Over the din of our iPods and kids’ bickering, we heard you mother runners asking us to do a radio show. You told us you want to listen to us chat as you run–or fold laundry or cook dinner. Well, here goes.
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Another Mother Runner Radio #119: (Running) Streaker Paula Harkin Bares All
Dimity and Sarah reconnect with Paula Harkin, the Portland mom of two, “proficient” runner, and coach who trained SBS for the 2007 marathon that kicked off Run Like a Mother. Main topic of conversation: Paula surpassing her 2000th day of of running at least a mile a day. The mother runners delve into the origins of Paula’s noteworthy running streak, the speedbumps along the way, and if it shows any signs of ending. Much to the TMI delight of Sarah, Paula shares the gory details of a fibroid-fueled episode that nearly sidelined her. Dimity and Sarah also have Portland Running Company co-owner share insight about hurdling the intimidation factor of shopping at a running specialty store. And you might be wishing for the podcast version of Smell-O-Vision during this episode.
Another Mother Runner Radio #118: Solutions for Summer Running
As temps are heating up across the country, Sarah and Dimity answer your questions about sweaty summer running concerns. Hope it doesn’t rub you the wrong way, but they spend quite a bit of time talking about chafing. They move on to myriad tips on how to have enough fluids for long runs (one important take-away: Do as Dimity says, not as she does). They also cover sunscreen, the importance of slowing down, and acclimatization (glad they didn’t have to blurt out that mouthful of a word, though!).
Another Mother Runner #117: Dinnertime Survival Advice from Sally Kuzemchak, R.D.
Dimity and Sarah kick off the show talking about recent running adventures—straight up mountains for Dim, and around San Francisco for SBS. (The mother runner version of The Country Mouse and The City Mouse!) Then the ladies welcome Sally Kuzemchak, a registered dietician and mom of two in Columbus, Ohio, who wrote the recently released Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide. Like her blog and her book, Sally delves into solving real-mom kitchen dilemmas, such as having no time to cook or deciding what’s for dinner. Sally helps re-brand Dimity’s kids as “choosy,” not “picky.” Several yummy recipes from the book are discussed, so have a napkin handy to wipe away the drool!
Another Mother Runner Radio #116: Sage (Rountree) Advice about Yoga
Sarah and Dimity get their “om” on with noted yogini and triathlon coach Sage Rountree, author of “The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga.” The gals discuss the best type of yoga for runners (you Type A’s might not like the answer), and they touch on the hot button issue of hot yoga. Sage shares easy, post-run stretches that’ll open your hips and release your lower back (oh, yeah, right there!). And Sarah feels a release: Sage gives her permission to stop fretting about her tight hips and hamstrings.
Another Mother Runner Radio #115: 2nd Annual Summer Reading Show
With Dimity hard at work on the Another Mother Runner duo’s third book, Sarah is joined by Ellison Weist, her occasional running partner and self-proclaimed, “book bully,” for the second-annual summer reading podcast. Sarah and Ellison reminisce about how books brought them together, then they move onto recommendations for big, engrossing books to soak up this summer. The Portland runners rave about The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and encourage listeners to read Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers before tuning into the new HBO series. Sarah shares Dimity’s two most recent reads, including one that could be a mother runner motto: Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.
Another Mother Runner Radio #114: Father’s Day Special with Team Maddy
To celebrate Father’s Day, Dimity and Sarah welcome Rick Van Beek to the show. A Michigan father of three, Rick participates in running races and triathlons pushing a customized stroller containing his 15-year-old daughter, Madyson, who has cerebral palsy. Rick tells the mother runners how he morphed from being a two-pack-a-day smoker to becoming half of Team Maddy. The father runner tells a sure-to-make-you-laugh anecdote of the unintentional hand gesture Maddy sometimes flashes as they pass other participants. And he also shares a candid response about what he’s gained from the 100+ races Team Maddy has completed.
First up though: Find out how Sarah and Dimity each played hooky from work this week.
Another Mother Runner Radio #113: Questions and Answers
On this week’s running podcast, Sarah and Dimity dive into a new batch of questions culled from the AMR Facebook page. The mother runners steer Emily away from potato chips and toward Nuun to satisfy her sodium cravings after sweat session, then debate the next step up—salt tablets. They dive into pointers for running while pregnant, then the next step from there: tips on running form while pushing a stroller. Along the way, they also weigh in on the debate regarding when—if ever—to try a marathon. The show wraps with perhaps the tastiest, most-fully baked analogy rationalizing the importance of a pre-race taper.
Another Mother Runner Radio #112: When To Stop Training for a Race
Sometimes training is the easy route: Dimity opens up about her decision to stop swimming-biking-and-running in her pursuit of Ironman 70.3 Boulder triathlon. From that bold decision springs a conversation between Dimity and Sarah about the reasons why to stop training for a race, including injury, time constraints, and lack of enthusiasm. They sprinkle in comments from other mother runners, like this from Krystal: “Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in what I feel I should do, rather than what I want to do. It takes a lot to simply admit that right now is not the time, and even more to actually act on that realization.”
The ladies kick off the show tell the tale of getting lost on a recent urban excursion, mistakenly tacking on extra miles to a run.
