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Why do you run? (giveaway)

November 7, 2012

GIVEAWAY CLOSE: Winner is-Quix.


The amazing Dimity from the fabulous Another Mother Runner duo made this great video at our 2012 ZOOMA Great Lakes race. 


We loved hearing about why all of those ladies ran ZOOMA Great Lakes and now we want to hear why YOU run.

GIVEAWAY: One person will be selected to win the “I Run Things” shirt OR the “It’s all good. I ran today.” shirt from the Another Mother Runner shop. Winner will be selected using a random number generator and announced on 11/14. 

To enter please leave a separate comment for each:

  • Blog about it: Share this video on your blog and write a post about why YOU run. Leave the link here so we can read all about it and share it with our followers.
  • Tell your FB friends: Share this video on your FB wall and tell your friends why you run. You must link our FB account HERE so we can read it.
  • Bonus entries for blogging/facebooking/tweeting this giveaway link. Leave a comment for each.

Odds of winning depend on number of entries. No purchase necessary to win.

78 Responses to Why do you run? (giveaway)

  1. Sure was fun modeling for these shirts. We had all our kids with us…strong characters. 🙂

  2. Alicia Remaley says:

    I started running to do a few 5k’s with a friend. That turned into running to lose weight between kids. The last few years have been running with a goal in mind. The first was to run a half marathon before I turned 40…did that! Then it was to run Zooma in Austin. Loved it! I have continued running and have been able to do alot of my running with my husband which is a nice way to spend our time together. Some days I run to relieve the stress, to feel less guilty about that huge brownie or just to have a little “me” time to breathe in the air and realize I am stronger than I think. I love to run!

  3. Maryalicia Verdecchia says:

    I run to stay healthy and the amazing places it takens me. The social aspect and the fun! Why do you run?


  4. Paula Bower says:

    I run for my health, for therapy, as a stress reliever, and most important for me because I love to run!

  5. Allie says:

    I run to prove to myself I can and for that post run feeling of success and joy when I hit that new goal!

  6. Kris V says:

    I run to keep stress levels manageable, to show my kids it’s important every day, and to be able to enjoy chocolate!

  7. Stephanie says:

    I don’t have a blog but shared on my facebook this message and tagged ZOOMA:

    Why do YOU run? I run to be stronger for me & my family, to be a great role model for my daughter, to join a network of other running-triathloning mamas, for the bling, so I can drink beer & eat pizza, to share something with my hubby, for ME time, to clear my head, to push myself and because I can.
    Thanks ZOOMA Women’s Race Series & Run Like a Mother: The Book for allowing us to share this…

  8. Stephanie says:

    I also tweeted link, tagged @ZOOMArun. I’m @steph_blades

    ‘I run 2b strong 4 me & family, 2b a role model 4 my daughter, 4 pizza & beer, the bling, b/c I can… @ZOOMArun”

  9. Quix says:

    I blogged! (love these shirts)

  10. Quix says:

    And I tweeted about my blog, which contains a link to the video! 🙂

  11. Why do I run?
    – to be healthy
    – to clear my head
    – to be able to eat just a bit more
    – because I actually enjoy it (most of the time!)
    – because of the relationships it builds
    – nothing beats a community of runners with a common goal
    – to be a role model for my kids on the importance of exercise
    – to challenge myself
    – to amaze myself of what my body is capable of doing
    – to live a longer life

  12. Amy says:

    I run for endless reasons. It changes each time I lace up and head out the door. I never doubt the good that wiSll come from time spent running, though. Somehow, even the worst run feels right.

  13. Shara says:

    I run because it makes me happy – it is all the little things that create a calm mind and a stronger body!

