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How Would Your Kids Answer These 10 (Running) Questions?

By Brisdon @shutuprun

Being as it’s summer and the kids are home, I’ve got kids on the brain. I know many of you have kids too. This got me to wondering how our kids really view us and our running. What exactly is their perspective on this little hobby of ours?

I came up with a few questions to ask Emma, who is 14. Here’s what she said (the blue is my input).


1. What does your mom eat before a run?

I don’t know. I am never awake. (True. She sleeps as much as I will let her. The answer is coffee and maybe a banana).

2. How far does your mom run everyday?

Like 8 miles or so. (Probably more like 6 on average)

3. What was your mom’s favorite race?

Her first marathon in Phoenix. That was my favorite too because we got to take a trip. (Yea. You never forget your first)

4. Why do you think your mom runs?

To stay in shape and cause it’s a stress reliever and cause it makes her happy. (Perfect)

5. What injuries has your mom had from running?

A stress fracture. Has she had more than one? She’s had stuff on her feet. (Let’s see. I’ve had stress fractures in my feet and hips. I’ve had a torn hamstring and high  hamstring tendinopathy. I think that covers it. At least for now).

6. Do you like going to your mom’s races?

Yea, but I don’t like waking up early for them. They should be later in the day. (Obviously my daughter wants me to die of heat stroke)


7. Does having a mom who runs make you want to run?

No. (My kids hate to run)

8. What have you learned from having a mom who runs?

That finding a hobby that you really like to do can make you happy and stuff.  (Yep)

9. What is your least favorite thing about having a mom who runs?

She gets really gross and sweaty and I have to smell her. (Well, I changed your diaper for two years and have cleaned up your puke more than once, so paybacks).

10. Do you think you’ll run when you are your mom’s age? (48)

No. I don’t like running. Maybe I’ll like it later in life, who knows. (Just between me and you, I bet she will).


Go ask your kids this stuff. See what they come up with.


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