Another Mother Runner Radio #111: Tips for Getting a Great Race Photo
Dimity and Sarah aren’t embarrassed to admit that snagging an awesome race photo is one of the top five reasons they run a race. You too? Then listen up as the ladies have loads advice and anecdotes about how to look your best—and blitziest—in action. Find out why the mother runners insist you wear a running skirt or capris—black only, please—and why you need to save the race tee for another day. Sharing tips they learned from interviewing a professional photographer, the gals tell you how to avoid sharing the frame with a shirtless, pot-bellied dude (or other random racers) and what not to do when you cross the finish line. And they spend a lot of time describing the perfect arms-in-the-air, I-am-triumphant pose.
But first: Find out how Laura Ingalls Wilder and Steve Jobs made an appearance in the life of Sarah’s family—and other end-of-school-year madness.
Another Mother Runner Radio #110: Cheers! Adrienne Martini Serves up Debut Half-Marathon
Sarah and Dimity are joined by Adrienne Martini, mother runner, college professor, and author, who is fresh off running her first half-marathon. Adrienne reveals why she ran laps for many of her training runs, and how she kept herself entertained on long runs. The newly minted half-marathoner shares the internal dialogues she had with herself before runs, when she struggled to escape the orbit of her house. Recapping her race, she talks about why Mile 7 was both a relief—and a hurdle. First up, though: Listen to Sarah marvel at the joy—and blue ribbons—her 8-year-old twins are discovering at the local track.
Another Mother Runner Radio #109: AMR Prove It Challenge Accompaniment
Dimity and Sarah recorded this nearly hour-long podcast to inspire, motivate, and entertain women as they undertake the completion of the AMR Strava Prove It Challenge. The words of racers populate this special podcast, along with 30-second snippets of about 10 songs. Along the way, Little Dimity makes a guest appearance, and hear how one gal recently ran with Boston Marathon legend Kathrine Switzer. The mother runners suspect this will be a podcast that gets put on frequent rotation.
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Another Mother Runner Radio #108: Talking S#!t with Author Mary Roach
The mother runners were thrilled to welcome Mary Roach, best-selling author of clever non-fiction like Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers and Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal. Like food through the digestive track, the conversation moves from top to bottom, but it fairly quickly centers on poop. But not before talking flatus (that’s fancy-talk for “fart,” folks). Perhaps most satisfying for SBS is when Mary validates Sarah long-held theory on her parasympathetic colon. The introductory chitchat even dwells on a tush-related topic: Dimity shares her attempts to cure her son of constipation, which is most likely the root cause of his frequent bedwetting. (The book the gals mention several times is called It’s No Accident.)
Another Mother Runner Radio #107: Time Management Tips from Jill Farmer
Dimity and Sarah suspect you’re in the same proverbial boat they often are: drowning in seeming “must-do’s” and “gotta-get-done’s.” So they brought on Jill Farmer, a time- and life-management coach in St. Louis, to help unravel the busy cluster of mother runners’ lives. Jill shares some insightful, yet delicious simple, solutions on how to shed some stress and get more done in a day. (Including making sure you have enough time for your all-important runs!) We love that she even uses running terms, like “bigger strides, longer goals” as analogies for accomplishing more in life. But before the mother runners dive into the de-stressing discussion, find out where Dimity and her family went for spring break—and why it didn’t feel very spring-y.
Another Mother Runner Radio #106: Two Friends + Boston Marathon 2014
With Dimity on Skype, Sarah is joined in the studio by Dana Sullivan and Santha Cassell, two longtime BRFs (best running friends) who both ran the 2013 Boston Marathon. These Portland moms talk about the journey—months of hard training and several marathon attempts spread out over a few years—that lead them to the Hopkinton, MA, starting line. Then they share their experiences on April 15, 2013. (Spoiler alerts: Neither Santha nor Dana reached the finish line and neither were injured in the blasts.) The four mother runners dive into Dana’s decision to return to run this year’s Boston Marathon—and why, mid-training-cycle, Santha decided against it. This show is a moving tribute to running friendships and perseverance.
Another Mother Runner Radio #105: Demystifying the Track
With spring racing season upon us, the mother runners decided it was time to banish any intimidation you might be feeling about track workouts. Dimity and Sarah welcome Carl Leivers, a certified USA Track and Field certified running coach in Atlanta, to help make track workouts less daunting and more “enjoyable” (that being a relative term…). He deciphers all those numbers—e.g., 10 x 400, 6 x 800, 4 x 1000—as well as helps the gals figure out what all the lines mean. He gives pacing tips, including a pointer that’s especially welcome to Sarah. Plus, find out what Dimity’s going to yell at SBS the next time she catches up with her at an airport.
Another Mother Runner Radio #104: Q&A for Early Spring 2014
Before jumping in to answer questions culled from the AMR Facebook page, Sarah talks about her busy running-related morning and Dimity admits to finally “committing” to a workout for her mid-June 70.3 Ironman triathlon. The Ironmother reveals her clever multi-media strategy for getting fired up for intervals. (Hint: It’s a medley involving Kevin Spacey and the band fun.) Then the ladies suggest ways for Jackie (or you!) to like running—or at least like having run. They talk about importance of the oft-overlooked runner’s upper body, tossing out a bevy of at-home exercises. Sarah shares a plethora of pointers for a lunchtime run, garnered from her running partner who holds down a full-time job. The mother runners reveal what supplements they take—and which ones they are fazing out. Finally, find out what Dimity has in common with Patti Stanger, the Millionaire Matchmaker.