  14. Lindsay says:

    I run for me. It clears my mind and helps me relax for the stressful day ahead of me…
    Plus, I get some quality time with my pup 🙂

  15. Lindsay says:

    oh, and I facebooked it! 🙂

  16. I run because as a child I wasn’t able to. Since I was in middle school and gym class started I was never able to keep up with the other kids. Once in high school it just became that much more apparent, whenever we would do a mile run I would try and do my best but could never finish it without having a friend take me to the nurses office. My gym teacher would always say “she tries each time, so hard”. I had been worked up by the cardiologist and worn halter monitor (monitors your heart throughout the day) multiple times. They would find “extra beats” known as PVCs but that’s it. My sophomore year of high school they did a stress test and all they could really find was that my heart rate would reach 180 within 5 minutes of a light jog. Still inconclusive. It wasn’t until my Junior year of college that I was sitting in microbiology and I felt like my heart was pounding, I couldn’t even count my pulse. By the time I got to the nurse my heart rate was 260, and my the time the paramedics arrived my heart rate was 280. They took me straight to the hospital where they had to give me IV bolus adenosine to shock my heart and stop the racing rate. After all the years of exercises intolerance I got a diagnosis. AVNRT. A subtype of supraventricular tachycardia. There was an extra pathway in my heart that allowed for more significant electrical impulse to enter my heart with every beat. Most of the time my heart was able to keep it under control, but that day in microbiology it couldn’t. After that I had a cardiac ablation just 3 days after turning 21. After that, I could run. So I did. It took almost a year but I slowly got better and better at running, and now no matter how far I run my heart rate barely breaks 160, and usually stays around 140. After growing up always wanting to be able to run, I can finally say, I run, because I am physically able.

  17. Lisa says:

    BECAUSE I CAN! That’s the biggest answer I can give. I was obese for a long time and never worked out. During my weight loss journey, I started to love exercising. I still never really had an interest in running. When I was 250 I COULDN’T run. Now I CAN. And I WILL.

  18. Melinda says:

    I started running because it was the best aerobic, most cost-effective exercise I could find when I wanted to start exercising. I run now because of the awesome community of runners I’ve discovered, because I want to continue to get healthier, because I want to see how much faster I can run, and because it’s still the best aerobic and most cost-effective workout I know of!

  19. Molly says:

    Maybe it is the endorphines speaking, but running makes me happy and happiness brings balance to my life and balance makes me a better human. Yes, running can change the world!

  20. theresa says:

    I run because it’s my passion. I don’t have many things in my life that I’m passionate about (other than my wonderful family and friends!) so when I go out for a run, I feel a combination of calmness and love – like that is what I am suppose to be doing at that exact moment in time. While I don’t boast fast times or well-known races, I run because it’s a part of who I am and helps me discover things about myself – who I am at that particular moment as a runner, what I am capable of becoming, and what I would like to be. I could never imagine a life without it!

  21. Cate says:

    I initially ran to lose weight and found out I really enjoyed it. Now I run to stay fit… And for that extra glass of wine! 🙂 It’s also a social thing since my friends and I sign up for races and run together!

  22. Erin says:

    I run to relieve stress and to clear my mind. I run to feel strong. I run to keep unwanted pounds away. I run to have some me time.

  23. Kathy says:

    I run because it’s my social life. All of my best friends run with me and all of my gossiping occurs while moving. Also, I run because I have a feeling my marriage wouldn’t be as good if I told all the things to my husband that I tell my run buddies.

  24. Tara says:

    I run to get time that belongs only to me, not to my students, my kids, or my husband. 🙂

  25. Sarah says:

    I run because I suck at swimming and biking and pretty much any form of exercise that requires rhythm.

  26. Kristen L says:

    Ha. I just heard about this after I wrote a blog post today about why I run. So funny!
    Here’s the link:

  27. Kristen L says:

    I run to push my body to new limits and prove to myself that I am capable of more than I think.

  28. christa says:

    I run because I can. THere are many things I cannot do, but running I can. I run for sanity, I run for health, I run for me!

  29. I wrote a blog post on why I run and shared the video on my blog.

  30. I run so I can fit into clothes. And I love clothes. I facebooked the vid.

  31. Susan says:

    I retweeted (@blingchaser65) and I copied the link to Facebook (Susan Morris Skelton).

