4:49:

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And here are five more random things about me so that we can get to know each other a little better:

  1. I live in a house of four people, with three last names between all of us.  It makes things like filling out paperwork, trying to prove that your child is actually your child, making reservations at restaurants, introducing yourself to new people, and all kinds of normally mundane stuff really exciting complicated. Here’s how this happened: my husband and my daughter share the same last name, I use my maiden name, and my son has his father’s (my ex-husband’s) last name. Needless to say, we’ll never own one of those “Welcome to the _____’s!” signs that you put on your front porch.
  2. I love sour beer. My husband and I discovered sour beer a few years ago during a trip to Portland, Oregon, when sour beer was just becoming a “thing” and hadn’t totally made its way east yet.  My favorite sour beers come from Burley Oak brewery in Berlin, MD.  If you ever find yourself in “American’s Coolest Small Town,” you’d be doing yourself a favor to stop in and try something from their selection, even if it’s not a sour beer.
  3. I can fold my tongue in half backwards. I would post a picture of this, but I don’t want to gross anyone out in my first post.  If you’re really curious, Google “fold tongue backwards.” 🙂  Apparently, only 1 out of every 1,000 people can do this, which makes me feel a little special.  You’re trying to do it now, aren’t you? 😉
  4. I started running “seriously” when I was 30.  For reference, this was about three years ago.  Although I played sports growing up, I never ran regularly or for extended periods of time.  I just never saw myself as a “runner,” and the idea of running more than a mile or two seemed like something only crazy people or people being chased would do. My reasons for starting to run are complicated, though, so I’ll save those for a future post.
  5. I have three tattoos. One is a flower on my hip – this was my first tattoo, and is fairly generic.  My second tattoo is a bird on my foot, which I got shortly after my return home from Afghanistan in 2009, and has multiple meanings, which I’ll also save for a future post.  My third is on my lower back and says, “For there is always a sanctuary more,” which is a snippet of my favorite quote, from the book Sometimes a Great Notion:

For there is always a sanctuary more, a door that can never be forced, whatever the force, a last inviolable stronghold that can never be taken…that last stronghold can only be surrendered. And to surrender it for any reason other than love is to surrender love.

 

So, on that note, I’ll wrap up this first post. You can read a little bit more about me on the “About” page, but I hope you’ll come back and get to know me as I write about running, parenting, and other things that randomly cross my mind. Leave me a comment and let me know a bit about you, too!  And please feel free to come and find me and say “Hi” on Facebook and Twitter, and follow me on Instagram (@momrunsforfun1) 🙂

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