    I have a blog but I’m behind on posting and I’m not sure anyone reads it so let me tell you here why I run. My Father had his first “encounter” with heart disease at the age of 47. BTW…that is my current age. His aorta ruptured, it was repaired but two weeks later it ruptured again. This was back in early 1970’s so the advancements in treating heart disease obviously weren’t in place yet. At that time they gave him 6 months to live; telling him that his veins and arteries were in the condition of an 80 year old. But he had 3 small children that he wanted to see grow up, so he fought. He did what he could and rested when he needed to but he tried to never let the disease get the best of him. In 1987, he had to have triple bypass surgery. Again, he fought to get better. Finally in 1994, he had a stroke and then passed away 6 months later. Their 6 months to live turned in to his 20+ years of living! He is my strength. I also have this horrible disease on my Mother’s side as well. In 2005, she had quadruple bypass surgery. She then became the 6th of her 9 siblings to need heart surgery. Lastly, my oldest brother (57) has had 2 heart attacks and has 4 stents.

    I’ve got a lot of cards stacked against me but I’m trying my best to play a winning hand. I mostly eat right and I run. I may be a slow runner but slow and steady still finishes the race. Running has also made me more confident as a woman and it’s nice to hear other people tell me, after they listen to my story, that I have inspired them to run as well.
    I run…therefore I am a runner.

  32. Rachel Byrum says:

    I run because I love the way it makes my body feel so alive! I also enjoy pushing my body to see how far it will go.

  33. Kris says:

    I run for my “me time”. Just had a baby 6 months ago so running is my time to distress and relax.

  34. AmyC says:

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  35. Nadine says:

    I run to give time to me! I blogged about this at!

  36. Nadine says:

    I facebooked this and linked to Zooma in the post!

  37. Nadine says:

    I tweeted the giveaway link!

  38. AmyC says:

    Shared on Facebook:

    WHY DO YOU RUN? Find out how telling us can win you a Run Like a Mother: The Book tee from ZOOMA Women’s Race Series!

  39. Alissa says:

    I run because I want my boys to see their mom as a healthy, strong, happy woman!

  40. Amy says:

    I run because it keeps me sane. no really, it’s better than therapy (and I know from experience!) it calms me, lets me work out things in my head, and at the end, I have a sense of accomplishment for finishing my run!

  41. Andrea says:

    I run to get some alone time, to clear my head, get a runner’s high, win my age division, meet new friends, stay in shape, and eat dessert!

  42. Andrea says:


  43. Andrea says:

    Facebooked it!

  44. Kristen says:

    I also linked to the giveaway.

  45. Kristen says:

    shared on Facebook!

  46. Megan says:

    I run because I always feel better when I do!

  47. Phyllis says:

    I just tweeted it ,

    I run because if I did not run I would not be ME.
    Running has transformed me. It has made me into the new confident fit and all around ready for the world person I am today.
    I run therefor I am.
    I will see you in Florida 🙂


  48. Phyllis says:

    I tweeted:
    Why do you run? (giveaway) via @sharethis I run because if I didn’t I would not be ME! #sweatpink

  49. Phyllis says:

    Shared on facebook!

  50. Elizabeth Preston says:

    I ran today to honor the Veterans. I missed the 5k yesterday for St. Vincent dePaul Veterans Services.

  51. I posted on FB as well!

  52. Ara says:

    Great post! I love posts like this that really make you think. Why do I run? Multiple reasons. One reason is so I don’t get fat again. Another reason is because it’s “me” time. I don’t know hardly anybody that likes to run, so when I run, I run by myself. I look forward to it sometimes because it gives me time to reflect on my day and think about me & my life. Running helps me deal with my anxiety & depression as well. Last but not least, I run because I like to. I could stop if I wanted to. There are other things in life that could help me deal with my depression, anxiety and other things I could do for “me” time, but I LOVE running.

  53. Marcia says:

    and I tweeted @teamarcia

  54. Kim says:

    I run because it makes me feel strong, mentally and physically!

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